3M Cubitron II Flap Discs Provide Superior Cut Rate

  3M Cubitron II Flap Discs Provide Superior Cut Rate

    Precision-shaped grain technology revolutionizes the grinding process

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- July 1, 2013

3M Abrasive Systems rocked the grinding world last year with the introduction
of  3M™ Cubitron™ II Bonded Abrasive Grinding and Cut-Off Wheels. Now, those
same benefits to the operator – faster cutting with less pressure, and longer
lasting abrasives – are available in 3M™ Cubitron™ II Flap Discs. With this
new offering, tough tasks like weld grinding, deburring, rust removal, edge
grinding, and weld seam blending can be finished faster and more easily.

Cubitron II flap discs capitalize on 3M’s proprietary precision-shaped grain
technology to provide superior cut rates, while the irregular shapes of
conventional ceramic abrasive grains “plow” through metal, resulting in heat
buildup, slower cutting and shorter life, precision-shaped grains are
uniformly sized triangular structures that are evenly distributed onto the
backing, allowing them to slice through the substrate. They also continuously
fracture during use to form sharp points and edges.

With this technology, the flap disc requires significantly less pressure than
competitive products, reducing operator fatigue. In fact, other abrasives
require up to three times the amount of pressure to match the cut of the
Cubitron II abrasives. 3M’s revolutionary technology helps the abrasive last
longer, prolonging the life of the disc. With faster cutting and prolonged
disc life, shop owners can also enjoy the benefits of increased throughput and
reduced abrasive costs.

In addition to the precision-shaped grain breakthrough, Cubitron II flap discs
also feature a uniquely designed backing that enables controlled, even wear,
allowing for full utilization of the disc with no premature dulling or
glazing. The versatile discs work in low-, medium-, and high-pressure
applications, helping simplify shop inventory. A grinding aid also assists in
keeping the product cool while grinding on stainless steel and heat-sensitive

“Precision-shaped grain technology has been enthusiastically received in our
belts, fiber discs and bonded wheels, and we’re excited to bring it now to
flap disc applications,” said Dan Cunningham, director of sales and marketing,
3M Abrasive Systems. “With increased productivity, prolonged abrasive life and
a smoother cut, this technology is another big breakthrough for operators and
shop owners.”

To learn more about Cubitron II abrasives, visit www.3M.com/cubitron2.

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Karwoski & Courage Public Relations
Michael Gugala, 612-342-9604
3M Public Relations
Connie Thompson, 651-733-8914
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