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Process: Honing

Overview

Honing (superfinishing) is a way of creating fine surfaces, a method very similar to grinding.

Compared to grinding, the hone (honing stone) is abrasive. Therefore the hone is quickly worn out. Which material the hone consists of, is dependant on the component.

Grinding machines are normally very stiff, to acheive fine tolerances. On the other hand, honing machines are compliant. The primary target of honing is to create fine surfaces, not fine tolerances. Therefore, fine precision components are often first machined, then grinded and finally honed.

Honing is a relatively expensive process. It is used primarily for components with particular accuracy demands. Common andvantages of honed components are reduced friction, which leads to lower heat, longer lifespan, reduced vibrations and quiter operations.

Picture: Apperley Honing Ltd

Post project to suppliers with Honing capabilities

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Honing projects for quote

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    Machining-Honing

    Suppliers that have the capabilities to hone cylinder tubes are asked to provide a quotation for the attached part. The client operates within the marine industry, spending in excess of £50,000 a year on the services of subcontract machining suppliers. This project forms part of a larger job for which they are currently quoting and subsequently, they are keen to gain an understanding of the associated costs and lead times. In addition to this ongoing requirement, it has been advised that similar work may also be made available to the chosen vendor moving forward.

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