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The furniture industry gets together in Bulgaria from 26 to 30 March, 2019

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Cairo WoodShow: 110 exhibitors from 24 participating countries

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Vancouver Invitation on Forest Products for a Better Future

The British government wants to minimise the costs to the timber industry of Brexit

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Italian prime minister have met Italian manufacturers of wood machinery at Lesdrevmash trade fair in Russia

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USA: Hurricane Michael damage will drive lumber prices higher

Wood fiber costs for the world`s pulp industry fell for the first time in over a year

Oregon`s tall wood building industry moves forward despite setbacks

New York state announces actions to advance industry`s growth

Biomass industry celebrates sixth annual Bioenergy Day

USA: The volume of timber cut from Northwest national forests is increasing

Wood as a replacement for concrete and steel

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Vietnam and Cambodia should intensify cooperation in monitoring their export and import of timber and wood products

Africa: companies working in the wood industry need more support and access to resources

Wood-Pellets Market Growth Report

European parquet consumption - stable or slightly higher in the first six months of 2018

China`s huge demand for timber is stripping one of the world`s largest remaining areas of pristine tropical forests

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Glass Beads for Shot Peening and Cleaning of Surfaces

Glass Beads for Shot Peening and Cleaning of Surfaces
For long time, wood processing has not benefited from modern blasting techniques with abrasive materials. However, at the present moment, glass beads are successfully used for polishing and finishing surfaces in wood industry. In Romania, important companies that act on the abrasives market have understood the importance and the efficiency of glass beads in polishing wood surfaces, and therefore, made available a wide range of glass beads for sale. Whether we are talking about freshly processed wood, recovered wood (which is becoming more and more appreciated) or the maintenance of machinery and equipment, the solutions that involve glass beads blasting present a number of major advantages.

Below, a wider presentation of glass beads and their advantages in wood industry and beyond, is made available for our users request.

Glass beads provide one of the most gentle touches on the blasted surfaces. Unlike other abrasive materials, glass beads are an economical solution for cleaning and shot peening of surfaces, and are manufactured in rounded shape from lead-free recycled glass. It is an ecological material that does not cause human health problems because it does not contain free silica, it is chemically inert and can be reused up to 30 times, depending on the processes and the surfaces being operated.

Glass beads are available in several sizes. The larger particles produce a deeper textured finish, while the smaller particles produce an extremely bright and smooth surface. Further, the particles of the glass beads can be produces in much smaller sizes than other metal shots, therefore, being ideal for cleaning and peening metal parts with complex geometries and fine angles, without damaging their shape or removing parts of the base material.

Being a non-ferrous and stable material, glass beads do not contaminate the blasted surfaces, being successfully used for stainless steel, aluminum, stone, cement, wood, glass fiberglass, plastic. As blasting material, glass beads can be used for light deburring and cleaning, effectively removing rust, corrosion, dust and dirt deposits without scratching or damaging the surfaces when used with both air or water based propellant equipment.

Shot peening with glass beads has major advantages for the treated surfaces as it increases the fatigue properties of metal parts and resistance to stress corrosion cracking. Glass beads are an abrasive with medium hardness (approximately 6 on the Mohs scale) and relatively low weight, therefore producing a significant layer of compression residual stress at the surface while leaving a smooth metal finish.

In automotive industry, glass beads are used for removing rust and paint on the car bodies. Having such a delicate action, they are also used to clean and sanitize fine medical devices in the pharmaceutical industry. In the aviation industry, glass beads are used to clean and shot peening specific parts, such as propellers and aircraft engine blades.

Another area in which glass beads are successfully used is road marking. The paint used in road marking embeds glass beads with retro-reflective properties of the vehicle's headlight beam, ensuring better visibility of the road marks during night and day and greater safety for car drivers. Glass beads can be mixed with paint prior to road marking, but can be added later over the newly fresh paint.

GritSablare provides several types of high quality glass beads, which can be used in any type of cleaning, deburring or shot peeing operations. Our engineers provide full support and assistance in choosing the best solutions for cleaning and shot peening any type of surface. A fair price - quality ratio and timely delivery of the ordered products are important premises for a beneficial and advantageous business relationship on medium and long term for all the parties involved.
Glass Beads for Shot Peening and Cleaning of Surfaces
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