Saint-Gobain Abrasives, one of the world’s largest abrasives manufacturers, has introduced its new “Norton for Aluminum” Thin Wheels for the right angle cutting and grinding of aluminum and other non-ferrous soft metals. High quality, extra-friable and self-sharpening aluminum oxide grain and specialized bond technology results in the best cutting and grinding wheel market performance in its class. The new wheels offer aggressive, fast cutting which resists loading and minimizes heat on the workpiece, providing consistent, long-lasting wheel performance.
“As the demand for lighter, stronger materials such as aluminum continues to grow, we are very pleased to offer customers a new, efficient cutting and grinding wheel solution that specifically addresses their application challenges,” said Bradley Povelaites, Manager, Product and Commercial Management, Norton | Saint-Gobain Abrasives. “Norton for Aluminum wheels improve throughput and reduce scrap and downtime, saving costs.”
Norton for Aluminum wheels have a range of features and benefits including a 5/8"- 11" hub for quick, tool-free wheel changes. Helping to keep metal surfaces clean for defect-free, corrosion-free welding, the new wheels have a contaminate-free bond which does not need any waxes or lubricants. Also, a double coarse layer construction adds versatility and life on applications such as back-grinding and notching. Norton for Aluminum wheels construction is strong and safe, exceeding all the strictest Norton American ANSI and international safety standards.
Key markets for Norton for Aluminum include aluminum and metal fabrication, welding, shipbuilding, automotive and transportation, aerospace and construction. Applications include aluminum, cut-off, portable grinding, beveling, notching, smoothing welds and offhand stock removal. The new wheels are available in 1/4" Grinding Type 27, 1/8" Cutting/ Notching/ Grinding Type 27, .045" Right Angle Cut-Off Types 01/41 and 27/42, and Straight Cut-Off Type 01/41.
Related Glossary Terms
- aluminum oxide
Aluminum oxide, also known as corundum, is used in grinding wheels. The chemical formula is Al2O3. Aluminum oxide is the base for ceramics, which are used in cutting tools for high-speed machining with light chip removal. Aluminum oxide is widely used as coating material applied to carbide substrates by chemical vapor deposition. Coated carbide inserts with Al2O3 layers withstand high cutting speeds, as well as abrasive and crater wear.
Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.
- grinding wheel
Wheel formed from abrasive material mixed in a suitable matrix. Takes a variety of shapes but falls into two basic categories: one that cuts on its periphery, as in reciprocating grinding, and one that cuts on its side or face, as in tool and cutter grinding.