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Glebar takes pride in designing precision centerless grinding machine system solutions, tailored to our customers' unique specifications. Below is a small subset of centerless (and other types) of grinding applications that Glebar has provided solutions for over the years.

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Customer Care Machine Upgrades Machining & Manufacturing | Case Studies

Reducing Variability from Manual Work Wheel Balancing | GT-9AC
Reducing Variability from Manual Work Wheel Balancing | GT-9AC

Current Process Wheel balancing is crucial to achieving a good surface finish on the workpiece…

Secure Legacy Machines by Upgrading to Windows 10 | GT-9AC
Secure Legacy Machines by Upgrading to Windows 10 | GT-9AC

Current Process: Machines that run on outdated operating systems such as Windows XP or Windows…

Increase Uptime by Controlling Work Wheel Speed to Effectively Utilize Super-Abrasive Wheels | GT-9AC
Increase Uptime by Controlling Work Wheel Speed to Effectively Utilize Super-Abrasive Wheels | GT-9AC

Current Process Super-abrasive grinding wheels require faster speeds to run effectively. Main machine spindles can…

Increase Memory for Programming with Companion Software from Tridex Technology | CS1-EA
Increase Memory for Programming with Companion Software from Tridex Technology | CS1-EA

Current Process CS1 machines can store up to 100 setups, and PLC controlled SG machines…

Improving operator and machine efficiencies through automatic work wheel dressing | TF-9DHD
Improving operator and machine efficiencies through automatic work wheel dressing | TF-9DHD

Current Process Hydraulic dress cycles require high operator input reducing their efficiency. The traverse rate…

Medical Machining & Manufacturing | Case Studies

Burr-free Electrochemical Grinders Reduce Production Times for Notch Cuts on Biopsy Needles | SG-1645, SG-2060
Burr-free Electrochemical Grinders Reduce Production Times for Notch Cuts on Biopsy Needles | SG-1645, SG-2060

Current Process Biopsy needle notches are machined using milling, conventional abrasive grinding, or wire EDM.…

Electrochemical Grinding Allows for Bulk, Burr-Free Point Grinding of Orthopedic Wires and Pins | PGS-100
Electrochemical Grinding Allows for Bulk, Burr-Free Point Grinding of Orthopedic Wires and Pins | PGS-100

Current Process Kirschner wires, also commonly known as K-wires, are ground using a manual OD…

Electrochemical Cutting and Grinding Provides Faster Cuts and Greater Accuracy Than Laser Cutting | CS1-E
Electrochemical Cutting and Grinding Provides Faster Cuts and Greater Accuracy Than Laser Cutting | CS1-E

Current Process A high-powered laser beam cuts the tubing by melting it leaving a rough…

Wider Work Wheel and Independent Slides Improve Production Output and Setup Accuracy | TF-9D
Wider Work Wheel and Independent Slides Improve Production Output and Setup Accuracy | TF-9D

Current Process: Narrow work wheels prevent generating tapers over 4" requiring multiple setups to generate…

Grinding Guidewires on CAM.3
Grinding Guidewires on CAM.3

Challenge Cycle time reduction while maintaining overall machine uptime resulting in increased throughput. Added versatility…

Needle Point Grinding using ECG | PGS-100
Needle Point Grinding using ECG | PGS-100

Challenge Converted OD grinders with custom tooling and soft grinding wheels all of which wear…

Benefits of ECG: Electrochemical Grinding | CS1-E
Benefits of ECG: Electrochemical Grinding | CS1-E

Challenge Parts are cut using abrasive cutting saws, conventional abrasive grinding, wire EDM or laser…

Burr-Free Electrochemical Grinding of Arthroscopic Shaver Teeth | SG-2060
Burr-Free Electrochemical Grinding of Arthroscopic Shaver Teeth | SG-2060

Challenge The arthroscopic shaver teeth are commonly produced by conventional abrasive grinding, wire EDM, or…

Burr-Free Cutting of Steel Tubes | CS1-E
Burr-Free Cutting of Steel Tubes | CS1-E

