Grinding processes are used for high- and ultra-high-precision machining, and will in most cases be located at the end of the process chains involved. They guarantee high surface and component qualities. But the requirements for these processes are becoming progressively more stringent, e.g. in regard to the machining of new materials and composites, or also maximised metal removal rates. “Increasing the productivity of these processes will necessitate new advances in terms of tools, machinery, and their production environment, plus of course the processes involved,” points out Prof. Dirk Biermann, Director of the ISF in Dortmund. So these are also the three areas that will be addressed in the Grinding Seminar.

Ongoing developments in the field of grinding technologies

There will be presentations, for example, on layer characterisation, or also on implementing robots in production operations and up-to-the-future dressing machines. The keynote focus this year is on processes featuring capabilities like complete machining by means of laser deposition welding, milling and grinding. Highly qualified experts will also be dealing with layer aftertreatment, reducing wear and tear during grinding, and process design and development.
So at the METAV 2018, there will once again be numerous answers to topical questions themed around grinding. The traditional Dortmund Grinding Seminar epitomises the dialogue between the industrial sector and the research community, where visitors can augment their specialised knowledge and expand their networks. With its numerous exhibitors and its broadly diversified supporting programme, the fair offers an ideal platform for this purpose, says Professor Biermann.