The automotive industry is rapidly evolving towards more efficient vehicles where automotive components have to be durable and fuel economic. Hence we have developed automotive surface finishing solutions which benefit the industry by reducing processing times and producing a repeatable and quality product. These finishing processes are ideal for high volume production, can be easily automated and ensure that the components’ geometry is integral.
Some of the key benefits of using ActOn automotive surface finishing technology include: components become more durable; part resistance increases to pitting and scuffing; reduced fuel consumption; more resistant components to bending; less operating temps; less friction; lower requirement of lubrication which also reduces the costs.
A “superfinishing” process using ActOn’s special Chemcut compound
in a Vibratory Trough machine. A three stage process was developed
to remove all machining lines and achieve a smooth surface finish.
The part resulted in a bright mirror finish. The process delivered a
superior surface finish in a considerably reduced time whilst
maintaining the dimensional integrity of the part.
The aim was to achieve a clean and degreased surface in a 1 lap process. Using a single type of media and compound and the vibratory bowl machine the finish was achieved in 2 minutes. An automated system was designed to enable processing high volumes of parts, to reduce manual handling and ensure consistent results.
The finish was achieved in a two-step process, using the high energy finishing machine to remove the lines and ActOn's vibratory bowl to polish. The consumables used included an abrasive media for the first stage, a polishing media for the second stage and a concentrated cleaning and polishing compound.