REM Surface Engineering

325 W Queen St
Southington,  CT  06489-1177

United States
860-621-6755
http://www.remchem.com
  • Booth: 1649

REM Surface Engineering is a global provider of surface engineering solutions.  REM’s Extreme ISF® Process, is a suite of subtractive, isotropic superfinishing processes tailored to the metal additive manufacturing industry.  The technology is capable of reducing the extreme surface roughness associated with metal additive manufacturing while removing or remediating surface and near surface defects such as voids and v-notch failure points and providing a mirror-like aesthetic appearance.  Applicable alloys include Ti 6-4, Nickel-Based Superalloys, Stainless Steels, Maraging Steels, and Aluminum Alloys.  REM offers the Extreme ISF Process as an outsourced solution or as a complete technology installation.

REM’s ISF Technologies have been used to enhance the performance of parts in many industries, providing benefits such as reduced friction and wear, improved bending fatigue and improved corrosion resistance.   All REM locations are ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100:2016 Rev. D certified.


 Press Releases

  • Brenham, Texas, (January 16, 2019) – The REM Research Group expands its capabilities to include custom development and manufacturing of process aids for use with REM’s technologies—the ISF® Process, the Rapid ISF® Process, and the Extreme ISF® Process.  REM has a team of dedicated engineers with over two decades of experience skilled in designing and creating custom process aids.  REM’s in-house design and manufacturing capabilities offer a rapid turnaround time on both prototype and production process aids.  Process aids are available for use with customer installations as well as for outsourced contract services work at one of REM’s sites.  REM also has the capability to maintain process aid inventories for its customers so as to ensure there is never a significant downtime incident. “These new capabilities allow REM to improve part loading, reduce cycle times, improve part handling, and overall improve our process repeatability,” Vincent Cline of REM Research Group said. “In the last couple of years, REM has been making investments in adding manufacturing capabilities in house so we can rapidly respond to our customers’ needs and our internal testing and processing needs.”  REM starts out 2019 with a brand new HAAS ST lathe as our most recent investment in continuing to expand manufacturing capabilities and product offerings, improve lead times and production throughput, and keep production costs to a minimum.  “We want to provide the best service to our customers,” Vincent Cline of REM Research Group said, “our advancements and investments in R&D engineering and manufacturing are giving us the tools to do exactly that.”

    About REM Surface Engineering

    REM Surface Engineering, the inventor of the ISF®Process, the Rapid ISF® Process, the Extreme ISF® Process and the REM® Process, is a global leader in providing surface engineering solutions. The REM’s isotropic superfinishing technologies are value adding and performance enhancing improvements to conventional machining operations such as grinding and lapping. Founded in 1965 in Southington, CT by Robert Michaud, REM Surface Engineering is a family owned company that has proudly been serving our partners and customers for over 50 years. REM Surface Engineering operates four locations in Brenham, TX, Southington, CT, Merrillville, IN and St. Neots, UK that provide products and services globally. For more information, please visit remchem.com.

  • Brenham, Texas, (February 8, 2019)– REM Surface Engineering completes Phase I funding through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. REM Surface Engineering’s proposal, “Internal/External Surface Finishing of Additively Manufactured IN-625 Components”, was awarded in June 2018 with submission of final reports and deliverables scheduled for February 15, 2019. REM successfully completed 100% of all objectives.  These deliverables include:

    1. Reducing the surface roughness to a 32 μ” RMS surface finish or lower;
    2. Removing 0.02 – 0.05” of material uniformly from the internal and/or external surface of geometrically complex Inconel 625 AM components in a 24-hour cycle;
    3. Eliminating surface defects that would otherwise result in reduced tensile and/or fatigue properties;
    4. Capable of surface finishing 100’s or 1000’s of components without excessive footprint requirement;
    5. Can potentially be automated, is scalable, and needs minimal operator interaction;

    Figure 1: Example of the capability of the technology developed as part of the Phase I Program. The left side shows the as-built DMLS IN-625 subsize fuel nozzle before and after the surface finishing by REM. The right shows the progression of the surface texture through the surface finishing process.

