Grinding is a way of refining the raw metal of bar stock. Companies may grind bar stock for a variety of reasons to aid manufacturing firms or construction agencies. The grinding process uses a variety of different cutting mechanisms to remove any unnecessary components from the stock. Find out more about what to consider when it comes to getting the best result.
How Does It Work?
Bar stock should be thoroughly ground for best results, and it's generally done by working with a grinding machine. Say you have bar stock that is around 12 feet long or so. It will go into a grinding mechanism that is sandwiched between the grinding and regulating wheels. The wheels will rotate and automatically feed more of the bar into the mechanism, so no external force needs to be used. You'll need to use a lot of coolant because each grain on the surface of the grinding wheel will interact with the material to produce a lot of heat. The high level of abrasion (depending on the material you use) will definitely make for a lot of energy expended.
Finding the Right Methods
Different materials will require different grinding wheels to be used, and the grinding wheel will wear down over time. The operator has to be aware of how the grinding wheel is reacting to the material at all times, and keep an eye on the level of wear to know when it needs to be replaced. A ground bar stock that needs to be straightened can be completed with an automated straightening machine which runs the material through two rollers. It the bar is too large, it will need to be straightened by hand. This can be done with a dial indicator that will show where the bar is curved. The straighter the bar is, the less vibration is used during the grinding process. It ultimately increases production because the machine runs faster and more efficiently.