Machining and metalworking are some of the largest segments in the manufacturing industry in the United States and throughout the world. In fact, there are almost 12.5 million manufacturing workers throughout the country, making up 8.5% of the U.S. workforce. With this many workers in the industry, there are major developments in the tools these workers have access to every year. Because of this, you may be faced with a variety of options when it comes to choosing the right tools for machining and metalworking. However, roller burnishing tools are one of the best choices when maintaining size and surface finish are critical. This article is going to provide a few key advantages roller burnishing tools can offer your business and the machining industry as a whole.
Shorter cycle time: In the machining and manufacturing industries, the more time that is spent on making a part or product, the more money the company loses. Because of this, it’s important to find a process that minimizes cycle time and increases feed rates increases through-put. Fortunately, roller burnishing tools do just that. Compared to other methods, the roller burnishing method executes a single pass operation and can significantly decrease cycle time. Additionally, roller burnishing can be performed on the primary machine that performs the preceding machining operations, thus eliminating a secondary operation and machine.
Maximizes product quality: With mass production, it can be difficult to control surface finishes and tolerances. However, roller burnishing allows for accurate sizing and finishing, even in mass production. In doing this, the process is able to overall decrease the number of parts that do not pass inspection and are rejected.
More dimensional accuracy: Dimensional tolerance can often be a concern when assembling parts. Dimensional accuracy is key to ensuring the part is made correctly and roller burnishing processes can help with that. Because this method can achieve dimensional tolerance, part dimensions will no longer be a concern.
Provides a great surface finish: Roller burnishing allows for more regularity of surfaces and can provide a mirror-like finish. With the force this method applies to the material Roller burnishing compresses and flows the metal removing tool marks producing a smooth, flawless finish in one pass. Another benefit is that this compressed and ultra-smooth surface is resistant to corrosion.
Increased hardness of the surface: With metal, like aluminum components, it’s important to achieve a hard, durable surface. The roller burnishing method hardens the material’s surface by using a cold rolling process. The result is a durable product with an increased longevity.
As you can see, there are many advantages to using roller burnishing tools. From increased dimensional accuracy to smooth, durable surfaces, this method can give your machining process the results it needs.