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Ball Bearing Spindles

Super Precision Ball Bearing Spindles

There are two families of spindles to consider, they have common advantages: that the shafts are made of hardened EN41, giving maximised strength, high surface hardness, (meaning journals and quill locations are never damaged). Ground threads ensure perfect alignment. Dynamic balancing is done to a level better than G0.5, (a level much better than normal industry standard). Beyond this each have other different advantages.

1. High Speed Internal Spindles

Internal Spindles use the currently available ceramic balled bearings. These allow higher speeds for any particular bearing size. This in turn allows larger section shafts and quills; with the benefit of extra stability, and load bearing, this in turn allowing faster grinding in production. In addition, great care is taken with labyrinth design, ensuring greater protection from coolant ingression.

2. Workhead And Wheelhead Spindles

Traditionally workhead and wheelhead spindles were made with plain white metal bearings, this technology is 'ancient history'. The currently available angular contact bearings, give the same running accuracy as the original design, but with a much greater degree of certainty, also conferring other advantages:

Much longer life, hence reduction in servicing requirement. Also totally avoiding the problems that extreme temperature changes, have with white metal bearings.

The designs are also very ingenious, and relocate the position of the bearings longitudinally. This means that the main front support bearings on workhead spindles are brought forward reducing the distance to the chuck by 33%, this has a double benefit: both increasing the support of the chuck, and increasing the distance between front and back bearings, improving the aspect ratio, and strength. This is achieved whist leaving the live bearing position unaltered.

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