6 Ways to Keep Your Centerless Grinder More Productive

Having an insanely productive centerless grinding machine is a great thing.  It not only cuts your workplace stress and earns you kudos from your boss, but it also makes your production line more efficient and your company more profitable.  With those advantages in mind, here are six tips to keep your centerless grinder running efficiently and effectively.

Change your oil on a regular basis

Oil, the lifeblood of your centerless grinder, keeps the most important components on your machine working properly.  If you don’t change your oil regularly, those components are nearly guaranteed to fail, leading to time-consuming and costly repair.  Don’t let dirty oil hamper production.  Another tip:  Make sure to change your machine’s oil filter on a regular basis.

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Quality Means Getting the Right CNC Centerless Grinder

While Hank Matousek Sr. was perfectly content in his position as quality control manager at a bearing company during the late 1960s and early ‘70s, he had no idea that his employer’s growing financial woes and a pending layoff would become his surprise catalysts to found Grind All.  Not surprising, though, was that Matousek’s background as a quality leader would lead him to place value and excellence above all in his new enterprise.  From Hank’s one-man shop with one used grinder in a central Ohio basement, to today’s 45-machine, 52-employee, Brunswick-based Grind All Inc., the Matousek family still places quality above all else. Hank’s “Do it right and make your product better” creed has been the cornerstone of Grind All’s operations since the company was founded in 1972.  “Do the best you can and people will come back. Do jobs better than anyone,” says Grind All president Henry Matousek Jr., quoting his father.

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"We Will Grind"

Sung to the tune of “Let It Snow”

Oh, our downtime before was frightful
And those scrapped parts were never delightful
But TGS is such a great find
We will grind!  We will grind!  We will grind!

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Why We Are Thankful for Centerless Grinders

As Thanksgiving approaches, you may be taking stock of some of the things for which you are grateful.  With centerless grinders always on our minds, here are ten reasons why this important machine tool has earned our eternal gratitude.  Have questions about centerless grinders or centerless grindingHave a project coming upContact us.

1.    Unbelievably fast processing
“Faster than a speeding bullet” might be a good term to describe the output of your average centerless grinder.  When throughfeed grinding, your workaholic centerless grinder can process an amazing 200 to 300 parts per minute, depending on part size.  The superb design of your centerless grinder allows you to run hundreds of parts in throughfeed mode without operator intervention.

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Total Grinding Solutions: IMTS 2016 Wrap-Up

Months of planning, weeks of onsite preparation and 25+ logo-emblazoned shirts later, we’re pleased to say that the IMTS was a success.  The IMTS gave us the opportunity to showcase our new TGS-CL-6020 centerless grinder to manufacturers from around the world. If you attended the show but were overwhelmed by the number of novelties on display, please take a return trip to the show via all the photos we collected during our stint in Chicago. 

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Top 7 Reasons to Visit Total Grinding Solutions at the IMTS

“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning...proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.” ― Carl Sandburg

Total Grinding Solutions (TGS) is proud to support the city of Chicago and the U.S. manufacturing industry by exhibiting at the IMTS show at McCormick Place, from September 12 – September 17.  Detroit, our hometown, shares its passion for industry and its long history as a manufacturing hub with the Windy City. 

Here’s seven good reasons to stop by our booth (N-7467) at the IMTS.

1.  Learn why TGS’ new centerless grinder has been termed “rock solid” and “a much-needed improvement over other centerless grinders.”

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Take a Minute to Watch the New Video of our Centerless Grinder

We’re sharing a new video of our TGS-CL-6020 CNC centerless grinder.  We’ve collected a batch of new photographs of our machine and combined them with a few of our earlier ones, turning the shots into a short video.  During the video, you’ll learn why the TGS-CL-6020 is unlike any other centerless grinding machine.  Watch and enjoy, and let us know if you have any questions about this grinding marvel.  Contact us for additional information.

New CNC Centerless Grinder from Total Grinding Solutions from Total Grinding Solutions on Vimeo.

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11 Ways to Ruin Your Centerless Grinder

Your centerless grinder is a reliable workhorse that should last more than half a century if you treat it with the respect it deserves.  Develop a daily, weekly and monthly preventive maintenance schedule for your centerless grinding machine, and follow it.  Along with regular maintenance, be sure to book a yearly stem-to-stern examination by an experienced service technician who can diagnose your machine’s ailments before they turn into major illnesses.  By avoiding the practices listed below, your centerless grinder will remain the favorite among your many machine tools. 

