Drake Delivers another Drum Grinder for the Tapered Roller Bearing Industry

WARREN, OH — Drake Manufacturing Services Co., LLC delivered a so-called “Drum” or “Crown” grinder to an Asian manufacturer of tapered roller bearings. The Drum is a threaded steel drive roll used in a centerless grinder to move the tapered rollers across the face of the grinding wheel. The rollers start on one end as rough blanks and emerge on the other as round rollers. The Drums wear over time so the Drake grinder not only grinds threads on new drive rolls, but also re-grinds the threads after they are worn.

This 8-axis precision CNC drum/roll grinder is also called a Crown grinder because the outside diameter of the drive roll is actually shaped like a barrel. The B-axis of the Drake machine pivots during the grind to keep the grinding wheel tangent to the radius surface of the roll. Stig Mowatt-Larssen, Drake’s Director of Research and Development said, “It was rewarding to see another customer’s eyes light up when cycle times on four different Drums ground during runoff at Drake were reduced from 4 hours to just 30 minutes. Our machine design and hydrostatic spindle combination make aggressive grinding possible - even of hardened D2.”

The Drake GS:CG, Grinding System:Crown Grinder, is used by tapered roller bearing manufacturers in the USA and Asia to regrind drums/rolls used in their manufacturing process. The part holding fixture will accommodate most drive, feed, support, and back-up rolls used in tapered roller bearing manufacturing including Cincinnati #2 and #3, Koyo, Nissin, Seibu, and others up to 350mm diameter and 750mm of thread length. It is capable of producing crowns with radii from 1.9m to 999m with lead angles to 5° RH/LH.

Like all Drake machines, the Crown Grinder comes with a simple to use menu system for programming thread forms, part descriptions, as well as grind and dress process parameters. The machine is equipped with linear motors on the work and wheel axes for years of maintenance free operation and high dynamic stiffness for chatter-free finishes.

Drake Manufacturing Services Co., LLC is a global designer and builder of production systems for manufacturers of parts with threads.

For further information:


Nancy Halliday

Marketing Mgr.

Phone: +1-330-847-7291



Drake Manufacturing Services Co., LLC

4371 N. Leavitt Road 

Warren, Ohio 44485 USA

Phone: 330-847-7291 



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