High-Quality Plastic Tumbling Media Manufacturer from China

  • Well suited for brass, aluminum light deburring
  • Plastic parts deflashing and smoothing
  • Wear-resistant polyester with high-quality abrasives
  • Minimal 6mm size pyramid and most giant 80mm Cone
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Inovatec MachineryYour Best Plastic Tumbling Media Manufacturer in China

Inovatec plastic tumbling media is ideal for aluminum parts and brass parts deburring and smoothing. While plastic tumbling media is softer than ceramic media, it creates a smooth surface with low Ra (as flat as two microinches). Besides, it provides a cushioning effect for parts and prevents part-on-part contact.

Plastic media cone

Cone shape plastic media is the most popular tumbling media which finishes holes and slots without lodging issue.

Plastic media tetrahedron

Tetrahedron shapes, also name as TET plastic tumbling media. It is available from 10mm to 80mm size.

Plastic media lens

Lens shape plastic media can enter very narrow slots and holes without stuck.

Plastic media nipple shape

Nipple shape plastic tumbling media has a very long profile that readily penetrates the deep holes without lodging problem.

Plastic media paraboloid

Tristar plastic media can enter smaller slots deeper than Tetrahedron shape plastic media.

Plastic media tristar

Paraboloid shape plastic media can enter the smaller and narrow area of the parts compared with the cone shape.

Plastic media triangle

Angle Cut Triangle plastic media finishes slots and corners and reaches the remote area of the parts.

Plastic media pyramid

Pyramid shape plastic media available in 6mm, 10mm size, they have a sharp point which does better deburring than the cone shape.

Optional Design & Setting

General use plastic deburring media with high cutting power and low wearing.

Fast cutting plastic media, create a surface that ready for painting and anodizing.

Light cutting plastic chips, it’s a lightweight plastic media that produces a very smooth finish.

Ultra-fine grinding plastic media, it’s a long-lasting media that provide excellent finishing, create a surface ready for plating.

Z1 series zirconium silicate abrasive plastic tumbling media, reduce cycle time with fast cutting, ideal for titanium parts deburring and smoothing.

Mass Finishing Machine

From plastics to metals, Inovatec mass finishing machine customized and build to make the exact finish for your industrial applications with affordable price.

Inovatec Machinery – China Leading Plastic Tumbling Media Manufacturer & Supplier
  • Wear-resistant plastic tumbling media
  • Brass, copper, aluminum, plastic deburring & deflashing
  • Metal parts smoothing with minimum media loss
  • Cost-effective process compared to manual finishing

Frequently Asked Question
What is the minimum order quantity for plastic tumbling media?

Our MOQ is 500kg. You can ship your plastic media with your machine and other goods in the container. 500kg is enough for you to make the trials.

How is your media packaged?

Our plastic tumbling media packaged in double plastic woven bags. Usually 25kg/bag or 50lbs/bag.40 bags per pallet.

How do we make the payment?

The general order is TT wire transfer. We start production with a 30% down payment. We will make the shipment after receiving the full amount.

Of course, we can do a sight letter of credit or trade through PayPal.

How long is the delivery time of the plastic media?

For plastic media size above 20mm, production time about 15-20 days. If your media size is smaller than 20mm, then it requires a longer time to produce.

If you have an urgent order, we will finalize it within two weeks.

What are the nearest ports from your factory?

Our closest ports are Shanghai, Ningbo, and Yiwu.

Plastic Tumbling Media

Plastic tumbling media is one of the most used media in mass finishing.

Below is the most popular application of plastic tumbling media:

  • Soft metals deburring and smoothing, for example, aluminium, brass, copper
  • Plastic parts deburring and de-flashing
  • Delicate and fragile pieces, thin workpieces deburring
  • Zinc (zamak3) casting parts pre plating finishing

plastic media deburring aluminum machining parts

The main composition of plastic tumbling media is polyester resin and abrasives.

50% of the structure is resin, while the rest 50% is abrasives. Inovatec developed a series of recipes, including light cutting, medium cutting, and dense cutting plastic media.

Each year, we output 10,000 tons of plastic tumbling media and export all over the world.

The most popular shape is a cone, pyramid, paraboloid, lens, tetrahedron, tri-star, etc.

plastic tumbling media

Over the past 20 years, Inovatec continuous to develop high-quality plastic tumbling media.

