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3M transforms grinding with launch of new Cubitron II bonded abrasive grinding wheels for shipbuilding industry

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Cubitron II grinding discs

Cubitron II grinding discs

Diversified technology company 3M has introduced a range of bonded abrasive grinding wheels into the European market which are set to offer an innovative new approach to the grinding process. Employing the highly advanced abrasive grain technology, precision shaped grain, introduced with the Cubitron II Abrasive Belts and Discs from 3M, now well established in the market, the new grinding wheels cut faster, last longer and require significantly less pressure than conventional grinding wheels. This results in increased productivity and reduced operator fatigue.

Suitable for heavy weld removal as well as numerous other grinding applications, Cubitron II Bonded Abrasive Grinding Wheels are capable of delivering extremely high cut rates on an extensive range of metals, making them ideal for shipbuilding, maintenance and repair .

David Atherton, senior marketing executive for the 3M Abrasive Systems Division, explains: “This is an innovative grinding technology that cuts faster and lasts longer – tests have shown that the new grinding wheels achieve significantly increased output when compared with conventional products. The introduction of Cubitron II Bonded Abrasive Grinding Wheels from 3M can have a major positive impact on the essential metalwork required for shipbuilding.”

Cutting edge technology 

The irregularity of conventional ceramic grain results in it ‘ploughing’ through metal, causing a build-up of heat and resulting in a slower cutting rate; this directly affects product durability, potentially resulting in shorter life. In contrast, precision shaped grain technology features precisely-shaped, uniformly-sized and vertically-oriented triangles of ceramic abrasive. These self-sharpening structures fracture as they wear, forming new, super-sharp points and edges, which slice cleanly through metal, rather than gouging or ‘ploughing’, allowing the grinding wheel to stay cool and last longer. This has the potential to deliver significant advantages in productivity and consistency, as well as longer service life.

An additional benefit is that Cubitron II products substantially reduce the amount of pressure an operator needs to apply compared with traditional grinding wheels made from aluminium oxide, zirconia and ceramic grain.

David Atherton continues: “This technology is truly remarkable, allowing operators to increase productivity with considerably less physical effort.  These grinding wheels require only a third of the pressure to produce the same cut. This considerably reduces physical stress on the operators and helps them to remove much more material with the same amount of effort.”

For more information about the range of Cubitron II abrasives from 3M, visit www.3M.co.uk/abrasives or call 0870 60 800 90.

3M and Cubitron are trademarks of 3M Company.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products.

Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies, creating innovative products that help make the world healthier, safer and more productive. Well known 3M brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate and Scotch-Brite.

With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 88, 000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing more than 3, 000 people across 19 locations, including nine manufacturing sites.


Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, personal safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents, passport readers and imaging systems.

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