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Challenge: To eliminate additional processes in the production of guidewires. The conventional process uses several machines to profile a shape in an interventional guidewire.SolutionGlebar eliminated pre- and post- processes by incorporating them on a CAM.2 machine in one operation. Wire can be supplied in cut form or can be l...
Recognized for improving process efficiency, reducing scrap rates, and creating safer work environments, Glebar has delivered innovative grinding solutions to guidewire manufacturers for over 50 years. Our newest automated solution process guidewires from the feeder to a finished part in a single operation.Current Process & ChallengesLegacy gri...
ChallengeConverted OD grinders with custom tooling and soft grinding wheels all of which wear at a high rate. Setup and changeover time is significant and requires extensive mechanical adjustments. Parts, in most cases, must be taped for handling requiring additional steps in the production process. Primary cut leaves a large ID...
ChallengeConverted OD grinders with custom tooling and soft grinding wheels all of which wear at a high rate. Setup and changeover time is significant and requires extensive mechanical adjustments. Parts, in most cases, must be taped for handling requiring additional steps in the production process. Primary cut leaves a large ID...
ChallengeConverted OD grinders with custom tooling and soft grinding wheels all of which wear at a high rate. Setup and changeover time is significant and requires extensive mechanical adjustments. Parts, in most cases, must be taped for handling requiring additional steps in the production process. Primary cut leaves a large ID...
The Somex Automation High-Pressure Hydrostatic Burst Tester is a standalone unit using the hydrostatic principle, capable of generating test pressures in excess of 70 bar and burst testing a wide range of products. Versions with air or other pressure media instead of water can be provided.  Key Features Versions...
The Somex Automation Hot-Flo Heat Box is a benchtop Catheter Hot Air Nozzle System. The Heat Box features a digital readout of airflow, a ready lamp for temperature and airflow, and options for Enhanced Control & Monitoring of process parameters. It is available in two configurations: Compact and Umbilical. Ke...
The Tridex MCS-12 Single Axis Burr Free Electrochemical (ECG) Cutoff Machine features completely burr-free cutting, virtually eliminating the need for deburring or other corrective secondary operations and reducing scrap. Almost all metals can be cut burr-free with ECG making it an attractive option for cutting medical, aeros...
The Tridex CS1-EA Hybrid Burr-Free Electrochemical (ECG) & Precision Abrasive Cutoff Machine combines the best of the CS1-A Precision Abrasive and CS1-E Electrochemical Cutoff machines into one robust and compact design. The hybrid design provides flexibility depending on the part being cut. Metal tubes and...
https://vimeo.com/301846229 Challenge: A food equipment manufacturer approached Glebar to improve productivity and reduce costs for their food filler machines. The metal spout requires grinding for several reasons. They come in contact with food, therefore requiring a smooth finish for sanitary purposes. The tubes ar...
Current Process:The grinding of stainless-steel shafts used for Hydraulic Spring Lifters was outsourced. This resulted in higher costs, as well as quality and consistency issues.Challenges:Deliver an in-house process to automatically grind a high volume of stainless-steel shafts used for Hydraulic Spring Lifters. The process h...
Current ProcessZirconium tubes are cut one at a time using carbide tools on a lathe. A lathe cutoff leaves burrs requiring deburring to achieve a smooth surface finish. Carbide tooling wears quickly when cutting zirconium and is expensive. ChallengesDeliver a cost-effective process to cut zirconium tubes which reduces the numbe...
Challenge: The customer was outsourcing grinding of components and came to Glebar looking for a way to reduce lead times on parts, reduce costs, and bring grinding capability in-house.Original challenge was to thrufeed 1-½” diameter, 15’ aluminum tubes removing 0.003”-0.006” per pass. The second requirement was for th...
Challenge: To accurately grind alumina spacers used in nuclear power plant control rods. The length of the components are extremely critical to the efficiency of the fuel rod. The components need to be processed at a high rate and length verified for all parts.SolutionA DD-7 double disc grinder was configured with 0.1 micron ...
Challenge: To grind two mating metal components, with a tight clearance requirement between their surfaces, to create a powered arthroscopic shaver used in orthopaedic joint surgeries.SolutionIn this application, two tubes are assembled, with as minimum a gap between the two parts as possible ‐sometimes as small as 0.0005...