An abrasive refers to a substance or material i.e specifically designed for a scraping, polishing, or cleaning surfaces by means of friction or rubbing. It is typically characterized by its hardness and rough texture, which enable it to effectively remove unwanted material or shape other objects. Abrasives find wide applications across various industries, including metalworking, woodworking, construction, and manufacturing.
In metalworking, abrasives are utilized for tasks such as grinding, cutting, and shaping metals. Woodworking industries employ abrasives for sanding and refining wood surfaces. Within the construction sector, abrasives are used to smooth concrete surfaces or to eliminate paint and rust from metal structures. In manufacturing processes, abrasives play a vital role in precision machining, finishing, and surface preparation.
Industrial abrasives are made to produce strong and controlled abrasive action and they are utilized in blasting machines. Common abrasive types includes: