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Automated Centerless Grinding Process

Glebar has designed and manufactured grinding solutions for many different types of metal (and other) components ranging from 60 to 80 Rockwell 1.25" stainless parts, to 0.002" diameter titanium parts over the decades. "In this case, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of machine tooling equipment wished to increase output for steel tap blanks used to drill threaded holes as used in the machining and tooling industry," said a company spokesperson. The customer was previously using an old Cincinnati machine and was only able to manually grind one component at a time, due to lack of automation and other features. In addition to speeding up the throughput time, achieving the exact tolerances is vital in order for the component to create the proper threads.


The fully automated Glebar GT-610 CNC infeed centerless grinder turn-key solution was chosen to address this challenge. The machine doubled the production output by grinding two parts-per-cycle. The GT-610 CNC's combination of automated features such as CNC wheel dressing, independent upper and lower servo slides, quick change gripper gantry and custom software allowed this to happen.

The geometry requirements needed to control length to within (+/-) .004 and two different diameters to (+/-) .00015 with a .010 stock removal.

What made the GT-610 CNC a suitable choice to achieve these requirements was in large part its easy-to-operate design and ability to quickly change over the tooling, in under one hour versus multiple hours. The quick-change over can be credited to the twin grip spindle the work wheel is mounted on. With the Glebar machine, the tailstock is quickly removed, and the operator can simply pull the wheel off of the spindle. "Where with the Cincinnati, the entire wheel housing must be removed and replaced, with the use of a crane," said the spokesperson.

Next, the custom software communicates the data to the CNC dresser and the wheel is shaped automatically, without the use of manual template tracing dresser. Glebar's in-house software engineers are able to tailor the software to the exact specifications of the customer's part geometry. Part adjustment is easily achieved by the use of Glebar's automated upper and lower slides, which control the distance of the regulating wheel and the work rest blade in relation to the work wheel. The GT-610 CNC's multi-axis controller can position both grinding wheel slides to a resolution of 0.1 micron (0.000004"). Unlimited part configurations are stored in the robust HMI library.

The following Process Steps were involved in the grind process for the Steel Tap Blanks:

  • An automated Step Feeder stages the parts two at a time
  • The Overhead pick-and-place gantry handles two parts simultaneously
  • Laser sensors check the part's position
  • Parts are Centerless Infed Ground two at a time
  • Vitrified wheel grinds parts to specification
  • CNC dresser with a diamond roller, ensures the wheel profile is accurate.

For more information contact:

Glebar Company

565 East Crescent Avenue

Ramsey, NJ 07446

201-337-1500 / 800-235-5122

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