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In line with our normal policy we will be implementing a general price increase of 1.8% from the 1st March 2021. Below the price increase letter from our Managing Director Paul Batson:
Master Abrasives has installed the Micormatic PLUTO 18 machine at Total Carbide, a leading manufacturer of sintered Tungsten Carbide wear parts based at Westcott Venture Park near Aylesbury, providing an advanced materials and engineering base for Westcott Space Cluster.
Total Carbide were looking for a cost-effective new machine for their tungsten carbide measuring probes. The component has a chamfer on the front corner which was ground by interpolation on their previous machine. The required stock removal was 0.5mm on diameter and surface finish was 0.4umRa with an outer diameter and length tolerance of +/- 0.25mm. The new machine was to accommodate a volume of 2000-3000 pieces per month and it was necessary to have Fanuc CNC to grind OD, face, chamfer and corner radius features, allowing a smooth transition for operators and for work to continue in their toolroom.
PLUTO-18 is a specially designed by Micromatic Grinding Technologies to focus on compactness, high-performance and provide an economical grinding solution. It is best suited to produce highly accurate small components and can perform both plunge and traverse grinding operations. The effective guarding design makes it ‘total productive maintenance’ friendly and its standard configuration makes it adaptable for factory automation too.
A few features of PLUTO-18 include its suitability for batch production of shaft type components with a maximum wheel outer diameter of 400mm (and width 50mm). A rigid anti-friction wheel head is utilised for better geometrical accuracies and an integrated table provides higher rigidity. PLUTO 18 measures only 1.66m (W) X 2.2m (D), which can help to save nearly 30% space compared to the footprint of a similar hydraulic grinder. Its customised user-friendly graphics screen helps ease in machine setting and operation.
Kelly Warrington, Customer Services Team Leader, provides vital assistance from the office for applications engineering support. Kelly worked closely with Ian in providing Total Carbide with quotes and information on the Master range. This also included organising shipment to their facility and making contact with engineers to confirm delivery dates for their new machine.
Videos demonstrating capabilities of different machines by Micromatic Grinding Technologies are available on their YouTube channel. Master Abrasives can also show machines in action from their grinding and finishing showroom based in the Midlands, as well as superfinishing devices, metrology equipment and abrasives.
Avoid long lead times and large investments! We're now offering a selection of Micromatic Grinding Technologies' and ALEX Machine Tools' grinding machines from stock for quick delivery*. These machines are also offered at competitive rates - explore our selection below and find the right solution for your application!
NH-500 Surface Grinder
This compact NH-500 grinder from Alex Machine Tools is specially suited for quick flat grinding of workpieces.
Features and benefits:
• Moving column design
• Surface capacity of 500 x 250 mm
• High precision of 90°± 0° for superior stability
PLUTO-18 CNC Grinding Machine
This machine from Micromatic Grinding Technologies is designed for production of high-precision shaft type parts in plunge or traverse grinding operations.
Features and benefits:
• Compact in size
• Adaptable for factory automation
• Ergonomically designed
ECO 200 Hydraulic Grinding Machine
ECO 200 is a compact grinding machine from Micromatic Grinding Technologies designed for grinding of small size high-precision components for tool room & small batch production.
• External grinding
• Internal grinding
• Face grinding
*Until stocks last
Master Abrasives has developed a brand new range of heavy duty (HD) cut carbide burrs for high stock removal, now available from stock.
The new Master HD burrs are designed specifically for high stock removal applications. The unique geometry makes the burrs run smoother, last longer and reduces hand arm vibration (HAV) levels.
As well as providing excellent stock removal, Master HD burrs are suitable for blending cast lines, digging out and radius work. They’re ideal for use on materials such as WCB carbon steel, stainless steel, duplex, super duplex and nickel based materials.
Andy Wright, Sales and Business Development Manager, states, “We developed these burrs as a solution to help manufacturers improve productivity and grinding performance. Our sales team has been testing the HD cut in various applications with excellent results, finding an impressive improvement in stock removal and smoother grinding performance.”
Available shapes include the cylindrical ball nose, oval, ball nose tree and ball nose cone. A selection of popular sizes is now stocked and available for application trials. Other shapes and sizes can be made to order in Master Abrasives’ high-quality carbide.
A brand new product video has been launched to show the selection of burr shapes available, the unique geometry and demonstrate the burrs in action providing excellent stock removal. The video is now available to watch on Master Abrasives YouTube channel.
Master HD burrs are also available in Poland and Mexico from Master Abrasives’ sister companies, as well as through their distributors throughout the rest of the world. To discuss application requirements, get in touch with the customer service team or your nearest distributor.
