Landscapus Inc

Landscapus Inc

Metal Finishing   


Solid Glass Beads clean, deburr, finish and peen metals without etching or removing basic surface material, and without imparting ferrous or other contaminating residues. They offer considerable advantages in terms of precision, quality and cost-efficiencies, without the liabilities inherent in other media.

In peening operations,

In cleaning/deburring/finishing operations




No measurable amount of metal removed

No contamination of work surfaces; beads are chemically inert

Easy cleaning of hard to reach interstices or fillets wide range of beads sizes available

Can specify a wide variety of finishes

Lower energy costs and use vs. other media


Cleaning of debris from vats, tubes, trays, utensils, tanks, etc. General cleaning of Machinery, dies, plates, molds

Removal of coatings and debris from surfaces

Maintenance cleaning in engine rebuilding (e.g. pistons, blocks)

Cleaning of large turbines and engine castings as well as small intricate parts.

 Because of the wide variety of different materials which may be removed in cleaning operations, it is often best to experiment with different nozzle angles to find which works more efficiently. Where there are internal recesses and other difficult areas, the use of smaller bead sizes may be particularly helpful. Since a high cleaning speed usually minimizes labor, bead size and nozzle angle are key considerations. Normally, a velocity which optimizes cleaning speed with a given size of bead will optimize the consumption, to give lowest total cost.






Resistance to fatigue cracking increased; part life increased

Process performance precisely controlled

Low and medium intensity peening intensity achievable

No surface contamination, post treatment for removal of contamination smears is unnecessary.


 Applications Peening to reduce stress corrosion cracking of critical areas

Peening of structural member, gears, shafts, blades, cutting tools, pipes, joints and delicate parts for increased resistance to fatigue and stress corrosion cracking.

Peening of propellers and hulls for increased resistance to fatigue

Peening of jet engine components blades,vanes, valves, spindles shafts.


 Peening to increase fatigue resistance or to increase stress corrosion resistance is essentially a hammering operation. Uniformity of bead size and control of the number of air included, non-round and angular particles is critical to process performance. Glass Beads are particularly a good media choice for peening, as they do not contaminate metal surfaces.




Broad range of finishes provided from matte to bright satin

Specified finished easily reproducible

High points blended and pores sealed.

Remove virtually no metal, so critical part dimensions remain unchanged.


 Applications Broad range of interior decorative finishes

Blending surface defects

Etching of printing plates, dies, molds

Removing defects form molded parts

Imparting smooth, clean surfaces onto molds

 Where appearance is of prime importance, bead size is normally the key consideration. Velocity, nozzle angle and other factors should be adjusted to give maximum finishing speed and to minimize consumption. As a general rule, large bead at high intensities provide a deep matte; at low intensities, large beads give a smooth, bright surface: small beads at high intensities give a dull, matte and at low intensities a bright satin.




Peens down burrs

No additional metal removal from parts

Treatment is a one-step, low cost operation


 Applications Removal of burrs and feather edges from tools, equipment, finished product, etc.

Deburring and deflashing molded metal and plastic parts

Removal of burrs from threading equipment and spools

Deburring dies and castings

 The key considerations in deburring are usually a combination of programming surface finish, while achieving sufficient impact energy to remove or depress the burr. Bead size, which governs finish, must be adjusted to an adequate peening intensity with velocity. Proper nozzle angle will optimize consumption.

Glass Bead Facts

Coarse Beads

Remove larger, tougher soils.

Peen to more intense levels.

Peen to deeper zones in surface.

Produce higher surface profile.

Produce brighter surface.


Fine Beads

Remove smaller, lighter soil.

Yield more impacts per pound.

Clean faster.

Peen to less intense levels.

Peen outer zones of surfaces.

Reach into keyways, fillets, and small areas.

Produce lower surface profile.

Produce matte finish.


Typical Properties

Shape spherical

Color clear

Hardness (Knoop) 515

Compressive strength 36,000 psi (avg.)

Density 2.5 g/cc

Specific Gravity 2.45-2.50

Free silica content 0%


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