New Centerless Grinder Keeps Pace With Demanding Production Schedule

With words like quality, innovation and superior service defining this global manufacturer, it was only natural that the company would seek a partner with equally high standards when it came time to source its new centerless grinder.

As part of its expansive product line, this well-established Midwest-based manufacturer cranks out millions of shafts each year, ranging from 1.5” to 8” in length and 1-1/4”-1-1/8” in diameter.  With grinding considered a critical manufacturing process, even a moment of grinder downtime is too long when trying to keep up with this nonstop parade of shafts.  So, when the manufacturer’s centerless grinder could no longer keep pace with its brutal schedule, the project’s lead manufacturing engineer knew that it was time to look for a replacement.  Complicating the search was the need to find a machine that could handle the company’s myriad part sizes and diameters with minimal changeover time. Robustness was an equally important factor in selecting the new machine.  “While some potential grinder companies had adequate machine offerings, they just didn’t understand how important the grinding process is in our manufacturing process,” explained the engineer.  But the story was different when the company approached Total Grinding Solutions (TGS).

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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 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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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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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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