February 2014 Product Spotlight: Grinding
Click through this slideshow to see the grinding products featured in February's Modern Equipment Review Spotlight section.
The February issue of Modern Machine Shop highlights grinding technology in the Modern Equipment Review Spotlight section. Click through the slideshow below to see a selection of equipment including form grinders, belt grinders and grinding wheels. Visit the Grinding Equipment Zone and check out the February issue to learn more.
In vertical grinding, the workpiece is held upright in a rotary chuck with the grinding spindle overhead. This configuration can improve roundness, facilitate single-setup processing and prolong the life of the machine. Loading and unloading may gets easier, too. Workpieces with relatively large diameters and short lengths benefit the most from vertical grinding.
Advanced grinding equipment gives this shop the flexibility and automation it needs to serve customers with either rapid-response or high-volume jobs.
Optimizing a camshaft lobe grinding cycle has traditionally been based less on science and more on educated guesswork and numerous test grinds. Now, computer thermal modeling software can predict areas where lobe burning is likely to occur, in order to determine the fastest possible work speed that won't thermally damage lobes and greatly reduce the number of requisite test grinds.