Glebar's versatile precision grinding machines are workhorses which require a smaller footprint than similar machines yet excel in demanding high production environments where the name of the game is high volume at low cost, with exceptional precision. Below are selected case studies demonstrating how our machines excel at grinding ceramics:
A top tier technical ceramics OEM in the consumer goods industry required a precision grinding solution for their ceramic shaft components. They needed an automated turnkey process that could integrate with the company’s existing ceramic press to accurately grind and handle multiple-parts per cycle and do so in a way that will ensure the parts do not chip or break due to the brittle consistency of pre-sintered ceramics.
Challenge: To thrufeed grind ceramic pellets, which are used to manufacture radiopharmaceuticals (radiotracers) used in CT scans. The pellet count had to be tracked through the machine and the customer needed to measure a set frequency of parts that would be programmable. In addition to accounting for all the components, the machine had to separate the set number of parts processed for data collection.
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.
Challenge: To grind a ceramic insulator body for lean burn gas engines for use in cogeneration plants and containerized power generation units. Customer required four diameters as well multiple compound angles and radii to be ground concentric to the ID within .003”.
Below is a sample of Ceramic components Glebar has ground over the years. Please contact us and send us your drawing for a personal consultation.
The GT-610 Automated Infeed/Thrufeed Centerless Grinding Machine can be custom fitted with automation. This system is the ideal option for when infeed applications do not require a CNC dresser and for the vast majority of thrufeed applications. The GT-610 excels at hard metals and composites, producing carbide blanks, spools, bushings, and engine components such as automotive fasteners and valve lifters. It can also effectively size down metal bars.
The GT-610 EZ is the newest addition to the GT Series Centerless Grinder suite. A lean version of the GT-610, the GT-610 EZ brings slide motion control to the operator at an affordable price point. Operating on a much smaller footprint than the competition, this system excels at thrufeed grinding hard materials such as steel, carbide, pcd inserts and technical ceramics. Slide positioning allows for precise diameter control on close-tolerance components. The machine is also capable of gauge feedback for even more precise diameter control.