Because of the consistent performance, our plastic tumbling media is popular in mass finishing workshop.

Here is how we do it:

  • Quality raw material from DIC and Akzo Nobel
  • Automatic casting machine to the ideal production parameter control
  • Plastic mould to get the right size and shape, no shrinking
  • Keep plastic media in higher temperature, allow polymer cross-linking reaction 100% complete
  • Pre-tumbling to remove flashes before packaging

plastic parts vibratory deburring

Inovatec does not just offer the plastic tumbling media, but provide complete surface finishing solutions, including media, compound, and machinery.

Our process engineer suggests the right media size and type for your parts.

We promise to get you satisfied, finishing the result at an affordable cost.

Contact us today and get the free quote now!

Plastic Tumbling Media FAQ Guide

1. How do you control plastic tumbling media quality?

There are two reasons for our high-quality plastic tumbling media: high-quality raw materials and strict process control.

First of all, we use high-quality, polyester raw material from the Japan DIC group.

And we use hardeners from the Akzo Nobel group.

Besides, the abrasives, for example, silica is made to exact mesh size, 320# mesh.

Also, we make strict process parameter controls.

ceramic media raw material testing

Before casting, polyester, abrasives are mixed according to the recipe and feed into a stirring machine.

The mixing process lasts for one hour, ensuring no agglomeration and no precipitation.

After mixing, we add a hardener into the mixture.

The hardener also called “crosslink agent.”

Therefore, a “polymerization” chemical reaction happens, and the liquid gradually solidified.

So our operators pour the liquid into the mold and wait for the fluid becomes solid media.

At Inovatec, we use a silicone mold and plastic mold. The silicone mold is softer and ideal for mass production, while the plastic mold is rigid and perfect for smaller-scale production.

We make daily inspections of the mold before output.

If the mold is broken or deformed, we will not use it for production. Therefore, our plastic tumbling media has always the same size, from batches to batches.

In winder time, room temperature is low.

So we need a longer time to cast the plastic media.

In the summertime, room temperature is higher. So we need a shorter time to solidify — the casting time versus room temperature recorded in the workshop.

Therefore, our plastic tumbling media quality is the same, whether made in winter or summer.

After casting, the plastic media de-molds and stores in the insulation room for over 24 hours.

We keep the room temperature as 40-50 degrees so that the Chemical crosslinking reaction is 100% complete.

With this procedure, plastic tumbling media increase 40% of service life.

The final step of production is self-tumbling.

pyramid tumbling media plastic media deburring and smoothing

We remove excessive burrs, grease, and dirt from the plastic media surface in a vibratory finishing machine.

After that, we pack the media in bags.

 

2. How do you check plastic tumbling media quality?

Before shipment, we check plastic tumbling media quality according to the following standard:

1)    Size: plastic media size shall bigger or smaller than 1mm of the standard size. For example, 20mm cone media size is allowed between 19-21mm

2)    Wearing and cutting: we carry out a test of plastic media in a centrifugal barrel finishing machine. The plastic media tumbled against an aluminum cylinder and brass cylinder. We measure the metal loss and plastic media weight loss. We make a record for every batch of media.

3)    Appearance: plastic tumbling media no sticking, no cracking, no bubble, and no undersized media.

We only ship the qualified plastic tumbling media to our customers.

Cone shape plastic deburring media

3. Do you manufacture Urea tumbling media?

The Urea tumbling media also called synthetic plastic tumbling media.

It is made from formaldehyde which is hazardous for health.

In China, Urea tumbling media production is not allowed.

Therefore, we don’t manufacture urea plastic tumbling media.

4. What the largest and smallest size plastic media you manufacture?

The biggest size plastic media we can make is 100mm Cone and Tetrahedron plastic tumbling media.

The smallest shape plastic media we can make is 6mm pyramid shape, and 6mm bullet shape plastic tumbling media.

Before you ordering, please check with us the available mold.

If we don’t have the mold, we can design for you. That will take about one month.

In the future, we keep your mold and only produce this size media for you.

plastic deburring media

5. What shape of plastic tumbling media do you manufacture?

We make various shapes of plastic media, includes cone shape, pyramid shape, tetrahedron shape, paraboloid shape, tri-star shape, lens shape, nipple shape, and triangle shape.

