For manufacturers facing complex or stringent machining or finishing issues, electrochemical machining (ECM) is a notable process by which material can be removed in micron increments, reaching areas unreachable by other methods. To support the ECM process, Kennametal Extrude Hone (Latrobe, PA), has designed an electrolyte cleaning unit called HYDROM as an add-on to electrochemical machines. It delivers constant electrolyte quality to ensure constant gap for better quality and superior process stability, says the company. Electrochemical machining accomplishes metal removal by the dissolution of surface atoms without direct contact between the tool and workpiece material. The process is highly controllable and can machine or polish areas previously unreachable by other methods, including hand polishing and deburring.
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