Norton Abrasives was recently awarded a broad business process patent for technology that is used to determine the optimum set up for a specific grinding application. The process, referred to as "performance mapping," uses detailed grinding performance data and mathematical algorithms generated by a computer to very quickly and simply show the optimum operating parameters for any type of abrasive product. The results are presented in the form of a topographical, color map that easily identifies the appropriate parameters to optimize performance. In addition to identifying optimum use conditions, performance mapping can be used to identify the most cost effective wheel, belt or disc to use to achieve the desired results. The patent covers all types of abrasive grinding processes, whether the products in use are grinding wheels and/or coated abrasive belts and discs.
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