Red Heat R983 Abrasive Belts and Discs contain no performance-inhibiting dies.

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Wear resistant, Norton Red Heat R983 suite of products comes with enhanced grain/bond adhesion. Designed for grinding and polishing metals, R983 Flap Discs are available in three shapes and in sizes ranging from 4" x 5/8" up to 7" x 7/8". R983 Discs are available in TS (Type II) and TR (Type II) in sizes ranging from 1-1/2" to 3". R983 Belts come in lengths ranging from 11" to 700," stand widths from 1/8" to 52" and grit sizes from P36 - P120.

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New Norton Red Heat Abrasive Belts and Discs Deliver Faster Cut Rate, Fewer Changeovers and Long Product Life.

Norton | Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of performance-engineered abrasives, has introduced the Norton Red Heat R983 product line of abrasive belts and discs that provides optimum resistance to wear with sharp cutting capabilities of a ceramic grain that defies premature dulling and ensures fast, efficient cutting.

The Red Heat R983 family of products features a "supersize" grinding aid lubricant that saves significant time changing over from slower-grinding, fast-wearing discs and belts. Red Heat decreases production time and cuts up to 40% faster than competitive products, increasing profitability.

Designed for grinding and polishing of Inconel, stainless steel, carbon steel and other metals, the Red Heat R983 suite of products includes flap discs and quick-change discs that are ideal for a broad range of applications in markets such as welding, MRO, transportation and aerospace. Red Heat also comprises a line of belts extremely well-suited for MRO, medical, aerospace, foundry, welding and transportation.

Due to the enhanced grain/bond adhesion, Red Heat products require less pressure that produces reduced operator fatigue, a cooler cut and quality finishes. Red Heat's unique weave of Norton's new -more- fiery-red Y-Plus weight and an engineered backing creates a greater surface area, allowing more adhesion points for maximum grain retention and less grain shed and edge wear, so belts and discs last longer and won't split, rip or stretch.

In addition, Red Heat has been designed to be more environmentally-stable with all performance-inhibiting dies and higher formaldehyde levels removed.

"Norton Red Heat gets the job done right the first time and with a faster rate cut and increased throughput," said John Benkoczy, Senior Product Manager, Norton | Saint-Gobain. "This product line allows you to work smarter not harder."

Norton Red Heat R983 Flap Discs are available in three shapes: type 23 conical fiberglass back; type 27 flat quick-trim plastic back, and type 29 conical high density fiberglass back, in sizes ranging from 4" x 5/8" up to 7" x 7/8".

Norton Red Heat R983 Quick-Change Discs offer tool-free, twist on-and-off fastening systems that make quick work of disc changes, minimizing downtime. They are available in TS (Type II) and TR (Type II) in sizes ranging from 1-1/2" to 3".

Norton Red Heat R983 Belts are offered in a wide range of configurations that include file, portable, benchstand, backstand and wide belts, in lengths that range from 11" to 700," stand widths from 1/8" to 52" and grit sizes from P36 - P120. All Norton Red Heat belts are made to the user's exact requirements.

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About Saint-Gobain Abrasives

Backed by its experience and its capacity to continuously innovate, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction market, designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance and building materials providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2015 global sales of $44 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 66 countries and has more than 170,000 employees. For the fourth year in a row, the Company has been ranked by Thomson Reuters as one of the Top 100 Global Innovators.

In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain has more than more than 150 locations and approximately 15,000 employees, with sales of approximately $5.7 billion in 2015. -more- Saint-Gobain is the world leader in abrasives and the only international manufacturer to offer a full complement of abrasives products to customers worldwide.

Saint-Gobain’s Abrasives business employs nearly 11,000 people at 64 manufacturing facilities in 27 countries. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain’s Abrasives business has more than 2,100 employees at eight manufacturing sites. For more than 30 years, Saint-Gobain Abrasives has supported the United States Luge Association by providing engineering expertise to improve the performance and speed of luge athletes and by donating its Norton® brand of abrasive products. Since 2009, Saint-Gobain has been the primary sponsor of the USA Luge team.

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