Grind Right

Author John Richard
December 01,2007 - 11:00am

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  • grinding


    Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.

Causes of and solutions for grinding problems. Once a grinding error is detected, machine shop personnel need to know how to troubleshoot the problem to minimize scrap and unproductive machining time.

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John Richard is sales manager for the North American operations of Fritz Studer AG, Steffisburg, Switzerland. For more information about the company’s grinding products, call (937) 859-1975, or visit