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Are you keen to maximize your metal processing company’s productivity and efficiency, all the while taking on a much more competitive role within the marketplace? If so, it is worthwhile investing in a deburring machine.

Without a deburring machine on hand, you are almost certain to be producing ‘finished’ products that have sharp edges and burrs which can lead to a number of problems later on – and a very dissatisfied client!

While it is indeed possible to get rid of burs and sharp edges manually by using angle grinders and brushes, this process is time-consuming and very rarely results in perfection.

Therefore, if you are processing a large number of parts on a daily basis, a deburring machine is a necessity. Did you know that this type of machinery is capable of handling up to four times the work of an individual who is removing burrs manually?

As such, here are the various criteria to consider when purchasing a deburring machine.

Features

Not all machines specializing in removing burrs and smoothing out edges is created equal. It is essential that you conduct research into the various functions that specific deburring machinery is able to perform and decide which of those features is most important to you. You will need to ask yourself the following questions before settling on a model for your company:

  • Is the machine capable of deburring and edge rounding parts that are both thin and thick? A good quality model should be able to handle parts with a thickness of up to 50 mm.
  • Will the model be able to get rid of unsightly spots on the surface of the sheet metal?
  • Does the machine process both sides at the same time? Or is it only capable of processing one side at a time? Obviously double-sided processing results in double the productivity.
  • Is the machine capable of performing simultaneous deburring and edge rounding of the contours of the part both on the inside and the outside?
  • Is it quick and easy to change tools whenever necessary?
  • How eco-friendly is the machine?
  • How much dust, dirt and noise does the machine produce?

The parts it will be processing

Obviously, your company will be processing various types of parts in various sizes and thicknesses. However, when selecting the right deburring machine, it is important to ask yourself which types of parts are the ones that are most frequently processed by your workforce.

Are they heavy plates or thin sheets? Do you usually have to work with big or small burrs? What are your clients’ most common edge requirements? Finally, what is the cost per part regarding the deburring and edge rounding process? All of this will play a part in determining which model is the right choice for you.

Double or single-sided deburring?

If you have a smaller metal processing company, you may be tempted to save money by investing in single-sided deburring machinery. You will be aware of the fact that it will take longer to deburr each part, but you think that the cost savings will be worth it.

However, what you also need to consider is that your workforce will need to pre-sort and rotate the parts when using single-sided deburring equipment, which can further contribute to a reduction in efficiency, and also lead to more human error – which could prove more costly in the long run. In almost all cases, it is better to spend a little bit more on a double-sided deburring machine.

So, do plenty of research before making a final decision. If you succeed in matching the correct model to your company, your new piece of equipment is certain to bring your business plenty of benefits both now and for many years into the future.