250 x 32 x 76.2mm - Type 1 Straight
21A60CD14+V35 Brand - 'SWATY'
Difficulties with rubber grinding
Due to the clogging of rubber on the grinding face, rubber grinding is proven to be one of the hardest processes for experienced engineers. With the friction that is generated from rubber on rubber contact and the poor thermal conductivity of rubber, excessive heat is generated whilst grinding. If the wheel is not dressed regularly this excessive heat can lead to wheel cracks and breakage. This problem is most acute whilst using vitrified grinding wheels on soft rubbers.
In general rubber grinding is easier the harder the rubber is, for example, ebonite can be quite easily ground with a conventionally structured vitrified wheel (although not ideally recommended due to the thermal shock thats created).
For hard rubbers (80 - 90 shore A) a resin bonded wheel would be recommended. This softer resinoid type wheel should be the only product a wheel manufacturer should offer as a starting point for unproven grinding configurations.
Always request a manufacturers wheel specification based upon the rubbers' material data spec. A good starting point for grinding hard rubbers would be C46 K7B (C = Silicon Carbide, 46 = Grit size, K = Hardness of wheel, 7 = Porosity (The higher the number the larger the porosit), B = Resinoid Bonded).
Softer rubbers commonly used on printing rolls present the greatest difficulty for the experienced engineer. The materials tend to be inherently tacky and extremely elastic. This tackiness clogs the wheel very rapidly leading to excessive heat generation.Typical materials of this type include Nitrile, Nitrile PVC, EPDM, Chloroprene (Neoprene), Chlorosulfonated polyethylene rubber (Hypalon), Polyurethane rubber etc. Hardness for these type of materials can vary from 20 - 70 Shore A.
Starting point for the safest and most effective way to grind these particular rubbers is to start with a resin bonded buble alumina wheel. The porosity of the wheel allows the wheel to cut without clogging - also allows heat dissipation.
A good starting recommendation for rough grinding soft rubbers would be WA24 K7B (WA = White Aluminium Oxide, 24 = Grit size, K = Hardness of wheel, 7 = Porosity (The higher the number the larger the porosit), B = Resinoid Bonded).
A good starting recommendation for finish grinding soft rubbers would be WA60 K7B (WA = White Aluminium Oxide, 60 = Grit size, K = Hardness of wheel, 7 = Porosity (The higher the number the larger the porosit), B = Resinoid Bonded).
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