AS Grinding Steady Rests Increase Envelope Accessibility

Originally titled 'Grinding Steady Rests Increase Envelope Accessibility'

Kitagawa-NorthTech Inc.’s AS series of grinding steady rests are designed and engineered for grinding applications and feature narrow retractable arms for automated part loading as well as many other capabilities for grinding applications.

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Kitagawa-NorthTech Inc.’s AS series of grinding steady rests are designed and engineered for grinding applications. The steady rests feature narrow retractable arms for automated part loading as well as many other capabilities for grinding applications.

The narrow retractable arms prevent interference with oil hole journals and provide vertical loading of the workpiece. Available in standard gripping diameters from 0.39” (10 mm) to 5.59” (142 mm) range, the steady rests can accommodate eccentric throw with body modifications for crank lobe clearance, the company says.

According to the company, key features and benefits include: a steady rest with retractable arms for overhead gantry/robot loading; suitability for crank shaft, cam shaft and cylindrical grinding applications where vertical load is a requirement; high accuracy, with three-point finely adjustable centering capability; modular regrindable carbide or relappable PCD work rest pads; suitability for pass-through grinding capabilities; and provisions to accommodate attenuating in-process gaging (IPG).