August 03,2020
AutoHone reverse drag finisher

Unlike traditional drag finishing machines, the AutoHone developed by North Kingston, Rhode Island-based Bel Air Finishing Supply Inc., rotates media instead of parts. The AutoHone dips parts into the flowing media held within a rotating bin and combines this with robotic automation enabling a turnkey solution to deburring, polishing, cleaning and drying.

A robot arm enables 5-dimensional motions, which means parts can be inserted into finishing media at unique angles tailored to achieve specific finishing specifications, according to the company. Following the finishing process, the robotic arm cleans the part within the optional ultrasonic cleaning station and can also dry the part in the optional drying station before placing the part back into the tray.

The AutoHone is said to be capable of processing parts in as little as 5 seconds as well as extending the life of cutting tools by up to 300%.

Capable of processing machined and 3D printed parts, the AutoHone is suitable for the medical, automotive, aerospace and fire arms industries, to name a few. It is available with options to better adapt to any manufacturing environment. Bel Air offers to process samples of your parts at its facility.

Related Glossary Terms

  • polishing


    Abrasive process that improves surface finish and blends contours. Abrasive particles attached to a flexible backing abrade the workpiece.

  • ultrasonic cleaning

    ultrasonic cleaning

    Method of cleaning metal or plastic parts by immersing them in an aqueous or solvent-based cleaning solution and imposing ultrasound energy on the bath to enhance cleaning by creating cavitation conditions at the part surface, which imparts a strong scouring action to remove tenacious soils.