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Improve abrasive safety without compromising productivity

28 October 2021

3M ABRASIVE Safety says its 3M Cubitron II engineered abrasives can help mitigate risks from hand-arm vibration, airborne particles and noise hazards.

Minimising and managing short and long-term risks are the responsibility of every company that use abrasives tools and equipment. 

Abrasives are not considered as a control method against typical hazards faced every day in metalworking1. Nevertheless, engineered abrasives by 3M can have a significant impact on minimising exposure to long-term hazards. 

3M commissioned an independent study with the Fraunhofer Institute and Vito NV (Flemish Institute for Technological Research). These studies confirmed the potential safety benefits of 3M Cubitron II hand-held abrasives featuring 3M Precision-Shaped Grain.

According to the independent testing, 3M Cubitron II Fibre Disc 982C demonstrated significant potential to mitigate risk against long-term abrasive hazards when compared to a traditional grinding wheel:

• Up to 71%2 less airborne particles thanks to the innovative slicing action that means the disc creates larger, longer and heavier metal chips (swarf) that stay airborne for less time.

• Up to 91%3 reduction in vibration exposure - Fixed tasks can be completed faster, significantly reducing operator’s trigger time and less applied force helps minimise operator fatigue. 

• Up to 75%3 reduction in noise energy – 3M Cubitron II Fibre Discs 982C offer a 6dB noise reduction compared to conventional grinding wheels.

3M’s cutting and grinding abrasives are oSa certified for safety 

The oSa aim to enable users, dealers and purchasers to distinguish abrasives with an assured safety level (tested compliance with EN safety standards for abrasive products) from those with unknown safety. 

3M Abrasives and Personal Protective Equipment – A broad solution for improving safety and productivity from one manufacturer

Take control of your future safety strategy with the 3M combined solutions of 3M™ Cubitron™ II engineered abrasives and personal protective equipment (PPE), that will assist you in achieving your safety goals without compromising productivity and comfort. 

Learn more about how 3M abrasives can mitigate abrasive risks

Visit the 3M Abrasive Safety website or download our 3M Abrasive Safety Assessment Guide.


1 According to Independent Market Research by 2Europe, commissioned by 3M.
2 Airborne particles compared 3M™ Cubitron™ II 982C fibre disc to 3M™ High Performance Grinding Wheel – according to independent abrasive tests conducted by Vito NV Institute.
3 Noise and hand-arm vibration compared 3M™ Cubitron™ II 982C fibre disc to a competitive grinding wheel – according to independent abrasive tests conducted by Fraunhofer LBF Institute.