Custom deburring solutions for the aluminum industry
Aluminum extrusions are light and strong. Abtex custom solutions enhance extrusion safety while maintaining precise part tolerances. Abtex designs and manufactures a wide range of aluminum deburring brushes and systems to serve manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive, aerospace, and medical-device industries.
Abrasive nylon brushes are an excellent tool for deburring aluminum extrusions. But it is the marriage between brush and deburring system that has made Abtex an industry leader. Presenting the part properly to the brush is key in achieving good results. With an Abtex end-deburring system, brush penetration is maintained so that consistent results are achieved from part to part.
Designed to deburr both extrusion ends simultaneously in a flow-through operation, these systems are available to deburr either short (2-inch to 9.5-inch) or long (from 8-inch to 120-inch) extrusions.
All Abtex aluminum end-deburring systems are equipped with easy-to-use tools for adjusting length, clamping height, and brush penetration. And all are equipped with safety systems that exceed standard requirements. These adjustments can also be made automatically, using servo mechanisms.
Aluminum is everywhere. Light, strong, and easy to work with, aluminum has become one of the most in-demand components of twenty-first-century manufacturing. As applications have increased, aluminum components have become more complex, with many more sizes, shapes, and complex features. For manufacturers, this additional complexity means more attention to detail, including deburring – an essential finishing process for safety and quality assurance.
One common challenge is removing burrs from aluminum parts that contain multiple angles, planes, bevels, slots, vents, and holes. For more than 4 decades, Abtex has been evolving along with the aluminum industry, creating new deburring solutions for the problems of the day … and designing customized deburring brushes and systems to enhance the quality and productivity of aluminum manufacturers worldwide. So it’s no surprise that Abtex engineers are leading the way in developing innovative robotic technologies for the efficient deburring of these complex aluminum parts.
All Abtex robotic projects begin with an engineering assessment of the deburring application and requirements. Completely removing burrs and radiusing edges will ensure that this part meets even the most stringent quality standards.
Abtex engineers custom-design abrasive-filament brushes specifically for the application. Each brush deburrs and radiuses critical edges so it is important to make sure the following are properly determined for each application:
Custom filament type, diameter and length
Custom abrasive grit type, size, and loading
Custom design and construction
Brush filament, abrasive, and construction are always selected and engineered for the specific task. Abtex’s decades of engineering expertise ensure that customized brush and robotic technology produce absolute precision and consistency in the deburring process.
Abtex utilizes robots to control the following process parameters to ensure the part is properly and constantly deburred:
Rotational and linear speeds
Complex interface angles
Brush depth and position
Minor incrementations as brush wears
The disc brush deburrs flat, machined surfaces and edges without dimensionally changing the workpiece. The disc brush was Abtex’s first product in 1980. It has been instrumental in Abtex’s worldwide leadership in aluminum deburring.
A composite-hub radial wheel brush ensures that edges are deburred and radiused for safe handling and precise fit.
A specially designed end brush is used to deburr and radius the precision contours and edges of highly engineered slots and other challenging features.
Some parts require a final pass to ensure that secondary burrs are completely removed.
Today, Abtex engineers continue to lead the way in developing innovative technologies for the most efficient deburring of complex aluminum parts. The combination of custom-designed brushes and expertly programmed robotics ensures a perfect deburring solution for any aluminum application where precision, consistency, and productivity are required.
Abtex makes it easy to protect your employees from aluminum dust and sludge via a dust collection system that keeps your environment safe.
The Diversitech® stainless steel wet dust collector excels at capturing combustible/hazardous dust from your plant air. The blower draws air through a water-tree baffle design, creating a cascading water effect that removes particles as small as 3 microns from the airstream. Dust is filtered through contact with water droplets and contained in the bottom of the collector for safe removal at necessary maintenance intervals. Water levels are automatically controlled with valves and sensors, including interlock functions to meet NFPA and OSHA codes. Diversitech sludge collectors make it easy and safe to dispose of the dangerous material once it’s been collected.