Edge Conditioning

Definition - What does Edge Conditioning mean?

Edge conditioning is any surface finishing or machining process aimed at producing standard, uniform edges. Steel industries use high-speed processes such as skiving to machine and produce smooth edges by removing burrs and sizing the material.

The process is used to produce burr-free, slit, modified and full round edges on finished products. This is required so that the correct tolerances are met and that the edges do not cause injuries. Presence of burrs provides gaps when mating the edges of two materials, thus encouraging the development of corrosion.

Edge conditioning is also known as edge grinding.

Corrosionpedia explains Edge Conditioning

Edge conditioning uses machining processes at high speed to remove small feeds on the surfaces of the edges to develop certain designs without affecting the tolerance of the finished product. Edge conditioning is important, especially when the product must be assembled with the use of fastening, riveting or welding.

Apart from machining, the use of rollers on strips provides good and precise edge conditioning. Sharp corners are harmful when transporting these products since they can produce a cutting effect, and thus heavy products have the potential to produce deep injuries. The engineering industries share a variety of edges based on certain analysis, for instance, the edge conditioning used in the aerospace industry is different from the edge conditioning used in the marine industry.

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