If you need a particular shape for your application, please contact us to check before your ordering.

Plastic media nipple shape

6. What is plastic tumbling media?

Plastic Tumbling Media is specially formulated to smoothen surfaces of sensitive workpieces.

However, some special types can be aggressive enough for deburring aluminum, brass, and other metals.

Essentially, plastic tumbling media produce more even finishing on workpieces than Ceramic Tumbling Media does.

They are very light than ceramic media, making them ideal for soft, thread-like parts.

Moreso, they don’t discolor parts or peen on burrs.

7. What are plastic tumbling media typically made of?

Plastic tumbling media are typically made of abrasives and polyester resins, usually in equal proportion.

polyester resin chemical formula

The most popular abrasive material used in making them is Silica.

Other popular choices are alumina, corundum, zirconia, amongst others.

The importance of the nature and percentage of abrasives used is that it determines the finishing performance and quality.

So, depending on one’s needs, it’s possible to make special requests for a different or higher abrasive composition.

Take note though, that higher cutting power results in higher media wear rate.

That is, the size of a plastic media that deburrs quickly will reduce drastically over a short period of usage

polyester resin raw materials

8. What are plastic tumbling media used for?

Owing to its soft nature, plastic tumbling media is perfect for various mass finishing processes.

This is because they generate low RA surface finishing which makes workpieces ready for anodizing, plating, etc.

Some of their major functionalities include:

Deburring:

Deburring is the process of removing sharp edges or burrs on metals, which occurred during previous processing.

A common deburring example is using plastic tumbling media to smoothen a very sharp corner into a rounded one.

vibratory finishing metal sheet deburring from machining

Descaling:

This process is similar to deburring. Descaling helps to evenly spread out the finishes on a part.

It removes the machine lines sustained during milling and shape-cutting of metallic workpieces.

Polishing:

Polishing –or burnishing: takes a workpiece to the next level of smoothness.

It makes workpieces shiny, giving them an overall mirrored look.

steel parts deburring and polishing

Degreasing/Cleaning:

Additionally, plastic tumbling media can help purify parts from dirt and stains.

Such dirt/stain may include dust, greases, or other residues stuck on the workpiece.

These may have been gotten from previous processing or human transportation.

aluminum parts deburring with plastic media

9. How does a plastic tumbling media finish workpieces?

To guarantee efficiency, these media are best loaded into the machine, before the machine starts operation.

Once the machine starts operation, the plastic tumbling media become kick into action.

The finishing energy generated by the machine’s motor, also helps to facilitate the media action.

The media action involves its rubbing-off against workpieces to fine-tune the workpiece surfaces.

This rubbing process continues until the desired surface finishing is achieved, or the machine reaches the end of its built-in finishing cycle.

10. What are the shapes or sizes of plastic tumbling media available?

Plastic tumbling media come in several shapes and sizes.

Their varying shapes include pyramids, sharp-edged stars, cones, cylindrical wedges. It also includes, pyramids, tetrahedrons, triangles, tri-stars, wedges, etc.

Importantly, the shape of the workpiece determines the plastic tumbling media shape or size to be used.

For general use scenarios, cylindrical, oval and round plastic tumbling media is preferred. T

his is because their rounded surfaces wear well and have lesser chances of getting stuck in workpieces, than sharp-edged media.

Not to mention their lower wear & tear rates.

However, sharp-edged media shapes like arrowheads, tri-star, and triangular plastic tumbling shapes, are suited for complex workpieces with hard-to-reach parts.

But they wear faster and are more susceptible to chipping.

The place of media sizes too, cannot be overemphasized when choosing plastic tumbling media.

Smaller plastic tumbling media usually have more contact with the workpiece’s surface area than larger ones.

This makes them produce smoother and more attractive surfaces.

Larger plastic media on its part, is popular for its more aggressive grinding nature.

This facilitates the rapid removal of burrs and the radiusing of sharp edges in workpieces.

11. Which finishing machine can successfully use plastic tumbling media?

Plastic tumbling media can be used with any type of mass finishing machine.

It doesn’t matter whether it is a Barrel Tumbling, Vibratory, Centrifugal Disc/Barrel Finishing Machine.

