The S31 is a cylindrical grinding machine for the individual, small-batch, and large-scale production of short to long-sized workpieces.
Moldmaking is characterized by small batch sizes and short changeover times with increasing complexity and harder materials. Almost every mold component needs to be ground, including mold base plates, sprue bushings, leader pins, bushings, core and cavity plates, inserts, lifters, slides, gibs, wear plates, ejector pins, core pins, date wheels, etc. So, a mold shop may be equipped with several different automatic and manual surface grinders—manual surface grinder, CNC surface grinder, tool-and-cutter grinders, jig grinder, centerless grinder, ID-OD grinder and Blanchard grinder.
United Grinding offers a wide range of machines available for this demanding manufacturing niche whether the mold builder needs perfectly polished radii for food and beverage applications or the multi-axis flexibility for highly precise mold threads—the MÄGERLE, BLÖHM, STUDER, SCHAUDT and MIKROSA grinding machines.
United Grinding held its IMTS press event virtually as part of IMTS Spark, and they get moldmaking. This company understands that mold and die manufacturing is a job for specialists with unique challenges that the right grinding machine can tackle.
Here are two key questions answered during the press conference:
Q: The surface grinding department in a mold shop is critical to the quality of a mold. Surface finish is very important in moldmaking and grinding is a key process for this challenge, so what new or improved features and functions does United Grinding technology offer to address the surface finish needs of today’s mold builders?
A: Mold builders are inherently craftspeople and often one person is working a manual machine to get the surface finishes he requires. All of our equipment has the flexibility to change grinding wheels automatically. For example…