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Segmental pressure pad

Sanding pads divided into segments, whereas each segment can be applied with more or less pressure. Between the segments and the sanding belt a steel strip covered with felt and graphite is inserted at the sanding pad.

The pressure can be generated by pneumatic cylinders (most manufacturers) or electromagnets (e.g. company Heesemann). A perfect sanding result can be expected, especially if a perfectly adjusted sanding pressure is applied to each point of the workpiece surface. Therefore, the electronic sanding pad permanently requires accurate data of size and location of the workpiece in the machine.

The workpiece is scanned while entering the machine. This information is transferred to the machine control and then to the segments of the sanding pad.

Workpiece scanning

The scanning is carried out mechanically by sensing rollers or without contact by optical sensors. Normally 2 rollers are applied for one segment of the pressure beam. So machines with variable edge control can maintain the pressure setting for the segments above the workpiece edges.

The technical solutions of the manufacturers differ in the way of scanning, the construction of the sanding pad aggregate and also the transfer of the pressure to the workpiece.

Segmental pressure pads are used both in lengthwise sanding aggregates (sanding pad aggregate, combined aggregate) and cross sanding aggregates (cross-belts).

Names for segmental pressure pads of different manufacturers




  • Pressure bar with electronically controlled ceramic sanding pad, e.g. type 820
  • Electronically controlled, segmented cushion pressure bar, e.g. type 810
  • Duplex sanding pad - see Ernst Duplex


  • CSD - pressure bar

Paul Ott GmbH

  • EMS 27 and 46

SCM Group

The Italian manufacturer SCM offers the segmental pressure pad in three levels of automation

  • Elastic segmented pad - without electronically control of the individual segments
  • Elastic segmental sanding pad, application controlled
  • Electronically controlled segmented sanding pad - eclectronic control of the individual segments



Biesse Sand

Alternative terms

  • Electronic segmental pad
  • Electronic sanding pad
  • Segmented pressure bar


elektronischer Schleifschuh EPICS
DMC, 2010
Zu- und Abwahl von Segmenten

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