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Stream finishing from OTEC
Stream finishing (SF) is the technology behind a whole new generation of mass finishing machines that are ideal for creating perfect surfaces. Stream finishing machines offer much greater processing power compared to previous processes. They can also smooth, deburr and round (e.g. Ra 0.4 to 0.1) workpieces in seconds in a single process, without damaging the workpiece contours.
In this new procedure, the workpieces are clamped in a holder and lowered into a rotating container filled with an abrasive or polishing medium. The workpieces rotate and are processed as the medium circulates around them. This helps achieve high-quality surfaces even in the smallest flutes, with roughness depths of Ra 0.01 µm. Stream finishing enables very short processing times, and offers both simple automation and high process reliability. The combination of multiple processes, speed and short cycle times makes stream finishing ideal for line production. The contact area ratios are also much better compared to conventional processes.
SF allows multiple processing steps to be performed very quickly in a single procedure. This means a workpiece can be deburred, rounded, smoothed and polished in sequence quickly and with no additional workload. A contour-controlled motion sequence makes it possible to target specific sections of a workpiece for particularly intensive processing. To ensure even abrasion across the entire workpiece, this motion occurs alongside standard processing and is automatically monitored. The machine's special design allows the flow angle of the abrasive or polishing medium to be adjusted. This enables control of material abrasion to micrometre level. Stream finishing technology is based on high-speed circulation of the abrasive or polishing medium. This generates powerful forces that make it possible to precisely process even the smallest and most difficult-to-reach recesses (grooves, flutes, etc.). The strong forces push the fine-grain polishing medium into the recesses to process them, enabling roughness depths of Ra 0.01 µm. This combination of high automation, powerful forces and quick workpiece switching during the procedure allow for fast and efficient workpiece processing with very short processing times.
Examples of where this technology is used include: rounding cutting edges on stamping and machining tools, camshafts in the automotive industry, deburring and rounding gear wheels, smoothing tooth flanks, processing gear, drive and engine parts or blisks, polishing ceramic workpieces, and much more. Get in touch for more information.
OTEC machinery stands out thanks to its reliability, flexibility, easy operation and high degree of automation. The continuous development of drag, stream and pulse finishing systems allows us to supply machines for precise workpieces processing and polishing in a wide range of sectors, from medical engineering and toolmaking to the automotive industry.
Get outstanding results with the new stream finishing machine from OTEC! Fast, innovative and efficient, with outstanding technical data. As a specialist in precision finishing, OTEC has conducted a wide-ranging series of tests with its new SF stream finishing machine, achieving incredible results. These tests focused in particular on polishing hard-metal drill bits, edge rounding on indexable inserts, and deburring and polishing drilled, milled and turned items. The new SF stream finishing machine also showed great advances in processing time and precision when processing gear wheels and deburring, rounding and smoothing tooth flanks.
Pulse finishing ? Fast processing for complex and sensitive workpieces. As one of the leading and most technically creative providers on the European surface processing market, OTEC has developed a further addition for its hugely successful immersion polishing system (stream finishing) that can meet even the most extreme deburring needs. Known as pulse finishing, this new development allows high-precision processing of components for highly sensitive areas like hydraulics, as well as for complex tools like drill bits, injection systems, gear wheels and camshafts. Pulse finishing is a mass finishing process with a higher abrasion rate.
Another big step forwards is the clamping system, which allows users to quickly change workpieces at the push of a button and is suitable for both wet and dry processing. Being able to mount three different workpiece lengths, each with the right immersion depth in the abrasive or polishing medium, is a huge advantage alongside the even processing and shorter process times.
Surface processing is a wide-ranging field. From tools and medical devices to implants and jewellery, there is a constant need for high precision. Customer needs are also varied, and they expect a solution that is the perfect fit for them. No wonder that every machine that leaves OTEC is unique. Aside from the big distinction between mechanical and fully automated, process-controlled systems, there are 350 machine variants, 1,625 accessories and 2,247 special options.
At OTEC, we never stand still when it comes to technology. As well as developing new machines, we continuously modify our tried-and-tested models - with massive benefits for our customers.