Grinding, finishing and dressing – with high-precision, economical solutions that also help to make processes on the customer side more sustainable. Saint-Gobain Abrasives supports industrial production with a complete product portfolio. At GrindTec 2022, the company presented the latest innovations and developments with the Norton and Norton Winter brands. According to the supplier, the new, self-sharpening Norton Quantum PRIME ceramic grit, for example, ensures real leaps in performance.
Martin Büsch, Head of Marketing D-A-CH at Saint-Gobain Abrasives: “Our grinding solutions must meet the high and growing demands of our customers. The tools used must process better and better, faster and more cost-effectively while maintaining the highest quality. Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important factor in the development and use of grinding solutions. The question of how to reduce energy demand and CO2 emissions in industrial manufacturing processes, for example, through the use of innovative abrasives, is crucial given our common challenge to find solutions to tackle climate change and decarbonize industry. To this end, Saint-Gobain Abrasives offers comprehensive service and tailored solution packages for all areas of application. We are continuously developing these to improve their efficiency, precision and thus the overall sustainability of the processes.”
Innovative grain technologies for more productivity
One example is the Norton high-performance grinding wheels, the new Norton Quantum Prime generation. Setting new standards in a wide range of industries and applications is the demand placed on tools equipped with Quantum Prime, for example in external cylindrical, internal cylindrical, creepfeed, surface and double-sided face grinding, as well as in saw sharpening and roll/centerless and slot grinding. At the GrindTec, Saint-Gobain Abrasives presented the service life-extending self-sharpening effect of the grain. Visitors were able to learn in detail about the significant performance leaps in combination with the right binding matrix – such as in Norton Vitrium3.
Another trade fair highlight in the field of grit technology was AltosX: With the new generation of Altos rod corundum, Norton is revolutionizing grinding in many areas of industrial metalworking. The special combination of sintered rod corundum and new microstructure offers extremely high stock removal rates with high metal removal rates at lower power consumption, resulting in significant cost savings in high-precision grinding, such as creepfeed and surface grinding.
Advanced binding formulas
Another focus of the show was Norton Winter Paradigm: diamond grinding wheels made of this highly porous metal bond enable impressive results when grinding carbide, ceramics, quartz and ferrites. Dr. Stefan Kemethmüller, Sales Director Engineering Markets D-A-CH : “The new bond formula puts conventional superabrasive grinding tools as well as standard hybrid tools from the market environment in the shade. It combines all the advantages that allow the user to machine even difficult materials with low power consumption and significantly less grinding time in a process-safe and high-quality manner.”
As an innovation in the field of ceramic bonded CBN grinding wheels, Saint-Gobain Abrasives presented the Vitron7 ceramic bond at the GrindTec. CBN grinding wheels equipped with Vitron7 are significantly more productive thanks to the unique homogeneous grit distribution in combination with the porous bond: The positive properties of the new ceramic bond system ensure particularly cool grinding, which is gentle on the workpieces and ensures material integrity. At the same time, the enormous cutting ability and the significantly extended tool life provide significant performance enhancements, for example, for use in aircraft construction as well as the automotive and tooling industries.”
Innovative solutions for gear grinding
With Xtrimium, Norton has created a technical platform for the targeted design of grinding wheels, for example for generating, profile, worm and bevel gear grinding. The abrasive grain, bond, structure and hardness of the grinding tool are designed precisely for the respective machining process, taking into account the customer’s individual application, machine requirements and process reliability. One example is the Norton Xtrimium-Dual grinding screw. It performs both the actual grinding task for material removal and – with a separate area and a correspondingly adapted specification – a polishing cut. It therefore combines two machining processes in one set-up. This eliminates changeover and adjustment work, shortens production time, and significantly increases quality.
Internal cylindrical grinding is a particularly demanding discipline. With Norton IDeal Prime, the latest generation of internal cylindrical grinding wheels, Saint-Gobain Abrasives increases both productivity and part quality, which combined leads to a significant reduction in process costs.
Economic tool grinding
Free-cutting with cool grinding – also for the PCD and PcBN tool industry, Norton Winter offers the PCX Prime ceramic bond, a high-performance solution for machining super-hard materials. With this efficient diamond-ceramic bond matrix, the challenges in this performance-oriented market environment for more productivity and better surface qualities can be optimally met.