From prostheses in the medical field to hand tools and fabricated metals, the Norton SG Blaze R980 belts grind stainless steel, iconel,—sometimes with hot isostatic processing (HIP)—carbon steel and cobalt chrome. For example, the coated abrasive belts have been implemented in robotic grinding operations to remove gates on cobalt chrome prostheses.
The Y-weight polyester backing contributes to a long belt life, says the company. It is also said to offer favorable grain adhesion, enhanced edge-fray resistance and improved body retention. These features are combined with a new resin system, which has been developed for improving grain retention, and “supersize” lubricant for cool cutting.
Offered in narrow or wide models to 52", the belts are available with butt joints in grit sizes of 24, 36, 40, 50, 60 or 80, as well as with interlocking (Norlok) joints.
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