UNITED GRINDING's seven-stop S11 North American tour, which took place between February and April 2014, was a resounding success.
Starting on the USS Yorktown in South Carolina and ending on the Queen Mary in California, the tour welcomed hundreds of manufacturers from coast-to-coast to experience the latest innovations in cylindrical and tool grinding technology as well as gain valuable industry insight.
As the star of the tour, the new S11 cylindrical grinding machine demonstrated a level of precision and productivity that amazed even the most experienced grinding specialists. As the smallest machine in the STUDER portfolio, the S11 produces workpieces up to 7.9" in length and 2" in diameter.
Serving as a special guest on most of the tour stops, the WALTER HELITRONIC MINI AUTOMATION tool grinding machine showcased how its advanced 5-axis technology handles the precise, high-volume production of end mills, drills, step drills, step tools, profile blades and profile tools with diameters that range from 0.04" to 0.63".
The S11 and HELITRONIC MINI AUTOMATION performed demonstrations together at stops in Greer, S.C. (Feb. 19 and 20); Livonia, Mich. (March 12 and 13); Itasca, Ill. (March 26 and 27) and Los Alamitos, Calif. (April 22 and 23), while the S11 was solo at the stops in Rochester, N.Y. (Feb. 26 and 27) and Brecksville, Ohio (March 5 and 6).
During the Canadian leg of the tour (April 8 and 9), UNITED GRINDING discussed the two machines as part of a comprehensive "Grinding Seminar" in Woodbridge, Ontario. The event offered 23 presentations on a wide variety of grinding-related topics, from match grinding to advancements in PCD tool manufacturing to multi-process grinding.
According to survey feedback, countless attendees reported these events were well worth it, with several noting they received substantial industry knowledge and the presentations were well done in a friendly atmosphere.
If you missed out on the S11 Tour, please contact your UNITED GRINDING regional sales manager to get caught up on the latest advancements in cylindrical and tool grinding technology.