Abrasive Technology

Inventors Month Spotlight - Josh Dudley

Posted by Eric Sagun on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 @ 15:04 PM


On the final day of Inventor's Month, we have one last associate to celebrate. After seeing the devastation caused by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Josh Dudley decided to develop the ultimate too for rescue workers. The result was Jack of All Blades, a unique, emergency circular-saw blade that cuts metal, wood and masonry.

Josh and his fellow engineers at Abrasive Technology have ingenuity in their DNA. Abrasive Technology focuses on producing the best superabrasive grinding wheels and tools available, with a culture built around findng creative ways to solve problems for customers.


Inventors Month Spotlight - Butch Peterman

Posted by Eric Sagun on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 @ 09:04 AM


April is Inventors Month, so we're celebrating one of our favorites, Butch Peterman, president and co-founder of Abrasive Technology. Under Butch’s leadership, AT invented and patented the process for brazing diamond to steel (P.B.S.® bond), used today in a broad spectrum of industries and markets. Personally, Butch has earned other patents and patent applications in the areas of gear grinding, electronics and superabrasive wheel manufacturing. 


Meet Nate, more than a machinist for diamond grinding wheels and tools.

Posted by Eric Sagun on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 13:02 PM

Learn why Nate makes such great diamond grinding wheels and tools at Abrasrive Technology.

Topics: Associate Engagement

Diamond Grinding Wheels and Tools for the Friction Market

Posted by Eric Sagun on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 15:02 PM

Longer lasting and providing greater productivity, these custom-designed diamond drums, saw blades and grinding wheels are specially crafted for slotting, shaping, sizing and finishing, I.D., O.D., champhering and flat grinding of friction materials including brake shoes, clutch faces, disc brake pads and transmission bands.

Electroplated Diamond Grinding Wheels and Tools

Posted by Eric Sagun on Wed, Feb 04, 2015 @ 13:02 PM

Superabrasive grinding wheels and tools with electroplated bonds maintain tight-tolerance forms, provide freer cutting, hold form or profile from first cut to last, and have the ability to be stripped and replated.

Topics: electroplated bond

P.B.S.® Braze Grinding Wheels and Tools

Posted by Eric Sagun on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 14:01 PM


Topics: braze bond

Everlast® PCD Drills for drilling composite materials

Posted by Eric Sagun on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 @ 14:11 PM



Looking for a specialized solution for drilling composites? Everlast PCD drills from Abrasive Technology use patented veined diamond technology for more shock resistance and less chipping - ideal when working with composite materials. 

Topics: PCD tooling

The Five Most Important Steps to Ceramic Insert Grinding

Posted by Glen Rosier on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

1.) Know your wheel speed: wheel speeds on machines vary and the most successful ceramic grinding operations are performed between 5500 & 6500 SFPM.

2.) Condition the wheel properly: Aluminum oxide dressing wheels produce the most open structure along the face of the grinding surface. A clean grinding surface is essential to successful ceramic grinding.

3.) Dress frequently: dressing the diamond wheel frequently provides a clean grinding surface and prevents the fine ceramic swarf from becoming trapped between the diamond particles.

4.) Ceramic is a tough material: Expect grinding pressure when grinding ceramic materials. It is also an insulator material which means that heat generated during the grind process is absorbed into the grinding surface.

5.) Follow the first four steps: You will find a greatly improved ceramic grinding process requiring little to no spark grind to produce a clean chip free edge.

Topics: Grinding, Ceramic Grinding, Ceramic

Custom Engineered Diamond Wheels and Tools

Posted by Chad Fairchild on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 15:03 PM

We have the expertise and engineering staff to design custom solutions for diamond grinding wheels and tools. 

Topics: Wheel, Diamond, Wheels, CBN, Grinding Wheel Diamond, engineering, Tools, Ceramic Grinding, diamond blade

Back the the Basics for a Perfect Stone Floor Polish

Posted by Marc Poirier on Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 12:03 PM

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When beginning a stone flooring restoration project, it is important to explore the condition of the work area. This allows a full understanding of the work that lies ahead and allows you to quote accordingly.

The best way to devise the correct procedure to achieve the agreed upon goal between you and your customer is to perform a test patch. It is my golden rule.

Testing a section of the stone, performed well before you are under the pressure of a contract, determines the best sequence of operations to achieve your customer’s anticipated results. It may also prevent you from performing unnecessary operations that may add value in your opinion, but that the customer does not understand.  Or, it may be an opportunity to upsell your services if the customer agrees to pay extra because you educated him on the benefits of your proposal.

Testing allows you to predetermine how much time to spend on any given area, the diamond grit sequence which yields the best finishes and what buffing approach you can use to deliver the best finish using the simplest and shortest, yet most effective, sequence.

This simple trial of the diamond disks, typically done in a remote corner or dimly lit area, points to the level of finish you are capable of achieving on that particular job and ensures that the customer’s expectations are reasonable and realistic. Once performed, you will know your costs for the job and you can offer a proposal in full confidence that you can do what is needed.

The test patch also allows your customer to possibly realign his expectation to a more realistic approach and permits him to define the value that you are proposing, if different from the original intent. If you are lucky, another contractor may have also done a similar test patch and you will have something to compare your approach to; giving you a second chance to explore an alternative approach to meet different expectations. There may be a lot of differences between what your customer expects and actual possibilities. You just gave yourself another opportunity to explore options to discuss.

The test patch will also prevent the often asked request from the customer to do a little bit more work because his expectation changed, during which time you cannot demobilize the job, nor expect an agreed-upon payment. In cases where opinions differ, which is often when a defined target is not agreed upon, the test patch facilitates any conflict resolution that inevitably arises when expectations are not quantified or changed during the process. Then you are not at the mercy of someone else’s good will.

Always consider the test patch as the ultimate offer of an irrevocable standard against which you can compare and conclude the job. It’ll also allow your customer to feel good about the job you finished and confirm to him that you met his expectations. And in turn, he will feel good about paying you and likely recommend your services. 

Topics: stone, polish, floors, diamond polish

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