A prominent manufacturer of packaging equipment had extensive in-house vibratory deburring capacity – and more than $200,000 in capital equipment – that was rarely used. The reason: a burnishing compound had been supplied for two very different tasks – deburring and burnishing and didn't do a great job for either task. As a result, valuable equipment lay idle, and a time-consuming manual process was used instead.
One machine was specified for steel media, so it needed a burnishing compound; for the deburring operation, a multi metal mild alkaline cleaner was required. It was also important that the choices of chemistry not stain aluminum parts, or cause flash rust on mild steel parts.
Sample parts were brought to the lab for review. Several chemistries were tested, and it was determined that a more aggressive formula, VBS 186, would be most effective for deburring. VBS 125 was specified for burnishing.
VBS 186 and VBS 125 were developed by Finishing Technology Inc., a manufacturer of vibratory compounds and other mass finishing products. The company installed both products, ran production and duplicated the results achieved in the lab.
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