Why Vibratory Finishing Is The Best Way to Remove Rust in Batches
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Have you ever had to toss out a whole batch of parts or components due to rust?
As a manufacturer, it’s on you to deliver parts and components that are strong, safe and corrosion-free...which can, unfortunately, force you to scrap parts or components affected by rust at your own expense.
It’s common knowledge that metals containing iron or steel are susceptible to corrosion. You’ve seen firsthand how a batch of components left exposed to air, moisture and oxygen can develop a layer of rust in no time.
The longer the exposure, the faster the process of oxidation occurs, especially under humid conditions!
Faced with this challenge, manufacturers like you trust Latem Industries to effectively remove rust and ensure manufactured parts perform better for longer. Here, we’ll review the advantages of vibratory finishing for rust removal by Canada’s Mass Finishing Experts!
Vibratory Finishing ‒ a Powerful Rust Removal Solution
Vibratory finishing processes are terrific for improving the surface of metal and removing dangerous burrs or sharp edges.
In addition to improving their safety and performance, vibratory finishing is highly effective at removing rust from manufactured parts or components.
Because it is a mass finishing process, vibratory finishing is a cost effective way to improve and protect large quantities of parts at the same time.
How Vibratory Finishing Removes Rust
Vibratory finishing processes consist of an operation in which cleaning compounds and specially-shaped media, along with rust removal compounds, are placed into a massive vibratory bowl. The size of the bowl can range from single-digit cubic foot machines to massive units well over 100 cubic feet! The rusted parts or components are then added into the bowl.
Through proper process and media selection, it is feasible to finish a massive volume of parts in a relatively short period of time. Vibratory finishing is by far one of the most efficient and effective ways to remove rust in big batches!
In terms of its intensity, vibratory finishing falls somewhere between barrel tumbling and centrifugal finishing. Since there is no tumbling of parts, the process is a bit less aggressive (although no less effective) than tumbling. Vibratory finishing is ideal for parts and components made of softer metals that would be susceptible to distortion or stresses in a tumbling process.
Once the process is complete and the rust is gone, special rust inhibitors are added to the vibratory bowl to ensure the parts and components are protected from recurring corrosion.
The Best Way to Eliminate Rust
Left unchecked, rust can quickly and seriously compromise the safety of any structure, vehicle, or machines with iron or steel components.
Corrosion causes a weakening of parts as it slowly eats away at and degrades the strength of the steel. It also negatively impacts the painting or coating of steel due to a lack of adhesion on the unstable, rusted surface.
That’s why manufacturers like you turn to Latem Industries. We have lent our rust removal expertise to countless industries over the years, including manufacturers of automotive, sports and fitness products. Our ability to process several thousand parts at once means the cost to remove rust is negligible on a per-piece basis.
Contact us to learn about the many solutions we offer that add value to your business cycle!
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