Plastic Tumbling Media

Plastic Tumbling Media

Plastic Tumbling Media

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Plastic tumbling Media

Plastic Tumbling Media

Plastic tumbling media is a lightweight media that reduces the chance of damaging sensitive parts with delicate surfaces. It is typically longer lasting than ceramic media. Plastic media comes in a variety of formulations (some are designed for use in high energy finishers or centrifugal barrels) to achieve finishes ranging from a clean and reflective finish to a smooth matte finish.

Finishing Applications for Plastic Tumbling Media

Mass finishing, deburring, deflashing, metal removal, and fine finishing.

Shape & Size Options:

Standard shapes & sizes available, including but not limited to:

  • Triangles, angle cut triangles
  • Cones
    • Cylindrical, pilgrim, round top, taper top
  • Pyramids
  • Stars
  • Ellipses
  • Wedges

Contact our team for special shapes and sizes.

Plastic Vibratory Media Composition Options:

  • Low Densitydesigned for versatility, often used for deburring, flash removal, burnishing and preplate finishing.
  • High Densitydesigned for superior cut and stock removal on both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. In most instances this high density media reduces cycle times and provides vastly improved finishes in applications ranging from deburring of hard metals to fine finishes on intricate parts.
  • High Performanceformulated for use in specific applications involving ferrous metals. This media will provide a dramatic improvement in surface finishes with the impact resistance of a plastic body, which significantly decreases fracturing and impingement.

Each type of cutting ability has many composition formulas available. Contact our team for special compositions.

Considerations for Selecting Tumbling Media

Selecting the right tumbling media for your finishing applications is a vital step in the process of producing quality parts. Check out the articles below to learn about important considerations in the decision process. Click on the images to read the articles.

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Schedule Your Vibratory Tumbler Media Trial

Contact our team to identify which vibratory media option will be best for your metal finishing process. Through our lab process, we can develop the best process for you and set up a trial.

Stainless Steel Tumbling Media

Stainless Steel Tumbling Media

Stainless Steel Tumbling Media

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Stainless Steel Tumbling Media

Stainless steel tumbling media is known for its wear resistance, and in most instances lasts much longer than ceramic, plastic, and bio-based vibratory media. It performs a variety of finishing operations, often in one step, without specialized or dedicated equipment, reducing processing times. The use of stainless steel greatly reduces the risk of corrosion in your mass finishing applications.

Finishing Applications for Stainless Steel Tumbling Media

Mass finishing, deburring, deflashing, polishing, burnishing, fast metal removal, surface improvement, and cosmetic finishing.

Shape & Size Options:

Standard shapes & sizes available, including but not limited to:

  • Balls
  • Barrels
  • Cones
  • Ball Cones
  • Oval Balls
  • Diagonals
  • Pins

Contact our team for special shapes and sizes.

Steel Tumbling Media Composition Options:

  • Stainless Steel – ideal applications include corrosion-sensitive steel. Recomended to use when rust-free is essential. Stainless steel also reduces the amount of chemistry needed in most processes.
  • Carbon Steel – typically used in burnishing applications but can also provide a light edge break or deflashing.

Considerations for Selecting Tumbling Media

Selecting the right tumbling media for your finishing applications is a vital step in the process of producing quality parts. Check out the articles below to learn about important considerations in the decision process. Click on the images to read the articles.

tumbling media composition
tumbling media shape

Schedule Your Vibratory Tumbler Media Trial

Contact our team to identify which vibratory media option will be best for your metal finishing process. Through our lab process, we can develop the best process for you and set up a trial.

Wet Blasting Equipment

Wet Blasting Equipment

Wet Blasting Equipment

Wet blasting provides a dustless environment that greatly reduces media embedment to provide smooth, clean surface finishes. Effective at removing oily scale, etching aerospace composites, or adding a surface profile. Wet blasting is safe on composites and sensitive substrates. Wet blasting preserves the abrasive longer than traditional dry blasting. These units run on a closed-loop system providing a clean and sustainable blast environment.

Typical applications include surface cleaning, peening, etching, machine mark removal and reaching a required RA surface finish.

Robotic & Automated Wet Blasting Equipment

Robotics systems are fully engineered for precision and highly repeatable results on sensitive applications. Each system is designed to your application.

Wet Blasting Cabinet

Manual wet blasting cabinets are ideal for a facility that have multiple types of parts needing to pass through a wet blast system.

Portable Wet Blasting Equipment

Wetblast FLEX Equipment

Wetblast FLEX mixes media and water after it leaves the machine. No more cleaning out messy water/media mix.

Vapor Blast Equipment

Vapor blast equipment reduces dust and uses very little water, making containment and cleanup of debris simple.

Wet Blasting vs Dry Blasting

There is a lot to consider when trying to decide between wet and dry blasting. We have a more in-depth article on the topic here. Below is a quick overview on ideal applications for wet blasting vs dry blasting.

Ideal Wet Blast Applications:

  • Medical Parts
  • Aerospace – Composites and Metals
  • Automotive
  • Firearms
  • Remanufacturing
Lab Development Process

We run lab tests on your parts to dial in the best euipment and media seleection for your project! Talk to our team today to schedule the lab test.

Blending Machine Lines Using Wet Blasting Equipment

Wet blast equipment efficiently smooths out lines and defects on machined parts. The media/water combonation allows for precise control to minimally hit the surface to blend without removing metal.

