There are many different processes to consider for grinding. For cylindrical pieces, one of the common methods used for both inner and outer surface finishing is cylindrical grinding.
There are several advantages to using this method over other grinding processes. It is a fast process that can be automated to reduce the cost and increase finishing speeds. Understanding the benefits or the advantages of using cylindrical grinding can help to determine if this is the best and most effective option to use.
In any application for a cylindrical part or a component when precision finishing is a requirement, this is the grinding method to use. As the grinding edge will traverse the length of the surface, it can be precisely controlled to the tolerances required. This is also true if there is a need to grind narrow features on the surface as well, which makes it a versatile option in precision metal working.
Working After Hardening
Many types of steel or alloy parts and components will need to be hardened after production. This will add durability and reduce wear and tear on the part. Sometimes, and with specific alloys and metals, the hardening process can actually cause slight distortions to the surface of the metal.
By using cylindrical grinding after hardening, these slight variations in the surface can be corrected through the grinding process. At the same time, there is no reduction in the hardening, ensuring the part is both precise as well as fully hardened to improve performance.
The use of CNC or computer numerical control of cylindrical and other types of grinding processes provides for greater precision to the industry standards or to the Original Equipment Manufacturers specifications. Not all companies can work to high tolerances, so it will be essential to consider a provider that can work to the desired specifications.