The Norton brand of Saint-Gobain Abrasives has launched the next generation of grinding products engineered for reportedly maximizing performance and delivering cost savings in precision applications.
Norton Vitrium3 is a bond platform featuring an exclusive chemistry that delivers an entirely new grain adhesion science that provides three key benefits. First, improved chip clearance and coolant flow for a cooler cut eliminating burn or other part damage, especially on today's tough-to-grind materials, such as high nickel alloys, tool steels and chrome. Second, superior form and corner holding for grinding precise profiles. Third, the ability to meet the higher wheel speeds demanded of today's equipment increasing overall production.
Norton Vitrium3 is available in wheels and segments and span all abrasive grains from proprietary Norton Quantum ceramic alumina, Norton Vortex engineered aluminum oxide and ceramic alumina and aluminum oxide blends.
Related Glossary Terms
Substance used for grinding, honing, lapping, superfinishing and polishing. Examples include garnet, emery, corundum, silicon carbide, cubic boron nitride and diamond in various grit sizes.
Substances having metallic properties and being composed of two or more chemical elements of which at least one is a metal.
- 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.
- chip clearance
In milling, the groove or space provided in the cutter body that allows chips to be formed by the inserts.
Space provided behind a tool’s land or relief to prevent rubbing and subsequent premature deterioration of the tool. See land; relief.
Fluid that reduces temperature buildup at the tool/workpiece interface during machining. Normally takes the form of a liquid such as soluble or chemical mixtures (semisynthetic, synthetic) but can be pressurized air or other gas. Because of water’s ability to absorb great quantities of heat, it is widely used as a coolant and vehicle for various cutting compounds, with the water-to-compound ratio varying with the machining task. See cutting fluid; semisynthetic cutting fluid; soluble-oil cutting fluid; synthetic cutting fluid.
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.
- tool steels
Group of alloy steels which, after proper heat treatment, provide the combination of properties required for cutting tool and die applications. The American Iron and Steel Institute divides tool steels into six major categories: water hardening, shock resisting, cold work, hot work, special purpose and high speed.