The recent purchase and installation of a new Kent KPG 1524 surface grinder in the tooling facility will bring added efficiency and capability to the mold making operation area, according to Dave Hurley, EDM Group Leader. Hurley said the new grinder is seven times bigger than any other grinder in the plant, with a capacity to grind plates up to 59 X 94.5 inches, and weights up to 6.5 tons
Hurley explained that the grinder will cut costs and eliminate the need to send out jobs, which typically cost Carlson anywhere from four hundred to eight hundred dollars per job, which can add up to almost $90,000 annually. “This will really decrease build time of molds simply because the blocks don’t leave the building,” Hurley said.
Instead of waiting weeks for plates due to backlogs from out sourcing, it will only take several hours.
“Now we control our own schedule on when and how jobs get done. This also lightens the burden of our shipping teams because we don’t have those transport needs.” For its first month of operation, the machine worked on more than 30 plates for Carlson molds. In addition, once Carlson jobs are completed the grinder service could be sold and bring in revenue.
|Capacity||Table Working Area
Distance Between Column
|59 x 95
|Table & Cross Feed||Min. Crossfeed Increment||INCH/time||0.00005|
|Horizontal Head||Spindle Center to Table
Auto Downfeed Increment
Wheel Dimensions (OD x ID x T)
Spindle Motor (OP)
Φ20 x 4 x 8
|Weight & Dimension||Net Weight
Floor Space – Single Wheel Head
Floor Space – Double Wheel Head
413 x 181 x 177
413 x 232 x 177