Norton Saint-Gobain FAB Wheels Reduce Need for Buffing Compounds
Norton FAB (Fixed Abrasive Buff) buffing wheels from Saint-Gobain Abrasives are said virtually to eliminate the need for buffing compounds. Silicon brasive grains are integrated into the buffing wheel, delivering consistent, Ra values ranging from 1 to 5. The wheels are tear-resistant, waterproof and durable, providing longer product life than traditional cotton buffs.
Because they significantly decrease the need for buffing compound, FAB wheels offer a more efficient, cleaner and safer buffing method, the company says. With less buffing compound, the process involves less cumbersome, time-consuming cleanup and post-cleanup work. The costs of purchasing, applying, cleaning and disposing of compound are reduced. And less compound improves workplace safety and environmental impact.
Applications include automatic or semi-automatic buffing, cut buffing and mush buffing in a markets such as automotive, hardware, and oil and gas. The wheels are effective on hard alloys as well as soft metals such as aluminum and brass, the company says. Norton FAB Wheels are available with outer diameters ranging from 5" to 22", in 12 or 16 ply (number of cloth layers of buff), as a two or four pack (waviness of the buff face), and with various ID hole designs.
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