What is REM Polishing?
The REM process was developed to vastly improve the surface finish of metal parts, in a consistent repeatable manner. The reason why this is a benefit to the parts is the surface of any metal looks like a mountain range with peaks and valleys. This is at a microscopic level. The valleys hold the lubrication necessary for a part to work and survive. But the peaks often tower over the lubrication level. This causes the metal to metal contact between parts. That contact is what wears a part out. This is where friction causes heat, and what can cause stress cracks to form. The REM process is a chemical process that in effect “melts” the peaks off, but leaves the valleys. This makes the parts slide on the lubrication level as they were designed to. That cuts the friction, which cuts the heat. It also increases the surface contact area since the parts have a more uniform level (no peaks) and that increases part strength. The REM process is done in vibratory machines with special stones that work with the chemistry. The surfaces left are consistent and cannot be easily matched by grinding or hand operations. There are several tricks and tweaks needed to get great results with the process. This is what we do at New England Gear Polishing every day. You will feel a difference. Smoother is Faster.
Is the NEGP REM® Process a coating?
No. The chrome plated appearance we generate is the base metal of your part only. Nothing is added to the surface like plating at our Connecticut-based REM gear polishing job shop for bearings, crankshafts, gears, transmission parts, and transaxle.
Will the process change bearing clearances?
No. We perform special masking processes first so the cutting chemistry does not affect areas like crankshaft journals or pinion bearings or sealing surfaces.
When should my crankshaft get processed?
You can finish machine and balance the crank before you send it to us. We will not affect the crank in our process. However, it is okay if you want us to do the crank before final machining or balancing if you prefer. New England Gear Polishing provides camshaft polishing - try us for REM finished camshafts.
What parts are normally processed?
Any steel parts. All wheel bearings and rear end bearings, ring and pinions, transmission and transaxle gears and shafts, crankshafts, steel connecting rods, camshafts, valve springs, and oil pump gears.
Does REM finishing do anything?
Micropolishing metal parts that rotate creates smoother surfaces. With smoother surfaces, surface fractures are reduced. By reducing heat and friction, more horsepower gets to the rear wheels, and components last longer - and you are FASTER!