Ashine – Shining Like a Diamond
PDa Magazine met with Ashine Diamond Tools’ president Richard Deng to talk about the company’s latest offerings, as well as their brand new 323,000-ft2 (30,000m3) factory, which will soon be in full operations.
Established in 1993, the Xiamen-based manufacturer Ashine Diamond Tools Co., Ltd. initially started out as a manufacturer of concrete grinding tools. In 1995, the company changed its core business to diamond grinding, adding floor polishing to their roster in 2004.
Today, the company offers a variety of tools designed for surface preparation, concrete grinding and polishing, edging, and stone restoration. Last fall at Bauma, Ashine introduced some of their latest offerings, including new ceramic-bond pads. These transitional pads are bonded with diamonds and ceramic powder, and are suited for quick removal of scratches left by metal-bond tools.
Ashine also presented the third generation of its ceramic cup wheels for transitional and handheld angle grinders. The cup wheels are developed to combat a specific problem, namely grinding burn.
“There is a common issue with ceramic cup wheels where the surface is scorched during continuous grinding for a prolonged period of time,” Ashine’s president Richard Deng told PDa. “Depending on the scenario, these burns can affect efficiency and effectiveness, as well as cause diamonds to fall off. With our ceramic cup wheels there is no burning so that the user can maintain continuous fast-grinding.”
Ashine continually updates formulas, and tests their efficiency to improve tool performance. Aimed for high efficiency, the cup wheels remove more material for each pass and leave a finer scratch pattern to save two to three steps of edge grinding work, according to Deng.
New factory, R&D and humanitarian work
In other news, Ashine is also presenting its new 323,000-ft2 (30,000m3), which has been built to increase production capacity and speed, as well as guarantee stability in the production chain. Other plans for the future include training and strengthening research and development, a procedure Ashine is undertaking together with a consulting company.
Ashine is also an active supporter of several aid projects and non-governmental organizations focused on search-and-rescue, water conservation, suicide prevention. For example, Ashine donated to the Made Blue Foundation, an entrepreneurial charity focusing on clean drinking water in developing countries. For every pad sold by Ashine, a portion of the proceeds went to Made Blue. During the covid-19 pandemic, Ashine has also provided face masks.