How does centerless grinding help you get the most out of your operation? The answer is preventive maintenance, proper cleaning, and precise automation.
Proper Preventive Maintenance
Want to meet daily production goals without a glitch in your process? That’s easy, but some things need to be done. Proper maintenance has a significant impact on the outcome of the operation. Imagine that your machine has been grinding parts and bars all day, and these parts are flying out of the device on schedule, but a piece of swarf is stuck in the machine.
The outcome? Machine glitches and lots of production downtime – every manufacturer‘s nightmare. This can all be avoided with some preventive maintenance and cleaning.
Preventive maintenance is very often overlooked. This is because manufacturers or operators usually prioritize machine uptime to meet daily production goals. A quick fix and cleaning and a quick check on your machines and tools is a significant parts of a successful operation.
You should also take into account the time you will need for the replacement of the spindle. It is recommended that this occur during weekends to avoid a significant loss of production uptime. This preventive maintenance is also an excellent way to reveal problems with your machine and operation. It can be solved and fixed as soon as possible before they cause serious errors.
If you want to get the most out of your centerless grinding operation, all possible problems should be controlled and eliminated before they happen.
Cleaning the Grinding Machine
Continuous cutting operations mean higher volumes of swarf.
Swarf is the chips or fillings of metal and steel produced by cutting or grinding operations. Swarf can be highly flammable, especially if made from reactive metals. A single piece of swarf stuck in the machine can ruin your process and production.
Proper caution is imperative, and it is necessary to avoid ignition sources – as this can cause severe problems. Aside from fire incidents, a swarf can also clog the nozzle of a shop vacuum, so there are a lot of risks that can be encountered very quickly if it is not taken into account.
Proper clean-up and disposal of continuous-cutting swarf can result in denser, more manageable waste, contributing to the efficiency and flow of your production operation.
Cleaning your machine is the best way to maximize production. Aside from impressing visitors and customers, maintaining a clean machine also decreases the likelihood of machine glitches or malfunctions. This plays a significant role in meeting daily high-volume production goals – and at speedy lead times! Proper machine cleaning and chip handling improve operational flow and can pave the way for more reclamation and recycling of materials.
Automation of Centerless Grinding
Automation is another effective strategy that can save you tons of work. Automating the machine keeps you off duty by loading the grinder with bars according to the machine-loading equation. It saves you from the time consumed for loading and unloading materials. It benefits the operators and, most importantly, operations in a high-volume production environment.
Automation allows the automatic loading and unloading of grinder parts by feeding and supporting workpieces as they are ground. Thus, there is much more time for material checking to ensure quality and specified requirements are met.
Advance Grinding is the leading provider of precision ground bars and centerless grinding services in the Midwest. To learn more, Contact Us, or request a quote so we can assist you with your requirements!