Tumbling Media

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In industrial applications, they are used to help shape, finish, polish, buff or deburr metal, plastic or wooden parts. Tumbling media manufacturers make abrasive particles in a variety of shapes such as spheres, cylinders, pyramids, ovals and more, each for a different purpose of cutting, deburring, shaping, smoothing or polishing. Read More…

Tumbling Media Tumbling media are the small abrasive particles of steel, ceramic, plastic or organic materials which are used in vibratory finishing equipment for polishing, cleaning or deburring.

Leading Manufacturers

Addison, IL  |  708-343-6900

Giant Finishing is a well-known manufacturer of deburring equipment and machinery, media and compounds, molding vibratory bowls, multi-stage washers and more. We have over 100 standard models to choose from, or we can custom-manufacture products to meet your needs! In business for two decades, we provide the mass-finishing industry with complete equipment solutions.

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Giant Finishing, Inc. $$$

North Kingstown, RI  |  401-398-0045

OTEC Precision Finish, Inc. is a world-class supplier of mass finishing equipment and supplies. Our primary products include centrifugal disc, drag and stream finishing machines to meet all of your deburring, polishing, grinding and honing requirements. Put us to the test by taking advantage of our free, no obligation sample processing.

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OTEC Precision Finish, Inc. $$$

Kalamazoo, MI  |  269-344-3878

As a leader in vibratory finishing equipment since 1965, CLM VibeTech offers the best features in today’s mass finishing industry, designing & producing a full line of industrial vibratory finishers. We also service & restore nearly any brand. Many styles of deburring to polishing equipment, drying machines, combo machines, secondary equipment & all the media & compounds to complete your process.

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CLM VibeTech, Inc. $$$

Brea, CA  |  866-204-7068

De-burring parts using abrasive blasting cabinets is a very common solution to an old problem, it can be batch loads using tumble barrel blasting machines, manual siphon or direct pressure models and even micro models using direct pressure or siphon delivery. Flash de-burring rubber using plastics is also very common with our Hailstorm model. Media Blast has a full range of models for each and every type of abrasive delivery system allowing us to remove almost any burr.

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Media Blast & Abrasives, Inc. $$$

Warminster, PA  |  267-803-2851

Here at Finishing Associates we offer a full range deburring equipment that is utilized in a number of different industries. We have a long history of successful manufacturing and our experts will work with you every step of the way to determine the best deburring equipment for your application. Turn to Finishing Associates today for high quality solutions!

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Finishing Associates, LLC $$$

New Milford, CT  |  800-423-0697

At A. E. Aubin, we offer a full range of deburring equipment that that has been trusted by multiple industries since our founding in 1959. Our experts will work with you every step of the way to determine the best deburring equipment for your application. Turn to us today for high quality solutions!

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A.E. Aubin Company $$$
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Types of materials used to make abrasive tumbling media include metals such as aluminum or steel, ceramic particles which have been fired to maintain shape, natural materials such as walnut shells or dried corn cob.

The type of material used in a finishing process is determined by the level of finish desired and the material of the parts being finishing. Tumbling, or deburring media can have different amounts of abrasive strength from very hard to softer, almost non-abrasive. Harder media are used with parts requiring deburring and excess material removal, whereas softer media are used for polishing and shining.

The size of the media particles is another factor to be considered depending on the parts being processed, as well as the ratio of tumbling media to parts. A larger amount of media in the tumblers will result in less part-to-part contact, and may also result in a quicker finishing time.

Deburring, finishing and polishing sometimes involve the use of wet tumbling compounds mixed in with solid media. Wet compounds are designed for enhanced deburring, for cleaning, or for rust and corrosion protection.

Water is a universal lubricant and so is often used in addition to tumbling media to achieve the desired finish. Tumbling is a relatively cost effective finishing process, especially for mass finishing, as tumbling media can be used multiple times with consistent results.

Further advantages include the broad range of options to suit almost any finishing need. Organize dry media are biodegradable, durable and safer to use, and they can often absorb surface oils, resulting in an even cleaner finish.

Steel media can be used for heavy deburring or cutting, while ceramic media is suitable for most general purpose polishing. Plastic media shapes, which are much lighter than metal or ceramic shapes, are used on softer materials as they are less likely to damage more sensitive parts and surfaces.

Tumbling media is used in industries such as parts manufacturing for automotive, aerospace and electronic industries, retail and consumer, small appliance etc.

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