Our Featured Supplier for the month of March is Norton Abrasives. Our relationship with the abrasive manufacturer goes back to 1981 as we worked together to develop high quality products for the rail industry. This alliance serves the regional, contractor, and class one railroad markets in the United States and Canada, and has allowed us to bring safe, exceptional Norton abrasive maintenance of way products made in the USA.
From an 1885 pottery shop skilled in kiln usage, to the first patented grinding wheel made in these modified kilns, to the development of the first synthetic aluminum oxide grain able to be produced in large quantities, Norton Company was always in the forefront of abrasive R & D, bringing you the most comprehensive line of abrasive products and solutions.
Bought in 1990 by Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, Norton|Saint-Gobain Abrasives – with the vast resources that the world’s number one building materials and sustainable habitat corporation brings – continues to be the world leader in solving all your abrasive challenges with our offering of grinding wheels, and coated abrasive, non-woven, superabrasive, and construction products.
Norton|Saint-Gobain Abrasives is a global leader in the foundry, steel and transportation markets including the OEM build of locomotives, railcars, components and bearings. Saint-Gobain Corporation operates eight main research and development “centers of excellence”. Your expertise and feedback have helped create profound improvements in MOW cut off and portable applications.
The Norton Process Solution Program engages our application and product engineering teams with you, the leading MOW customers, to quantify safe process improvements in faster and lower cost cutting off and rail finishing. Watch this MOW safety video to help maintain your high safety standards.
IRS stocks all of these Norton standard and high performance products for all your MOW applications – and understands how to help you get the maximum productivity out of them.
- 4” and 6” portable cup wheels for rail cutting and profiling
- 8” and 10” Type 1 / straight wheels for rail profiling
- 14” and 16” cut-off wheels for rail cutting
- 26” and 28” bear saw wheels for hydraulic rail cropping
- Coated abrasive sheets, rolls and fiber discs for polishing and finishing