Abrasive Belts improve productivity by reducing process time.

Press Release Summary:

Vortex® Rapid Prep Belts come in Low Flex (LF) – high-lift nylon fiber bonded to strong nylon scrim backing – and Regular Flex (RF) – low stretch design with nylon fiber bonded to Y-weight polyester backing – versions. Agglomerated aluminum oxide grain increases cut rate on aluminum, titanium, and stainless steel, while Clean Bond™ resin technology eliminates rework process steps by producing smooth, smear-free finishes for aerospace, metal and stainless fabrication, and MRO applications.

Original Press Release:

New Norton Vortex® Rapid Prep Belts Reduce Process Time by over 50%

WORCESTER, MA, USA – Saint-Gobain Abrasives, the world’s largest abrasives manufacturer and leader in metal fabrication abrasive products for over 125 years, has launched Norton Vortex® Rapid Prep Belts that are ideal for Aerospace, Metal and Stainless Fabrication, and Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) applications. The proprietary agglomerate grain of Vortex Rapid Prep increases belt life up to three times that of Aluminum Oxide grain and reduces two to five grit sequences in blending operations, substantially reducing labor and material costs. In addition, Norton Vortex Rapid Prep incorporates the Norton | Saint-Gobain proprietary Clean Bond™ resin technology for exceptionally smooth, smear-free finishes, eliminating rework process steps and improving productivity.

The patented Vortex agglomerated aluminum oxide grain delivers a 10% faster cut rate on aluminum, and a 20% faster cut rate on titanium and stainless steel, with a 50% or more improved process time by reducing multiple grinding steps. The combination of cutting power of a coarser grit, with the finishing quality of a finer grit, minimizes edge wear, providing up to two times the life on all substrates.

To view a video on Norton Vortex Rapid Prep, visit http://www.nortonbeartex.com/Non-Woven-Videos.aspx .

Norton Vortex Rapid Prep belts are the Saint Gobain Abrasives' better choice for surfacing conditioning applications where efficiency and productivity are paramount.

Belts are available in Low Flex (LF) and Regular Flex (RF).  LF is a premium, high-lift nylon fiber bonded to a strong nylon scrim backing that provides a denser layer of resin bond and grain to extend product life up to three times that of competitive aluminum oxide products.  LF is the highest density and stiffest design in sizes that include 2" x 18 15/16", 2 3/4" x 15 1/2", 3" x 10 11/16" and 3 1/2" x 15 1/2".

RF is a low stretch design with a premium durable nylon fiber bonded to a strong Y-weight polyester backing, which provides extremely low stretch durability on portable, bench stand and back stand belt operations. RF availability in portable includes 3" x 18", 3" x 21", 3" x 24" and 4" x 24"; bench stand sizes in 1" x 30", 1" x 42", 1" x 60", 1" x 64", 1 1/2" x 60", 2" x 34", 2" x 48", 2" x 60", 2 1/2" x 60", 4" x 36" and 6" x 48".  Back stand sizes include 1" x 72", 1" x 132", 2" x 72", 2" x 132", 3" x 72", 3" x 80", 3" x 90", 3" x 118", 3" x 132", 4" x 132" and 4" x 168". All Norton Vortex Rapid Prep LF and RF abrasives are available in Coarse, Medium, Fine and Very Fine girt sizes.

To learn more about the entire Vortex Rapid Prep Belt line, visit http://www.nortonindustrial.com/Non-woven-Belts-RapidPrep-Vortex-LF.aspx .

About Norton | Saint-Gobain

Norton is a brand of Saint-Gobain. For applications ranging from rapid stock removal to precision finishing in all industries, abrasive products are offered in BEST, BETTER and GOOD performance/price tiers for meeting the needs of all end users.

Saint-Gobain is the world leader in abrasives and in building materials, and is the only international manufacturer to offer a full complement of abrasives products to customers worldwide.  Saint-Gobain Abrasives has more than 10,900 employees and approximately 63 manufacturing facilities in 27 countries. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain’s Abrasives business has 2,243 employees and 11 manufacturing sites.

Founded in 1665 with this year marking its 350th anniversary, Saint-Gobain had worldwide sales of $55.8 billion in 2013 and employs approximately 187,000 people in 64 countries. The company was recently ranked for the fourth year in a row in the Thomson Reuters listing of the world’s 100 top innovators.  The company has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.9 billion in 2013.

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