Gentle finishing of extremely thin work pieces with Turbotron centrifugal disk finishing machines

Deburring, edge radiusing, surface smoothing and polishing of mass-produced work pieces / Rotary spinner made from polyurethane reduces operating costs

In the new TT centrifugal disk finishing machines the gap created between rotating spinner (bottom) and stationary work bowl (top) is continuously rinsed with process water (Photo: Walther Trowal)
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With the innovative option “gap rinsing” the new Turbotron centrifugal disk finishing machines from Walther Trowal are ideal for finishing extremely thin fine-blanked parts. The new machines lower the investment expenditures and offer high uptimes.

Walther Trowal is the first supplier of mass finishing equipment who brings a new line of TT centrifugal disk finishing machines to the market with spinner and wear ring completely made from polyurethane and a rinsing system for the gap between spinner and stationary work bowl. This system prevents thin parts getting caught in the gap and get damaged. The new TT machines are a cost effective, highly wear resistant alternative to conventional mass finishing machines, especially for processing very thin work pieces. 

To date the removal of burs and radiusing of edges on thin, relatively small parts required the use of centrifugal disk machines with special spinners made from ceramic or tungsten carbide steel. To prevent thin parts getting caught in the gap between the rotating spinner and stationary work bowl the precise setting of the gap was crucial for achieving the required finishing results.

Since even minor damage of the delicate spinner could result in high repair costs, the engineers at Walther Trowal were looking for a more economic solution.

The recently developed gap rinsing system now allows utilizing the spinners and wear rings Walther Trowal has been employing in large quantities in its standard centrifugal disk machines. This helps to drastically reduce the equipment expenditures, because PU is much less complicated to handle than, for example, ceramic materials. In addition, the gap size can be easily adjusted with the proven standard gap setting system. The pressure created by the rinsing system ensures that thin parts can no longer be drawn into the gap between spinner and wear ring.

Contrary to other mass finishing systems for deburring and grinding of thin components the new disk machines are operating with high water level in the work bowl. This helps prevent the work pieces from sticking to each other or clinging to the wall of the work bowl.

Christoph Cruse, general sales manager at Walther Trowal, sees significant benefits for his customers: “ Our new machines represent an economic, low-wear solution. Ceramic materials used to date are relatively brittle and can easily chip! This can cause costly damage to spinner and wear ring. Since we have worked with polyurethane for many years, we are very familiar with this material. To come to the heart of the matter: We have developed a smart, cost effective solution that works great for our customers.” 

Walther Trowal offers the option “gap rinsing” across the complete range of Turbotron disk finishing machines, from simple stand-alone units with manual work piece loading and unloading to large, fully automatic systems with hydraulic loader, external vibratory screening machine and media return conveyor.

Surface finishing with Turbotron centrifugal disk finishing machines

The high processing intensity, typical for the Walther Trowal centrifugal disk finishing machines, is achieved by the highly intensive interaction between processing media and work pieces and the high pressure of the media on the work piece surface created by the centrifugal force of the rotating spinner.

The spinner rotates with a speed of between 60 and 250 U/min. The centrifugal force created by this movement pushes the mix of work pieces, media and process water up the inner wall of the stationary work bowl. Once it has lost its kinetic energy the work piece/media mix collapses back to the spinner, from where it is accelerated again.
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