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Walther Trowal cuts processing times for finishing of blisks from several days to a few hours

Surface finishing of components for the aerospace industry

Walther Trowal cuts processing times for finishing of blisks from several days to a few hours

The work bowl of the “CM” rotary vibrator.

For the efficient surface finishing of high value work pieces like blisks for airplane and land based turbines, Walther Trowal has redesigned its CM vibratory system. It ensures that the work pieces receive a uniform, homogeneous high quality finish with absolutely repeatable results.

The surface finish of blisks („Blade Integrated Disks“) in airplane and other turbines affects to a large extent the airflow characteristics and, thus, the overall efficiency, fuel consumption and noise emissions.

To date the surface finishing of blisks was done manually with grinding disks and other manually operated tools. Due to the „human factor“ the quality of the final finish could greatly vary between work pieces. Frequently, it could even happen that certain surface areas were not finished at all.

For the consistent and high quality finishing of circular high value components Walther Trowal redesigned the rotary vibrator „CM“ in close cooperation with leading turbine manufacturers to make it more suitable for treating all kinds of turbine components.

The „CM“ system allows deburring and general surface improvement of components with diameters of up to 980 mm.

Single work pieces are mounted to the inner dome of the processing bowl. The height of the inner dome itself has been drastically shortened. After grinding media has been filled into the bowl, a vibratory motor causes the complete work bowl to vibrate. This causes a constant „rubbing“ of the media against the fixed work piece. Since the „rubbing“ action is highly homogeneous, a uniform, even finish on all surface areas of the disk and blades is achieved. After completion of the process the surface roughness readings amount to Ra = 0.2 to 0.4 µm.

Starting with an initial surface roughness of Ra = 4 to 5 µm, the desired finishing results are achieved within about five to six hours. Compared to this innovative method the manual finishing of blisks can take several days.

Christoph Cruse, sales manager at Walther Trowal, is commenting on the special conditions prevailing in the aerospace industry: „Especially for the production of turbine components any manual manufacturing operations must be viewed with great skepticism, because the quality of the work will vary greatly. With our new finishing machine we have completely eliminated the vagaries of the human factor. And, we can reduce the finishing times for blisks from several days to just a few hours“.

For finishing of blisks Walther Trowal is recommending the special finishing media, type V 2030. This media produces very smooth surface finishes on materials and shapes, which are typical for blisks. Of course, the V 2030 media is globally approved for the aerospace industry.

Walther Trowal at Singapore Airshow, February 6 – 11 2018
Booth L82

For 85 years Walther Trowal has been a pioneer and market leader in various surface treatment technologies. The company offers modular and custom engineered solutions for a wide range of surface treatment problems.

Initially only making vibratory finishing equipment, over the years Walther Trowal has continuously broadened its product range and today offers a wide portfolio of equipment and services for improving all kinds of surfaces, e.g. mass finishing, part cleaning, shot blasting and drying of a wide spectrum of work pieces, last but not least, the coating of mass produced small parts.

Walther Trowal offers not only various types of equipment but complete surface treatment systems: By linking the various equipment modules and automating the complete process, we are able to precisely adapt our process technologies to the technical requirements of our customers. This also includes various types of peripheral equipment and process water cleaning and recycling systems. Of course, we also offer comprehensive pre- and after-sale service like sample processing in one of our demonstration labs and global repair and maintenance service.

Walther Trowal serves many customers in many industries around the world. For example, in the automotive and aerospace industry, medical engineering and wind power generation.

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Walther Trowal GmbH & Co.KG
Martin Huebner
Rheinische Str. 35-37
42781 Haan/Germany
Phone: +49 2129.571-209
Fax: +49 2129.571-225
E-Mail: m.huebner@walther-trowal.de
Url: http://www.walther-trowal.de

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Aluminum components require soft, less abrasive blast media

New blast turbines with curved throwing blades reduce cycle times.

Aluminum components require soft, less abrasive blast media

The troughed belt continuous feed shot blast machines, type THM, with curved throwing blades reduce

At the Aluminium 2016 trade show Walther Trowal introduces a new generation of blast turbines for the troughed belt continuous feed shot blast machines, type THM. These turbines increase the throwing speed and, thus, reduce cycle times for shot blasting of light metals like aluminum and magnesium. For weight reasons these two metals are increasingly replacing components, which to date were made from steel. However, shot blast applications for aluminum and magnesium frequently require soft, less abrasive blast media like, for example, aluminum shot.

