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Verband Deutscher Schleifmittelwerke e.V. (VDS)/Association of German Abrasive Manufacturers Turns 100 Years Old

The VDS and Its Historical Impact

  • 17 January 2017
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Verband Deutscher Schleifmittelwerke e.V. (VDS)/Association of German Abrasive Manufacturers Turns 100 Years Old

Bonn, Germany The VDS turns 100 years old today, January 17th, 2017. The association saw its birth in the turmoil of the First World War, when a group of dedicated abrasive manufacturers recognizing the increasing scarcity of raw materials and energy combined their forces to ensure the survival of many companies. 

The ISO Standardisation Committee for Grinding Wheels and Abrasives Has a New Chairman

ISO/TC 29/SC 5 Has a New Leadership

  • 13 January 2017
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The ISO Standardisation Committee for Grinding Wheels and Abrasives Has a New Chairman
Berlin, Germany - On the 1st of January 2017, Gerhard Struth took over from Geoff Clarke as Chairman of ISO/TC 29/SC 5, the standardisation sub-committee for grinding wheels and abrasives. With a career spanning many decades, Gerhard Struth has acquired an extensive knowledge of the abrasive industry and a solid background in standardisation. For over twenty years, he polished his skills at Hermes Schleifwerkzeuge in Hamburg, Germany, eventually holding the position of head of Research and Development. Mr. Struth’s body of work also reveals an innate sense for developing sensical standards.

Professionals Beware: Use Your Abrasive Belts Safely

A Safety Guide for Operators on How to Grind Safely with Abrasive Belts

  • 19 December 2016
  • Author: FEPA
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Professionals Beware: Use Your Abrasive Belts Safely
Paris, France - Abrasive belts, used in various industries, can be dangerous and cause serious injuries to workers and end-users, especially in cases of misuse or operator error. According to safety experts in the abrasives industry, the overwhelming majority of actual accidents are due to operators failing to conceptualize the dangers that come with using abrasive products, as well as to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves. Typical mistakes include but are not limited to: (1) assembly and tool tightening, (2) storage conditions, or (3) extreme and inappropriate use of abrasive tools or machines.

Abrasives End-User Safety: A Major Concern for American and European producers

European Abrasives Experts Meet American Counterparts

  • 18 November 2016
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Abrasives End-User Safety: A Major Concern for American and European producers

Paris, France - The Unified Abrasives Manufacturers Association (UAMA), representing the American producers of abrasive products, held its Fall business meetings from November 9th to 11th, in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. 

For this occasion, FEPA members, experts from the European abrasive producer’s community, were invited to meet their American counterparts. Both organisations strive for the improvement of abrasive products safety and for raising awareness among the end-users on how to safely use the products.Abrasives products are commonly used in all industries, from mechanical, car, electronics to construction and building industries, and by DIYers to cut off, grind, polish, finish, and drill.

EN 13743 Revision - “Safety Requirements for Coated Abrasives” Voted By CEN

The New Standard Voted by CEN

  • 13 October 2016
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EN 13743 Revision - “Safety Requirements for Coated Abrasives” Voted By CEN

Paris, France - The revision of the EN 13743 was approved today by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). The changes concern mainly:

  1. The opening of the scope to abrasives coated with diamond and cBN grains and combination of coated and non-woven abrasives
  2. Modifications in table 5: dimensional limitations and maximum operating speeds
  3. The inclusion of sanding discs to different backing materials (not only fibre discs)
  4. Editorial amendments and standard and bibliographical references
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