Designers: Morad Ghassemian, William Cesaroni, Brian Lee, John Hauck, John Hoss, Larry O'Brien, and Gordon Ford, Cesaroni Design, Glenview, Illinois, USA
Manufacturer: Leco Corporation, St. Joseph, Michigan, USA
The Leco PX-500 is an advanced grinder/polisher for preparing test samples in the Metallographic Laboratory environment. It is designed to make the grinding process as user-friendly, clean, and precise as possible for the end-user. Features such as the computer-controlled grinding/polishing head, removable splash guard, ergonomically angled GUI, large touch screen, and automatic polishing solution dispenser, make it the most advanced grinder/polisher available. The large, easy-to-use touch LCD screen allows users to perfectly control and reproduce results from one sample to the next. All elements of the process are controlled through the touchscreen, including the grinding/polishing speed, pressure, lubrication solution and lubricant amount. Built-in LED lighting underneath the grinding/polishing head clearly illuminates the samples. The high-pressure water spigot is both user-positionable and removable, allowing lab technicians to lubricate and clean samples exactly as desired. In addition, the automatic-flush spiral bowl drain ensures effortless clean-up. The cost to produce the PX-500 has also been significantly reduced compared to previous products in the same line. This was achieved through injection molding engineering plastic parts to replace what were formerly expensive die-cast aluminum parts. The new PX-500 is designed inside and out to be the best grinder/polisher for the skilled workers, technicians, and scientists who build and use them on a daily basis.