What is a burr and does deburring help tubes?

Some people might think that when you manufacture tubes they are ready for use right away. However, parts with sharp edges are common. It just simply isn’t always possible to cut a tube without forming a burr. This is where deburring becomes vital. It is something we complete as a part of our work as a leading ERW steel tube supplier in the West Midlands. Firstly though, you need to know what a burr is and the effect it has on the quality of your metal tubes.

What you need to know about burrs

ERW steel tube supplier West MidlandsIn terms of manufacturing, a burr is a ridge or rough edge that has formed on a piece of metal. It occurs because of the cutting process along with the tools involved in the work. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as taking care so that burrs do not occur. In fact they tend to be something you cannot avoid. It is incredibly common for them to form when cutting the metal, either into sheets or to size after creating the tubes.

A burr has a substantial impact on the quality of a metal tube and can also negatively affect performance. For instance, it can reduce safety as the sharp edge is a danger for anyone who handles the product. Secondly it will interfere with any finishes applied to the tube such as a powder coating.

There are many other examples such as lubrication issues for the finished product, in particular due to contamination with scraps of the burr as well as wear at any interfaces. You also have to consider the susceptibility of the part to corrosion because of varying metal thickness. Moreover, there is the additional stress as the product will not be as resistant to fatigue and fractures.

Great products from the best ERW steel tube supplier in the West Midlands

As we said earlier, you cannot always simply stop a burr from forming. However, this does not mean that you have to deal with a poor quality final product. Deburring will provide you with a smooth finish and a quality tube you can count on to do the job you need it to.

At Union Steel, we deburr our tubes and ensure the utmost quality with every product we supply. You can be confident of excellent standards, superb prices, quick delivery, and great customer service with us.

So, look no further than or team if you wish to work with the best ERW steel tube supplier West Midlands could hope for. We look forward to assisting you, so contact us today.