Bigelow Components Corporation’s Finishing Procedure Designed to
(Springfield, New Jersey, July 6, 2011) – As part of their total process approach, Bigelow Components Corporation, a leader in the design, development and production of precision miniature components for more than 50 years, continues their commitment to providing finishing processes that can significantly improve the performance of microparts.
Brett Harman, president of Bigelow Components Corporation, stated, “More than once we have received a call regarding a part that was manufactured elsewhere and now needs to be ‘redone’ because of poor or inadequate finishing. The smallest flaw can have a negative impact on the performance of a micropart — particularly in components used in medical, electronic, telecommunications, automotive or aeronautical applications. That’s why we developed a step-by-step finishing process to help ensure that each component is perfectly finished.”
A “road map” to the finish line
As part of their start-to-finish manufacturing procedure, Bigelow employs what they call a “road map.” Explained Harman, “Each leg of a component’s trip through the finishing process has a stop.” It starts with a meticulous cleaning that is engineered to the type of the material and is designed to removed residual oils or other deposits. Next, the part is deburred and smoothed by tumbling; a process that is customized to the part and may be performed by a cylindrical vibrator, a box vibrator or a high-speed centrifugal tumbler. Harman added, “Certain parts require a craftsman’s touch, and sometimes we will even hand-tumble delicate, precious-metal parts.”
Additional finishing may be required: Some components require a final cleaning in which they are burnished, etched, or have rust-inhibitor applied. Lastly, parts would be put through an industrial dryer to gently complete the finishing process and ready components for shipment.
More than just good looks
Brett Harman says that Bigelow’s dedication to their refined finishing process isn’t just about producing a part that has a mirror finish. “When a part is properly finished, it has achieved a level of performance and functionality that it would other have. It will have enhanced hardness; it will be tarnish-, corrosion- and chemical-resistant; have improved torque tolerance and be free of the impurities, abrasions, distortions or stresses that may be detrimental to its performance. And that’s really what finishing is all about.”
About Bigelow Components Corporation
Bigelow Components Corporation, located in Springfield, NJ has been providing the highest quality parts, innovative solutions and responsive service for more than 50 years. The company provides cold heading and stamping services to manufacturers that require precision custom components for product assembly. For more information, visit www.bigelowcomponents.com or contact Brett Harman at (973) 467-1200 or by email at email@example.com.
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