The modern American manufacturing sector is a truly vast one, and goods ranging from computer parts and car parts to furniture and children’s toys are built in incredible numbers. In fact, manufacturing contributes an impressive $2.17 trillion to the American economy, and it has been calculated that for every $1 spent on manufacturing, another $1.40 is added right to the economy. Recent data shows that some 256,363 manufacturing firms are out there, and nearly all of them are small firms (having under 500 employees). Put together, these many small factories and workshops get some good work done, but the employees there are going to need the right tools and supplies for the job. These range from single-point tools to roller burnishing tools and even lathe tables and lubricants for those machines.
Multi and Single-Point Tools
There is more than one way to make or use a tool. Some tools are defined by whether they expose one cutting edge to the material at a time or several, and the single-edge tools are known as single-point tools. These may often be simpler to use than multi-point tools, but bear in mind that such single-point tools (such as some drill heads) might run pretty hot during work. After all, that one cutting edge is connected to the entire cutting tool, so the entire thing will heat up. Workers should bear that in mind during operation. And of course, if that cutting edge becomes damaged, then the tool is unusable.
By contrast, multi-point tools have more than one cutting edge, as the name suggests. Some have as few as four cutting edges, and others might have as many as 100 of them. The tool may stay cooler for longer during work, since just a part of it (one cutting edge) is getting heated up at a time. More than one edge can be cut in a pass this way, and if one cutting edge breaks, this does not compromise the entire tool.
Burnishing Done Right
What is a burnishing tool used for? This is one of the later steps in the manufacturing process, and many finished goods and materials are advertised as being burnished. Put simply, a roller burnishing tool is a tool with a spherical head that rolls all over the surface of metal, and this applies intense but even and smooth pressure across the surface. The result is metal that is compressed and therefore tougher, and this makes the metal able to endure more weight and strain during work (this is vital). Burnished metal has improved cosmetics, too, with a smooth and shiny surface that may be an attractive color. It is even possible for a used item to have its metal surfaces burnished again, and even jewelry can be burnished, bu being placed inside a rotating drum that has metal bits in it.
A lathe is any tool used to scrape and grind off any upraised, rough imperfections on a piece of material such as metal, plastic, or even wood, and the ancient Egyptians used handheld lathes. Today, a lathe is a mechanical table that features an assembly, where the item to be worked can be placed. The assembly will then feed the item to a rotating grinder surface, and that grinder will scrape off any upraised imperfections on the material and leave a smooth surface behind. The RPMs of that lathe can be adjusted as needed, and care should be taken so the item’s surface is not damaged.
Why remove burrs? Burrs form after cutting, welding, or drilling is done, and these upraised imperfections are not only unsightly, but they can scratch and scrape against other surfaces or items, and metal burrs may attract static electricity. So, they are always removed during the manufacturing process.
Let us not forget lubricants, which allow these machines and many others to operate smoothly. Synthetic and real oils alike can be used to allow items to glide easily past one another to minimize friction and maximize speed, and lubes are also known to prevent metal surfaces from overheating. They can even help prevent static electricity buildup. Using lube properly allows a factory to operate smoothly all day, and prevent costly shutdowns due to overheated or corroded machines.