Mini Thread Grinder Targets Small Parts

With a work envelope of 100 mm × 100 mm, Drake's GS:TE-Mini thread grinder is aimed at higher-volume, precision threaded parts manufacturers in the cutting tool, automotive, aerospace and medical equipment industries. A recently shipped "Mini" with the company's fast-cycling autoloader was configured to grind M0. 8-0.

With a work envelope of 100 mm × 100 mm, Drake's GS:TE-Mini thread grinder is aimed at higher-volume, precision threaded parts manufacturers in the cutting tool, automotive, aerospace and medical equipment industries.

A recently shipped "Mini" with the company's fast-cycling autoloader was configured to grind M0.8-0.25 taps for threading holes in cell phone circuit boards. This machine is especially good for grinding small taps, thread rolls, thread gages, worms, ballscrews, e-steering components, aerospace fasteners and surgical bone screws.

The finder comes equipped with PartSmart menu-driven software with customer's parts pre-programmed into its system. No programming knowledge is needed. The operator follows the screen prompts and enters the values.

With a cell-friendly footprint, the grinder is easily integrated into manufacturing cells. At 1.2 m wide × 1.8 m deep and weighing 3,000 kg, the Mimi can be moved around the shop easily via forklifts.