ActOn Case Studies
ActOn Finishing develops a single step mass finishing process for an axle holder, benefiting the end-user by eliminating manual finishing and producing a repeatable and quality finish.
ActOn Finishing was approached by one of its customers to develop a mass finishing process to deburr and polish Forged Automotive Parts (axle holders). The customer manufactures forge automotive parts for the motorcycle industry. They were manual polishing the components and were looking to implement vibratory finishing in their process. However, at the time they had no experience with mass finishing techniques and they needed some guidance.
We started by working out the weekly volumes and we determined that the mass finishing process should be no longer than 15 minutes. As a normal vibratory bowl may not achieve the required finish within the time frame, we decided the most appropriate finishing technology to use is the Centrifugal High Energy finishing machine. Furthermore we have identified that by using divider plates in the High Energy finishing machine barrels, we can process 12 parts per load.
Our team also developed a unique finishing process, using a single type of media and compound. As the axle holder is manufactured out of Aluminium we used a medium abrasive ceramic media for descaling and deburring. We carefully chose the media size and shape to avoid any lodgement while managing to finish even hard to reach areas of the part.
Beside using the correct machinery and media the compound was integral for the success of the finishing process. We used a liquid compound that acts as a concentrated cleaner and a good polisher. Furthermore the compound has other functions such as:
The process resulted in complete scale removal and a deburred and bright finish all in a single step process, thus achieving the throughput.
Before / After
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