When it comes to shot blasting die-castings or forged components made from aluminum and magnesium, but also zinc, many users are switching to somewhat softer aluminum blast media. Yet, because of their lower bulk density the impact energy of these media is significantly lower compared to other media like steel shot. For this reason, Walther Trowal recently developed turbines with curved throwing blades, which generate significantly higher throwing speeds.

In addition to higher throwing speeds, the new turbines also allow a much higher media throughput. Despite the lower media bulk weight of these „soft“ blast media the results are shorter cycle times an, at the same time, greatly improved surface finishes.

Since the throwing blades in the new turbines are curved on both sides, the turbines can be run in two directions.

For applications requiring steel and stainless steel blast media, Walther Trowal offers the curved throwing blades in wear resistant tool steel. This increases the overall blade uptimes significantly.

The first machine equipped with the new turbines will be delivered to a customer shortly. Of course, existing THM machines can be easily equipped with the curved blade turbines allowing the users to increase productivity and reduce their costs.

Walther Trowal at the Aluminium 2016 trade show
(Dusseldorf/Germany, November 29 – December 1, 2016):
Hall 12 / Booth G 50

Background:

Troughed belt continuous feed shot blast machines: Extremely gentle work piece transport

The THM continuous troughed belt machines can handle large quantities of bulk produced small parts as well as large, delicate single work pieces with complex shapes. Because of the much simpler and gentler work piece handling they frequently replace conventional batch tumblast machines.

THM continuous feed machines are especially advantageous for treating very delicate components: Contrary to batch tumblast systems, where the parts are intensively tumbling over each other with a high risk of nicking, in the Walther Trowal THM machines the work pieces are spread out throughout the length of the trough, ensuring a gentle, nick-free processing. The work pieces are gently rolling over the transport rods coated with polyurethane. This gentle part transport is especially important for complex, thin-walled components requiring an intensive blast cleaning process. The results are perfectly cleaned parts without any nicking or other damage.

Compared to spinner hanger machines the THM continuous shot blast systems also offer significant technical advantages. Because the work pieces are gently tumbling through the tunnel formed by the troughed belt, they are exposed to the blast stream from all sides, with the distance between work pieces and turbines remaining constant. This ensures all around, perfect shot blasting results.

Aluminum: The gentle blast media

The blast cleaning and de-flashing of die-cast or forged aluminum components requires soft blast media. Typical forged parts are steering knuckles or swivel bearings. Aluminum die-castings processed in THM systems can be housings, covers, caps and levers.

But there is also an increasing trend towards utilizing magnesium die-castings, especially in the automobile industry. Many structural components, for example dashboard mountings, are made from magnesium. This material has not only a low weight, but also offers high tensile strength.

For shot blasting of these materials in THM machines aluminum media is becoming quite popular. Since the distance between the blast turbines and the work pieces is very small, the shot blast process is highly effective, even though the blast media has a low bulk density.

Facts about Walther Trowal

For 85 years Walther Trowal has been a pioneer and market leader in various surface treatment technologies. The company offers modular and custom engineered solutions for a wide range of surface treatment problems.

Initially only making vibratory finishing equipment, over the years Walther Trowal has continuously broadened its product range and today offers a wide portfolio of equipment and services for improving all kinds of surfaces, e.g. mass finishing, part cleaning, shot blasting and drying of a wide spectrum of work pieces, last but not least, the coating of mass produced small parts.

Walther Trowal offers not only various types of equipment but complete surface treatment systems: By linking the various equipment modules and automating the complete process, we are able to precisely adapt our process technologies to the technical requirements of our customers. This also includes various types of peripheral equipment and process water cleaning and recycling systems. Of course, we also offer comprehensive pre- and after-sale service like sample processing in one of our demonstration labs and global repair and maintenance service.

Walther Trowal serves many customers in many industries around the world. For example, in the automotive and aerospace industry, medical engineering and wind power generation.

Firmenkontakt
Walther Trowal GmbH & Co.KG
Georg Harnau
Rheinische Str. 35-37
42781 Haan/Germany
+49 2129.571-209
+49 2129.571-225
g.harnau@walther-trowal.de
http://www.walther-trowal.de

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