    REM has generated a new technology capable of uniformly processing IN-625 AM components and imparting improved fatigue/mechanical performance with greatly enhanced surface conditions.  Many REM Surface Engineering employees contributed to the project’s success including Dr. Agustin Diaz, Patrick McFadden, Nathan Michaud, Will Wirtz, Lane Winkelmann.

    About REM Surface Engineering

    REM Surface Engineering, the inventor of the ISF®Process, the Rapid ISF®Process, the Extreme ISF® Process and the REM® Process, is a global leader in providing surface engineering solutions.  The REM’s isotropic superfinishing technologies are value adding and performance enhancing improvements to conventional machining operations such as grinding and lapping. Founded in 1965 in Southington, CT by Robert Michaud, REM Surface Engineering is a family owned company that has proudly been serving our partners and customers for over 50 years.  REM Surface Engineering operates four locations in Brenham, TX, Southington, CT, Merrillville, IN and St. Neots, UK that provide products and services globally. For more information, please visit remchem.com.

  • Brenham, Texas, (March 20, 2019)– REM Surface Engineering reported this month the publication of a chapter where Senior Research Chemist & Lead Additive Manufacturing Scientist, Agustin Diaz, Ph.D. authored in collaboration with publisher, Elsevier. The title of the chapter: Surface Texture Characterization and Optimization of Metal Additive Manufacturing-Produced Components for Aerospace Applications, will be published in the forthcoming book, “Additive Manufacturing for the Aerospace Industry” (ISBN: 978-0-12-814062-8).

    REM’s Dr. Agustin Diaz was solicited to author this chapter based on his and REM’s extensive work in the metal additive manufacturing industry regarding the post-printing (post processing) surface finishing of components.

    “The surface texture of AM components is extremely rich, and it is filled with many features that make them challenging to characterize with the current technology”, Dr. Diaz says. “It is of general knowledge in the aerospace community that the mechanical properties of a component will depend on their surface texture integrity.”

    REM CEO, Justin Michaud offered further comment, “Many metal AM components come with surface finish specifications that lack adequate definition or that are based solely off of traditional, subtractively manufactured components.  Advancing the industry’s understanding in both of these areas will strength the adoption rate of metal AM components in appropriate applications.”

    About REM Surface Engineering

    REM Surface Engineering, the inventor of the ISF®Process, the Rapid ISF® Process, the Extreme ISF® Process and the REM® Process, is a global leader in providing surface engineering solutions. The REM’s isotropic superfinishing technologies are value adding and performance enhancing improvements to conventional machining operations such as grinding and lapping. Founded in 1965 in Southington, CT by Robert Michaud, REM Surface Engineering is a family owned company that has proudly been serving our partners and customers for over 50 years. REM Surface Engineering operates four locations in Brenham, TX, Southington, CT, Merrillville, IN and St. Neots, UK that provide products and services globally. For more information, please visit remchem.com.


 Products

  • Extreme ISF Process Cell
    Extreme ISF® Process Cell for use on small/medium Metal FDM, L-PBF, and Binder Jet components. This post-process surface finishing cell exploits REM’s chemically accelerated process technology to maximize cost efficiency while minimizing cycle time....

  • REM Surface Engineering has developed the world’s first Extreme ISF® Process Cell for use on small to medium sized Metal FDM, L-PBF, and Binder Jet components. This post-process surface finishing cell has been designed to take advantage of REM’s chemically accelerated process technology in order to maximize cost efficiency while minimizing cycle time.

    The Extreme ISF Process Cell is currently compatible with all stainless steel variants including 17-4, 15-5, and 316/316L, carbon and tool steels and aluminum alloys.  The Extreme ISF Process Cell offerings include component design consultation, turn-key process design, complete process consumables, fixture/process aid design & supply, post-installations support and maintenance.

    Advantages of the new Extreme ISF Process Cell include accelerated material removal rates for reduced cycle times and uniform material removal for compatibility with complex components.  The cell is a machine controlled/ minimal operating, robust, drop-in technology.  Processed components receive a bright, aesthetic finish and also result in reduced surface roughness and waviness, reduced turbulence and reduced friction bright, increased dynamic fatigue life and improved cleanliness/sterility.

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