Discover How To Reduce Time Grinding, Polishing & Blending Radius On Welded Edges
This case study will discuss how value can be realised from automating the manual grinding and polishing of welded corners on small or bulky components.
Angle grinding machines have historically been used when welded seams need to be rounded off to give an even radius and ‘blend’ seamlessly into adjoining surfaces. Product examples where this finish is required include switchboards, metal enclosures (e.g. for machinery), and various stainless steel medical surfaces and kitchen components (such as stove range hoods).
Further, where weld discolouration needs to be polished from the part for aesthetic and / or hygienic reasons, angle grinders fitted with polishing abrasive discs are commonly used. This process is common for stainless steel products that require clean, unmarked finishes.
Current market trends show a shift toward the importation of precision sheet metal products from low labour-cost countries. This typically means that Australian business owners need to reduce man-hours per part to be competitive.
While a business may have invested heavily in CNC machinery to produce their product (including welding) with minimal labour and as efficiently as practicable, they often find that manual post-fabrication grinding and polishing is required. When compared to their highly automated fleet of CNC machine tool assets (such as laser cutting, turret punch and press brakes), many businesses have found that this stage can be the most labour intensive.
By automating the weld grinding and polishing, a business can eliminate this manual operation and therefore improve profit and margin. The Twin Belt Grinding Machine supplied by Specialist Machinery Sales automates these processes and complement the business’ existing CNC machine tools.
When looking to invest in a new machine tool, business owners want to achieve a superior product to what they currently fabricate. This is accomplished by increasing the efficiency of fabrication and improving the quality of the part produced. By automating the grinding and polishing process, a business can reliably deliver a product that meets its clients’ QA/QC standards.
In most workshops, there are dedicated grinding and polishing bays for carbon and stainless steel to avoid contamination. Businesses that have invested in a Twin Belt Grinding Machine have reclaimed valuable floor space and can grind and polish all material grades when changing the belts and providing a detailed clean of the machine.
Safety is of paramount importance to all business owners and their employees. Manual angle grinding is associated with high accident rates and lost-time injuries. Automation of the grinding and polishing process mitigates these safety risks, which contributes to reduced insurance premiums.
Today, fabrication businesses are looking for solutions that will improve their efficiency, productivity, reliability and safety with auditable results. Businesses that have invested in a Twin Belt Grinding Machine supplied by Specialist Machinery Sales have improved their product offering and in turn have produced happy customers. This is what you want, isn’t it?
If all of our assets and our people have the versatility to do not only what we need today but in our future, how much more confident would we be with what that future looks like?
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