Whatever type of products you fabricate, you likely need to finish, sand, or grind them before they can be completed. Shop owners and operators will find a range of machines on the market for conventional pieces, but what are your options if you need to process smaller parts?
Don’t worry – there’s a Timesavers for that.
Keep reading to learn how you can deburr small parts both traditionally and with Timesavers’ 1200 Series deburring machines:
Traditional Techniques for Deburring Small Parts
Automated machines typically use a conveyer belt to move parts through the machine, stabilizing them with pinch rolls. The minimum part length guideline is the distance between pinch rolls. In other words, there should be one pinch roll holding onto the part at all times.
Traditional solutions might include:
- Running Parts in a Skeleton: This can usually be the frame in which they’re cut. While forming the pieces, leave small tabs in place to secure the finished products. Make sure the tabs aren’t too small, though, as they need to be strong enough to hang on throughout the finishing process. After it’s complete, you’ll need to break the pieces out (a step that might require hand processing).
- Holding the Part with a Fixture: This fixture is often separate from the conveyer belt itself.
- Using a Magnetic Chuck: This technique can only be used for parts than can be held with a magnet. You can place the magnet beneath the sanding head, though keep in mind that this could magnetize the piece and cause some sanding debris to stick.
- A Vacuum Bed: This is a conveyer belt equipped with small holes and a blower. The blower draws air through, directing it onto the bed to stabilize the parts. Keep in mind that the part needs to have enough surface area to be held down.
- Timesavers’ Sticky Belt: Unique to Timesavers, a sticky belt can be used on its own with most smaller parts (no other devices required).
Sometimes it is possible to run a short part through without securing it provided the sanding head runs in the same direction. This is not recommended, however, because it makes it easier for the part to slip under the sanding head. That can affect how well the part is finished or – even worse – damage the machine if the part is picked up or thrown.
Whatever size the part is, it’s important to make sure it won’t tip during the grinding process (ensure the width or length is big enough in relation to its thickness).
Timesavers 1200 Series: Designed to Deliver Results with Small Parts
Timesavers’ 1200 Series is small but mighty.
For over seven decades, Timesavers has been manufacturing finishing machines that stand up to the demands of shop owners around the world. Timesavers’ 1200 Series (Belt, Disc, or Belt+Disc) has been designed specifically to deburr and finish small metal parts. The abrasive belt gets rid of vertical burrs, while the disc handles sharp lateral burrs – leaving the edges gently rounded after the part is finished being processed.
- 1-2 heads (disc or drum).
- A standard width of 9 inches.
- 5 HP main drive motor, which is enclosed and fan cooled to prevent overheating.
- An abrasive belt measuring 60 inches in length and manual abrasive belt tracking.
- A bed opening measuring 0 to 3 inches (with a 39-inch Constant Passline).
- Feed speed of 10 to 30 FPM.
- A 25” (diameter) Contact Drum.
- Hand guards, enclosed work areas, and quick stop mechanisms to keep operators safe.
Timesavers also offers solutions for machine options and dust collection, which can be tailored to meet your unique needs.
Do you want to discuss how a Timesavers 1200 Series deburring machine can work for your application? Contact the experts at Westway today!