Challenge Tubes are cut one at a time using a standard abrasive cutting saw which…

Manual machine grinding steel tubes for the medical industry replaced with a CE Certified micro grinder | TF-9DHD
Manual machine grinding steel tubes for the medical industry replaced with a CE Certified micro grinder | TF-9DHD

Challenge Numerous manufacturers around the world find themselves with legacy equipment incapable of meeting the…

Manual Orthopedic Pin Manufacturing Process Converted to Automated with 100% QC | GT-610
Manual Orthopedic Pin Manufacturing Process Converted to Automated with 100% QC | GT-610

 Challenge The operator would manually feed the stainless steel orthopedic pins into the centerless grinder…

Wider Work Wheel Grinds 6ft Nitinol Tubes in 1 Pass | TF-9DHD
Wider Work Wheel Grinds 6ft Nitinol Tubes in 1 Pass | TF-9DHD

Current Process: A legacy thrufeed centerless grinder with a narrow work wheel is used. Multiple…

Stainless Steel Bone Pins | GT-610 CNC
Stainless Steel Bone Pins | GT-610 CNC

Challenge: The customer is looking for a turnkey, one operation automated process allowing a single…

Arthroscopic Shavers (Outer Sleeve | GT-610 )
Arthroscopic Shavers (Outer Sleeve | GT-610 )

Challenge: To grind two mating metal components, with a tight clearance requirement between their surfaces,…

Arthroscopic Shavers (Inner Tube | GT-610 CNC)
Arthroscopic Shavers (Inner Tube | GT-610 CNC)

Challenge: To grind two mating metal components, with a tight clearance requirement between their surfaces,…

Spinal Cord Stimulation Devices | TF-9DHD
Spinal Cord Stimulation Devices | TF-9DHD

Challenge: To size implantable spinal cord stimulation devices that deliver precise doses of electricity to…

Automated CNC Centerless Grinder Provides Continuous Operation, Increases Thruput For Grinding Asthma Inhaler Pins  | GT-610 CNC
Automated CNC Centerless Grinder Provides Continuous Operation, Increases Thruput For Grinding Asthma Inhaler Pins | GT-610 CNC

Asthma inhalers are comprised of a medicine canister fitting inside a plastic sleeve. When the…

Biomedical PE/CT Scan Pellets | GT-610
Biomedical PE/CT Scan Pellets | GT-610

Challenge: To thrufeed grind ceramic pellets, which are used to manufacture radiopharmaceuticals (radiotracers) used in…

Guidewires (Cycle Time Reduction | CAM.2)
Guidewires (Cycle Time Reduction | CAM.2)

Challenge: Cycle time reduction and a sharp corner needed for a medical guidewire

Surgical Tubing | GT-610
Surgical Tubing | GT-610

Challenge:  To size thin walled tubing used for surgical instruments insuring a mirror like 3Ra…

Trocar Points | CAM.2
Trocar Points | CAM.2

Challenge: To process trocar points automatically where small lot sizes require frequent equipment changeover. 

Guidewires (Process Efficiency | CAM.2)
Guidewires (Process Efficiency | CAM.2)

Challenge: To eliminate additional processes in the production of guidewires. The conventional process uses several…

Guidewires (Rapid Changeover | GT-9AC)
Guidewires (Rapid Changeover | GT-9AC)

Challenge: A Medical device customer needed to rapidly changeover between a family of Nitinol guidewires…

Catheter Bodies | TF-9DHD
Catheter Bodies | TF-9DHD

Challenge: To point and shape catheter bodies free of debris and scratches, at high production…

Medical Bone Drill | GT-610 CNC
Medical Bone Drill | GT-610 CNC

Challenge: Infeed grinding 0.010”  on two diameters over a 7” long metal drill blank in…

Automotive Machining & Manufacturing | Case Studies

State-of-the-Art Plunge Grinder Increases Efficiencies in Grinding Melamine Fuse Bodies | PG-9DHD
State-of-the-Art Plunge Grinder Increases Efficiencies in Grinding Melamine Fuse Bodies | PG-9DHD