Vibratory Tumbler Media

Vibratory Tumbler Media

Common vibratory tumbling applications include burnishing, polishing, inhibiting, deburring, deflashing and more.

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Types of Vibratory Tumbler Media

Midvale Industries offers a broad line of vibratory tumbler media for mass finishing processes. Vibratory media and vibratory compound are both critical for achieving a consistent and precise finish. Tumbling media is manufactured in multiple types of material including ceramic, stainless steel, plastic, urethane, and corn cob. Tumbling media is available in various sizes and shapes including angle cut cylinders, stars, cones, triangles, wedges, pyramids, and specialty shapes upon request. We offer both wet and dry finishing media.

ceramic tumbling media

Ceramic Tumbling Media

Ceramic tumbling media is a general all-purpose vibratory tumbling media; available in a wide variety of sizes, cutting actions, compositions, and shapes. Ceramic media can polish, deburr, descale, burnish, radius, and provide general overall surface improvement.

stainless steel tumbling media

Stainless Steel Tumbling Media

Stainless steel tumbling media is known for its wear resistance, and in most instances lasts much longer than ceramic, plastic, and bio-based vibratory media. It performs a variety of finishing operations, often in one step, without specialized or dedicated equipment, reducing processing times.

Plastic tumbling Media

Plastic Tumbling Media

Plastic tumbling media is a lightweight media that reduces the chance of damaging sensitive parts with delicate surfaces. It is typically longer lasting than ceramic media. Plastic media comes in a variety of formulations (some are designed for use in high energy finishers or centrifugal barrels) to achieve finishes ranging from a clean and reflective finish to a smooth matte finish.

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Urethane Dry Tumbling Media

Eliminate the need for water or compound in your vibratory finishing process with urethane dry finishing media. Dry finishing media eliminates the need for effluent and effluent treatment as well as the costs associated with them. Urethane dry media can be run in all styles of equipment such as vibratory, centrifugal disc and centrifugal barrels. This media will not glaze as with conventional media and stays active throughout its lifespan.

Applications for Urethane Dry Finishing Media

Mass finishing, deburring, deflashing, polishing, burnishing

Sizing: Standard Shapes Available – Contact our team for special sizing

corn cob tumbling media

Corn Cob Tumbling Media

The use of corn cob tumbling media is an environmentally friendly way to burnish, deburr, deflash, and polish small parts. Corn Cobs can also be used in drying equipment and as an absorbent for grease and oil. They preserve sensitive surfaces and are ideal for plastics and softer metals.

Applications for Corn Cob Vibratory Media

-Ammunition (polishing and cleaning brass casings)
-Automotive (surface improvement, deburring, parts cleaning, and drying)
-Industrial (drying, degreasing, and oil absorption)

Sizing: Standard Shapes Available – Contact our team for special sizing

Tumbling Media Shape MATTERS

The shape of your tumbling media plays a major role in the effectiveness of your mass finishing applications. Read our article breaking down these factors and tips for selecting your media shape.

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Find Out More About Vibratory Tumbler Media

Speak to our team to identify which vibratory media option will be best for your metal finishing process. Through our lab process, we can develop the best process for you.

Ceramic Tumbling Media

Ceramic Tumbling Media

Ceramic Tumbling Media

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ceramic tumbling media

Ceramic Tumbling Media

Ceramic tumbling media is a general all-purpose vibratory tumbling media; available in a wide variety of sizes, cutting actions, compositions, and shapes. Standard and custom formula blends available depending on the metal, contaminants and desired finish. Ceramic media can provide a longer lasting alternative to some plastic media and reducing the waste created in the process. Ideal for aerospace, automotive, jewelry, piping, fittings, 3D printing, tooling, medical/dental, and other industries.

Finishing Applications for Ceramic Tumbling Media

Mass finishing, deburring, deflashing, polishing, burnishing, fast metal removal, surface improvement, radiusing, and cosmetic finishing.

Shape & Size Options:

Standard shapes & sizes available, including but not limited to:

  • Angle Cut Cylinders, Triangles and Stars
  • Cones
  • Wedges
  • Pyramids
  • Tetrahedrons
  • Ellipses

Contact our team for special shapes and sizes

Ceramic Tumbler Media Composition Options:

  • Non-abrasive – long lasting media recommended for brightening, burnishing, polishing, and light deburring.
  • Mild/Medium Cut – moderately long lasting media options that usually contain silicon carbide or aluminum oxide to provide some metal removing for surface finishing applications.
  • Fast Cut – contains higher concentrated amounts of abrasive for fast and efficient removal of heavy scale, flash and burrs.
  • Specialty Abrasives – unique formulas designed for specific applications that usually contain silicon carbide, zirconia or aluminum oxide.

Each type of cutting ability has many composition formulas available. Contact our team for special compositions.

Considerations for Selecting Tumbling Media

Selecting the right tumbling media for your finishing applications is a vital step in the process of producing quality parts. Check out the articles below to learn about important considerations in the decision process. Click on the images to read the articles.

tumbling media composition
tumbling media shape

Schedule Your Vibratory Tumbler Media Trial

Contact our team to identify which vibratory media option will be best for your metal finishing process. Through our lab process, we can develop the best process for you and set up a trial.