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Grinding Steady Rests for Complex Grinding Applications

Kitagawa NorthTech GHS grinding steady rest

Kitagawa NorthTech KRGU grinding steady rest

Kitagawa NorthTech, Inc. has introduced a new series of grinding steady rests. These feature two models supported with turn-key design, build and installation capabilities dedicated to grinding applications. The new fully retracting KRGU grind steady rests and GHS grind steady rests are suitable for camshafts/crankshafts and other cylindrical applications where accuracy and repeatability are essential.

"Steady rests are a critical requirement for the grinding of camshafts, crankshafts and other relative geometries," said a company spokesperson. "When the piece length increases relative to the diameter, it becomes unstable and will deflect under the grind load. The use of Kitagawa NorthTech grind steady rests will eliminate the problems associated with part deflection, grind surface finish and centering accuracy."

The KRGU fully retracting grind steadies are specially designed for crank shaft grinding to accommodate the maximum eccentric throw and journal diameter of crank shafts. Custom designs are available to accommodate automated loading. These are available in standard gripping diameters from 2.75" (70 mm) to 7.5" (190 mm).

The GHS retracting grind series is for all standard and automated grinding applications such as cylindrical grinding, camshaft grinding, camlobe grinding, etc. These are available in standard gripping diameters from .394" (10 mm) to 4.724" (120 mm).

Key features and benefits for KRGU and GHS grind steadies include:

  • Retractable body using guide ways
  • Suitable for all crankshaft, cam shaft and cylindrical grinding applications where vertical load is a requirement
  • High accuracy with three-point finely adjustable centering capability
  • Modular regrindable carbide or relappable PCD work rest pads
  • Works well with retracting in-process gauging (IPG).

For more information contact:

Kitagawa-NorthTech, Inc.

301 E. Commerce Drive

Schaumburg, IL 60173


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