ST. PAUL, Minn. – May 23, 2006 – 3M Abrasive Systems Division, a leading supplier to the global metalworking industry, today announced further expansion of its growing line of abrasive discs and wheels for right angle grinding.
“As metal fabricators face increased competition, productivity is becoming an evermore critical priority,” said Lee Russell, marketing manager for 3M Abrasive Systems. “To help customers meet this challenge, we’re producing a wide range of high-performance, as well as, excellent general purpose abrasive systems that offer customers choice. We have solutions for customers who may need to eliminate process steps and save time without compromising finish quality. But we also offer products for customers who need a good value and consistent performance in their daily operations.”
3M™ Flap Disc 947D
Flap Disc 947D from 3M is designed to remove metal and combine blending and finishing in one step, for a reduction in process steps. Such versatility makes the disc ideal for weld removal, weld seam blending, edge grinding and scale removal on mild and stainless steel. The new disc has a conformable, X-weight cloth backing that provides the flexibility necessary for grinding contoured metal parts.
Flap Disc 947D contains 3M™ Cubitron™ abrasive grain, which provides a fast cut and long disc life. Additionally, the disc has a grinding aide that helps minimize heat build-up, making it an excellent choice for stainless steel applications. The disc is available in a quick-change option to help decrease operator downtime between disc changes.
Flap Disc 947D from 3M is available in grades 40, 60, 80 and 120.
3M™ Roloc™ Disc 988R
Roloc Disc 988R from 3M is a quick-attachment abrasive disc for weld removal and leveling on mild steel. The high-productivity blue disc cuts through metal stock quickly, making it an ideal solution for tackling tough jobs in small areas. Its unique, one-piece construction reduces button delamination, contributes to longer disc life and, according to some users, a smoother run. Additionally, the durable backing construction provides stronger edge retention than traditional cloth discs.
The 3-inch Roloc Disc 988R is available in five grades: 24, 36, 50, 60 and 80 grit.
3M™ Green Corps™ Cutting and Grinding Wheel
Green Corps Cutting and Grinding Wheels from 3M are designed for weld grinding on mild steel, cast iron and stainless steel, as well as flash, gate and riser removal. The new Type 27 cutting and grinding wheels contain Cubitron abrasive grain, which provides high performance and long life. The wheel’s rigid construction gives operators the flexibility to cut or notch with the edge of the wheel or grind with the face of the wheel.
Green Corps Cutting and Grinding Wheels from 3M are available in grade 36, 1/8-inch thickness and in two standard stock diameters: 4 ½ inch and 7 inch.
In addition, 3M has added a new depressed center wheel to its Type 27 wheel family to provide an aluminum oxide product for more general purpose grinding and maintenance applications. It is available in grade 24, ¼-inch thickness in both a 4 ½- and 7-inch diameters with a quick-change option.
Scotch-Brite™ SL Surface Conditioning Disc
The Scotch-Brite SL Surface Conditioning Disc is designed for blending and finishing carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum parts. Whether using a right angle grinder to refine grindlines, remove welds or prepare surfaces for paint, the new disc provides a high-quality finish quickly and consistently.
The Scotch-Brite SL Disc from 3M features a unique web construction with tight aluminum oxide mineral grading, allowing the discs to last longer, cut faster and resist loading. The discs are available in four standard stock diameters: 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 ½ inch and 7 inch – and in medium, coarse, heavy duty and super duty grades. A variety of customized, non-stock sizes are available upon request.
About 3M Abrasive Systems Division
3M Abrasive Systems Division is 3M’s “heritage business,” upon which the company was founded in 1902. 3M’s brands are recognized around the world, making the company the leading abrasives supplier to the metal and woodworking industries. 3M abrasive and superabrasive technologies and brands, including Cubitron, Scotch-Brite, and Trizact mean customers can trust 3M to continually provide quality, innovative products and solutions for virtually every industrial application – from grinding to polishing and final finishing. For more information about 3M Abrasive Systems Division, call 1-866-279-1288 ext. 5021 or visit www.3M.com/abrasives.
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