Körber Schleifring, the Hamburg, Germany provider of grinding machine technology and its North American arm, Miamisburg, Ohio-based United Grinding Technologies, have merged under the new brand name United Grinding Group — Körber Solutions, a move that expands the company's global market position in relation to technology, service and volume. As an amalgamation of eight individual company brands, the new group also represents what is considered the industry's largest single source of comprehensive and integrated grinding solutions, according to the company.
Under the United Grinding umbrella, companies Mägerle, Blohm, Jung, Studer, Schaudt, Mikrosa, Walter and Ewag work together to provide CNC grinding machine technology. The group offers over 60 product and service brands, local applications support and combined experience in cylindrical, profile, surface and cutting tool grinding, as well as eroding and lasing operations.
As part of the new branding, United Grinding has defined nine industry segments, including automotive, aerospace, transportation, energy, tooling, die and mold, medical, machine manufacturers and precision engineering, on which it will focus when developing new products and services.
Related Glossary Terms
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.
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.
- grinding machine
Powers a grinding wheel or other abrasive tool for the purpose of removing metal and finishing workpieces to close tolerances. Provides smooth, square, parallel and accurate workpiece surfaces. When ultrasmooth surfaces and finishes on the order of microns are required, lapping and honing machines (precision grinders that run abrasives with extremely fine, uniform grits) are used. In its “finishing” role, the grinder is perhaps the most widely used machine tool. Various styles are available: bench and pedestal grinders for sharpening lathe bits and drills; surface grinders for producing square, parallel, smooth and accurate parts; cylindrical and centerless grinders; center-hole grinders; form grinders; facemill and endmill grinders; gear-cutting grinders; jig grinders; abrasive belt (backstand, swing-frame, belt-roll) grinders; tool and cutter grinders for sharpening and resharpening cutting tools; carbide grinders; hand-held die grinders; and abrasive cutoff saws.