A new ceramic aluminium oxide abrasive belt which offers significant advantages in productivity and consistency as well as longer service life has been unveiled by 3M.
The 3M Cubitron II 984F Abrasive Belt is the first in what will be a complete new family of premium belts employing highly innovative abrasive grain technology.
3M Cubitron II abrasive products feature precisely-shaped, uniformly-sized and vertically-oriented triangles of ceramic aluminium oxide. These self-sharpening triangles are designed to fracture as they wear, continuously forming new, super-sharp points and edges that slice cleanly through metal, rather than gouging or ploughing.
Jim Arbuckle of 3M's Abrasive Systems Division commented: "The enhanced cutting power of the new 3M Cubitron II 984F Abrasive Belt is a result of extensive research and development by 3M's dedicated team in the US and represents a breakthrough in performance and durability.
"The product has already been successfully launched in the US where foundry customers producing castings for the aero engine, medical implant, automotive and gas turbine markets have reported significant cost-down benefits and productivity gains. We anticipate similar success in the UK."