Plastic tumbling media is compatible with any of them.

plastic media vibratory finishing and deburring

12. What are the application industries of plastic tumbling media?

Plastic tumbling media can be used in virtually all manufacturing sectors that there is.

This is because product manufacturers would always require low-cut surface finishing.

Some popular industries where plastic tumbling media are used include:

General Job Shop:

At general machine shops, plastic tumbling media are loaded into finishing machines.

This is because they help provide cost-effective, qualitative finishing for different categories of workpieces.

mass finishing job shop

Jewelry:

Pieces of jewelry that have been neglected or improperly kept, accumulate impurities over time.

These impurities often combine to disfigure their surfaces.

Because of the fragile nature of pieces of jewelry, plastic tumbling media are used for returning them to good conditions.

jewelry-polishing-with-porcelain-media

Textile:

Due to the fragile nature of textiles, plastic tumbling media can also be used for finishing and enhancing them

13. What types of workpieces are suitable for plastic media tumbling?

Plastic tumbling media is usually of low or medium abrasive quality.

This makes them an acceptable choice for low or medium abrasive cutting.

In simpler words, they are the top choice when working with fragile and soft parts.

Even if a workpiece is hard, plastic media is the go-to, when one desires slow but high-quality finishing.

automotive parts surface finishing

14. Are there distinctive reasons why plastic tumbling media should be chosen over other tumbling media types?

Yes, there are. The reasons include:

Thorough Cleaning

Plastic tumbling media are specially designed to efficiently clean workpieces thoroughly

No workpiece damage

Plastic tumbling media slowly but effectively rub-off on workpieces.

Because of this, they don’t damage the soft, fragile workpieces that they work on.

Long usability

Because of their slow finishing action, plastic tumbling media do not wear out easily!

If used appropriately, you can be guaranteed of a very long period of usage.

plastic parts smoothing aluminum die casting aprts

15. How long does a typical plastic tumbling media last for?

There is no standard length of time that plastic tumbling media are expected to last before replacement.

As with all other industrial elements, it depends on the frequency of usage.

So, when you frequently use plastic media to finish parts, it’ll quickly reduce in size and efficacy.

So, when you start noticing a huge reduction in media sizes and or they start wedging themselves in workpiece holes, the time of replacement is very near.

You can also try to filter your media to distinguish and replace the ones that fall through.

It’s also possible that a media doesn’t reduce in size, but its efficiency starts to reduce.

You’ll notice this when workpiece finishing time, begin to stretch longer than when you first purchased the media.

At this stage, it’s recommended that you start adding fresh media to maintain optimum performance.

aluminum parts deburring and smoothing

16. How much do plastic tumbling media cost?

Depends on size and cutting speed

Usually, the smaller size is more expensive. Fast cutting media cost higher than fine cutting plastic media.

17. What are the factors to consider when selecting plastic tumbling media?

When considering your choice of plastic tumbling media type, you should consider the following factors:

Step 1. Consider the media shape and size that’ll help achieve the needed finish

(a) Use plastic tumbling media sizes that will not get lodged in holes.

Go for plastic media shapes that’ll be able to reach and finish all surfaces.

(b) If you are contemplating the usage of small plastic tumbling media, decide whether it should be supported by large tumbling media.

Doing this helps increase their finishing speed.

Often, tumbling media are mixed at a ratio of two small media to one large media.

Step 2. What is the needed surface finishing?

(i) Large plastic tumbling media mostly give rapid but coarse surfaces finishing.

They are best used when surface finishing isn’t so important.

(ii) Small plastic tumbling media are popular for their slower cuts and finer surfaces.

They are recommended for high-quality finishes.

Step 3. Can the chosen plastic tumbling media be separated from the workpiece?

(a) Go for a plastic tumbling media size that can be easily separated from workpieces

(b) Consider the wear potential of the tumbling media when checking for the possibility of frequent hole-jamming or wedging.

18. What are the different types of plastic tumbling media available on the market?

Low Cutting/Low Density: This is a very lightweight type of plastic tumbling media with low abrasive composition.

It produces a very smooth and excellent pre-plate finish. Additionally, they take a long while before they wear out or reduce in size.

Fast Cutting/High Density: These are super-fast plastic tumbling media that leave an excellent finish on workpieces.

However, they tend to wear out very fast –or reduce in size- after a short period of usage, because of the speed with which they finished workpieces.

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