July 2019 Issue

Industry News

Robotiq Launches Sanding Kit


Robotiq, as part of its partnership with Universal Robots (UR), launched a new Sanding Kit. The kit is a hardware and software all-in-one sanding solution for cobots. It includes Finishing Copilot software that generates a complete sanding trajectory with a handful of waypoints, a pneumatic orbital tool connected to a bracket designed for UR and all connection accessories. “Processing tasks such as sanding and polishing are not what cobots have been traditionally known for,” said Stuart Shepherd, regional sales director of UR’s Americas region. “But by being able to easily add new advanced capabilities such as a UR+ certified sanding kit, this helps open up a whole new frontier for us.”

Pferd Introduces Stainless Brushes


Pferd Inc. launched a series of 100 percent stainless steel power brushes designated Inox-Total. All components of the brush are produced from 302 stainless steel, making them suitable for environments highly sensitive to contamination, such as the nuclear power and pharmaceutical industries. The brushes are available in a 2-in. stem-mounted crimped wheel, 2-in. stem-mounted knot wheel and 2.75-in. stem-mounted crimped bevel styles for all collet-equipped machines as well as in a CombiTwist unthreaded knot wheel for use on handheld angle grinders.

Norton Offers Small Ceramic Abrasives


Norton | Saint-Gobain released its Norton Merit Pink R928 flap wheels and specialty abrasives line, which includes ceramic mini flap discs, cartridge and spiral rolls, and square and cross pads for beveling, blending, cleaning, deburring and finishing stainless steel and other hard-to-grind materials. A polycotton backing provides more durability compared to traditional cotton and a coating on the grain/bond reduces friction for greater grain retainability. The new line is for manufacturers across a range of industries, such as metal fabrication, welding, energy, oil & gas, foundry and castings, MRO and aerospace.

Weiler Abrasives Celebrates 75 Years


Weiler Abrasives kicked off a months-long celebration of its 75th anniversary in April. The celebration is geared toward its customers, coworkers and community to thank them for contributing to the growth and longevity of the company – once a small jewelry polishing brush business that today is a global abrasives company. Founded by Karl E. Weiler in 1944 as the Weiler Brush Co. in Long Island, N.Y., the company continues under the fourth-generation leadership of Chris Weiler, CEO. The company now has 1,300 employees across eight countries.

Weiler Abrasives Supports WFW


Weiler Abrasives recently renewed its support for Workshops for Warriors in 2019 with a new $25,000 donation to go along with the donation it made in 2018 as part of the “Leading a Warriors Charge” campaign. The campaign is a national fundraising campaign to help WFW provide veterans and others with training and placement into advanced manufacturing careers. “We’re so excited to continue our partnership with Workshops for Warriors,” said Nate Schmid, director of marketing – Americas, Weiler Abrasives. “The work the school does not only provides those who have served in our military with the skills to pursue a viable career path, but it also offers vital support to the manufacturing industry.”