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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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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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.  
 
Have questions about centerless grinding?  Contact TGS. http://www.totalgrindingsolutions.com/contact-us.html 
 
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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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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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