The grinding machine market is expected to keep growing, according to forecasts. New innovations and machines from global players in the sector are in demand and firms are trying to fulfill these calls by constantly updating their product portfolio.
The global grinding machinery market is forecast to reach $5.43 billion by 2021 and grow at a CAGR of close to 4% in the period 2017-2021, according to a report by Technavio, a leading market research company. The most dominating regions in terms of consumption of grinding machinery include Americas, Europe and more recently APAC, with the rise of industrial growth across diverse manufacturing sectors such as automotive, aerospace, and shipbuilding. Some of the leaders in the global grinding machinery market include Amada Machine Tools, Anca and Junker.
Amada in the market
Amada Machine Tools recently exhibited grinders at Emo Hannover 2017, namely, GLS-150GL, its optical precision profile grinder and Meister-G3, the company's high precision forming grinder. GLS-150GL offers a high accuracy wheel and elevation table. The 155-mm wheelhead stroke and 400-min, one high-speed reciprocation (limited stroke) and has the capacity to handle a wide variety of workpieces, the company says.
This is enhanced with a wide array of accessories and a large-capacity wet grinding splash guard system. It also comprises a standard high-power spindle (6,000 min-1) that is compatible with large diameter grinding wheels and allows the installation of TC-20 (20,000 min-1) depending on workpieces to be ground. The machine’s centre-of-gravity bed design optimises the layout of jack bolts and ribs, while eliminating deflection in the centre and simultaneously increases static accuracy. The high-precision forming grinder, Meister-G3 provides high speed table reciprocation.
The company's proprietary positioning scale and hydraulic servo system can achieve 250-min one high-speed reciprocation to significantly increase grinding efficiency. The machine also offers optical linear scale for high-accuracy positioning. The vertical axis is accurately positioned by fully-closed feedback using a linear scale of 0.05 μm resolution (optional for Meister-V3). Lastly, the installed heat-insulating cover can cope with thermal symmetry structure and environmental change and assure work safety.
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