WATERVLIET, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Saint-Gobain Abrasives, the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of performance-engineered abrasives, has expanded its Norton® Rapid Prep™ surface conditioning file belt line. The Norton Bear-Tex® portfolio now includes a new XF (extra flex) line of aluminum oxide (A/O) products, which are ideal for extremely demanding file belt applications. Featuring an innovative design that combines premium A/O abrasive grain with a durable Y-wt. polyester backing, Norton Rapid Prep XF A/O is a low-stretch product, offering strength, flexibility and high performance. XF incorporates Saint-Gobain’s proprietary Clean Bond™ resin technology for a smear-free finish, eliminating rework process steps and improving productivity.
“Norton Rapid Prep XF A/O has been tailor-made to work across a wide range of materials and applications requiring a unique mix of performance properties,” says Paul Krupa, Senior Product Manager, Saint-Gobain Abrasives. “Norton Rapid Prep XF A/O provides a cost-effective and highly durable solution that only the Norton Bear-Tex portfolio brings to market. This new XF line now rounds out the Rapid Prep portfolio nicely, covering all belt applications in three unique lines.”
The expanded line is ideally suited for demanding, offhand applications such as blending, finishing and deburring, across industries ranging from aerospace to metal fabrication to stainless steel finishing to maintenance and repair operations (MRO).
With the same superior cut rate as the Norton Rapid Prep LF (low-flex) and RF (regular-flex) A/O product lines, the XF product features enhanced performance for file belt equipment, in which flexibility and low-stretch properties are critical. Norton Rapid Prep XF A/O is available in coarse, medium, fine and very fine grit sizes, and in all popular file belt sizes.
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 the 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. 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. To learn more about the Norton brand, please visit http://www.nortonbeartex.com.
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building and high-performance materials, providing innovative solutions to meet the challenges of growth, energy saving and environmental protection. With 2013 sales of $55.8 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has approximately 195,000 employees.