Metal Cutting

Grinding Equipment

Grinding is a machining process that takes a very light “cut” using abrasive media—typically an abrasive grinding wheel. Grinding wheels with different grit sizes achieve rougher or finer grinding passes, according to the needs of the application. When precise accuracy and/or surface finish are required, grinding is often used as a finishing process after some other metalworking operation. Grinding is also an effective process for machining workpiece materials that are too hard for milling or turning. Some grinders machine round parts. These machines include cylindrical grinders and centerless grinders. Some grind flat surfaces. These are surface grinders. Form grinders move the work and/or the wheel in various axes to grind surfaces that are precisely contoured. Still other grinders are dedicated solely to machining the hard materials necessary to produce cutting tools for other types of machining operations. These are referred to as tool grinders or cutter grinders.

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Where Focus Is Foremost


A shop that specializes in precision thread grinding not only provides an environment in which its machinists can fully focus on challenging tasks, but also the advanced equipment needed to accurately complete them.

Labor Savings in Grinding


Representatives of a grinding equipment supplier comment on how this critical process can be made more efficient.



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United Grinding Breaks Ground on New U.S. Headquarters

By: Jedd Cole
The large facility represents a consolidation of resources, as the company’s two U.S. locations have heretofore segregated their equipment focuses.

Manufacturing Efficiently at a Micron Level

By: Chris Koepfer
Grinding very small-diameter instruments for use in medical procedures is a niche business for this micro-grinding machine manufacturer. The company makes machines that use a variety of grinding techniques to manufacture guidewires for the medical industry.

Fives Opens Global Services Center in Alabama

By: Jedd Cole
The new center, located in Birmingham, will be led by Director John D’Amato.

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Making Machine Tool Research Accessible

By: Jedd Cole
With a decision as weighty as acquiring a new machine tool, it helps to have as much data as possible close at hand.

Glebar GT 610 CNC Centerless Grinder

Centerless Grinder Uses Single-Disk CVD Roller with CNC Dressing

By: Hannah Coombs
Glebar’s GT 610 CNC centerless grinder is designed to improve the development process of fuel injector nozzle valves, said to reduce tooling costs, lower inventory levels and increase integration of prototyping technology for new components.


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