BRM Official Blog

Cross-Hole Deburring: Best Practices for Flexible Honing

Posted by Team BRM on Nov 6, 2017 8:57:57 AM

Deburring cross-drilled holes can be an expensive, difficult, and time-consuming operation. Without proper cross-hole deburring, however, part misalignments can occur. Personnel who handle these machined metal parts also face the risk of injury from ragged edges, raised areas, and sharp surfaces.

For fast, efficient, and effective cross-hole deburring, part manufacturers and machinists trust the Flex-Hone® tool. Made in the USA by Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), the Flex-Hone® removes burrs from cross-drilled holes and improves cylinder surface finish at the same time.

The BRM Flex-Hone® requires no special training or instruction, but there are some best practices to follow on your way to surface finishing success.

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Ten Reasons to Try NamPower Wheel Brushes

Posted by Team BRM on Oct 30, 2017 8:16:07 AM

NamPower wheel brushes are great for removing sharp edges from metal parts such as cutting tools, turbine blades, gears, shafts, and extrusion cut-offs. In addition to removing burrs, NamPower wheels create a desired edge radius and impart a superior surface finish.

BRM’s NamPower Resource Guide explains how to select and use these nylon abrasive brushing tools, but are they really the right choice for your application? Here are ten reasons to try NamPower wheels for your next deburring, edge radiusing, or surface finishing project.

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Topics: NamPower Wheels, NamPower

Five Reasons to See BRM at the SEMA Show (Booth #16510)

Posted by Team BRM on Oct 23, 2017 10:19:26 AM

Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), maker of the Flex-Hone® tool, will exhibit at the 2017 SEMA Show, the world’s premiere trade event for automotive specialty products.

From October 31 to November 3, BRM will showcase automotive surface finishing and parts cleaning tools in Booth #16510 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

When you visit BRM at the 2017 SEMA Show, you’ll see videos of our products in action. You’ll also have a chance to talk to our Technical Team. 

There are plenty of reasons to visit BRM next week, but here are five you won’t want to miss.

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Topics: Automotive

What You Need to Know About CBN Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Oct 16, 2017 7:45:40 AM

Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), maker of the Flex-Hone® tool, recently introduced a new line of standard metalworking products for hard-to-finish materials. CBN Flex-Hone® tools use cubic boron nitride (CBN) abrasive for deburring, edge blending, and surface finishing cylinders made of high-nickel alloy steels. Applications include aerospace components and medical device manufacturing.

Previously, CBN Flex-Hone® tools were available by special order only. Now that these surface finishing solutions are part of BRM’s standard product line, there’s a new brochure available for download. CBN Flex-Hone® tools demonstrate BRM’s commitment to solving metalworking challenges, but what else do you need to know about these flexible hones?

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Two Shows, Three Reasons, and the Surface Finishing Solutions You Need

Posted by Team BRM on Oct 9, 2017 10:14:41 AM

Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), maker of Flex-Hone® tools and NamPower technology, will exhibit at SOUTH-TEC and FABTECH this fall. If you plan to attend these industry-leading events, don’t miss your chance to meet BRM and solve your surface finishing challenges.

From October 24 to 26, BRM will showcase tools and technologies at SOUTH-TEC 2017 in Booth #1640 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Then, from November 6 to 9, you can meet Team BRM at FABTECH 2017 in Booth #A5751 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

There are plenty of reasons to visit BRM at these two tradeshows, but here are three that can help you save time and money.

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Topics: Flex-Hone, Miniature Deburring Brushes, NamPower

Plateau Honing: Four Things Flex-Hone® Users Need to Know

Posted by Team BRM on Oct 2, 2017 10:17:53 AM

Plateau honing improves the surface finish of cylinder walls by reducing raised areas or peaks to a uniform height and removing cut, torn, and folded metal.

This surface finishing technique also imparts a series of grooves or valleys in a uniform cross-hatch pattern as shown in the image on the right.

Along with improved lubricant control and retention, plateau honing for cylinder walls promotes piston ring seating and sealing. There are many advantages to plateau honing, but here are four things Flex-Hone® users need to know.

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Topics: Flex-Hone

NamPower Disc Brushes for Knife, Boat, and Vise Manufacturing

Posted by Team BRM on Sep 26, 2017 1:17:07 PM

What do knives, boats, and vises have in common? They all need an outer diameter (OD) surface finish that’s smooth, attractive, and burr-free. Otherwise, potential customers may notice small surface imperfections that can lead to larger questions about product quality.    

For high-performance surface finishing and deburring, NamPower nylon abrasive brushes are the right choice. These disc-shaped brushing tools remove burrs and improve surface finish at the same time. They also blend edges and integrate with today’s production machinery.

As the following success stories show, companies that care about quality are getting great results with NamPower disc brushes from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM).

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Topics: NamPower Abrasive Disc Brushes, NamPower

Five Flex-Hone® Success Stories for Parts Manufacturers

Posted by Team BRM on Sep 18, 2017 3:41:25 PM

Parts manufacturers use Flex-Hone® tools to remove burrs and improve cylinder surface finish at the same time.

Made in the USA by Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), Flex-Hone® tools improve part quality, reduce costs, and increase speed and efficiency.

As the following success stories show, Flex-Hone® tools help solve metal finishing challenges with pumps, compressors, and valves. BRM’s flexible cylinder hones are also used in the chamfer blending of aerospace parts, and in lawn equipment manufacturing.

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Automated Deburring for Cross-Drilled Holes in Precision Metal Parts

Posted by Team BRM on Sep 11, 2017 11:46:22 AM

Cross-hole deburring is an essential finishing operation for precision metal parts. In engine and transmission components, cross-drilled holes serve as conduits for fluids, lubricants, and greases. If burrs block these passageways, problems can result. Metal burrs in cross-drilled holes can also affect dimensional tolerances and lead to part misalignments.

Manual cross-hole deburring can be time-consuming. Manufacturers and machinists can outsource deburring operations instead, but this adds time and costs to precision metal parts. That’s why in-house, automated cross-hole deburring is an attractive, cost-effective alternative. With BRM Flex-Hone® tools, you can use your own CNC machinery or other production equipment to get great results.

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Topics: Flex-Hone, automation

Why Cutting Tool Manufacturers Like NamPower Diamond Wheels

Posted by Team BRM on Sep 5, 2017 7:51:55 AM

Wheel brushes can remove burrs and improve surface finish, but cutting tool manufacturers need the best tools to get the best results – especially with machined parts made of harder materials.   

NamPower wheel brushes with diamond abrasive filaments are the right choice to meet this challenge. They control the edge radius and polish the flue reliefs on cutting tools made of CBN, ceramic, cermet, high-speed steel, and tool steels. NamPower diamond wheels can remove hard coatings like nitride, too.

Today, cutting tool manufacturers are using NamPower diamond wheels to surface finish and deburr parts such as carbide inserts, drill bits, end mills, taps, reamers, gear hobs, and shapes. What do these part manufacturers know about NamPower than can help you save time and money?

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Topics: NamPower Wheels, NamPower