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AR-15 Chamber Polishing with Flex-Hone® for Firearms Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Jan 15, 2018 10:11:15 AM

GUNS Magazine contains expert articles about firearms selection and performance. Since 1955, readers of this monthly newsstand publication have enjoyed trusted content about the best guns and gun tools. Today, the magazine’s digital version also attracts shooters who want solutions to gun maintenance challenges.   

In an on-line article called AR-15 Building Tools Part II, author Glen Zediker describes some “handy” tools for gun owners who want to build or maintain their own rifles. “I think it’s important to polish the chamber on any AR-15”, Zediker writes. For smoother extractions, he adds, “I like the Flex-Hone tool.”

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Topics: flex-hone for firearms

Resurfacing Slotted Brake Rotors with Flex-Hone® TOOLS

Posted by Heather Jones on Jan 9, 2018 12:40:09 PM

Slotted brake rotors contain machined grooves that help dissipate the heat that’s produced by braking. In racing, motorsports, and even regular driving, friction causes a layer of gas and dust to form between the brake pad and the brake rotor. Over time, this material transfer layer can impede performance. 

Slotted rotors help to reduce friction, but surface contact between pads and rotors eventually requires rotor resurfacing. For optimum brake performance, brake rotors require a non-directional or “basket weave” finish that’s free from deposits of brake pad material. 

To achieve this ideal finish, a do-it-yourself (DIY) mechanic recently tried the Flex-Hone® for Rotors tool from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM). The racer who requested the resurfacing hadn’t heard of BRM’s rotor hone before, but the mechanic who used the tool gave it a thumbs-up. 

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Topics: Brake Rotors, Flex-Hone

Solving Shotgun Extractor Problems with Flex-Hone® for Firearms Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Jan 2, 2018 9:54:32 AM

Members of the Guns group on Reddit exchange information about firearms tools and performance. In a thread called This is the worst gun in my collection, several users cited the Remington Model 870 for shotgun extractor problems.

 “It doesn’t feed right at all,” said one shooter. “The shell gets stuck in the chamber after it’s been fired,” replied another. The M870 is the world’s best-selling shotgun, so these reports might surprise some gun owners. As Flex-Hone® for Firearms users know, however, the solution starts with the surface finish.

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Topics: Firearms Maintenance, flex-hone for firearms

The Top 7 Surface Finishing Posts of 2017

Posted by Heather Jones on Dec 26, 2017 7:39:39 AM

The Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) Blog is ending the year by looking back at how we’ve helped readers find solutions to surface finishing challenges in 2017.

As a full-line manufacturer of flexible honing tools and industrial brushes, we’ve covered a variety of topics. Here are our Top 7 Blog Posts for the year.

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

Knife Manufacturing with NamPower Disc Brushes

Posted by Team BRM on Dec 18, 2017 10:17:20 AM

Zodiac Engineering manufactures folding and fixed-blade knives. The Southern California startup also provides milling, turning, heat treating, tumbling, and precision CNC machining services. Zodiac’s founder, Ken Spaulding, makes aluminum and titanium sling shots, too.

With knife manufacturing, imparting the ideal surface finish is especially important. Customers don’t want to see tool paths and marks that are left behind by machining operations. Chamfer tools can deburr and surface finish the pockets in a metal knife frame, but the work time-consuming.   

That’s why Zodiac switched to NamPower disc brushes from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM). These nylon abrasive brushing tools are fast, cost-effective, and long-lasting. NamPower technology is also the surface finishing solution of choice for Balzano Knives, a maker of high-quality knives and other bladed tools.

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Topics: NamPower

Engine Remanufacturing with Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Dec 11, 2017 9:50:32 AM

Holman Parts Distribution of Pennsauken, New Jersey remanufactures car and truck engines. Known formerly as RMP Powertrain Solutions, this division of Holman Automotive Group, Inc. wanted to improve the quality of cylinder liners in rebuilt engines.

During a typical month, RMP was remanufacturing 1300 gasoline-powered engines made by Ford and Chrysler. The New Jersey company was using a rigid honing machine, but discovered some problems with the final finish. If these conditions weren’t corrected, engine damage could occur.

That’s when RMP asked Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) about Flex-Hone® tools, a Made in the USA solution for cylinder surface finishing.

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Topics: Flex-Hone, Automotive

Resurfacing Brake Rotors with Flex-Hone® for Rotors Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Dec 4, 2017 9:09:05 AM

DSPORT magazine is a premiere publication for automotive enthusiasts who want to learn about the hottest cars, tools, and technologies.  As a regular service to its readers, DSPORT tests automotive tools to see if they perform as advertised.

For resurfacing brake rotors, BRM’s Flex-Hone® for Rotors tool promises a non-directional finish for lower harmonic vibrations and a quieter ride.

Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) also claims that its rotor hone removes the accumulated brake pad glaze that contributes to squeaking and squealing in the first place.

When DSPORT magazine put the Flex-Hone® for Rotors to the test, writer Jun Chen captured the results of this rotor refurbishment project. Do-it-yourselfers (DIYers), brake technicians, and automotive mechanics will want to know the results.

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Topics: Brake Rotors, Flex-Hone

Deep-Draw Specialist Deburrs Pierced Holes with Custom Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Nov 27, 2017 11:27:03 AM

Precision Stamping Company is one of the Midwest’s largest producers of deep-drawn stampings. Along with flat stampings and brackets, the Howell, Michigan (USA) company specializes in deep-drawn tubular products such as a spring cup that’s flared at the top and that contains stepped sections.

For fast, efficient deburring, Precision Stamping Co. uses a custom Flex-Hone® tool from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM). Unlike a standard Flex-Hone®, this custom tool has stepped sections rather than a uniform diameter. Compared to thermal deburring, flexible honing delivers better results.

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Metrology Lab Speeds Service, Controls Costs with Diamond Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Nov 20, 2017 10:18:38 AM

Fox Valley Metrology (FVM) calibrates handheld instruments that are used in the production of precision equipment. The Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based company operates an accredited calibration laboratory and repairs measurement instruments such as bore gages at customer locations.

To maintain the accuracy of these handheld instruments, FVM uses the Diamond Flex-Hone® tool to correct surface imperfections.Made in the USA by Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), this diamond honing tool is ideal for deburring and surface-finishing cylinders made of harder materials. Compared to other technologies, flexible honing is also faster and less expensive.    

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Boat Manufacturer Eliminates Manual Sanding with NamPower Technology

Posted by Team BRM on Nov 13, 2017 8:55:47 AM

Sea Ray is the world’s largest manufacturer of high-quality pleasure boats such as luxury yachts, dayboats, and sports cruisers. Since its founding in 1959, this American boat manufacturer has prided itself on quality, craftsmanship, and innovation.

By integrating industrial robots into its operations, Sea Ray is speeding production and realizing benefits such as reduced costs and increased safety. As part of its automation initiative, the boat manufacturer is eliminating manual sanding by using NamPower disc brushes from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM).  

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Topics: NamPower