Cargo ships today are real workhorses that spend most of the time at sea. If they are dead in the water from an engine failure, that is tremendously expensive. And since many maritime crews today don’t have diesel mechanics, it is more important than ever for shops to provide the needed repair or overhaul services quickly and thoroughly.
The challenge is servicing oceangoing engines including most of the international big bore models like those from Sulzer, Yanmar, Daihatsu, Man B&W and MAK.
With the critical need for speed and accuracy of service, crews must be ready with the needed talent, training and tools. Whether the job is a scheduled overhaul or emergency repair, it has to be done efficiently and thoroughly.
When doing overhauls or repairs that involve cylinders, it is predictable that cylinder liners will have to be deglazed and crosshatched. For those jobs many turn to a compact, portable and highly efficient tool, the ball-style hone.
Widely known by the brand name Flex-Hone® and nickname “dingleberry,” the ball-style hone is a highly specialized abrasive tool that is instantly recognizable by its unique appearance. Featuring small, abrasive globules that are permanently mounted to flexible filaments, the product is a low-cost tool that is a favorite among mechanics and metal workers due to its deglazing, de-burring, edge blending and crosshatching capabilities.
Whether used for cleaning, de-burring or plateau finishing, this tool provides a low-temperature abrading process that exposes the undisturbed base metal designed to produce a long wearing surface free of fragmented, amorphous or smeared metal from previous operations.
Available in various grit sizes and diameters up to 50-plus inches (4 mm to 36 inches are standard sizes), Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) offers a line of Flex-Hones that are uniquely suited to heavy-duty applications.
Established in 1958, Brush Research Manufacturing has been solving difficult finishing problems with brushing technology in the sophisticated environments of nuclear energy, aerospace and computer technology as well as industrial applications.
For more information, visit: www.brushresearch.com.