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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: Flex-Hone, Brake Rotors

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

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

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, NamPower, Miniature Deburring Brushes

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

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