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NamPower Diamond Wheels for Cutting Tool Manufacturers

Posted by Team BRM on Sep 24, 2016 5:44:52 AM

Cutting tools remove material from a workpiece by shear deformation. They include single-point tools for turning, shaping, and planning; and multi-point tools for milling, drilling, and grinding. Often, cutting tools feature inserts or replaceable tips. These tipped tools, such as endmills and reamers, need to be made of heat-resistant materials that are harder than the material to be cut. 

All cutting tools require a specific geometry, with clearance angles that allow the cutting edge to contact the workpiece cleanly. The angle of the cutting face is also important. For cutting tool manufacturers, product optimization requires surface finishing. For removing burrs and optimizing surface quality, NamPower diamond wheels provide consistent, high-quality results. 

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Topics: NamPower Wheels

What's the Right Speed for NamPower Disc Brushes?

Posted by Team BRM on Sep 18, 2016 3:20:07 PM

NamPower discs from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) are nylon abrasive brushing tools that remove burrs and improve part finish at the same time. Designed for outer diameter (OD) applications, these high-performance metalworking tools integrate easily with CNC machining centers, transfer lines, robotic cells, and other production equipment. With their unique combination of ceramic and silicon carbide abrasive, NamPower disc brushes set a new standard for high-quality, cost-effective performance.   

NamPower disc brushes come in two styles (dot and turbine), two trim lengths (18 and 38 mm), four grit sizes (80, 120, 180, 320), and six diameters (50, 60, 80, 100, 125, 150 mm). Choosing the right tool for the job is important, of course, but your work doesn’t end with product selection. That’s why manufacturers, metalworkers, and machinists need to understand the importance of disc brush speed, which is measured in revolutions (RPM) per minute, for optimum NamPower performance.

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Topics: NamPower Abrasive Disc Brushes

How to Automate Deburring and Surface Finishing

Posted by Team BRM on Sep 12, 2016 3:39:15 AM

Leading manufacturers are using automated deburring and surface finishing technologies to reduce labor costs, speed operations, and ensure part quality and consistency. Instead of removing burrs off-line during time-consuming secondary operations, these companies are using high-quality metalworking tools with their existing production equipment.

For both inner diameter (ID) and outer diameter (OD) applications, Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) supplies finishing and deburring tools that support automation. BRM Flex-Hone® tools and NamPower technology are used by large companies in global industries such as automotive and aerospace, but are also a favorite among smaller manufacturers, metalworkers, and machinists who want to automate their deburring and surface finishing operations in a high-performance, cost-effective way. 

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Topics: NamPower Abrasive Disc Brushes, Flex-Hone, automation

How Tool Diameter Drives Flex-Hone® Selection and Use

Posted by Team BRM on Sep 5, 2016 9:53:17 AM

Flex-Hone® tools remove burrs and improve surface finish at the same time. Made in the USA by Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), these flexible cylinder hones are trusted by metalworkers, machinists, and manufacturers alike.

BRM ball hones are used in a wide variety of industries, and can help solve your own surface finishing and deburring challenges. Flexible hones come in wide variety of abrasive types and grits, but tool diameter also drives Flex-Hone® selection and use.

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Flexible Honing For Fluid Power Systems

Posted by Team BRM on Aug 27, 2016 4:46:57 PM

Fluid power systems use a liquid or a gas to transmit power from one location to another. With hydraulics, the fluid is usually an oil. With pneumatics, a gas such as compressed air is used. In both types of systems, the movement of a cylinder plunger produces linear motion.

Unless the bores of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders have a smooth surface finish, however, performance may suffer. To optimize inner diameter (ID) surface finish, the fluid power industry uses Flex-Hone® tools from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM).     

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Topics: Flex-Hone, Hydraulics, Fluid Power, pneumatics

Flex-Hone® Tools for Chamfer Blending

Posted by Team BRM on Aug 21, 2016 1:44:08 PM

Part manufacturers use a variety of methods to produce through-holes for fasteners. For example, in the aerospace industry, techniques such as drilling, milling, and reaming are used with metals such as nickel, Inconel, Waspalloy, titanium, and stainless steels. Unless these hole-drilling and edge-breaking processes are performed perfectly, however, machined parts may not meet demanding aerospace specifications.