Current Process The melamine fuse bodies are ground using a legacy hydraulically operated centerless form…

ECG Slot Grinding of Castle Nuts Eliminates Need for Secondary Operations | SG-1645
ECG Slot Grinding of Castle Nuts Eliminates Need for Secondary Operations | SG-1645

Castle Nuts, also referred to as Castellated Nuts, are used for applications in aerospace and…

Pinion Shafts | GT-610
Pinion Shafts | GT-610

Challenge: To devise a new process for an automotive component manufacturer to automatically grind and…

Steel Spring Cup (2 Parts Per Second | Zero Defect) | GT-610
Steel Spring Cup (2 Parts Per Second | Zero Defect) | GT-610

Challenge: To design a fully automated turnkey feeding and inspection solution, integrated into to a Glebar…

Valve Seat | GT-610
Valve Seat | GT-610

Challenge: To auto thrufeed grind metal valve seat components which are used in the automotive…

Automotive Fastener | GT-610
Automotive Fastener | GT-610

Challenge: A tier one automotive fastener supplier needed to grind bolts for a major automotive…

Automotive Solenoid | GT-610
Automotive Solenoid | GT-610

Challenge: To thrufeed automatically thru feed grind an automotive component and achieve a 1.2 Rz…

Aerospace Machining & Manufacturing | Case Studies

Cutting Multiple Steel Bars with Precision Abrasive Cutoff Machine Reduces Production Time for Aerospace Fastener Manufacturers | CS1-A
Cutting Multiple Steel Bars with Precision Abrasive Cutoff Machine Reduces Production Time for Aerospace Fastener Manufacturers | CS1-A

Current ProcessConventional cutting processes use an abrasive chop saw, band saw, lathe cutoff, or shear…

Thru-feed processing of Carbide Cutting Blanks | GT-610 EZ
Thru-feed processing of Carbide Cutting Blanks | GT-610 EZ

Glebar Company’s position in the machine tool industry is driven by its solution orientated leadership…

Thrufeeding bar stock and tubing | GT-610
Thrufeeding bar stock and tubing | GT-610

Challenge: The customer was outsourcing grinding of components and came to Glebar looking for a…

Aerospace Fasteners | GT-610 CNC
Aerospace Fasteners | GT-610 CNC

Challenge: To grind diameters on parts of many sizes and lengths for a manufacturer of…

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

Composite Strips | DD-7
Composite Strips | DD-7

Challenge: To grind both sides of composite strips (fiberglass), fully automated at high speed with tight…

Metals Machining & Manufacturing | Case Studies

Thrufeed Grinding Steel Tubes | TF-9DHD
Thrufeed Grinding Steel Tubes | TF-9DHD

Manufacturers use grinding machines with a narrow work wheel requiring several passes to reduce the…

Steel Taps | GT-610 CNC
Steel Taps | GT-610 CNC

Challenge: Customer wants to increase output for steel taps used to drill threaded holes as…

Carbide Rods (Tungsten) | PG-9X20DHD
Carbide Rods (Tungsten) | PG-9X20DHD

To establish a process whereby pre-sintered carbide drill blanks processed in a hot isostatic press…

Tungsten Carbide Pin (Roughing) | PG-9DOD
Tungsten Carbide Pin (Roughing) | PG-9DOD

Challenge: The customer wants to decrease cycle time while maintaining tight concentricity specifications for roughing a…

Tungsten Carbide Pin (Finishing) | GT-610
Tungsten Carbide Pin (Finishing) | GT-610

Challenge: Satisfying the high volume finishing requirements for the complex form geometry on a hard…

Precision Punches | GT-610 CNC
Precision Punches | GT-610 CNC

Challenge: To grind a variety of tooling punches to extreme precision, while accommodating small lot…

