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A manufacturer of welded stainless steel fabrications has installed a Surtech model KBM 2TRI machine in an effort to speed up production and to improve quality and consistency.

The company had experienced a significant increase in orders and, because the deburring and finishing operations were entirely manual with portable power tools, this created a serious bottleneck.

After extensive research, the company approached KBM, formerly known as Johannsen, a German manufacturer of stroke sanders and automatic plate grinding machines that could finish large stainless steel plates before wide belt machines came on the market. Twin abrasive belt semi-automatic grinding, deburring and finishing machines were designed and built with a vacuum jig and a manipulator.

The fabricator realised that one of the machines would be the answer to its problems and finally chose the Model 2TRI, which consists of a sturdy frame with two triangular abrasive belt heads, two tables and a built-in manipulator. Fabrications are held by vacuum pads and can be positioned via foot pedals.

Key benefits of product application

  • The Model 2TRI’s two belt heads enable the use of different grades and different grit size belts. This allows operators to grind and finish with the same setting.
  • KBM machines can handle fabrications up to approximately 3m in length. The triangular abrasive belt run leaves enough space to easily load and unload parts and to position them to any of five working positions.
  • The actual finishing can be achieved with abrasive belts backed by either a shaped hand pad, a built-in contact pad or a contact wheel.
  • The KBM 2TRI machine has sped up finishing operations, removed the bottlenecks and improved quality and consistency.

Surtech Surface Technology Products

Since 1973 SURTECH (SURFACE TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS LTD) have been selling the largest UK range of grinding, deburring and polishing machines since 1973. We offer belt grinders; portable abrasive power tools; sheet-metal deburring machines; foundry grinding; fettling and cutting machines; robot cells for grinding, deburring and polishing, and more. Our machines grind, grain, deburr, round and radius edges, finish, polish, cut, bevel and chamfer.

Since 1973 SURTECH (SURFACE TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS LTD) have been selling the largest UK range of grinding, deburring and polishing machines since 1973. We offer belt grinders; portable abrasive power tools; sheet-metal deburring machines; foundry grinding; fettling and cutting machines; robot cells for grinding, deburring and polishing, and more. Our machines grind, grain, deburr, round and radius edges, finish, polish, cut, bevel and chamfer.

Latest technology

We design and manufacture some of our dedicated machines and we import machines from around the world from leading manufacturers. We constantly review the needs of our customers and we tailor our product range accordingly. To complement our machine range we stock most accessories such as dust extractors, contact wheels and welding tables. We also offer a complete range of abrasive and polishing consumables, including: abrasive belts, abrasive wheels, abrasive discs, polishing mops and buffs, polishing compounds, cleaning and protecting chemicals.

After-sales service

At SURTECH we have our own workshop and repair department, staffed by factory trained engineers and equipped to handle servicing, repairs and modifications of all machines.

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This is where you will find the UK’s largest selection of the very latest grinding, deburring and polishing machines, accessories and abrasive and polishing consumables. You are invited to bring your parts and to discuss your requirements with our skilled engineers who will also set up practical demonstrations. See for yourself how our machines can be used to solve problems and to improve efficiency.

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