Centerless grinding is similar to all machining processes because the process mainly consists of cutting metal. This grinding process, however, involves an abrasive cutting action.
What It Takes To Execute The Grinding Process
The centerless grinding process can seem quite similar to most other machining and metalworking processes but unlike any other process, which typically require one or two cutting edges, centerless grinding employs thousands of cutting grains to grind the bar material that is fed between the two wheels.
Essentially, a bar of material is fed in the centerline between the grinding wheel and the regulating wheel.
The grinding wheel, which is responsible for the grinding process itself, consists of many abrasive cutting grains on its surface, which grind the bar material until it reaches perfect roundness. During the process, the grinding wheel loses some of the abrasive grains, so it must be constantly dressed with new cutting grains to achieve the perfect shape and surface every time.
The regulating wheel, on the other hand, applies a lateral pressure to the workpiece as it turns and moves upward against the grinding wheel. As a movable wheel, the regulating wheel is not responsible for cutting the bar material. Its job is merely to press the bar into the grinding wheel and to control the speed of its rotation.
How To Complete The Grinding Action
To complete the action, the work blade (made of carbide-tipped steel) must support and hold the bar material in position, above the centerline and between the grinding wheel and the regulating wheel. The rotation process releases much heat, so the presence of a flowing fluid cooling agent is highly necessary to avoid unintended hazards.
From the series of processes, one could really infer how important it is to consider the basic fundamentals and rules of the operation beforehand. In the process of selecting the proper tools and equipment for this machining process, the hardness of the material should be taken into account to determine what specific type of grinding wheel should be used.
To get started with the metal grinding process, the work blade must be set first hand since it is responsible for the control of the workpiece and its height above the centerline of the wheels which will determine the grinding operations.
Centerless Grinding At Its Best
Centerless grinding has become a staple in shops with high volume production runs. The perfect roundness and accuracy that this grinding process consistently produces make it one of the most highly sought after metalworking technologies in the manufacturing industry.
Advance Grinding sees to it to determine the perfect process applicable in manufacturing your parts. This is part of our goal of making ourselves the perfect partner for your business.
We primarily utilize machines that perform metalworking processes such as centerless grinding, bar chamfering, bar cutting, and other metal-related operations. From the choice of machinery, to the tools and equipment needed, we aim to make sure that you are satisfied with your finished product. When it comes to metal grinding operations, Advance Grinding specializes in selecting the perfect abrasive cutting wheel for the job and the perfect workblades.