Category Archives: Finishing Process

New Process Finishing Facility Open House Event

State-of-the-art Facility Features Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Factory Tours Right on the heels of celebrating sixty years of success, Precision Finishing Inc. constructed a brand new, 40,000 sqft. facility in Quakertown, PA. The facility was up and running in June … Continue reading

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Chemtrol Industrial Compounds New Website!

On the heels of building a brand-new facility, Precision Finishing Inc. has launched a new website dedicated to industry-leading Chemtrol Industrial Compounds. The website covers every application from vibratory de-burring to accelerated surface finishing. Also featured are … Continue reading

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New Finishing Facility Under Construction

In 2015, Precision Finishing Inc. celebrated sixty years of success. The company has been on a growth path and needed to expand and upgrade the entire Sellersville, PA operation. In 2016 the company selected a building site to start a … Continue reading

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Firearm Magazine Part Processing

Precision Finishing Inc. works with many companies as a provider of metal finishing processes and services. Recently, a premier heat treater in eastern PA approached Precision to help by providing the finishing services on a firearm magazine. The manufacturer of … Continue reading

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Dry vs. Wet Tumble

In the world of vibratory finishing there are two choices, wet or dry processing. 99% of vibratory finishing is run in a wet application but both applications have their pros and cons. Wet Tumbling Pros Wet applications have several benefits and few limitations. When running a wet application all types of media are eligible for use… ceramic, plastic, synthetic, porcelain, abrasive or non abrasive. The most apparent benefit is a cleaner, more polished part. Water combined with a vibratory compound cleans the part and keeps the media from building up impregnated soils, keeping the process clean and efficient. Media wear can slow when using a wet application, which saves the customer on cost during the application. Customers are able to clean, de‐burr and inhibit parts in one step as well. Wet Tumbling Cons Wet applications will produce an effluent you may need to treat. Whether you are using a closed system, pumping it out or sending it down the drain; you need to be aware of the method and costs involved in each. Drying parts is a normal secondary process that needs to be accounted for. Centrifugal Dryers and in‐line systems are common but require planning on your part. Dry tumbling Pros Dry applications are not common in vibratory finishing. Any media style is possible… however not recommended. It will usually be accomplished with a synthetic or non abrasive media to help control dust. There is no compound cost or waste effluent to worry about which can offset the high cost of the media.   Dry Tumbling Cons The media required for dry tumbling is expensive. The process requires specially engineered formulas that produce minimal dust and break down slowly. To maximize the life of your media, washing the parts before you run them is necessary. Heat can also be a concern with dry processes. The amount of friction in a machine can vary, however the time cycle, type of media and how aggressive you run the machine all play a role. Dry tumbling can be VERY LOUD so noise abatement covers could be required. Using the right process is key to a successful project. Contact us if you are having any issues with your current applications, looking to increase efficiency or have a new start up. We have engineered both applications to meet customers needs so you can rely on our skill and prior experience to help you succeed!

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What is High Energy Finishing?

What is High Energy Finishing? High energy finishing is exactly what you think it is, high energy. A bit redundant, yes, but by using centrifugal force and mechanical advantage, standard vibratory time cycles can be reduced dramatically. High energy processes are used for high polish applications, quick material removal, heavy radiusing, reducing time cycle, you name it. With processing times up to 10x faster and relatively simple to automate, these machines can easily make your processes more efficient. Common choices of equipment are Centrifugal Disc, Centrifugal Barrel, Plunge, Drag and Spindle Finishing Machines. Extensive testing for Media, Compound and machine type is required for efficient and successful processing. All types of parts can be considered for high energy applications. Centrifugal Disc and Barrel machines are well suited to smaller stampings, fine blanked parts, bearings, small castings or forgings and medical components. Larger, more complex parts that require no part on part impingement are typically used in spindle or drag finishing applications.   If you feel you may have a part that would be a good fit for high energy finishing or just plain interested to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact Precision Finishing and Checker Industries for testing and information.

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Customer Service Changes and Expansion

Precision Finishing Inc. is growing steadily; as such we have been restructuring our customer service team with the intent to provide more focus and expertise for all of our customers. With this growth comes some changes which started a couple … Continue reading

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Why Is Chemistry Necessary In Vibratory Finishing?

The first step of the chemistry process is that you look at the type of metal that the parts are composed of. This leads to determining what will happen in the vibratory process. A main question to ask is “what … Continue reading

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Vibratory Compounds

Our line of Chemtrol vibratory compounds has grown with the finishing industry since 1955 and we continue to specialize in the formulation and manufacturing of compounds for use in the vibratory finishing process. The vibratory finishing process has multiple variables … Continue reading

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Precision Finishing Company Overview

Since 1955, Precision Finishing has been supplying creative, cost effective solutions for surface finishing and conditioning to the metal working industry. We take the time to listen, ask questions and truly understand what our customers needs are. Our years of … Continue reading

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