Saint-Gobain launches new Norton Rapid Prep™ RF Aluminum Oxide surface conditioning material for challenging applications

    Saint-Gobain launches new Norton Rapid Prep™ RF Aluminum Oxide surface
              conditioning material for challenging applications

PR Newswire

WATERVLIET, N.Y., April 8, 2014

WATERVLIET, N.Y., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Saint-Gobain Abrasives, the
world's leading manufacturer and supplier of performance-engineered abrasives,
has launched an expansion of its Norton Rapid Prep™ surface conditioning
product line. This Norton Bear-Tex® portfolio now includes a new RF (regular
flex) line of aluminum oxide (A/O) products which are ideal for extremely
demanding belt and quick change disc applications. Featuring an innovative
design that combines premium A/O abrasive grain with a strong Y-wt. polyester
backing, Norton Rapid Prep™ RF A/O is highly durable and flexible with
extremely low stretch characteristics. In addition, RF incorporates
Saint-Gobain Abrasives' proprietary Clean Bond™ resin technology for a
smear-free finish, eliminating rework process steps and improving
productivity.

Saint-Gobain launches new Norton Rapid Prep™ RF Aluminum Oxide surface
conditioning material

The new product line has been specifically designed for use in belt forms
where high-tensile machines and/or operating conditions require a belt with
low stretch properties. The long-lasting, high-performance Bear-Tex materials
are ideally suited for surface conditioning applications such as blending and
deburring, across industries ranging from aerospace, to metal fabrication and
maintenance and repair operations (MRO). Norton Rapid Prep RF A/O will debut
at Aviation Week MRO Americas in Phoenix, AZ (April 8-10, 2014, Booth 2940).

"Norton Rapid Prep RF A/O has been tailor-made for a wide range of demanding
applications that require a unique mix of performance properties that only the
Bear-Tex portfolio can bring to market," says Paul Krupa, Senior Product
Manager, Saint-Gobain Abrasives. "Extremely strong and flexible, combined with
our proprietary Clean Bond resin technology, Norton Rapid Prep RF A/O provides
a cost-effective and highly durable surface conditioning solution for our
customers."

With the same superior cut rate as the Norton Rapid Prep LF (low-flex) A/O
product line, the RF product features enhanced performance for equipment or
operating conditions where durability, flexibility and low stretch properties
are critical, such as robotic lines, back stand and bench stand machines, as
well as stroke sanders and slack of belt sanding.

Norton Rapid Prep RF A/O is available in Coarse, Medium, Fine, and Very Fine
grit sizes and in all popular portable and off-hand belts sizes, including
special sizes up to 52 inches wide.

About Norton

Norton is a brand of Saint-Gobain. Founded in 1885, Norton manufactured the
first precision-made and mass-produced grinding wheel, and was one of first
producers of commercial coated abrasives. Today, Norton-brand products are
used widely across a variety of industries, including manufacturing,
construction, aerospace, electronics and automotive, among others. The
company's proprietary resins and non-woven materials offer improved
productivity and faster throughput, reducing labor requirements, and helping
customers complete projects more quickly. In 1990, Norton was acquired by
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the manufacture of engineered materials,
headquartered in France. To learn more about Saint-Gobain Abrasives' Norton
brand capabilities and offerings, please visit: http://www.nortonbeartex.com

Contact:
Paul Krupa, Senior Product Manager, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc.
(518) 266-2391
Paul.A.Krupa@Saint-Gobain.com

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SOURCE Saint-Gobain Abrasives

Website: http://www.nortonbeartex.com
 
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