A Comparison Between Electrochemical Grinding (ECG) and Electrochemical Machining (ECM)

Kirk Gino Abolafia, Technical Sales & Marketing Manager, Voxel Innovations   Elecrochemical grinding (ECG) and electrochemical machining (ECM) are two non-conventional manufacturing processes with some similarities and differences. While both utilize electrochemistry to dissolve metal, the fundamental difference between ECG and ECM lies in their tooling; ECG utilizes a rotating abrasive wheel, while ECM utilizes a […]

Filler Spouts | GT-610

Challenge: A food equipment manufacturer approached Glebar to improve productivity and reduce costs for their food filler machines. The metal spout requires grinding for several reasons. They come in contact with food, therefore requiring a smooth finish for sanitary purposes. The tubes are often exchanged on the machines to dispense various size pastries. Also, the mating […]

Centerless Grinder with Lights-Out Automation Improves Quality and Consistency for Hydraulic Spring Lifters Manufacturer | GT-610

Current Process: The grinding of stainless-steel shafts used for Hydraulic Spring Lifters was outsourced. This resulted in higher costs, as well as quality and consistency issues. Challenges: Deliver an in-house process to automatically grind a high volume of stainless-steel shafts used for Hydraulic Spring Lifters. The process had to remove a large amount of stock […]

Increasing Productivity by Cutting Zirconium Tubes with ECG | CS1-E

Current Process Zirconium tubes are cut one at a time using carbide tools on a lathe. A lathe cutoff leaves burrs requiring deburring to achieve a smooth surface finish. Carbide tooling wears quickly when cutting zirconium and is expensive.   Challenges Deliver a cost-effective process to cut zirconium tubes which reduces the number of steps […]

Thrufeeding bar stock and tubing | GT-610

Challenge: The customer was outsourcing grinding of components and came to Glebar looking for a way to reduce lead times on parts, reduce costs, and bring grinding capability in-house. Original challenge was to thrufeed 1-½” diameter, 15’ aluminum tubes removing 0.003”-0.006” per pass. The second requirement was for the machine to be capable of grinding […]

Alumina (Ceramic) Spacers | DD-7

Challenge: To accurately grind alumina spacers used in nuclear power plant control rods. The length of the components are extremely critical to the efficiency of the fuel rod. The components need to be processed at a high rate and length verified for all parts. Solution A DD-7 double disc grinder was configured with 0.1 micron closed […]

The Spirit of Innovation Continues at Glebar

Since 1952, when Miner Gleason and Robert Barhorst founded Glebar, the spirit of innovation (as our tagline “Innovation Manufactured™” suggests), is still very alive and well at the company. Let’s review some important milestones in our history. Compact Grinders, a First  Going back to the early fifties, the very first innovation Glebar rolled out was […]

Operational Excellence

With machines that range from 1250 – 5800 individual parts, having everything ready for assembly is a crucial milestone in our builds. By looking at the sequence of the assembly to understand the various schedule constraints we can better leverage time and resources.   In a lean manufacturing environment, having the rights parts at the right […]

Glebar Service Contracts Mean More Than Just Support

At Glebar, we don’t just build machines, ship them out and say goodbye. We consider each customer a partner and continue to support them long after the system is installed.  Let’s highlight one of our customers overseas. Remote Diagnostics and 24/7 support are an integral part of maximizing their uptime and driving efficiency to accommodate their large install […]