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Automating Grinding Setups For Root Form Tools

An automated Form Tool Compensation system offers a streamlined way to set up root form cutter jobs on grinding machines while ensuring ground profile accuracy to as little as 2 microns.


Attaining Ten-Millionths Bore Accuracy

Conventional honing has been continuously improved and automated, now allowing boring accuracies to be measured in millionths.


Honing On A Horizontal Machining Center

A specially designed tooling package for honing operations, along with live, on-board gaging, allows critical honing operations to move to HMCs, thereby eliminating several separate steps on multiple dedicated machines. 


A New Spin On Vertical Grinding

Simultaneous, dual-wheel vertical grinding offers advantages for finishing bearing surfaces and other critical features on shafts. Having two opposing grinding wheels in contact with the workpiece at the same time neutralizes axial forces and shorte...


New Honing Options For Hypereutectic Aluminum Cylinder Bores

Hypereutectic aluminum is saturated with silicon particles that must be exposed during honing. A two-stage process first hones a cylinder’s wall to a mirror-like finish and then relieves aluminum around the silicon particles.


How to Hone an Atypical Aluminum Alloy

Hypereutectic aluminum used for engine blocks contains silicon particles that must be exposed during cylinder honing. This can be done using a cushioning, elastomer honing tool that allows individual abrasive particles to “bounce” over the silicon p...


A "HOLE" New Ballgame With Multi-Spindle Honing Systems

Automating the honing process is key to high-volume precision bore production with sub-micron accuracy.


Lose The Peaks, Leave The Valleys

Plateau honing improves cylinder wall surface finish by gently removing tiny peaks of torn or folded material. Ball-style honing tools are commonly used to produce this desirable finish.


Machining And Racing

A visit to an automotive racing trade show revealed how some machining technologies are being applied to the production of hard core racing components.


For Plateau Honing, Consider Ball Style

The ball-style hone is a specialized abrasive tool that is instantly recognizable by its unique appearance. For engineers in the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing and machining industries, this application-engineered hone, characterized by the sm...


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