The Modernization of an Ancient Process: The Change in Deburring Machines
The deburring process removes metal burrs and other imperfections from metal parts, tools, and other machinery. The tumbler deburring process has been in use for hundreds, or even thousands of years. The original tumblers were used to remove rough edges from rocks, wood, and other natural materials. Since the deburring process has not changed much in hundreds of years, it is time for an update.
Some deburring equipment manufacturers have created a new method for deburring metal and other materials. The U.S. Department of Energy has offered grants to a few different companies, providing them with the means to research new, energy-efficient deburring methods. One company, Delphi Automotive, has created a new process for creating tools and other equipment using laser technology. This technology is so precise, that it eliminates the need for additional deburring equipment altogether.
The laser systems are 25 percent more energy-efficient than previous laser-operated equipment. Not only does this save energy on the laser itself, the possibility to remove additional steps in the manufacturing process will save companies even more energy and manufacturing costs. Lower manufacturing costs will soon translate to lower equipment costs and greater savings for the customers who purchase the equipment. This exciting development has the potential to help everyone in the parts manufacturing industry.
Deburring equipment manufacturers may not like the development at first, because they produce the deburring equipment, but many of these companies can switch to making the laser-based equipment instead. This will help bring an ancient process into the future, and give the manufacturing industry a much-needed jump into the future. If a company still wants to use the old deburring processes, other companies have come up with deburring methods that waste less energy as well. These equipment pieces are more efficient at operating the machine and can remove the burrs from metal and other materials faster than their older counterparts.