3M reinvents abrasives with microreplication technology

3M reinvents abrasives with microreplication technology

Removing steel with conventional abrasives is a balancing act between the building heat of the workpiece and the wear down of the fibre disc’s abrasive grains.

Fortunately, 3M’s innovative microreplication fibre disc grain technology has made cutting with conventional, aggressive, slow, grinding tools a thing of the past.

3M Engineers pioneered using microreplication technology in the design and development of their Cubitron™ Abrasives Series, by laser cutting each fibre disc with tiny, repeated rows of sharpened micro-peaks, creating the most powerful slicing tool on the market.

The evolution of the Cubitron™ Fibre Disc

With the latest iteration of the 3M™ Cubitron™ Fibre Disc– the 982CX Pro– 3M Engineers have taken the legendary cutting speed of 3M™ Cubitron™ Abrasives to a new level. The result is the next generation of precision cutting technology and the evolution of 3M’s abrasive business.

Cutting up to 33 per cent faster than its predecessor, with 31 per cent more materials removed, the 982CX Pro has been optimised for cutting on high-pressure applications like weld removal, bevelling, heavy deburring and carbon steel projects.

Industrial Applications

  • Metal fabrication – Structure steel, sheet metal, machining
  • Machinery manufacturing – Construction, food processing, oil, and gas
  • Transportation – Ship and boat building, automotive, rail
    Improve productivity. Reduce time and labour.

According to Michael Rowe, category manager for Lubricants, Adhesives, Sealants and Chemicals at Motion Australia, with the 3M™ Cubitron™ II Fibre Disc 982CX Pro, 3M has answered the steel industry’s call for cleaner steel cuts at higher speeds.

“Increasing productivity is the goal of any industry right now and the steel industry is no exception,” says Rowe.

“The 982CX Pro is a must-have for any steel fabrication workshop, with its ability to remove metal due to the disc’s quick, clean cuts. It helps reduce operator fatigue by requiring less force and pressure and ultimately increasing productivity.”

“The precision peak technology, with its consistent tiny cutting pyramids, is a significant leap ahead from traditional abrasive grain technology.”

He adds that while traditional abrasives can have impurities in them that cause oxidisation and corrosion to the workpiece, the 3M™ Cubitron™ II Fibre Disc 982CX Pro cuts clean and free from impurities.

“3M is offering steelworkers the opportunity to focus on other matters of production beyond getting that perfect clean cut,” concludes Rowe. “I’d advise workshop managers to try to it for themselves and enjoy the extra time and energy it will afford them, in addition to labor and material costs.”

The 3M Abrasives Team are dedicated to offering customers value and quality across their range of abrasive solutions, conducting site surveys and product demonstrations throughout Australia to help companies assess and optimise their work processes.

Why Eddie the Engineer loves the 3M Cubitron II Fibre Disc 982CX Pro

  • Laser sharp micro-replicated peaks make precision cuts
  • Optimised for use on carbon steel
  • 33 per cent faster cutting time and longer life compared to its predecessors
  • Helps reduce operator fatigue by requiring less pressure and force
  • Ideal for medium and high-pressure applications like weld removal, beveling, heavy deburring and other aggressive grinding applications
  • INOX and contaminant free

To inquire about 3M™ Cubitron™ II Fibre Disc 982CX Pro stock, contact your local Motion Australia branch and speak to one of our Technical Specialists.

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