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Procut has selected a belt linishing machine and Lima 600L friction deburring machine from Surface Technology Products (Surtech) to eliminate a bottleneck in its production processes that was adversely affecting delivery times.

Procut is a manufacturer of steel profiles for the manufacturing and general subcontract industries.

A new order — for 2,000 cut steel blanks per month — was proving unmanageable for the company. Its four oxy-propane CNC profiling machines could meet the demand; however, the hard slag remaining on the blanks as a result of the cutting process was causing problems.

The company’s staff removed the slag by hand, using hammer and chisel and 7in (17.8cm) handheld grinders; a bottleneck formed within this process as the amount of work increased.

Procut turned to Surtech and acquired a belt linishing machine in August 2011 for the cleaning of the parts and the removal of any scale and a Lima 600L friction deburring machine in February 2012 for removing the hard slag from the cut blanks.

Key benefits of product application

  • Chris Brown, general manager at Procut, said the Surtech machines have enabled his company to save on lead times, labour requirements and costs.
  • He added that the machines have also improved the working environment: the friction deburrer is a fully enclosed unit with built-in extraction, eliminating potential respiratory issues; while the belt linishing machine also features an attached extraction unit for improved operator safety.
  • The friction deburring machine runs very quietly with doors closed and has enabled Procut to process its component at a rate similar to the actual cutting cycle.
  • Brown said he expects the Surtech machines to pay for themselves in 18 months.
  • He added that the friction deburrer creates a quality surface finish that requires little or no further dressing.

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.

Abrasive test centre

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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