3M is launching Cubitron II cut-off wheels, claiming that they will revolutionise the metal processing industry. Offering a significant increase in productivity and longer life compared to alternatives, the new range utilises the highly advanced abrasive grain technology first introduced with the Cubitron II abrasive belts and discs from 3M.
According to 3M, the new cut-off wheels require only one-third the pressure to produce the same cut compared with traditional wheels made from aluminium oxide, zirconia and ceramic grain, meaning that physical stress on the operators can be reduced; as a result, operatives can cut faster by removing more material, but with no additional effort.
Industries set to benefit from this inovation ninclude general metal fabrication, shipbuilding, structural steel, oil and gas, agriculture and construction machinery. The cut-off wheels can be used on all types of ferrous metals, stainless steel, alloy steels and cast iron.
David Atherton, senior marketing executive for the 3M Abrasive Systems Division, explains: "The innovative cutting technology for more effective cutting and longer-lasting sharpness offers a huge payoff for the metalworking industry. The combination of less wear and tear for operators and effortless cutting achieves three times the output of conventional products."
Cubitron II products from 3M have reinvented abrasives over recent years, leading the way with their precision-shaped ceramic abrasive grain - each individually formulated into a triangular structure to maximise cutting potential. The self-sharpening triangles fracture as they wear, forming new, super-sharp points and edges. These slice cleanly through metal so the cut-off wheel stays cool and lasts longer. This has the potential to deliver significant advantages in productivity and consistency, as well as longer service life.
David Atherton adds: "This technology is truly remarkable. The Cubitron II abrasive belts and discs have already established the credentials of this technology and we are confident that customers will rapidly see the benefits offered by this extension to the range. Customers will see significant financial and practical advantages, as well as the benefits to workers."
For more information about the range of Cubitron II abrasives from 3M, go to www.3M.co.uk/abrasives.