Deerfos’ Bora9 resin fibre discs have proved to offer extended product life as well as a competitive cost price in a recent comparison test against a leading brand of discs being used at a Midlands-based manufacturer.
The test was conducted with Deerfos’ Bora9 discs in size 115 x 22mm, in 36 grit. They were compared to the discs currently used by the manufacturer to deburr stainless steel exhausts. The Bora9 disc offered the highest productivity with double the product life.
Sean Rowell, Master Abrasives Technical Sales Representative, was on site to aid in conducting these tests. He commented: “The product life of the Deerfos discs surpassed the previous brands by double, which is a real plus for operators saving time on applications such as smoothing welds. It not only saves manufacturing time but reduces overall costs. The Bora9 is definitely a product worth trying in manufacturers looking to improve productivity.”
The Bora9 resin fibre-backed disc uses a ceramic grain and features a supersized coating with active filler which significantly reduces heat generation and helps prevent burning. Bora9 discs are ideally suited for medium to heavy stock removal on hard to grind alloys and as such are ideally suited for dressing stainless steel welds. Benefits include excellent stock removal, high grinding performance, reduced heat generation and improved productivity. The discs are available from Master Abrasives in diameters 115, 125 and 175mm in various grit sizes.
Master Abrasives have been UK distributors for Deerfos products since their partnership began in 2018. Master Abrasives technical sales team can help give advice on application requirements and provide free trials of Deerfos Bora9 discs from stock as well as other grades of discs available in the Deerfos range.
It is with great regret that we have cancelled our stand at GrindTec 2020. With concerns for ability to travel and the welfare of our employees, we’re confident that we’ve made the right decision and we plan to be at the next GrindTec International Trade Fair for Grinding Technology.
You can also look forward to seeing us at MACH 2021 where we will be exhibiting at the NEC, Birmingham from 25-28th January, showing a range of machinery and equipment from companies such as Micromatic Grinding Technologies, Alex Machine Tools and Innovative Automation Products. Read our news article dated 20.02.20 for more information.
After a long and close relationship we have made the decision to end our partnership with Meister and Schmeier in the UK on the 30th Sept 2020. Although this was a difficult decision after many years of working together and representing them, we concluded, that we needed more flexibility to develop our own strategies and products within our portfolio especially with regards to the Master branded range of products.
We will continue to support and accept orders for Meister or Schmeier products up till and including the 30th Sept. Any stock that we hold for our customers, we will also honour these commitments until stocks have been exhausted and of course we will in that period continue to offer our excellent service and support.
We enter a new phase in our development and plan to offer much more to our customer base with a broad comprehensive range of quality products that offer cost effective solutions to your applications through our own Master brand. We thank you for your business and support in recent years and hope we can develop even more highly productive solutions for your needs, whether high precision or more general-purpose abrasives.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or applications you would like to review.
In a recent side by side test of five leading brands of grinding discs conducted at a manufacturer of stainless steel exhaust systems, Rhodius was the top-performing disc providing twenty-five-percent more cuts per disc on average.
Sean Rowell, who recently joined Master Abrasives as Technical Sales Representative, was on site to aid in conducting these tests on 1.5mm thick stainless-steel sheet essential for the manufacture of exhaust systems. The discs were all tested on the same 240V electric angle grinder and included the Rhodius XT70 Alphaline disc which proved to be the top-performing disc with the lowest cost-per-cut and highest productivity.
Sean commented, “The operator’s favourite disc was the Rhodius Alphaline as it was consistent through its cutting life and gave reduced burrs and more consistent and better-quality parts compared to the other discs. Added to the very reasonable cost price, this was overall the best disc for this customer.
“The XT70 Alphaline range of products by Rhodius is a reliable cutting disc for the cost-conscious professional. It is ideal for low-power machines, with little burr formation and a high cutting rate but fewer sparks. This disc is suitable for steel and stainless steel and is available from 100 to 150mm diameter in 1 or 1.5mm thickness.”
“When comparing with the other brands, we noticed that the first disc wore quickly with inefficient results. The second disc was better, but it was hard and bounced. The third was very soft and again wore quickly.” explains Sean.
“The fourth was the customer’s usual disc and performed well but is expensive. Clearly, the Rhodius discs surpassed expectations, gave the right life at the right price and will be the new favourite for their manufacturing process of exhaust systems.”
Master Abrasives were appointed UK representatives of Rhodius Schleifwerkzeuge GmbH & Co. KG in 2018. Rhodius cut-off wheels provide an outstanding price-performance ratio, offering solutions for cut-off applications in the fabrication and foundry sectors as well as general industry. Master’s technical sales team can recommend to customers the best products to suit the application and production requirements, guiding them through product trials when the assistance is required.
