Deburring, the process by which raised ridges are removed and sharp edges are rounded, is an important step in most modern metalworking facilities. Because it is such an integral part of metalworking, it can be possible to underestimate the importance of deburring in metal applications. But recognizing and appreciating the necessity of it can help improve the operations in facilities of these industries.
The primary reason to remove burrs and smooth out rough edges is to protect those who will handle the materials as well as the materials themselves. Burrs and similar obtrusions are typically sharp enough to draw blood, making them a safety hazard. Because they are so sharp, they can also scratch materials that they are stored with, causing aesthetic damage to the finish. If the material is going to go through further processing, burrs can also potentially damage the tools being used on them.
Producing metal parts that are as close to identical as possible is valuable for the sake of quality and efficiency. These parts must all be able to fit within the same machinery or perform the same function, and even if the construction is nearly identical, the presence of burrs can throw off this standardization. Deburring, especially using automated deburring equipment, will help keep the surfaces of all metal parts equally smooth for the best possible finish.
Painting metal has numerous benefits such as preventing corrosion and protecting the surface from the elements. But in order to get the full benefits of painted metal surfaces, preparing the surface so the paint will fully adhere to it is key. This includes removing grease and rust, but it also includes removing burrs and rounding the surfaces. Completely smooth surfaces with rounded edges provide less opportunity for the paint to break up along the surface, leading to a more durable paint job.
The importance of deburring in metal applications does not only apply to the surface preparation step but the success of the entire manufacturing process and the safety of those working with it. Fortunately, Viking Blast and Wash Systems supplies quality vibratory deburring machines that will ensure that your surfaces come out well every time.