Deciding what type of grinding machine will best fit your business can be overwhelming, to say the least. Take into account available variations on centerless and surface grinders, as well as special-purpose and custom-built machines, and you’re presented with many dozens of choices. So how do you narrow them down?
A good place to start is to have a very clear idea of what task you need the grinder to accomplish, and how often it will be used. This depends on your line of work. Do you need an all-purpose grinder for grinding different parts without changing over the tooling? Perhaps you want to expand the grinding work you’re doing or complement a machine, or machines, that you already have. Generally, these types of machines can adequately handle low to moderate productions levels at fairly accurate tolerances. Or, are you a manufacturing business with a project that requires high production volumes and extremely tight tolerances. The intended purpose and frequency of use can make a big difference as to the type of grinding machine you need.
Once you identify your grinding needs, there are many other variables to be determined that relate to your grinder selection, such as the type of grinding wheel, single or double disk, infeed or throughfeed and so forth. If you need a high-production, high precision grinder, then the experts at Koyo Machinery USA can help.
The Koyo Way
When you choose Koyo Machinery for your grinding needs, we have a few factors we take into consideration when determining what grinders we recommend. We usually start with the part type and the specific areas to be ground. With that, we will be able to determine what kind of grinding machine you need; whether that’s surface, centerless, or special. If you can supply the following details and provide a part drawing, our onsite applications engineer will analyze and make the best recommendation for your needs.
- Blank size
- Stock removal
- Desired accuracy (roundness, cylindricity, perpendicularity, cycle time, size tolerance, required volume, working hours, etc.)
There are plenty of other general factors that are often overlooked and should be considered when you’re looking for the right grinder. Those factors include:
- Parts availability (Are parts coming from overseas? Will they be backordered?)
- Service for onsite repairs (Is service local or overseas? What is the response time, languages spoken, hours of availability and expertise level?)
- Warranty (If one is offered, duration covered and items covered?)
- Vastness of product offering (Some parts may require more than one type of grinding. Can machines be combined in a line and use a conveyance system without height transfer?)
Koyo is a world leader in the development and manufacture of custom centerless, surface, and specialty grinders, and we can help you easily choose the right machine for your business. Our team of experts will be able to properly assess the scope of your project and have the ability to recommend the most cost-efficient and durable grinding machine for your business. Contact us today to request a free consultation!