The United Grinding Group recently organised a press conference at the JIMTOF 2016, held at Tokyo, Japan. Addressing the occasion was Stephen Nell, CEO, United Grinding, who spoke on how machines today can become faster & efficient and how saving resources are crucial in the current scenario. According to Nell, “We have a market share of 27% of the relevant grinding market. We are largely present at Japan too. Today, machines are becoming precise to meet the industry requirements. So, we have partnered with renowned universities in Switzerland, making our research available to customers worldwide.” Speaking on STUDER replacing the successful CT models, he opined, “A higher level of technology has been achieved with the new radius grinding machines. This is evident in the machine bed, which now comprises of Granitan® and, thus, offers higher dampening levels, thermal stability and guidance accuracy.”He further highlighted, “The aviation and space industry as well as the automotive sectors are focusing on light-weight yet durable materials, such as high-strength aluminium and carbon fibre-reinforced plastics. Tools with particularly hard blades made of polycrystalline diamond (PCD) and complex geometries are required for machining such materials. There is a clear development in the designing of these tools.” The session was also briefed on Fine Pulse Technology, by Walter Group. Launched in October 2016, this new eroding concept will be installed as standard in all WALTER erosion machines. “This technology introduces a new eroding concept that sets new standards in terms of surface and cutting edge quality and consequently the process reliability of PCD tools,” he added. At JIMTOF 2016, the Group showcased machines including MÄGERLE MFP, MFP 100.
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