Burnishing Tools | GT-610 CNC
Burnishing Tools | GT-610 CNC

Challenge: To grind burnishing and expander rolls used in manufacturing tubes for a multitude of…

Titanium & Steel Rods | GT-610
Titanium & Steel Rods | GT-610

Challenge: Quality, cost control and lead time issues of outsourcing the pre-sizing of titanium and…

Consumer Goods Machining & Manufacturing | Case Studies

Enhanced Throughput and Pinpoint Precision Elevate Form Grinding on Glebar's New PG-912DG Enclosed Centerless Form Grinder
Enhanced Throughput and Pinpoint Precision Elevate Form Grinding on Glebar's New PG-912DG Enclosed Centerless Form Grinder

Glebar’s Applications Division conducts research and development of innovative cutoff and grinding technology. Their most…

Form Grinding of Deodorant Balls | PG-9BHD
Form Grinding of Deodorant Balls | PG-9BHD

Challenge Manufacturers use lapping machines which are unable to hold consistent tolerances or capacity, creating…

Automated and CE Certified Form Grinder Reduces Scrap Rates | PG-9DHD
Automated and CE Certified Form Grinder Reduces Scrap Rates | PG-9DHD

Current process: Legacy equipment did not meet current CE standards. The brittle shafts break in…

Glass Rods | PG-9X20DHD
Glass Rods | PG-9X20DHD

A top tier technical glass OEM required a precision grinding solution for quartz glass rod…

Filler Spouts | GT-610
Filler Spouts | GT-610

Challenge: A food equipment manufacturer approached Glebar to improve productivity and reduce costs for their…

Golf Ball Cores | PG-9DHD
Golf Ball Cores | PG-9DHD

Challenge: To mass produce golf ball cores at a low cost, while holding tight tolerances…

Circuit Board Drill Blanks | DD-7
Circuit Board Drill Blanks | DD-7

Challenge: To end grind printed circuit board carbide drill blanks used by a major tool…

Felt Tips | PG-9BHD
Felt Tips | PG-9BHD

Challenge: To grind felt tips for pens. Customer required a high volume turnkey solution. 

Mining & Energy Machining & Manufacturing | Case Studies

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

Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) Cutter | GT-610 SD
Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) Cutter | GT-610 SD

Challenge: To process carbide and polycrystalline diamond with complete automation, conserving grinding wheels and using…

Ceramic Insulator Bodies | FW-9D
Ceramic Insulator Bodies | FW-9D

Challenge: To grind a ceramic insulator body for lean burn gas engines for use in…

Alumina (Ceramic) Spacers | DD-7
Alumina (Ceramic) Spacers | DD-7

Challenge: To accurately grind alumina spacers used in nuclear power plant control rods. The length…

General Metrology | Case Studies

Offline CNC Grinding Wheel Dresser Improves Grinder Efficiency | DM-9CNC
Offline CNC Grinding Wheel Dresser Improves Grinder Efficiency | DM-9CNC

The DM-9CNC Wheel Dressing Machine allows a grinding wheel to be contour dressed offline using…

Form Grinding Ball Valves In-House Improves Output, Reducing Production Time and Saving Costs | PG-9DHD
Form Grinding Ball Valves In-House Improves Output, Reducing Production Time and Saving Costs | PG-9DHD

Current Process: The balls are formed one at a time from bar stock on a…

Aerospace Fasteners (Gauging | P4K)
Aerospace Fasteners (Gauging | P4K)

Challenge: Lack of a clear, simple method to inspect the geometric profile of many components,…

Arthroscopic Shavers (Gauging | P4K)
Arthroscopic Shavers (Gauging | P4K)

Challenge: Lack of a clear, simple method to inspect the geometric profile of many components.…

Medical Bone Drill (Gauging | P4K)
Medical Bone Drill (Gauging | P4K)

Challenge: Lack of a clear, simple method to inspect the geometric profile of many components.…

Guidewires (Gauging | P4K)
Guidewires (Gauging | P4K)

Challenge: Lack of a clear, simple method to inspect the geometric profile of many components.…