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Precision part makers seeking the perfect finish for small machined and pressed parts should head for Finishing Techniques stand D38. An extensive range of Otec deburring and polishing equipment will feature and visitors are encouraged to bring along samples for processing to prove to themselves the superior results that can be achieved.

Using Otec equipment the cost effective, high quality deburring and polishing of components are possible in diverse industries such as aerospace, automotive, tooling and engineering and even plastics. A typical example is an aluminium part made on a CNC machine that was hand deburred before being gold plated. The part maker made a 57 per cent saving by switching to processing on Otec deburring machines.

On stand will be Otec CF disc and DF drag finishing equipment. These compact units can be located in the CNC manufacturing cell for just in time production. Being up to 10 times faster than vibro machines and 20 times faster than conventional barrel finishing, means the CF and DF keep pace with CNC production and so eliminates the need for batching. As parts leave the CNC machine they can be deburred immediately. The Otec equipment is quiet too, eliminating one of the health and safety aspects of using large vibro machines.

For lower volume use the company will be showing the Otec ECO range. These bench top units are easy to site anywhere, simple to use and still give both deburring and polishing options.

Finishing Techniques also provide a subcontract service. Their special finishing lab delivers a fast, cost effective and quality service to manufacturers who need a solution to finishing problems caused by short run requirements due to machine breakdown, a sudden order surge or prototyping and testing.

Blazing a Trail

Firescan, an all in one laser engraving system, is blazing a trail to this year's Southern Manufacturing show. Finishing Techniques, a specialist supplier of finishing equipment and subcontract services, is the sole UK distributor of Firescan and will be showing the equipment on stand D38.

The easy to use compact unit sits on your desktop and is ideal for perfect identification, quality control and data matrix codes. Whether marking products and components with reference/part numbers, logos and safety information or as a design feature, Firescan reproduces them all flawlessly every time at resolutions up to 1000dpi. The ultra-precise 0.2mm laser beam is controlled from a standard PC. Perfect engraving and markings can be made on single items or batch production.

Standard metals, precious metals and even plastics are easy to etch using Firescan. Deep engraving and intricate designs can be performed on flat or curved surfaces without the need for extensive training. Furthermore, all markings are permanent, chemical proof and abrasion proof.

Unlike many other systems, Firescan is completely air cooled so there is no need for a water connection. This contributes to low running costs and makes the unit more compact and convenient to locate wherever there is a standard power point. It is safe to use on a desktop or place directly in the manufacturing cell.

More information:

Jonathan Dean,
Finishing Techniques Ltd,
Tel +44 (0)1706 825819
Fax. +44 (0)1706 825748

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