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1.    Don’t change your hydraulic oil

You’ve got lots of fluids running through your centerless grinder. Each has a purpose, but none is more critical than the machine’s hydraulic oil.  Old, dirty oil will accelerate wear of spindle bearings and damage cylinder seals, ensuring that you’ll spend extra money and time to replace these centerless grinder components. 

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3 Reasons to Visit Total Grinding Solutions at IMTS 2016

With thousands of displays competing for your attention at this year’s IMTS, deciding where to start and what to see can be overwhelming.  We know that you’re eager to discover all the great solutions and machinery on exhibit, but we want to make sure that Total Grinding Solutions (TGS) is on your must-see list, and that’s why we’re giving you three excellent reasons to visit us at IMTS booth #N-7467.  

1.  Grinding machine demonstrations

You can visit our website and hear us talk about our new CNC centerless grinder, but we won’t be satisfied until you visit our booth and see our TGS-CL-6020 in operation. We assure you that this grinder is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, and we will show you why.  After you’ve seen the machine at ground level, stroll up to our comfortable second-story lounge where you can check out our new grinder from every angle. 

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Quality Manufacturing Is An Important Part Of Who We Are

Quality is an essential part of who we are. And while we make every effort to present you with useful information and not an ad, we want you to know that our focus on quality is serious and unwavering. That’s why this month’s blog focuses on one of Total Grinding Solutions’ (TGS) unique gems: our in-house metrology lab.  Specifically designed to ensure the quality of your centerless grinder and your centerless parts and components, our laboratory is the best and most technologically advanced testing facility in the industry.  The TGS metrology lab houses over one million dollars’ worth of state-of-the-art measuring devices, including top-of-the-line Carl Zeiss testing equipment:

•             ACCURA 9/18/7 coordinate measuring machine (CMM)

•             RONDCOM 60AS for form measurements

•             SURFCOM 500 for contour and surface measuring

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10 More Things Your Boss Expects You to Know About Solving Centerless Grinder Errors – Part Two

Few things are as unpleasant as having to take a problem to your boss, especially when it’s because one of your most reliable machine tools is acting up.  But there’s no need to be shaking in your boots when you approach Mr. or Ms. Slate.  First, do your homework by searching for potential causes of your centerless grinding machine’s ailment.  Second, make a list of possible remedies.  When you’ve gathered enough knowledge to tackle the problem, you can confidently address your boss and propose your solution.  

Last month, we listed five common grinding machine problems, their causes, and clues to possible solutions.  Here are five more garden-variety centerless grinder errors to add to your professional arsenal.

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10 Things Your Boss Expects You to Know About Solving Centerless Grinder Errors – Part One

Centerless grinders are the dependable workhorses of the manufacturing world.  With regular maintenance and TLC, your centerless grinding machine will produce zillions of parts with nary a hiccup. But when your Triple Crown-winning grinder suddenly develops a limp, as shown by parts coming off the machine, you’ll want to be savvy enough to have a potential diagnosis before you report the problem to your all-knowing boss.  Here’s one big hint:  Centerless grinding machine problems are generally related to the grinder’s tooling. You’d be wise to focus on that aspect when troubleshooting your machine.  Below are some common grinding machine problems, their causes, and clues to possible solutions. 

Is your centerless grinder not working as it should?  Contact our grinding experts.

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Quick Guide: Installing a New Centerless Grinding Wheel

Whether every three days or every six months, your centerless grinder will need its grinding wheel changed on a regular basis.  Below are a few tips and a highly simplified visual to help you through the process.  As with all machine tools, please read and understand your machine manual before servicing your machine.  Talk to us for more detailed guidelines.

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8 New Year’s Resolutions for Centerless Grinder Users

Lose weight?  Exercise more?  Those might be excellent resolutions for the common folk, but centerless grinder users are a special group.  Let’s start the year by focusing on resolutions specifically designed to improve your centerless grinding operations.  Here are eight resolutions every centerless grinder user must keep to ensure prosperity and success in 2016. Let us know how you progress.

1.      I will keep my coolant clean.

Dirty or contaminated coolant can cause a number of problems including diminished part quality, surface finish problems, increased machine maintenance and shortened tooling, component and machine life, as well as safety risks for operators, who will be in contact with bacteria-ridden fluids. 

