Gleason’s latest generation profile grinding machines can be equipped to perform the Opti-Grind process, which is said to improve productivity and quality levels for fine-finishing cylindrical gears with diameters as large as 6 m and ranging to module 16.
Three grinding wheels rough and grind four tooth flanks simultaneously for maximum productivity. Finish grinding is performed conventionally with a single dressed wheel to produce the desired surface finish and flank modifications, the company says. According to the company, the process can maximize roughing productivity compared to a single wheel that is designed to perform both roughing and finishing operations.
To simplify setup and operations, the machines feature Siemens 840D CNCs and Windows-based Intelligent Dialogue software.