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Silmid abrasives

A leading distributor of abrasives, sealants, lubricants, adhesives, surface treatments, silicones and cleaning agents, Silmid has been trading for almost four decades and in that time has continued to grow and expand as it has established its position at the forefront of the industry. When we first began trading in 1980, we worked primarily with clients in the aerospace industry, but soon began to expand into other sectors, working with clients in oil, gas and renewable energies, electronics, engineering, defence, and also the automotive and railway industries. We are now firmly established as a world leader in the distribution of industrial abrasives. 

An abrasive is a kind of hard material, very often a mineral of some kind, used to finish or shape a workpiece in a huge variety of industrial, domestic and technological applications. Silmid offer a large range of abrasive products, including abrasive discs, deburring wheels, roloc discs, hand pads, abrasive rolls and wet and dry papers

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What can abrasives help with?

The process of finishing a material very often involves polishing it in order to create a smooth and reflective surface, although it can also involve a deliberate roughening, such as when a matte, satin or beaded finish is required. With either process, the rubbing of the abrasive against the work piece always leads to a part of the work piece being worn away. 

The many different uses for the many different kinds of abrasives include grinding, buffing,  lapping, sharpening, polishing, honing, drilling, cutting and sanding. 

What kind of abrasives are available and what do they do?

Generally speaking, abrasives can be split into two categories, natural or synthetic. Both types of abrasive are frequently coated or bonded and come in a large variety of shapes, as discussed above. Silmid can offer a full range of grinding wheels, discs, blocks, rods, belts, sheets and loose grain. The range of manufactured abrasives can also be split as follows into three classifications:

* Bonded Abrasives. These offer an abrasive material that is contained within a matrix called a binder, often clay, resin, glass or rubber. This combination of abrasive and binder is generally shaped into sticks, blocks or wheels. The most common abrasive used in this classification is aluminium oxide, although tungsten carbide, silicon carbide and garnet are also common.
* Coated Abrasives. These are minerals used in a similar way to bonded abrasives. Coated abrasives are fixed to backing material of some type, typically paper, resin, rubber, metal, polyester and cloth. Probably the most well-known example of a coated abrasive is sandpaper.
* Super Abrasives. These include cubic boron nitride and diamond. They are extremely hard materials that have been created and developed for use in modern industry.
To find out more about the full range of Silmid abrasives, which are used in a wide variety of applications that includes aerospace and manufacturing, please get in touch.