Surface Conditioning Products suit challenging applications.

Press Release Summary:

Designed for use in belt forms where high-tensile machines and/or operating conditions require belt with low stretch properties, Rapid Prep™ RF (regular flex) A/O products combine aluminum oxide (A/O) abrasive grain with strong Y-wt polyester backing. Clean Bond™ resin technology promotes smear-free finish, and Bear-Tex® materials suit surface conditioning applications. Durable and flexible products come in Coarse, Medium, Fine, and Very Fine grit sizes.

Original Press Release:

Norton | Saint-Gobain Launches New Norton Rapid Prep(TM) RF Aluminum Oxide Surface Conditioning Material for Challenging Applications

WATERVLIET, NY — Norton | Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of performance-engineered abrasives, has launched an expansion of its Norton Rapid Prep™ non-woven surface conditioning product line. This Norton Bear-Tex® portfolio now includes a new RF (regular flex) line of aluminum oxide (A/O) products which are ideal for extremely demanding belt and quick change disc applications. Featuring an innovative design that combines premium A/O abrasive grain with a strong Y-wt. polyester backing, Norton Rapid Prep™ RF A/O is highly durable and flexible with extremely low stretch characteristics. In addition, RF incorporates the Norton | Saint-Gobain proprietary Clean Bond™ resin technology for a smear-free finish, eliminating rework process steps and improving productivity. (

The new product line has been specifically designed for use in belt forms where high-tensile machines and/or operating conditions require a belt with low stretch properties. The long-lasting, high-performance Bear-Tex materials are ideally suited for surface conditioning applications such as blending and deburring, across industries ranging from aerospace, to metal fabrication and maintenance and repair operations (MRO).

“Norton Rapid Prep RF A/O has been tailor-made for a wide range of demanding applications that require a unique mix of performance properties that only the Bear-Tex portfolio can bring to market,” says Paul Krupa, Senior Product Manager, Norton | Saint-Gobain. “Extremely strong and flexible, combined with our proprietary Clean Bond resin technology, Norton Rapid Prep RF A/O provides a cost-effective and highly durable surface conditioning solution for our customers.”

With the same superior cut rate as the Norton Rapid Prep LF (low-flex) A/O product line, the RF product features enhanced performance for equipment or operating conditions where durability, flexibility and low stretch properties are critical, such as robotic lines, back stand and bench stand machines, as well as stroke sanders and slack-of-belt sanding.

Norton Rapid Prep RF A/O is available in Coarse, Medium, Fine, and Very Fine grit sizes and in all popular portable and off-hand belts sizes, including special sizes up to 52 inches wide. 

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About Norton | Saint-Gobain

Norton is a brand of Saint-Gobain. Norton | Saint-Gobain is the world’s leading manufacturer of a wide array of abrasive products. For applications ranging from rapid stock removal to precision finishing in all industries, 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 16,000 employees and approximately 100 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain’s Abrasives business has 2,243 employees and 11 manufacturing sites.

Founded in 1665 and headquartered in Paris, Saint-Gobain had worldwide sales of $55.8 billion in 2013 and employs approximately 187,000 people in 64 countries.  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.

For information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit

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