To celebrate four years of partnership, Master Abrasives and Micromatic Grinding Technologies have teamed up to offer special discounts on grinding machines from 20th July to 31st August 2020.
Master Abrasives has released a corporate video which explains who they are and features employees from its different departments.
Sean Rowell has joined Master Abrasives team as a Technical Sales Representative for the South East and East coast.
With a background in the abrasives industry and a wealth of experience within both bonded and coated abrasives, Sean will be providing commercial and technical support for customers during this short-term situation. He will work along side Andy Wright, Sales and Business Development Manager to help customers improve productivity and quality in their manufacturing processes.
Andy and Sean will initially focus of their efforts on coated abrasive products such as Master converted coated belts, as well as cutting and grinding discs. The reliable Rhodius grinding and cutting products offer a great price/performance ratio for cost-conscious professionals. Deerfos high-quality flap discs, velcro-backed discs and fibre discs are also available for a range of applications.
Customers can get in touch with Master Abrasives team at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss improving productivity with Master’s experts.
Master Abrasives has launched an updated website combining their three business areas of abrasives, tools and machinery and equipment into one user-friendly and modern site.
Master Abrasives will be exhibiting at the renowned MACH exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham from 4-8th April 2022 alongside its partners, Micromatic Grinding Technologies, Alex Machine Tools and Innovative Automation Products.
MACH is bringing an array of new technologies and machinery demonstrated under power, including two machines on Master Abrasives' stand #650 in Hall 6: the PLUTO-18 by Micromatic Grinding Technologies and the NH-500 by Alex Machine Tools. These grinding machines will be dry cycling on the stand alongside a display of height and air gauges from the range of measuring equipment by Innovative Automation Products.
Ian Meredith, Applications Engineering Manager and stand manager for Master Abrasives comments: “This year at MACH we have a wider range of machinery and equipment available and our expertise is even stronger. This is why we’ve gone for a larger stand this year and made sure we have a prominent location on a main aisle in Hall 6. Our team will be ready to answer any application questions and arrange for a full grinding demonstration back in Master Abrasives showroom.”
Master Abrasives team at MACH is led by Ian Meredith who has many years’ experience in a range of applications. Kelly Warrington, Customer Services Team Leader who provides vital assistance from the office for applications engineering will also be there to offer support. Paul Batson, Managing Director, Andy Wright Business Development and Sales Manager and Noora Kauppi, Marketing Manager will also be joining the team. Slawomir Klisiewicz, National Sales Manager at Master Abrasives Polska is also planning to support the team during the exhibition week. There will be representatives from some of the company’s partners available to discuss their products and applications at the show too.
PLUTO-18 is a CNC grinder specially designed by Micromatic Grinding Technologies to focus on compactness, high-performance and provide an economical grinding solution. It is best suited to produce highly accurate small components and can perform both plunge and traverse grinding operations. The effective guarding design makes it ‘total productive maintenance” (TPM) friendly and its standard configuration makes it adaptable for factory automation too.
A few features of PLUTO-18 are that it’s suitable for batch production of shaft type components with a maximum wheel outer diameter of 400mm (and width 50mm). A rigid anti-friction wheel head is utilised for better geometrical accuracies and an integrated table provides higher rigidity. PLUTO 18 measures only 1.66m (W) X 2.2m (D), which can help to save nearly 30% space compared to the footprint of a similar hydraulic grinder. Its customised user-friendly graphics screen helps ease in machine setting and operation.
NH-500 is a surface grinder by Alex Machine Tools which aims preserve precision through the life of the machine, providing superior stability even at extreme ends of working range. It is specially suited for quick flat grinding of workpieces and has a maximum wheel outer diameter of 200mm (and width 50mm). Surface grinding models are available with the option for CNC controls for automatic grinding cycle including wheel dressing and can be customised for specific application needs.
The measuring equipment by Innovative Automation Products will be available for viewing at the Master Abrasives stand as the appointed UK and Ireland representatives. This will include a 2D height gauge, air gauge and profile projector which are also in Master Abrasives showroom. The RS232 data output feature on this equipment provides the option of evaluating measurement data externally with SPC software on a PC.
To complete an exhibit of cost-effective, high-productive solutions at MACH 2020, a range of abrasives for grinding and finishing will be shown by Master Abrasives including their own Master range of grinding wheels and dressing tools.
Ian Meredith concludes, “We have a dedicated applications engineering team available to provide technical advice at MACH. We can present a cost-effective, high-productive solution including the machine, the right abrasives, coolant nozzles and dressers for a high-quality finished part.”
This article was updated 29/09/2020. Exhibition dates were changed from 25-28th January 2021 to 4-8th April 2022.