Manufacturers in the automotive and semiconductor industries also face challenging requirements for surface quality. To produce through-hole surfaces that are chamfered, free of burrs, and have radiused edge transitions, metalworkers need to select and use the best surface finishing and deburring tools. For final parts deburring and finishing, industry leaders trust the Flex-Hone® for Chamfer Blending.

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Topics: Flex-Hone, chamfer blending, chamfer honing

How Small Brushes Solve Big Cross-Hole Deburring Challenges

Posted by Team BRM on Aug 15, 2016 7:28:09 AM

Small cross-drilled holes can present major deburring challenges. Burrs created during cross-drilling can affect dimensional tolerances, cause part misalignments, and limit the overall efficiency of machined components. For manufacturers, machinists, and metalworkers, surface finishing success begins by choosing the right deburring tools for removing cut, torn, folded, and jagged metal.  

Miniature deburring brushes with abrasive-filled nylon filaments have their advantages, but all-stainless steel tools are especially tough and long lasting. Plus, unlike other types of metal brushes, the filaments of all-stainless steel tools won’t corrode and leave after-rust deposits on finished parts. As a full-line supplier of surface finishing solutions, Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) has the tools you need for deburring smaller cross-drilled holes.

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Topics: Miniature Deburring Brushes, Deburring Tools

NamPower Wheel Brushes for Metalworking

Posted by Team BRM on Aug 8, 2016 8:45:23 AM

NamPower wheel brushes are wheel-shaped brushing tools that remove burrs and improve the outer diameter (OD) surface finish of machined parts. Made by Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), these metalworking tools feature abrasive-nylon impregnated nylon filaments for a safer alternative to wire wheels and a performance advantage over non-woven abrasive brushes. 

With their composite hubs and well-balanced construction, NamPower wheel brushes reduce machine fatigue and filament breakage. These BRM power brushes also put more cutting tips at the point of attack for shorter cycle times and longer tool life. Use NamPower wheel brushes for machine-based and offhand deburring and surface finishing, and for cleaning, polishing, and edge radiusing. 

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Topics: NamPower Wheels

NamPower Disc Brushes for Metalworking

Posted by Team BRM on Jul 31, 2016 4:29:53 PM

NamPower disc brushes produce maximum burr removal rates and provide an optimum surface finish at the same time. With their unique combination of ceramic and silicon carbide abrasive, these nylon abrasive brushing tools provide reliable, consistent, and cost-effective results for outer diameter (OD) applications.  

Use NamPower nylon abrasive disc brushes to automate secondary operations such as parts deburring, edge blending, and surface finishing.  These professional-grade tools from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) are also ideal for surface preparation, parts cleaning, resurfacing, and fine blanking. NamPower disc brushes are ideal for use with today’s production equipment, but which brush tool do you need?

For best results, consider the following factors.

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Topics: NamPower Abrasive Disc Brushes

Diamond Flex-Hone® Tools for Working Harder Materials

Posted by Team BRM on Jul 24, 2016 12:21:58 PM

Diamond Flex-Hone® tools combine the soft, resilient cutting action of Flex-Hone® technology with premium coated diamond abrasive for harder materials. These Made in the USA metalworking tools mount in most any rotating spindle and are ideal for deburring, edge blending, and surface finishing parts made of carbide, ceramic, hardened tool steels, and aerospace alloys.

Use BRM’s diamond honing tools with inner diameter (ID) applications such as carbide wear rings, ceramic cylinders, and chromed and plated bores. Diamond Flex-Hone® tools are also great for cylinders made of heat-treated steel, high-nickel stainless steel, and MMX aluminum alloys. Additional applications include deburring and surface finishing the small holes in medical devices and aerospace components.

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Topics: Diamond Tools, Flex-Hone