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Fine-Grinding Machines Process Several Thousand Parts per Hour

Supfina has expanded its line of fine-grinding machines to include the Spiro F5 and the Spiro F12, both of which make their North American debut at IMTS 2018. Along with the Spiro F7, the three machines provide customized solutions for the "batch mode" processing of a wide range of parts.

From aluminum to steel, or any other material, the Spiro series can achieve highly precise plane parallelism (≤ 1.0 µm) for precision bearings, pump gears, and valve plates -- to name but a few of the part types that can be processed. And because parts can be machined up to 20 times faster than lapping and with more precision than double-disk grinding, costs per unit are reduced substantially. Depending on the part's material, dimensions, starting surface finish, and removal requirements, a single Spiro can fine-grind several thousand parts per hour.

For plane-parallel fine grinding on both sides, parts are loosely placed in carriers that have teeth on the outside diameter. An inner pin ring rotates the carriers as they shift on a stationary outer pin ring in an orbiting manner. Machining takes place between two rotating grinding wheels (lower and upper). The optimal machining force is applied by the upper wheel.

The smaller F5 can process parts with diameters of 4 mm to 150 mm and thicknesses of 0.3 mm to 50 mm, while the larger F12 can accommodate parts with diameters of 6 mm to 420 mm and thicknesses of 1 mm to 100 mm. (The midsize F7 is suitable for parts with diameters and thicknesses of 5 mm to 220 mm and 0.6 mm to 80 mm, respectively.)

Because the Spiro eliminates water from the cooling process, there's no chance of contamination -- thus drastically cutting costs (the coolant is also recycled). The machines' sturdy base keeps vibration to a minimum, greatly reducing tool wear, while their modular, ergonomic design allows quick tooling changes and easy accessibility. For example, the upper part of the machine swivels completely out of the work area, allowing fast loading and unloading of parts as well as easy maintenance.

A high-precision, indirect measuring system (probe and anvil) guarantees optimal process results that can be duplicated from batch to batch, thus increasing yield. That's because such factors as coolant temperature and abrasive contamination do not affect the measuring system.

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