New Diamond Single Layer Superabrasive Wheels Produce More Burr-Free Parts and Minimize Secondary Operations

Press Release Summary:

  • Feature unique bond that reduces friction and allow lower grinding power
  • Offer heat resistance and lubricity to achieve larger depths-of-cut and cooler cutting
  • Provide higher stock removal rates and lower cost per part

Original Press Release:

New Norton Winter IroncladTM Foundry Grinding Wheels Maximize Throughput and Parts Per Wheel in Automated Grinding Cells

WORCESTER, MA, U.S.A. (July 17, 2020)Saint-Gobain Abrasives, one of the world’s largest abrasives manufacturers, announced the introduction of its new patent-pending Norton Winter Ironclad™ Diamond Single Layer Superabrasive Wheels that achieve maximum material removal for increased productivity, especially when used in automated grinding cells. Featuring the strongest and most durable bond on the market, Ironclad wheels finish up to 50% more parts per wheel compared with electroplated wheels. Norton Winter Ironclad Wheels are a superior solution for ductile and grey cast iron applications such as fettling and snag grinding on casting gates, parting lines, sprues, and more.

"The advanced, high performance bond has up to 75% grain exposure, offering heat resistance and lubricity to achieve larger depths-of-cut and cooler cutting," said Andy Schoch, Product Manager for Single Layer Products, Norton│Saint-Gobain Abrasives. "The unique bond also reduces friction, allowing for lower grinding power. Norton Winter Ironclad Wheels provide significantly higher stock removal rates and a lower cost per part compared to other standard plated products." The new wheels produce more burr-free parts, minimizing secondary operations.

Norton Winter Ironclad Wheels offer several additional benefits including reduced downtime due to longer wheel life which extends time between setups. There is less bluing of castings even towards the end of the wheel life. Promoting a cleaner, healthier work environment, the new wheels generate significantly less dust and odor compared with traditional bonded wheels.

No wheel dressing is required and the rigid steel hub reduces vibration during CNC grinding. A known grinding wheel location facilitates easier programming, and a rigid steel hub reduces vibration resulting in consistent wheel dimensions and minimal wheel wear.

All Norton Winter Ironclad Wheels are made to order to meet precise requirements. The wheels are available in a variety of profile shapes and wheel sizes suitable for a range of grinding cast iron parts.

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Saint-Gobain Abrasives offers powerful, precise, user-friendly solutions which enable customers to cut, shape and finish all materials in the most complex and challenging applications. By working closely with end-users and grinding expert partners, Saint-Gobain Abrasives designs and provides customized solutions to secure the best option for performance, cost and safety. Leveraging its global manufacturing presence, Saint-Gobain Abrasives serves its customers locally through its structured sales operations in over 27 countries, employing over 10,000 people.

Editorial Contact:
Michael McCue, McCue & Associates LLC
p. 978.733.1353

Norton Contact:
Andy Schoch, Norton | Saint-Gobain Abrasives
p. (508) 847-7462

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