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19 Fun Facts about Centerless Grinders That Will Impress Your Colleagues

If you’re as big a fan of the centerless grinder as we are, you’ll put these 19 truths to good use quicker than a fastener though a grinder.  Within these facts about centerless grinding machines lie tidbits of information, all of which are sure to impress and inspire. Here are 19 water-cooler-worthy facts, listed in no particular order:

1.      Strike!  Most bowling balls are finished on a centerless grinding machine. 

2.      The centerless grinder was originally invented to grind bicycle axles.

3.      Throughfeed grinding is more popular than infeed grinding by a factor of 3:1.

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How Technology Can Work For You in Centerless Grinding

If you’re like the rest of us, you’re getting more and more obsessed with technology. The world of machine tools is not immune to the rapid pace of technological advancement.  From the latest in 3D modeling to nanotechnology to intelligent maintenance systems, technology is virtually impossible to avoid in the manufacturing workplace. Here are ways in which technology can improve the operation of your centerless grinder.  To learn more, http://bit.ly/1JO6TwJ

Especially in the industrial sector, keeping up with rapidly changing technology can be an intimidating task. Although there’s nothing inherently wrong with sticking with a tried-and-true process, you might want to reconsider your stance when it comes to centerless grinding.  I’m not saying that you have to take a blind leap onto the technology train.  I’m saying that technology has a place – and a very excellent one – in centerless grinding.  Here’s my advice:  start small, enjoy the benefits, and then consider the next step. Below are a few small technological changes that can increase the uptime and production of your centerless grinding machine.  Implement them all, or pick and choose.  In the end, you and your centerless grinder operations will be better for it.

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10 Most Frequently-Asked Questions about TGS’ CNC Centerless Grinder

The TGS team is back from WESTEC in Los Angeles. We enjoyed meeting current customers and introducing our new centerless grinder to a host of new folks.  Seeing the machine in operation drew visitors into the booth to find out more about this unique piece of equipment.  For those of you who were unable to attend WESTEC and meet our centerless grinding machine live and in person, we’ve compiled the list of the most frequently asked questions fielded by our team of grinding experts. 

Can’t wait until the next show to talk to us?  Have a question you need answered?  Call us today at 586-541-5300 or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Safety Considerations When Working around Centerless Grinders Part 2: Focus on the Grinding Wheel

Keeping employees safe is a key initiative of manufacturing facilities.  From minor slips and falls to more serious injuries, centerless grinding machine operators must be taught and reminded daily that machine tool safety is of prime importance.  Read the safety guidelines below related to grinding wheels and share them with veteran and rookie centerless grinding machine users.  
Always make sure to thoroughly read and understand your entire machine manual before operating your machine.  
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Safety Considerations When Working around Centerless Grinders Part 1: General Safety Measures

As with any machine tool, there are a number of safety guidelines that must be followed when operating a centerless grinding machine. Below are just a few of the common-sense safety basics for both novice and experienced centerless grinding machine users.  The first thing is to have a thorough understanding of how to properly operate your centerless grinder.  Always make sure to thoroughly read and understand your entire machine manual before operating your machine. Additionally, TGS' on-staff centerless grinding experts offer centerless grinder machine training. Have questions about centerless grinding?  Contact TGS

  • Wear safety glasses to protect the eyes from grinding grit, material in the atmosphere or chips that could be propelled into eyes.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing such as ties and long sleeves. These can become entangled in grinding wheels, levers, or hand wheels on the machine and lead to serious injury.
  • Always use power hoist for lifting heavy objects.  This can help avoid back injury.
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3 Ways to Get More Production Out Of Your Centerless Grinder

In the fast-paced world of manufacturing, we need to be as efficient as possible to meet production and cost-per-piece goals.  Below are a few sometimes overlooked practices that will increase your production.  

Preventive maintenance (PM)

Your centerless grinder has been grinding away for hours and perfect parts are flying out of the machine right on schedule. You’ll meet daily production volumes without a glitch and without a worry.  Today has been a breeze, you think to yourself.  Just as you’re wrapping up your day, you get a call from the centerless grinding machine operator.  He has had to stop production to change a filter.  A bit of a glitch, but nothing serious.  The filter is changed in 30 minutes and production is back up.  The phone rings again, a much more serious problem has arisen.  The spindle bearing on your centerless grinder has gone bad and production has ground to a halt.  You can forget about running the machine for the rest of your workday or during the shift that follows.  Downtime mounts.  Costs grow.   Next comes the dreaded call to your boss.  Your day and evening are ruined.   Preventive maintenance could have saved you much grief.

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