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July 15, 2014
Aluminum-oxide surface conditioning materials made for challenging applications
Norton | Saint-Gobain has expanded its Norton Rapid Prep™ nonwoven surface conditioning product line. The Bear-Tex® portfolio now includes a new regular flex (RF) line of aluminum oxide (A/O) products that are suitable for demanding belt and... Read more...

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April 22, 2014
Aluminum-oxide depressed-center wheels offer fast cut rate
Norton Abrasives has introduced Gemini XXL wheels, which it claims are the fastest-grinding, 100 percent aluminum-oxide depressed-center wheels on the market. They are suitable for hard-grade carbon steel applications, weld repairs, flashing, and... Read more...

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March 14, 2014
Better brushes, better technique, better cleaning
Power wire brushing removes burrs and cleans impurities off various surfaces. Brush types abound—wheel brushes, cup brushes, end brushes, and specialty brushes reach into corners and crevices like few other finishing tools can (see Figure 1 ).... Read more...

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October 22, 2013
Depressed-center wheels deliver improved grain microfracturing
Norton Abrasives has introduced an upgrade of its Best-tier depressed-center wheels for right-angle grinding applications. Its NorZon® Plus wheels now use a proprietary blend of the company's patented, newest-generation SG ceramic alumina... Read more...

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September 6, 2013
Hand pads' webbing creates extra strength
Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced Norton Bear-Tex® Thin-Flex™ hand pads. They provide increased cutting action through a web structure created by a needling process to allow more pressure to be applied per abrasive grain without extra... Read more...

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April 23, 2013
Surface-conditioning products made for MRO requirements
Saint-Gobain Abrasives offers a portfolio of surface-conditioning products under the Norton Bear-Tex brand designed to meet maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) needs, including blending, deburring, and weld blending; surface prep before... Read more...

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December 4, 2012
Nonwoven products finish all types of metal parts
Norton Abrasives has introduced the Norton RapidPrep™ line of nonwoven discs, belts, and wheels for the metal fabricating industry. The nonwoven substrate has an improved resin bond system designed to eliminate smearing and loading and... Read more...

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December 3, 2012
Grinding, polishing, blending in hard-to-reach areas
One of your customers calls to ask you to bid on a product currently in development. You’ve already been doing quite a few programs that involve bending tube and welding it to make subassemblies for his company, so he wants you to take... Read more...

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November 1, 2012
App helps users select right-angle grinding products
Norton Abrasives has introduced a grinding app that features a right-angle grinding product selector and distributor locator. It also includes a wheel speed conversion calculator, as well as a coolant and dressing parameter calculator for... Read more...

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September 5, 2012
Abrasives app aids grinding product selection
Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced a Norton Abrasives grinding app. The application includes a wheel speed conversion calculator, a coolant calculator, and a dressing parameter calculator for abrasives applications. It also features a... Read more...

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July 26, 2012
Grinding wheels provide high free-cutting capability
Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced Norton QUANTUM™ X creepfeed wheels. They incorporate a patented pore-induced construction; Norton Quantum ceramic abrasive; and a strong, patented bond. The wheels are suitable for low-, medium-,... Read more...

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June 1, 2012
Depressed-center grinding wheel safety—test your knowledge
All power tools have inherent dangers and can be hazardous when used improperly. Careful attention to safety guidelines is paramount when using these tools. Portable grinders with Type 27 depressed-center wheels are among the power tools used... Read more...

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May 9, 2012
Abrasive products upgraded with zirconia alumina grain
Saint-Gobain Abrasives has implemented an upgrade across its "Better" tier of Norton metal fabricating abrasives products for portable grinding applications. Products in the tier now are sub-branded as Norton BlueFire and feature a new NorZon... Read more...

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March 7, 2012
Portable foundry wheels help reduce grind time
Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced Norton BlueFire™ portable zirconia aluminum foundry wheels for the metal fabricating industry. According to the manufacturer, the snagging cup wheels reduce grind time more than 40 percent and... Read more...

