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New agencies give Advanced Grinding Supplies the ‘cutting-edge’

November 1st, 2021 10:27 am | by Admin

In addition to being a UK agent for several of the world’s leading cylindrical grinding machine manufacturers, Advanced Grinding Supplies Ltd has earned an excellent reputation for provide an all-embracing grinding related service by acting as a distributor for numerous high-quality grinding tooling and consumable companies.

Since being appointed as the exclusive agents in the UK and Ireland for both Meister Abrasives and Alfons Schmeier Abrasives in 2020, the busy Gloucester-based business has witnessed exceptional levels of sales of the two prestigious brands.

Meister Abrasives offers a broad range of abrasive solutions, from the very smallest bore grinding applications of 1.3 mm diameter up to surface grinding applications using 1,500 mm diameter tools, all to specific customer designs. CBN, DIA, conventional and Ceralox tools are used depending on the application.

Complementing Meister Abrasives’ offering, Schmeier Abrasives provides internal grinding wheels and fine grinding media made of CBN, diamond, silicon carbide and corundum in a ceramic bond, in conjunction with threaded and cylindrical shanks, plus grinding spindle extensions and dressing tools. Satisfying a wide range of uses, the company’s quality grinding tools are offered in sizes from 0.8 mm to 180 mm and are available in a wide variety of shapes.

Advanced Grinding Supplies director Peter Harding enthuses: “Advanced Grinding Supplies’ excellent reputation is founded on the first-class service we provide, our in-depth engineering knowledge and not least the high-quality and cost-effective nature of the products we supply. In addition to providing fist-class technical advice, our skilled staff have access to an unmatched range of grinding related products. Therefore, rather than recommend a ‘best-fit’, compromise product, we are able to provide ideal, cost-effect solutions to our customers needs.

“Further complementing our offering, we were delighted to be appointed as the sole agent for the technically superior Meister Abrasives and Alfons Schmeier Abrasives brands for the UK and Ireland. Many current users of Meister and Schmeier products are companies that we already supply tooling and consumables to, or are users of machines we are UK agents for, such as Studer. Our important new agency lines have proven to represent a perfect fit for our company, ensuring a seamless transition for existing customers and also allowing us to further expand our activities. These two globally renowned brands complete have completed our comprehensive abrasives offering and will continue to deliver a wide range of technical and cost benefits to our customers.”

Advanced Grinding Supplies Ltd
Tel: 0845 0530340
Email: peterharding@adgrind.com


KLINGELNBERG presents high-precision testing technology for all five roll testing methods

November 1st, 2021 9:34 am | by Admin

The Höfler R 300 Cylindrical Gear Roll Testing Machine is the latest machine development from the engineering company Klingelnberg in the area of cylindrical gear technology. Designed for all five roll testing methods, this compact machine is the ideal solution for anyone who wants to combine inspection cycles and reduce disassembly costs while benefiting from a user-friendly design.

Due to the increasing outsourcing of part and component production in large-scale transmission manufacturing, some transmission and vehicle manufacturers now require a certificate of quality for all gears installed in the powertrain. A further driver of ever-higher inspection levels is e-mobility. With the elimination of the combustion engine, there is an even greater focus on the noise behavior of the transmission than before, since the electric motor has a comparatively low masking effect on gear noise. To meet this challenge, Klingelnberg is building on roll testing technology, a familiar method from the bevel gear industry that is now moving into the world of cylindrical gears.

 Only with a flexible test machine can the many quality control requirements for gears be met. Depending on the configuration, the R 300 provides the option of using all five roll testing methods. These include the single flank test, the structure-borne noise test and torsional acceleration test, the double-flank test, and the helix roll test. Thus the R 300 can be used at every point in the production process chain for cylindrical gears, from monitoring the soft cutting to checking the hardening distortions, to evaluating the noise behaviour of the installation-ready gear.

Modular machine design
In terms of axis traversing paths, the Höfler Cylindrical Gear Roll Testing Machine R 300 covers the same component spectrum as the tried-and-tested Höfler Speed Viper Cylindrical Gear Generating Grinding Machine. Gear components up to an outside diameter of 300 mm can be tested, for example. In conjunction with the optional counter support, shafts up to 800 mm in length can be analysed to determine their running performance and noise behaviour. With a minimal footprint of 2 m2, the machine’s compact design also saves costs since it requires very little expensive floor space.

