Abrasives in UAE
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Abrasives are substances that are used to smooth to mold or finish other softer materials through extensive rubbing. They work by scratching away the surface of materials in order to rid it of unwanted roughness or substances. Abrasives are used in a wide variety of industrial, domestic and technological applications. The market for abrasives is increasing due to the growing demand for high quality finishes in the metal and woodworking segment. Abrasives are used for grinding, polishing, buffing, honing, cutting, drilling, sharpening, lapping and sanding, among others.
Abrasives are basically of two types such as natural and artificial or synthetic abrasives. Some of the natural types of abrasives are diamonds, corundum, emery, granet, pumice, quartz, diatomaceous earth and Tripoli and sandstone and flint. Bonded abrasives are natural/synthetic grains that are bonded together. Examples of bonded abrasives are snagging wheels, grinding and cut-off wheels, mounted wheels, cones and plugs. Coated abrasives, also known as sandpaper, are developed by combining natural and synthetic abrasive grains. Examples of coated abrasives include sanding belts, quick change sanding discs, resin fibre grinding discs and spiral bands.