in Vol. 5 - May Issue - Year 2004
Turbo Abrasive Blasting
This Model TF-522 Turbo-Abrasive Machining Center is capable of performing deburring and edge-contour operations on complex rotating components in the 250-500mm range. It simultaneously can produce polished isotropic surfaces that can improve surface integrity and extend the service life of critical hardware.
Turbine Disk Broach Slot Detail: This photograph shows turbine disk broach slot areas after Turbo-Abrasive Machining. Burr removal, edge contour and surface improvement have been developed very rapidly with controlled machining processes that effect all edges and surfaces identically and simultaneously.
Turbo-abrasive machining is a loose abrasive machining method that can deburr and produce edge contour effects very rapidly. The method is especially useful for the final machining and finishing of larger complex rotating components. These types of parts often are not good candidates for other mass media finishing techniques and until now have required very tedious and expensive manual deburring. The Turbo-Abrasive Machining process can automate much of this work, not only reducing labor and costs, but improving the uniformity and consistency of edge and surface effects in a way not possible to duplicate with single-point-of-contact machining methods. This uniformity and the isotropic nature of the edges and surfaces that are developed can also markedly improve the surface integrity and fatigue resistance of many types of critical components.
Sample processing can be arranged for your parts. Additional detailed information about this new technology will also be presented at the 7th International Deburring and Surface Conditioning Conference at the University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. USA
June 7-9, 2004, and at the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s IMTS 2004
Manufacturing Conference at Chicago, IL, Sept. 8-10, 2004.