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Powdered Metal Parts Deburring

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At the beginning of 2020, sustainability showed up on the trends lists of almost every major industry. But sustainability isn’t just a New Year’s buzzword. Increasingly, sustainability is becoming an achievable goal for a growing number of consumers and companies. Never one-size-fits-all, sustainability is incorporated into multiple elements, from the food we eat to the clothing we wear. Sustainability is also a continuing commitment in the manufacturing industry.

Working toward such a goal is easier when looking at the bottom line and there is a natural reason to emphasize the reduction of unnecessary waste. Therefore, manufacturers are always looking for ways to make their processes more efficient throughout the supply chain. One tried-and-true aspect of sustainability includes the use of powdered metal deburring on powdered metal parts.

Adaptable and Versatile

Powdered metal parts are an important part of the manufacturing landscape and because of varying levels of strength of greenware used, some options may be sturdier than others. When part strength is critical, consider the use of powdered metal deburring. The reliable process uses compacted metal powder that’s sourced from some of the sturdiest elemental metals. Heat at just below the point of melting joins the metal powders into a cohesion of strength. The use of powdered metal is preferred by manufacturers because it produces very little scrap metal waste. The reduction of waste supports comprehensive sustainability measures and offers versatility of design.

Although the use of powdered metals offers versatility, there are some issues in the process that CDMC set out to improve. The low profile of powdered metal parts requires deburring to remove burrs on both faces. Machines of the past employed nylon disc brushes, a method that required operators to use their hands to flip the object to its opposite side. With such a method came human error, which resulted in a loss of time and resources.

A Better Way

CDMC understood there was a safer and more efficient way to deburr these critical pieces. In response, the company created the Mag Series and the 4000 Series deburring machines to reduce downtime, boost optimization and improve consistency of operations.

Mag Series – Through-feed, in-line deburring machines are ready to tackle the high production of flat parts in need of deburring on both sides. Parts are conveyed using a series of magnetic conveyors and are available in 2-, 4- or 6-head platforms and in Mag T versions.

4000 Series Green Powder Deburring Machine – Adaptable through-feed deburring machines deburr parts on opposing sides and brushes offer simultaneous two-side deburring to accommodate almost any infeed/outfeed orientation, also available with OLS’s exclusive Auto Amp Compensation system.

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Women in Manufacturing Will Help Bridge The Skills Gap

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For some time, there’s been a lot of talk about the need to recruit new and younger employees to the manufacturing industry. Many crusading for this important cause hope an inflection of technology-savvy individuals could be a way to mend the obvious skills gap in the industry. Culturally, there’s a bias imbedded in this initiative, an unspoken thought that many of these new employees would be male. Considering that the manufacturing industry has long been a male-dominated industry, this is hardly surprising, but a Cleveland, Ohio-based non-profit Women in Manufacturing is looking to change the status quo, as reported in hartfordbusiness.com.

Increasing the Numbers

According to Women in Manufacturing, approximately one in four of the 12 million manufacturing workers employed in the U.S. are female. This number is similar to what it was a decade ago. With an estimated shortage of 600,000 production workers, the non-profit argues it’s a good time to introduce more female workers to the manufacturing industry.

One way states are looking to induce more manufacturers to bring new workers to the industry is through a tax credit for small business “S” corporations who hire apprentices in manufacturing and other trades. Other tax credits promote building manufacturing skills through the schooling of middle- and high-school students.

Honoring New Female Manufacturing Leaders

In April, the Manufacturing Institute honored 130 females working in the manufacturing industry for their achievements. Occurring in Washington D.C., the fourth annual STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) awards recognize women who exhibit leadership in their industry. The national award identifies the best-of-the-best women working in the manufacturing industry and encourage them to use their leadership skills to mentor and support the next generation of women working in manufacturing.

Small Manufacturers Leading the Industry

Currently, small manufacturers are working to lead the industry forward in a number of ways, including adding more women to the manufacturing workforce. Other initiatives include bringing customers into the manufacturing and design process in order to create the perfect manufacturing solution for a deburring operation.

This article was brought to you by Cleveland Machine Deburring Company. If you’re in the market for a smart and reliable powdered metal brush deburring solution, talk to the deburring solution experts at CDMC. We can provide for a custom-tailored solution for gears, sprockets, aerospace and defense, power transmission, powdered metals, fluid power and custom applications. Our no-charge application evaluation includes a detailed report and process description in as little as 3 to 5 business days. Contact CDMC today for a deburring machine that’s right for you.

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Adding Consistency to Green Powder Deburring

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Unfortunately too many of us have experienced the results of bad deburring. Through trial and error, we’ve witnessed deburring that creates rough patches and sharp edges, resulting in decreased efficiency and lowering lifespan of a tool. On the other hand, good green powder deburring leaves a tool smooth through the removal of burrs and sharp edges, providing a smooth and sharp cutting edge. When a job calls for deburring on opposing sides, you need options designed to provide a consistent edge break.

Green Powder Deburring 4000 Series

Adaptability is key for parts requiring deburring on both sides. To accomplish this, brushes on the OLS 4000 Series run in two different directions. One pair runs clockwise, while the brushes running counterclockwise deburr the edges. The result is a consistent clean edge break. With the ability to accommodate basically any in-feed/out-feed orientation, the 4000 series from Cleveland Deburring Machine Company (CDMC) is perfect for any green powder deburring operation of parts 1/8 inch to 3 inches thick.

The 4000 Series machines all contain the OLS-exclusive Auto Amp Compensation system. This allows for consistent brush pressure throughout the life of the brush, meaning quality deburring and the ability to maximize resources when it comes to media usage. Integration also becomes easier with auto-loading conveyance systems and changeovers made with smart auto-set software.

Green Powder Deburring 4000 Series Options

Model 4200

Model 4620

Model 4815

Accommodating Size

If deburring of small parts is a concern, CDMC’s Model 4620 is the answer. The 4620 has the ability to deburr green powder parts up to six inches in diameter. Integrated dust collection keeps brushes from overheating even in the midst of high-output deburring.

Making the Choice

The investment of a green powdered metal deburring machine is not one to take lightly. The right deburring machine can improve tool life and increase efficiency while the wrong choice could leave you with rough burrs and sharp edges. When you’re ready to make a decision on a smart and reliable centered powdered metal brush deburring solution, talk to the deburring solution experts at CDMC.

We can provide for a custom-tailored solution for gears, sprockets, aerospace and defense, power transmission, powdered metals, fluid power and custom applications. Our no-charge application evaluation includes a detailed report and process description in as little as 3 to 5 business days. Contact CDMC today for a deburring machine that’s right for you.

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