While machining processes dominate metal removal for automotive parts manufacturing, trends toward smaller pieces with higher form and finish tolerances are leading manufacturers to consider alternatives. Advances in abrasive grinding materials and processes have made the technology more suited to a range of manufacturing applications.

Cost savings can come from many places – reduced capital expenditure, consumable tooling, logistics, and cycle time. In particular, creep-feed and peel grinding have applications suited to motor vehicle production. The following are examples of customers replacing machining processes with abrasive grinding.

Norton | Saint-Gobain

www.nortonabrasives.com

About the author: David Graham, an applications engineer at Norton | Saint-Gobain, can be reached at david.c.graham@saint-gobain.com.