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The Evolution Of Sanding Belts: From Inception To Modern Innovation


The History of Sanding Belts

Coated abrasive grinding is one type of abrasive belt grinding. The first sandpaper was invented in 1760; however, it could only be used by hand at that time. The mechanical usage of sandpaper and emery cloth did not begin until 1900–1910 when they were first introduced to the wood industry in an endless belt fashion. The early iteration of abrasive belt grinding was this mechanical process that used an infinite supply of belt emery cloth. Abrasive belt grinding progressively evolved into metal processing after 1930.

The United States pioneered the use of abrasive belt grinding in the production of weapons during World War II, with clear benefits. Belt grinding advanced to a new level and saw an increase in use at the start of 1950 with the development of the electrostatic sand planting technique. Subsequently, the study and application of abrasive belt grinding technology were conducted in Europe and Japan as well. Over time, this technology evolved into an autonomous processing sector with a comprehensive range and a generally complete technical system.


An abrasive belt is a tool with a belt-like shape used for grinding and polishing. It is created by attaching abrasives to flexible materials like paper and cloth using a binder. It's the primary variety of coated abrasives. The three components of an abrasive belt are the base material, abrasives, and the binder. This is its fundamental makeup.


Because of these variations in the three main components of abrasive belts, as well as other distinguishing variables, abrasive belts can be classified into a wide range of types based on diverse grinding requirements, conditions, and objects.

Belt grinding has evolved over 30 years into a primarily self-contained and comprehensive new processing technique. Users prefer it because of its high processing efficiency, broad application range, robust adaptability, low usage costs, and safe and easy operation. Abrasive belt grinding technology has advanced significantly overseas, and its processing targets and application domains are growing ever wider. It has become a crucial tool for achieving significant economic gains and is capable of processing nearly all technical materials, from big aerospace appliances to everyday appliances.

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