Saint-Gobain Norton Winter AEON Wheels Extend Wheel Life
Saint-Gobain Abrasives says its single-layer Norton Winter Aeon Electroplated Grinding Wheel improves wheel life and efficiency by 50-percent compared to standard wheels.
Saint-Gobain Abrasives recommends its new Norton Winter Aeon Electroplated Grinding Wheels for high-precision applications in the automotive, medical and aerospace markets. The design and manufacturing process gives Aeon wheels the ability to hold a profile tolerance of ± 5 µm at a maximum wheel diameter of ~24" (600 mm) and width of ~12" (300 mm), while weighing up to 551 lbs (250 kg).
The company designed the Norton Winter Aeon Grinding Wheels with a single usable abrasive layer of diamond or cBN particles mechanically fixed onto the core surface by an electrochemical process of nickel deposition. This unique layer design provides high grit retention levels for long wheel life. To save costs, the wheel core is reusable. Once the abrasive grains are worn, users can re-plate the core of the wheel with new diamond or cBN grains in a continuous re-plating cycle.
"We are pleased to offer our customers new, high-precision electroplated grinding wheels which are custom designed to meet their application requirements," says Andy Schoch, product manager for Single Layer Products at Saint-Gobain Abrasives’ Norton brand. "Aeon Grinding Wheels provide up to a 50-percent increase in production efficiency, wheel life and number of re-platings."
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