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Top tips for choosing the right abrasive

Abrasive, grinding wheel

There are so many different abrasive solutions available on the market today and there can vary widely in terms of quality and business benefit.  So how do you decide which is the best one for your job?…

We’ve put together some top tips to consider when purchasing abrasives for your business.

  1. Quality – The quality of abrasives available today can be extremely variable. By varying the properties of the abrasive and bond and the makeup of the wheel it is possible to produce grinding wheels with a varied range of grinding characteristics. Stock removal performance is a great metric to ensure you are purchasing the most suitable abrasive for the job.
  2. Time – The right abrasives needs to save you time on a particular job or element of the process and this can then be turned into a quantifiable cost saving, which means resource can be placed elsewhere.
  3. Specialist Applications– There is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to abrasives. There are different abrasives for specific materials, so don’t just go with generic, it will result in a poor finish, short lifespan and extra costs elsewhere such as slow turnaround on jobs. Why not have the best product for that particular application rather than a ‘jack of all trades’, it may cost more than the generic option, but will be more profitable in the long term.
  4. Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) – Setting the correct RPM when using your tools for the job in question will help ensure good tool life and the longevity of your abrasives.
  5. Cost – Cheapest is not always the most cost effective, you need to consider the lifetime value. If you purchase a cheap alternative, but have to replace frequently then it’s probably costing you more than it should.
  6. Procurement – Consider what material, what application and what tool drive, all of these elements go hand in hand when selecting the best abrasive product.
  7. Not just a bolt on – Abrasives are not simply the end point of the process with something bolted on the tools, they are an extremely important factor. Why go to the trouble of buying the best possible tool and then putting the cheapest, low quality abrasive on it.  It’s like the analogy of buying a high-end supercar and putting remould tyres on it, don’t be tempted, it was cause problems in the long run.
  8. Ease of use – Consider ergonomics, lower vibration, reduced noise and dust, these all make the job easier, plus it helps in regards to compliance and health and safety issues.
  9. Specialist applications – Special metals require special abrasive products, you may need to look at something bespoke rather than off the shelf in some instances.
  10. Feedback – Team work is key, the decision of tool drive and the abrasive on the end of it need to be looked at as a team to ensure buy-in.

Choosing the right consumables ensures you get the best return on your investment. Our dedicated sales engineers have industrial experience and will advise on the best, most cost-effective route to keep your tools running at maximum efficiency and keeping your workforce protected.  We take the time to understand each client’s requirements and consider each tools application to recommend the right solution.

We would like to offer a FREE abrasive audit to optimise your processes and product use, to arrange please contact us on 01924 224240 or fill out our enquiry form.

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Hand Arm Vibration (HAVs) – What you need to know!

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What is Hand-Arm Vibration (HAVs)?

 The term Hand Arm Vibration or HAVs as it’s widely known is a serious issue for businesses and workers across the UK.

According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Hand Arm Vibration is defined as: “Vibrations that are transmitted to workers’ hands and arms. This can come from use of hand-held power tools (such as grinders or road breakers), hand- guided equipment (such as powered lawnmowers or pedestrian controlled floor saws) or by holding materials being worked by hand-fed machines (such as pedestal grinders or forge hammers).”

Why is it so important?

Regular and frequent exposure to hand arm vibration can lead to permanent damage and ill health, more specifically – hand arm vibration (HAVs) and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).  These illnesses bring depilating symptoms such as tingling and numbness in the hands, loss of strength and painful fingers with changing weather conditions.  Using power tools on a regular basis if not properly assessed can have a significant impact, not only affecting the operator’s days to day activities, it can also seriously affect the ability their to work.

What laws apply?

All businesses that use machinery and tools which give off vibrations have to comply to a number of workplace legislations including:

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Management Health & Safety Works Regulations 1999
  • The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
  • PUWER Regulations 1998

The Control at Work Vibrations regulations stipulate that businesses need to ensure that the risks from vibrations are controlled, and that they provide adequate training and information to workers to ensure they are aware of the risks and what action is being taken and that there is suitable assessment and surveillance around the health of these workers.  Basically, it’s all about ensuring exposure is kept to an absolute minimum and ideally below an exposure action value (EAV) of 2.5 m/s² (100 points) and certainly below an exposure limit value (ELV) of 5 m/s² (400 points).

All employers have a duty of care to ensure that the risks from vibrations are at the lowest practical level possible.  Over recent years there have been many high-profile cases that have reached the headlines and this legislation does not just affect large businesses, any business large or small that uses equipment that omits vibrations has a legal responsibility to comply.

Risks for non-compliance are severe and businesses risk being faced with large fines.  Recent changes to the legislation have made the impact of non-compliance even more serious.

So, what’s changed?

New sentencing guidelines came into effect in February 2016, whereby any non-compliant businesses that have a claim against them for Hand Arm Vibration or any other health and safety offence can be fined at much higher levels.  These apply to the company and not the employee, so the burden is completely upon the company to ensure exposure to vibrations are minimised and workplace training is provided to mitigate the risks, providing a safe working environment for all employees.

Offence fines range from £50 right up to £10 million and are based on two categories: culpability and the size of the organisation.  For example, if a small business with a turnover of between £2M – £10M was found to be negligent, then the fine would range from £100 up to £1.6M, depending on the severity of the injury and culpability of what they did to negate the problem.

On top of that the operator/employee can put in their own claim against the company which is entirely separate to those from the HSE, so a non-compliant business could face some extremely high fines and compensation claims, not to mention the negative press and damage to their reputation.

Over the last six months’ ranges of fines published by the HSE come in at around £250K, but these are starting to ramp up, so be warned!

How can Abbey help?

We work with a range of clients to mitigate the effects of Hand Arm Vibration and ensure a safe and healthy working environment.

We provide a clear twelve step programme to help businesses become compliant, it’s specific to each company’s unique needs and specific exposure to Hand Arm Vibration and how this can be mitigated, offering advice, guidance and actionable points along the way.

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Staff Spotlight – Paul Hadfield, Technical Director

Paul Hadfield

What do you do at Abbey? 

I look after three key account customers and provide technical support to the sales and service team mainly on Hand Arm Vibration (HAVs) issues.

How long have you worked at Abbey? 

I started with the company in June 1986, some would say too long..Ha Ha

What is the best advice you have ever received and from whom? 

Best advice was definitely from my parents “Hard work is not effective – where carelessness is.”

What is the best book you’ve ever read? 

Wilbur Smith – The Seventh Scroll

What’s your favourite film? ​ 

The Full Monty

Tell us something most people do not know about you 

I enjoy gardening

What temptation can you not resist? 

Spending time with my granddaughters

What is your most elusive goal? 

Finishing my family tree

Where is the one place you’d like to visit before you die – and why? 

Iceland to see the Geysers and Northern Lights

Which tool would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island – and why? 

Swiss army knife – it has so many uses

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be and why? 

My great grandfather Charles, to understand why he returned from America after emigrating in the 1850`s

 

If you invite any 5 people to a dinner party living or dead who they be and why? 

Peter Kay, Barack Obama, Al Murray, Alf Garnet and Mohamed Ali – Lively, comical and interesting conversation to say the least!

Describe yourself in one sentence 

Approachable, helpful and a good listener

Why are you good at your job? 

My experience and good people skills

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be? 

An owl

Do you prefer cities or the countryside?

Countryside for relaxation

Describe your perfect night out 

Nice meal, nice wine and good company

What would be your perfect holiday? 

All inclusive, hot and sunny

Sum up Abbey in one sentence

A growing innovative company with good foundations, great people and a vision for the future.

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