Convenient, user friendly design
The tried-and-tested design of the human-machine interface (HMI), familiar from the cylindrical gear and bevel gear processing machines, also ensures optimal user-friendliness in the R 300. The HMI is equipped with a 19-inch touchscreen, and important functions, such as “clamp and release workpiece”, can be initiated via hardware switches. To make the user navigation as easy as possible, the operator is guided via a process-oriented menu structure to only those windows that are necessary for the specific test task at hand. This contributes significantly to the prevention of input errors and shortens the time required to train new employees.

The R 300 offers the optimal solution for a compact, flexible, and highly precise testing technology for 100-percent quality control of cylindrical gears. The machine was presented for the first time at the EMO Milano trade show.

Founded in 1863, the machine manufacturing firm Klingelnberg is one of the leading companies in the gear industry. Thanks to numerous innovations in the areas of calculation, production, and measuring technology, Klingelnberg considers itself a leader in this industry. With its acquisition of Höfler Maschinenbau GmbH’s core business in 2012, Klingelnberg added machines for machining cylindrical gears to its range of products, reinforcing its position as an integrated systems provider.

Headquartered in Zurich, the machine manufacturing firm currently develops and manufactures at its sites in Zurich, Hückeswagen, and Ettlingen. The company also maintains a presence with sales and service offices and numerous marketing agents all over the world. Klingelnberg solutions are used in the automotive, commercial vehicle, and aviation industries, as well as in shipbuilding, the wind power industry, and the general transmission manufacturing industry. Applications range from vehicle drives, aircraft turbine engines, and cement mill gear units to drive systems for ships and oil rigs.

With over 200 patent grants, the company continuously demonstrates its capacity for innovation. Above and beyond this, its 14001 certification and participation in the VDMA’s Blue Competence initiative give credence to the company’s sustainable, environmentally sound business practices.

UK Agent:
Micronz Precision Grinding Supplies
Tel: 01352 758840
Email: info@micronz.com

STUDER offers its customers a wide variety of automation solutions

February 21st, 2020 12:42 pm | by Admin

STUDER easyLoad for external and universal cylindrical grinding machines


STUDER offers its customers a wide range of automation solutions. The Swiss grinding machine specialists give you an exciting insight into the world of automation; from the entry-level model to a customised solution, everything is offered and implemented.

The history of automation began when people at work started transporting bags and other goods from one place to another using human chains, rather instead of individually. One of the best-known forms of automation was invented by Henry Ford, with the assembly of complete vehicles on an assembly line in 1913.

STUDER offers its customers a wide range of automation solutions. Loaders are available in various price ranges. The more functionality the loader needs to offer, the more complex the loading model becomes.

STUDER easyLoad as a suitable entry-level model
The entry-level models are characterised by solid craftsmanship. They primarily provide a low-cost option for feeding and removing the desired parts to and from the grinding machine.

For the machine types S33, S31, S22 and S41, a loader solution is offered in the shape of a portal loader system with V-gripper. The STUDER easyload loading system is suitable for shaft components up to a part length of 300 mm and a gripper diameter of 4 to 30 mm (max. interfering contour Ø 50 mm). It therefore covers most of the part spectrum produced on these machines. The parts are supplied via a standardised, adjustable synchronised conveyor. The enclosure for the base module, which has been adapted to suit the machine design, enables safe and clean operation of the system.

STUDER easyLoad for external and universal cylindrical grinding machines
In the automation mid-range, where there is still an emphasis on standardisation, STUDER also offers suitable solutions in collaboration with external suppliers. Additional functions such as deburring, brushing or re-measuring ground parts can be offered for automation systems in the mid-range. For example, Wenger Automation & Engineering AG, in addition to the WeStack cell, which is responsible for the automation per se, also offers the WeSpeed cell. As the name suggests, this automation solution ensures quicker loading and unloading of parts on STUDER cylindrical grinding machines. The WeFlex is the flexible all-rounder among the Wenger automation cells, because the replaceable gripper bodies enable changeover from shaft to chuck parts in a flash.

WeStack and WeSpeed cells from Wenger Automation & Engineering AG.
As with cars, there are no upper limits for automation solutions. STUDER has implemented many different combinations of machines and technologies in the past and will also endeavor to do so seamlessly in the future. Other additional functions, such as reading and marking codes on grinding parts as well as sorting them, pre- and re-measurement between grinding cycles and match grinding, are just a few of the options that can be offered.

flexLoad – the loader from the USA
A strong trend towards automation is also evident in the USA. In response, UNITED Grinding North America has developed the flexLoad loading system. The flexLoad (the name stands for flexibility) features a six-axis robot, which can move into the machine on a seventh axis for workpiece changeover. The robot is currently available for the three STUDER models S33, S31 and S41 in the USA.

Fritz Studer AG
Tel: 0141 33 439 1111
Email: info@studer.com