Finishing is defined as the task that actually completes the final stages of manufacture or production. This concept, is primary applicable in processing of garments or fabrics. In buildings and other constructions though, another term emerges – finishing systems. These are often related to metal surface preparation.
The finishing systems process will not be complete without a list of equipment. Some of the most common examples are metal finishing, air blasting, wheel blasting and foundry blasting equipment. Washers for industrial parts, and grinders and lathes are also part of the list. Below are descriptions of these tools and their applications.
Metal finishing equipment
Metal finishing equipment usually has a replaceable polyurethane basket and is very easy to manipulate or operate. The tool is commonly used in deburring or the process of removing rough edges from a piece of machined item. Fabricated aluminum and steel, bronze water meter housings and aluminum die cast heat sinks are examples of applications for this equipment. It also helps improve a titanium valve’s surface finish.
Blasting is commonly referred to as a procedure to blow, destroy or break something with the aid of explosives. The process is controlled to make sure that nobody is harmed while the method is done. For finishing systems, there are actually two types of equipment used: air blasting and wheel blasting.
Air blasting is used in deburring, deflashing or etching a surface. It is also used in blast cleaning and shot peening. Wheel blasting on the other hand, is vitally applied in surface cleaning and etching, structural steel, casting and cleaning, automotive parts remanufacturing and wire descaling.
Industrial parts washers also play a vital role in fulfilling the objectives of surface preparation. Washers help in the faster and more effective disposition of all tasks pertaining to cleaning. Some companies offer equipment with gas, steam or electric heating units.
Lathes are also used in finishing services. A lathe is a machining tool for wood or metal. It holds the work piece and rotates it with a use of a cutting tool. Another variation is called the grinder. This one is essential in polishing the surface.
Most companies offering finishing systems also include abrasives on the list. Abrasives are substances used to smooth or polish a surface through scraping. Examples of substances used are pumice and emery. Accessories such as nozzles, alarms, remote controls and operator safety equipment are among the products offered by companies.