Originally focused on localised manufacture, in recent years the company has started to expand its sphere of operations by forming strategic partnerships with a number of overseas companies who focus in providing equipment based on specific areas of manufacturing such as AM/3D applications.
Our vision is to be Australasia’s go to surface finishing specialists; to build a business where customers can come to find a solution to any of their post processing problems.
Our mission as a company is to not only develop, and produce innovative surface finishing machinery, but educate our customer base on the best methods and systems that improve product quality and stream line their production processes.
To ensure our innovative products are easily accessible around the globe, we have partnered up with some of the leading surface finishing specialists. Find your closest distributor below.
What Is Mass Finishing?
Mass finishing is a term used to describe a group of abrasive industrial processes by which large lots of parts or components made from metal or other materials can be economically processed in bulk to achieve one or several of a variety of surface effects.
Mass Finishing Equipment
There are variations within each major grouping, and each equipment group has its own set of advantages. The first four groups are primarily used with parts immersed within a body of abrasive media and are capable of some independent movement within that mass. On occasion, fixturing or some sub-compartmentalization may be used to isolate delicate or critical parts from each other. Part-on-part contact may also be minimized by using higher media-to-part ratio combinations. Common media-to-part ratios for noncritical parts run anywhere from 1:1 to 1:4 by volume. Parts with a higher need for cushioning and protection may utilize media/part ratios as high as 10:1 to 15:1. In contrast, all spin/spindle finishing processes utilize fixturing of parts, and in most cases movement of the fixture develops much of the action needed to abrade the parts.
Why mass finishing?
Although each of the mass finishing process types carries with it a unique set of process strengths and weaknesses, all of them are sufficiently versatile to be able to process a wide variety of part types successfully. A plethora of abrasive media types, sizes, and shapes makes it possible, in many cases, to achieve very different results within the same equipment, ranging from heavy grinding and radiussing to final finishing. Components from almost every conceivable type of material have been surface conditioned using mass finishing techniques including ferrous and nonferrous metals, plastics, composition materials, ceramics, and even wood.
Mass finishing cautions
Care must be exercised in media size, shape selection, and maintenance to prevent media lodging in holes and recesses, which might require labour intensive manual removal. Some parts have shapes, sizes, or weights that may preclude them from being finished in some mass finishing processes because of the risk of impingement from part-on-part contact or of nesting due to certain features of the parts interlocking together when in proximity. Additionally, most processes that use water in conjunction with the abrasive media create an effluent stream, which must be treated prior to discharge into municipal sewage or other disposal.