Our precision centerless grinding machines are used to manufacture bone pins, anchors, arthroscopic shavers and numerous other implants and instruments required in the surgical repair of sports injuries such as joint repairs, bone fractures, and torn soft tissue. Our centerless grinders consume minimal footprint in your factory and deliver precision product at high volumes and low cost.
Our versatile precision centerless grinders 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. Glebar engineers can turnkey a precision centerless grinder, complete with a series of pre- and post-grind inspection steps, ensuring the product going into the Glebar grinder meets the requirements of the final ground product with guaranteed accuracy.
Cycle time reduction while maintaining overall machine uptime resulting in increased throughput. Added versatility to the control system allowing process improvement through actionable reporting. Reducing maintenance such as wheel dressing to increase up time. NiTi is a difficult material to shape due to its high nickel content, moreover, a smooth surface finish is critical to prevent part failure.
Converted OD grinders with custom tooling and soft grinding wheels all of which wear at a high rate. Setup and changeover time is significant and requires extensive mechanical adjustments. Parts, in most cases, must be taped for handling requiring additional steps in the production process. Primary cut leaves a large ID burr which must be removed in a secondary process step such as grit blasting or electro-polishing. Complex needle points, i.e. Menghini points, require separate primary bevel cut and secondary sharpening, leading to long cycle times.
Develop a solution that delivers a process eliminating taping, pre and post processing, allows for quick set-up and changeover, and is capable of handling all variety of points used in the industry.
Challenge: To devise a new process for an automotive component manufacturer to automatically grind and gauge pinion shafts for differentials. The shafts are made of hardened steel. The Customer is looking to expand their automotive manufacturing portfolio by bringing large volume production in-house.
Challenge: To design a fully automated turnkey feeding and inspection solution, integrated into to a Glebar GT-610 Thrufeed Grinder that ensures a one hundred percent defect-free product that is ground to a minimum 1.7 CpK and packaged hands-free.
Glebar Company’s position in the machine tool industry is driven by its solution orientated leadership and skilled engineering staff. Market studies have indicated a healthy growth cycle in the specialty carbide cutting tool industries especially in the aerospace sector. Glebar identified this opportunity and introduced a new machine platform, the GT-610 EZ Thrufeed Centerless Grinder. This machine was designed specifically for the thru-feed processing of carbide cutting blanks with the intention of meeting a certain price point for that industry.
Narrow grinding wheels are used applying more pressure to the part wearing the wheel out faster. Multiple thrufeed grinds are required occupying skilled operators and accelerating wear on the grinding machine and tooling. Legacy machines are extremely large in comparison to the small diameter of the carbide cutting blanks and take up valuable square footage on the manufacturing floor.
Carbide is one of the hardest metals on Earth, ranging in hardness between 65 and 85 Rc, and after sintering has a rough surface finish and chips easily making it difficult to grind. Deliver a process to grind carbide cutting blanks while maintaining cylindricity of 2 microns over a 4” long part.
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 8’ steel tubes which featured a 1” diameter bearing surface in the middle of the tube which could not be ground. This meant that the grind would have to begin in the middle of the tube where the machine had to infeed into that section and then initiate a thrufeed process. The part also had a thin wall that had to be maintained and the grinding process had to be controlled to avoid burning.
Manufacturers use grinding machines with a narrow work wheel requiring several passes to reduce the diameter and achieve acceptable surface finish. Thus creating longer cycle times. Machines are difficult to adjust for setup and changeovers requiring highly skilled technicians. Heavy material removal in a short distance deforms thin walled tubing and causes burns.
Deliver a process with a small footprint that can grind tubes while maintaining a high quality part. Decrease downtime related to maintenance, troubleshooting, and complicated changeovers.
Challenge: Customer wants to increase output for steel taps used to drill threaded holes as used in the machining and tooling industry. In addition to speeding up the throughput time, achieving the exact tolerances is critical for the component to create the proper threads.
Manufacturers use lapping machines which are unable to hold consistent tolerances or capacity, creating inconsistent surface finishes and longer cycle times.
Provide a form grinding solution for 1" and 1.4" deodorant balls while meeting the customer's cycle time and surface finish requirements.
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 process carbide and polycrystalline diamond with complete automation, conserving grinding wheels and using little power, all on a machine within a small footprint
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: Lack of a clear, simple method to inspect the geometric profile of many components, including titanium aerospace fasteners. Existing systems are slow, unreliable, and complex to operate.
Challenge: Lack of a clear, simple method to inspect the geometric profile of many components. Existing systems are slow, unreliable, and complex to operate.