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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.
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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.

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OTEC Precision Finish, Inc. $$$

Addison, IL  |  708-343-6900

We have the deburring machines that you need right now! Our researchers work hard in order to be able to bring you only the best products available today for the greatest possible value.

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Giant Finishing, Inc. $$$

Brighton, MI  |  248-446-1970

As far as deburring technology is concerned, we have specialized in the development of customer-specific machines. We provide tailor-made solutions for mechanical deburring and finishing of complex workpiece contours. High-precision bores and burr-free workpiece surfaces are our profession – with over 50 years of experience. We set international standards with our premium technologies and we are leading experts in honing and mechanical deburring. We take pride in our level of expertise.

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KADIA Inc. $$$

Apex, NC  |  919-772-0115

ATI Industrial Automation is the leading engineering-based world developer of robotic accessories and robot arm tooling, including Automatic Tool Changers, Multi-axis Force/Torque Sensing Systems, Robotic Deburring Tools, Robotic Collision Sensors, Rotary Joints, and Compliance Devices. Our robot end-effector products are found in thousands of successful applications around the world.

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ATI Industrial Automation, Inc. $$$

South Elgin, IL  |  708-345-5300

Great Lakes Finishing Equipment, Inc. is a leading supplier of the deburring equipment, machines, and supplies for all your mass finishing projects. This equipment includes continuous systems, vibratory bowls, tubs, and high energy centrifugal barrel machines. Let our deburring specialists work with you to find the best deburring machinery for your project.

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Great Lakes Finishing Equipment $$$
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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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