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Four Reasons to Visit BRM at WESTEC 2017 (Booth #2408)

Posted by Team BRM on Aug 21, 2017 2:58:55 PM

Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), maker of Flex-Hone® tools and NamPower technology, will exhibit at WESTEC, the West Coast’s premiere manufacturing tradeshow.

From September 12 to 14, BRM will showcase surface finishing and deburring tools in Booth #2408 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

When you visit BRM at WESTEC, you’ll see videos of our products in action. You'll also have a chance to talk to our technical team. If you bring us your part drawings, we’ll recommend the right BRM tools for your application.

There are plenty of reasons to visit BRM at WESTEC, but here are four you won’t want to miss.

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

Find BRM Metalworking Tools at EMO  2017

Posted by Team BRM on Aug 15, 2017 2:26:54 AM

Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), maker of Flex-Hone® tools and a full line of industrial brushes, will exhibit at EMO Hannover 2017, the world’s premiere tradeshow for metalworking.

From September 18 to 23, BRM will showcase technologies for surface finishing and deburring in Booth #A47, Hall 011 at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds in Hannover, Germany.

Mike Miller (Vice President of Global Sales), Heather Jones (Executive Vice President), and Jonathan Borden (Director of Sales) will meet with EMO attendees and explain how BRM helps solve metal finishing challenges.

Visitors to the BRM booth are invited to schedule an appointment, receive a complimentary day pass, and learn about Flex-Hone® tools, NamPower brushes, and BRM’s other metal finishing products. 

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Topics: Flex-Hone, NamPower

Robotic Deburring with Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Heather Jones on Aug 7, 2017 7:59:40 AM

Flex-Hone® tools are ideal for robotic deburring operations that can save manufacturers time and money. With industrial robots, end effectors grasp the Flex-Hone® by its metal stem wire and rotate the deburring tool according to programmed commands. By combining flexible honing with industrial automation, part manufacturers can combine speed and efficiency with quality, consistency, and accuracy.

The benefits of robotic deburring with Flex-Hone® tools don’t stop there. No matter how you use them – with a handheld drill, drill press, CNC machine, or other rotating spindle – Flex-Hone® technology imparts the ideal surface finish to cylinder walls. Flexible hones from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) also remove burrs from cross-drilled holes.

Let’s take a closer look at why Flex-Hone® tools are ideal for robotic deburring.

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Topics: Flex-Hone, Deburring Tools

SUV Engine Rebuilds and Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Jul 31, 2017 9:02:52 AM

When the engine in an old sports utility vehicle (SUV) started knocking, the owner answered with an engine teardown. The source of the knock, some worn-out bearings between the connecting rods and the crankshaft, could be fixed. The project needed new parts, the right tools, and some automotive know-how.

The SUV’s owner, a former auto mechanic, bought a remanufactured crankshaft from a local auto parts store. The crankshaft came with journal bearings, but required removing the cylinder heads and pistons. So the owner of the 1999 GMC Jimmy bought some new piston rings and engine gaskets, too.

To hone the engine’s cylinders, the mechanic used the BRM Flex-Hone® tool.

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Topics: Flex-Hone, Automotive

Engine Rebuilds: Automotive Tools and Accessories That Mechanics Need

Posted by Team BRM on Jul 17, 2017 8:42:08 AM

Engine rebuilds are easier when you have the right tools for the job. Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), a full-line supplier of flexible engine hones and automotive brushes, has the tools and accessories that mechanics need for surface preparation, surface finishing, cleaning, deburring, and cylinder deglazing.  

For nearly 60 years, BRM has supplied engine mechanics with high-quality products that are dependable, affordable, and easy-to-use. Let’s take a look at some of the automotive tools and accessories you’ll find in BRM’s product catalog, and that you can order on-line any time.

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Topics: Flex-Hone, Automotive

How Made in the USA Flex-Hone® Tools Support U.S. Manufacturing

Posted by Team BRM on Jul 3, 2017 11:05:29 AM

Made in the USA Flex-Hone® tools from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) are helping manufacturers across the United States to compete and win in the global marketplace.

For surface finishing and deburring the walls of cylinders, Flex-Hone® tools are more than just the industry standard. BRM’s flexible, resilient honing tools help companies to reduce costs, improve productivity, and increase quality and consistency.   

Let’s take a closer look at how two U.S. manufacturers have used Flex-Hone® technology to meet business challenges and get real-world results. You can also find additional case studies on the Applications Guide section of our website.

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Flexible Hones vs. Rigid Hones: Five Reasons to Use the Flex-hone® Tool

Posted by Heather Jones on Jun 26, 2017 11:03:14 AM

Manufacturers, machinists, and metalworkers want to know which type of cylinder hone is the right choice for their application. Flex-Hone® tools from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) are great for deglazing the walls of cylinders that aren’t out-of-round. Flexible hones are also ideal for surface finishing bores that have been honed to size with a rigid hone.    

Rigid hones are recommended for some applications, but flexible hones are the right choice for cylinders that don’t require initial honing, resizing, or geometry correction. With their low-temperature, low-pressure abrading process, Flex-Hone® tools won’t remove significant amounts of material. Rather, flexible hones impart the ideal final finish – a plateau finish. Flexible hones are great for cross-hole deburring, too.

Flexible honing offers numerous advantages, but here are five reasons to use Flex-Hone® tools instead of rigid hones.

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Which Small-Diameter Flex-Hone® Do You Need?

Posted by Team BRM on Jun 19, 2017 10:05:39 AM

Small-diameter Flex-Hone® tools are a great choice for imparting a smooth, oil-retaining surface finish to the walls of smaller-diameter cylinders. These miniature metalworking tools from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) can also remove burrs from cross-drilled holes.

Flexible honing requires no special training or instruction, but which small-diameter Flex-Hone® tool do you need? Bore size is important, of course, but you’ll also need to consider the workpiece base material and the amount of work to perform.

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Brake Rotors and Flywheels: Three Keys to a Better Surface Finish

Posted by Team BRM on May 30, 2017 9:25:47 AM

Brake rotors that lack a smooth, non-directional finish tend to wear out more quickly. Surface irregularities that produce harmonic vibrations cause brake squeaking and squealing, too. In automotive transmissions, flywheels with irregular surfaces also produce excessive noise and wear.

To improve the surface finish of brake rotors, flywheels, and automotive clutch plates, mechanics and manufacturers use Flex-Hone® tools from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM). The Flex-Hone® for Rotors imparts a smooth, non-directional finish and is ideal for both new and used rotors. This flexible honing tool doesn’t require special training, but there are three keys to surface finishing success.

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Three Ways That Flex-Hone® Tools Can Save You Time and Money

Posted by Team BRM on Apr 24, 2017 11:07:03 AM

Flex-Hone® tools remove burrs, deglaze bores, and improve cylinder surface finish. Made in the USA by Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), these flexible cylinder hones enable manufacturers, machinists, metalworkers, and maintenance personnel to solve surface finishing and deburring challenges.

Importantly, Flex-Hone® tools also support the bottom line. BRM ball hones offer a range of benefits, but can Flex-Hone® technology really save you time and money? Through asset protection, increased productivity, and value-added manufacturing, you can reap the rewards of flexible cylinder honing.

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Topics: Flex-Hone