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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3 Reasons Why People Like Centerless Grinding

For maintaining accuracy, achieving close tolerances and meeting high production volumes, a centerless grinder is a workhorse machine tool that can’t be beat.  When operated and maintained properly, your centerless grinder will be the Triple Crown winner of your production line.  Fast, reliable and hard-working, here are just a few reasons why we’re so keen on centerless grinders.  Tell us what you like about your centerless grinding machine.

1.  Speed

For high production volumes, a centerless grinder will run laps around a cylindrical grinder each and every time.  And because centerless grinding does not require that parts be held in place, a centerless grinder will also zip past its chucker- and center-type grinder counterparts.   A safe bet:  Put your money on the centerless grinder when production is key. 

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3 Ways You Can Lower the Cost of Operating Your Centerless Grinder

Companies across the economy are finding ways to do more with fewer financial resources.  To help you get the most out of your centerless grinder, here are three tips on how to lower the cost of operating your centerless grinding machine.  

Select the proper wheel

There are a number of factors to be considered when selecting the proper wheel for your centerless grinder application.  Be forewarned that premature wheel breakdown will lead to additional costly and time-consuming wheel dressing, longer cycle times and jeopardized part quality.  Work with your wheel manufacturer to make sure you have the best wheel for your job. 

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3 Three Things You Need to Know About Centerless Grinding

TGS asked its team to share thoughts and tips about centerless grinding.  Here are the top three things users need to know about centerless grinding. 

1.      Make sure you have consistent parts.

Stock removal plays a key role in centerless grinding accuracy. If you’re removing different amounts of stock from part lot to part lot, your final part size is going to vary.  Inconsistent stock removal also effects wheel dress intervals, causing premature wear of your centerless grinder wheel.

2.  Select the proper wheels for your centerless grinder.

Part size, part quality and cost all depend on proper wheel selection. If you want to maximize output from your centerless grinding machine – and who doesn’t, you must pick the correct wheels.  The proper wheels ensure the longest interval between wheel dressing, the minimal amount of wheel removed at dressing and the best part quality between dressing.

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How to Develop an RFQ for a Centerless Grinder

With the information in this blog, you’ll be able to better draft your centerless grinder RFQ, an integral part of the buying process.  As you search for the ideal supplier and decide who will be sent the RFQ for your centerless grinder, you should ask questions — lots of them — of potential vendors.   Centerless grinder equipment manufacturers possess a wealth of information and experience that they are only too willing to share.

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14 Centerless Grinder Components You Need to Know

The pencil sharpener is about as far as I have ever got in operating a complicated piece of machinery with any success.  — Robert Benchley (1889 - 1945)

We agree that a centerless grinder is certainly more complicated to operate than a pencil sharpener. That doesn’t mean that centerless grinding can’t be done successfully and reliably.  In fact, the average centerless grinder user has few difficulties at all.  Let’s start our journey down the centerless grinder highway by going through the main components that comprise a centerless grinding machine.  For the expert user, this will be a review and an opportunity to confirm that you’re as smart as you think you are.  For the novice centerless user, this will be a blog that you’ll want to keep on hand.    

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History of the Centerless Grinder

The centerless grinder boasts a long and sometimes contentious history. During the machine’s early days, it wasn’t unusual to specify that parts “not be ground on a centerless grinder.” But today’s CNC centerless grinding machines achieve tolerances of 10 millionths of an inch, making them a necessary part of technologically advanced manufacturing processes.

The invention of the centerless grinder was an indirect result of bicycle popularity in the U.S. during the early 1900s. As demand for new bicycles surged, Lewis Heim’s The Ball and Roller Bearing Company, in Danbury, Connecticut, received a large order for bicycle bearing rollers. These rollers had always been ground on a center-type grinder, but Heim’s company now needed a faster and less costly way to make the rollers.

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