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Capable of performing deburr and edge contour operations on turbine disks up to 20 inches [500mm] in diameter.
Turbo-Abrasive Machining (also referred to as Turbo-Finish) is a mechanical deburring and finishing method originally developed to automate edge finishing procedures on complex rotationally oriented and symmetrical aerospace engine components. Since its inception this method of utilizing fluidized abrasive materials has facilitated significant reductions in the amount of manual intervention required to deburr large components. Additionally, the process has also proved to be useful in edge and surface finishing a wide variety of other non-rotational components by incorporating these components into fixturing systems. The advantages of this method go beyond the simple removal or attenuation of burrs. The method is also capable of producing surface conditions at these critical edge areas that contribute to increased service life and functionality of parts that are severely stressed in service. Among these advantages are:
(1) the creation of isotropic surfaces.
(2) The replacement of positively skewed surface profiles with negative or neutral skews and
(3) the development of beneficial compressive stress.
Deburring, Finishing, Part Performance and Productivity
Deburring and surface conditioning of complex machined parts is one of the most troublesome problems faced by the metalworking industry. In many cases parts with complex geometric forms which are manufactured with very sophisticated computer-controlled equipment, are deburred, edge finished, and surface conditioned with manual or hand-held power tools. This labor-intensive manual handling often has a considerable negative impact on manufacturing process flow, productivity, and uniformity of features as well as part-to-part and lot-to-lot uniformity. Often employees involved in these types of operations have a high incidence of repetitive motion injury. To say that the cost and long-term liability associated with this type of injury is substantial would be an understatement. It has been a long-standing industry-wide paradox that the final edge and surface-conditioning operations utilized on many types of precision parts have nowhere near the level of sophistication of the preceding machining operations. It flies in the face of logic to perform deburring and surface finishing operations carelessly with unsophisticated and uncontrolled methods on high value parts, when there has been an extensive investment made to produce a precision and uniform machined part. Manual methods can be very tedious and time-consuming. The workflow interruption and production bottlenecks which result are frequently one of the most significant headaches that manufacturing managers must confront. The total costs involved in performing manual finishing often defy quantification. As these types of processes are seldom capital intensive, they frequently escape the budget scrutiny they deserve. Studie
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