Legacy equipment did not meet current CE standards. The brittle shafts break in the grinder's feeder increasing scrap rates.
Deliver an automated, turnkey process that can integrate with the customer's existing isostatic press to accuractely handle and grind the parts. The process had to ensure the ceramic shafts would not chip or break due to the brittle consistency of pre-sintered ceramics.
Solution: PG-9DHD Centerless Form Grinder
In this application, the PG-9DHD Centerless Form Grinder is fully automated with a six-axis robot, inspection camera station, cleated conveyor, and gantry to reduce scrap rates and improve OEE. Maintains a tolerance of +/- 0.001", removing 0.040" (0.020" per side) of stock material. Grinds two ceramic shafts every six seconds, allowing it to keep up with the ceramic press.
The PG-9DHD Centerless Form Grinder produces multiple parts from a single piece of material, in addition to grinding pre-formed parts to finished shape with extreme precision. Examples of applications are carbon fiber components, fuse bodies, golf balls, drumsticks, felt pen nibs, check valves for pumps and valves, and insulators for electronic components.