Process Innovations/Alternative Manufacturing - United Grinding

2018 IIC Conference - Presentations

July 26, 2016

Monday, 9/12

2:15 to 3:10 p.m. / W-194-A

Session Topic: An Unlikely Combination: How Wire EDM Opens Up New Possibilities in Grinding

Adding wire EDM technology to a precision grinder may seem strange, but this unlikely pairing opens up new opportunities when processing tungsten carbide, ceramic, and hardened steel materials. The precision, power, and flexibility of wire EDM makes it possible to dress a diamond or CBN grinding wheel while on board the machine.

This presentation will explore how wire EDM technology is starting to replace traditional rotary dressing tools, making the use of metal-bonded grinding wheels more efficient and economical. With this spark erosion dressing method, there is no mechanical contact between the wire (the dressing tool), the grain and the bond, and no negative effect on the abrasive grain itself.

Presentation points

  • How the new STUDER WireDress system uses wire EDM technology to easily dress a metal-bonded grinding wheels while it remains mounted in the grinding machine.
  • How a spark erosion dressing method contributes up to 30% more productivity over grinding with resin or ceramic bonded wheels
  • How the STUDER WireDress system can generate intricate contours with internal radii of 0.2mm and external radii of 0.05mm
  • How United Grinding is paving the way for improved productivity and profitability in cylindrical grinding with technologies such as STUDER WireDress
  • Michael Klotz,

    Project Development Manager

    Michael Klotz is a project manager development at STUDER in Switzerland, a company of the United Grinding Group. He manages developments of new processes, technologies, and grinding systems.

    United Grinding North America, Inc., represents a union of eight of the world’s strongest companies in grinding and ultra-precision finishing solutions for the manufacturing industry. Through its surface and profile grinding, cylindrical grinding and tool grinding technology groups, the company sells and supports precision machines for grinding, eroding, lasering, combination machining and measuring under the MÄGERLE, BLOHM, JUNG, STUDER, SCHAUDT, MIKROSA, WALTER, and EWAG brands.

    United Grinding is headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, with a tool division in Fredericksburg, Virginia. More than 2,000 staff in branches around the world provide rapid solutions to local customers.

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