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.

Universe of Grinding

Lessons in Grinding

By: Derek Korn
A two-day event at United Grinding’s headquarters highlighted a range of new grinding strategies and approaches for many of today’s challenging applications.

Dynabrade die grinder

Die Grinders Efficiently Deburr, Grind Long Pipes

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Dynabrade offers its line of 0.4-hp extension die grinders for efficient work within long pipes, castings and other part features requiring an extended reach.

Studer S122 cylindrical grinding machine

Cylindrical Grinder Provides Three Parallel Spindles

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Available from United grinding, the Studer S122 internal cylindrical grinding machine is designed for the production of small to medium-size workpieces in small- and large-scale production.

CNC Grinder Series Supports High Production

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Okuma’s GPW/GAW grinder series is now equipped with the company’s intelligent OSP-P300G CNC control.

SH-4000 Honing Machine Processes a Variety of Part Sizes and Configurations

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Sunnen's SH-4000 power-stroked honing machine merges a Siemens touchscreen PLC and digital-servo drives with a servo-hybrid tool feed system, extreme repeatability and clear adjustable guard/light.

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