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Buffing Wheels Require Minimal Buffing Compound

Saint-Gobain Abrasives' new Norton FAB (Fixed Abrasive Buff) buffing wheels are designed to virtually eliminate the need to use buffing compounds. "Norton FAB wheels feature a patent pending design that incorporates abrasive grains into the buffing wheel and consistently provides excellent single digit Ra values ranging from 1 to 5 Ra. The new Norton FAB wheels are tear resistant, waterproof and durable, providing significantly longer life than traditional cotton buffs," said a company spokesperson.

"In addition to virtually eliminating the need for messy buffing compounds, new Norton FAB wheels increase productivity by generating more parts per buff with fewer buffing wheel changes," said Anne Bonner, Senior Product Manager, Norton|Saint-Gobain Abrasives. "Also, their superior finishing performance can remove costly, extra pre-buff processing steps."

"Without the requirements to purchase, apply, clean up and dispose of large amounts of compound, costs are minimized," said the spokesperson. "Also, less buffing compound improves worksite safety and reduces the environmental impact of compound disposal."

Norton FAB wheels have a silicon carbide abrasive that is uniformly dispersed and applied to both sides of the cloth, providing consistent buffing performance. Norton FAB wheels can be easily incorporated into new or existing robotic buffing applications.

Key applications for Norton FAB wheels include automatic or semi-automatic buffing, cut buffing and mush buffing in a wide range of markets such as automotive, hardware, oil and gas and more. The new wheels are effective on hard alloys as well as soft metals such as aluminum and brass. Norton FAB Wheels are available in outer diameters from 5" to 22", in 12 or 16 ply (number of cloth layers of buff), two or four pack (waviness of the buff face) and various I.D. hole designs.

For more information contact:

Norton|Saint-Gobain Abrasives

1 New Bond St.

Worcester, MA 01606


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