by Breana Cronk, IQS Editor
From the first real time cinematic car chase in the movie Bullitt to the numerous Bond cars drooled over nearly as often as the Bond girls, Hollywood has banked on one key fact: fast, sleek cars sell tickets. NASCAR, Formula One and numerous other racing organizations no doubt confirm this notion. As a result, millions if not billions of dollars have been poured into the creation of the latest greatest technology in producing spectacular cars for the track and the screen. Specialized materials and engines aside, it’s a matter of aerodynamics; the smoother and less angular the car the better. While the shape of a vehicle is decided by the design team prior to manufacturing, the smoothness of each feature is often dependent upon machinery used at the end of production, deburring equipment.
Photo courtesy of Abtex Corporation.
Deburring is commonplace in the world of industrial manufacturing. Production processes such as etching, engraving, cutting, drilling, turning, welding, molding and casting among others often result in material tags left on a part or component. Deburring removes them. Vibratory finishing and tumbling media shake, rattle, roll and rub off even seemingly miniscule burs. Electronics, parts manufacturing, material handling, aerospace, construction and, of course, automotive industries rely heavily on these processes to heighten functionality. Parts with excess protrusions can catch creating potential for injury as well as increased stress, decreased fracture resistance and abbreviated fatigue life; in short, decreased performance. This applies to both internal and external components. In racing, for example, interior burs result in less than optimal engine operation while burs on the exterior of a car cause unwanted friction and drag which could mean the difference between winning and losing a race.
Photos courtesy of Rosler Metal Finishing USA, LLC.
In a professional car race, performance and speed reign supreme. As aforementioned, however, it isn’t just the ‘fast,’ that sells tickets, but the ‘sleek’ appearance as well. For the same car race depicted on the silver screen, the aesthetics of the car take priority as no matter the actor’s performance the result of the race is already decided. Luckily, deburring machines cover not just quality and performance optimization, but visuals as well. In addition to vibratory tumblers, polishing machines are a key element of the deburring industry. These help remove ragged edges and burs while also cleaning, polishing and even coating a given part or component. Polishing equipment is as versatile as the entire category of deburring equipment and is used to finish anything from the auto-body work of the Bond cars to the jewelry and gemstones of his girls.
Photo courtesy of Finishing Associates, Inc.
On the track or on the screen, ragged edges lead to ragged performance. Deburring equipment ensures that production and all other operations run smoothly, no matter the industry. Although many different types of finishing equipment are widely available, deburring is a tried and true method of improving not only performance, but appearance as well with numerous devices and diverse media to suit virtually any application. So whether it’s a victory on the track or 007’s martini shaken not stirred, deburring equipment keeps the finish smooth.
Photo courtesy of Rosler Metal Finishing USA, LLC.