Color-coded Norton Rapid Finish General Purpose Convolute Wheels

New Norton Color-Coded Rapid Finish Convolute Wheels Provide Increased Throughput, Fewer Wheel Changes and Smear-Free Finishes

WORCESTER, MA, USA - (December 8, 2016) –
Norton | Saint-Gobain Abrasives, the world’s leading manufacturer of performance-engineered abrasives, has introduced a General Purpose category of non-woven convolute wheels. Heavy Deburring and Final Finishing wheel categories are also slated to be introduced in 2017 and together the categories will follow a distinctive color-coding system designed for quickly choosing the right wheel for the application, while eliminating scrap and errors that can be caused by using the wrong wheel: maroon General Purpose, brown Heavy Deburring, and green Final Finishing wheels. Norton Rapid Finish color-coded pliable wheels are a precise combination of abrasives, grit size, density, and technology upgrades that provides the optimum combination of life, cut and smear-free finish, obtained via the patent-pending Norton Clean Bond Technology. 

A new fiber and high-temperature resin bond system in Norton Rapid Finish Convolute Wheels decreases wheel changes with up to 30% longer life and provides smear-free finishes. An improved grain/bond configuration increases throughput with a 30% faster finish.  In addition, new fiberglass cores versus the traditional phenolic cores, improve concentricity, reduce truing time, eliminate wear on wet applications, and elevate operator comfort with a vibration-minimizing feel. A heat-resistant finish decreases potential burn issues by ensuring a cooler grind zone. The new fiberglass cores are color-coded by abrasive type for easy wheel selection – white cores are aluminum oxide and black cores are silicon carbide. 

Along with increased throughput and decreased wheel changes, Norton Rapid Finish Convolute Wheels’ superior form holding generates optimal cost savings and part quality. Consistent, reliable edge-breaking and finishing with less shedding, wheel wearing, dressing and reshaping, saves time and money. Minimal surface-contaminating and airborne dust improves operator environment, safety.  Additionally, art finish quality and design conformability make these wheels operator-friendly with less body fatigue.

Norton Rapid Finish Convolute Wheels are available in sizes from 6” x 1/2”-1” to 12” x 2” x 5”. The abrasive is aluminum oxide in fine and medium grit, and silicon carbide in very fine to medium grit.

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About Saint-Gobain Abrasives

Backed by its experience and its capacity to continuously innovate, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction market, designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance and building materials providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency, and environmental protection. With 2015 global sales of $44 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 66 countries and has more than 170,000 employees. For the fourth year in a row, the Company has been ranked by Thomson Reuters as one of the Top 100 Global Innovators. 

In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain has more than 150 locations and approximately 15,000 employees, with sales of approximately $5.7 billion in 2015. Saint-Gobain is the world leader in abrasives and the only international manufacturer to offer a full complement of abrasives products to customers worldwide. 

Saint-Gobain’s Abrasives business employs nearly 11,000 people at 64 manufacturing facilities in 27 countries. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain’s Abrasives business has more than 2,100 employees at eight manufacturing sites. For more than 30 years, Saint-Gobain Abrasives has supported the United States Luge Association by providing engineering expertise to improve the performance and speed of luge athletes and by donating its Norton® brand of abrasive products. Since 2009, Saint-Gobain has been the primary sponsor of the USA Luge team.

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