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August 8, 2011
Coated abrasive fiber disc safety
Coated abrasive discs have an excellent safety record with few reported disc breakages and personal injuries. Still, every effort should be made to prevent them. As with most accidents, operator error is a major factor. Following established... Read more...

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July 20, 2011
Finishing stainless steel pipe and tube
One of the more common yet difficult jobs in metal fabrication is using portable tools to take down welds and produce a final finish on stainless steel tube or pipe. Sanding the weld down to a No. 3 or No. 4 finish can seem like a daunting... Read more...

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July 18, 2011
Quick-trim flap discs allow full use of flaps
Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced two new Norton quick-trim flap discs for the metal fabricating industry. Both feature a new, flexible, easily trimmed plastic back plate, allowing full use of the flaps. The plastic backing can be trimmed... Read more...

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June 3, 2011
Right-angle abrasive discs feature engineered grain and improved resin bond system
Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced Norton Vortex Rapid Finish nonwoven right-angle discs for the metal fabricating industry. They feature an engineered grain and improved resin bond system to provide aggressive, fast stock removal and a... Read more...

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March 21, 2011
Fiber cutting disks allow constant supply of new cutting edges
Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced Norton NorZon® BlueFire™ F826 fiber disks for use on stainless, superalloys, steel cast iron, and high-pressure applications. They feature a blend of patented zirconia alumina and ceramic alumina... Read more...

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March 14, 2011
Gearing up to grind aluminum
Aluminum is the most common metallic element in the world. In its pure form, aluminum is silvery-white and lightweight. While readily available and commonly used, aluminum is a difficult material to process as it poses a unique set of challenges,... Read more...

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March 14, 2011
Changing up the daily grind
If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? It's safe to say that not all change is good and that change for the sake of change seems a little unnecessary, especially if a particular system gets the job done. But sometimes finding the ability... Read more...

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November 29, 2010
Depressed-center right-angle grinding wheel line expanded
Saint-Gobain Abrasives has expanded its line of Norton depressed-center wheels for right-angle grinding. The Charger™ Plus and Gemini® lines now include INOX contaminant-free wheels, which contain less than 0.01 percent iron,... Read more...

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November 8, 2010
Flap, fiber disks engineered for applications from stock removal to blending
Norton has introduced a new line of Norton/Merit flap disks and fiber disks for right-angle grinding. The SG Blaze® Plus is offered in the "best" tier for top performance; the NorZon® BlueFire&trade is in the "better" tier for a... Read more...

News

November 8, 2010
Abrasive product line to expand
Saint-Gobain Abrasives Inc. has launched a new Norton product expansion program for the metal fabricating industry. The company will introduce hundreds of new abrasive products over the next year for use on right-angle grinders, random orbital... Read more...

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October 25, 2010
Ultrathin cutoff wheels cover Type 01 straight, Type 27 depressed-center 4 to 6 in. wheels
Saint-Gobain Abrasives Inc. has expanded the Norton RightCut™ line of cutoff wheels for right-angle grinders with new, 0.040-in.-thick wheels. The Norzon Plus RightCut is offered in the Best tier. It is made with the combination of... Read more...

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May 8, 2007
Abrasives line expanded
Norton Abrasives' bonded Gemini wheel line has expanded and now includes segments, cylindrical wheels, centerless wheels, and surface wheels. The products are suitable for small-to-medium-sized manufacturers that need one abrasive product for... Read more...

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February 13, 2007
Cut-off wheels available in new sizes
Norton Abrasives' NorZon® Plus RightCut™ wheels are now available in 4-1/2 in. through 6-in. diameters in Type 01 straight and Type 27 depressed center shapes for right-angle grinders. The ultra-thin NorZon Plus RightCut cut-off wheels... Read more...

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May 10, 2005
Abrasives that make the grade
Professional metalworkers hardly need reminding that maximizing output and minimizing costs in welding require selecting the right abrasive for each application and using that abrasive correctly. Still, in the rush to get the job done or... Read more...