Norton | Saint-Gobain
P.O. Box 15008
1 New Bond Street
Worcester, MA 01615-0008
Phone: (508) 795-2183
Fax: (508) 795-4130
Contact: Karen Winston, Marketing Coordinator
Norton Abrasives, a brand of Saint-Gobain, has developed and launched Norton Vitrium3, the next generation of bonded abrasives products, engineered for maximum performance and cost savings in precision grinding. An entirely new abrasives platform, Norton Vitrium3 features a patent-pending bond technology developed by the Saint-Gobain Abrasives R&D team. This bond features an exclusive chemistry that promotes excellent grain adhesion, resulting in improved product versatility across a wide range of applications. Substantial performance improvements with Norton Vitrium3 are now attainable in all Norton abrasive grains, from proprietary Norton Quantum ceramic alumina to conventional aluminum oxide.
Norton Vitrium3 has three major features and benefits over standard vitrified bonds:
- A stronger bond construction allows superior form and corner holding for improved part quality and higher tolerances, reduced dressing time and wear, as well as the ability to meet the higher wheel speeds demanded of today's equipment.
- An improved holding power utilizing less bond-to-abrasive ratio. This allows increased exposure of the abrasive grains for an improved cut rate and significantly less burn, while reducing power consumption and grinding forces on the part.
- An increased porosity improves coolant flow and chip clearance to eliminate burn or other part damage, especially on today's tough-to-grind materials, such as high nickel alloys, tool steels and chrome.
Norton, a brand of Saint-Gobain, is a leading manufacturer of a wide array of abrasive products. For applications ranging from rapid stock removal to precision finishing in all industries, products are offered in BEST, BETTER and GOOD performance/price tiers to meet the needs of all end-user applications.
With more than 1,000 subsidiaries in 64 countries, Saint-Gobain is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of building materials, and a leader in the production of high performance materials, glass containers and abrasives. Founded in 1665 and headquartered in Paris, Saint-Gobain had worldwide sales of $58.6 billion in 2011 and employs approximately 195,000 people. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain employs approximately 19,000 people, and had sales of $7.7 billion in 2011. The company has over 265 locations throughout North America.