Jones & Shipman UltraGrind 2000 Provides 2-meter Grinding Capacity

The Hardinge Grinding Group introduces a new 2-meter capacity, UltraGrind 2000 grinding machine manufactured by Jones & Shipman, a Kellenberger Company, which is a subsidiary of Hardinge Inc. The new UltraGrind 2000 will be demonstrated at IMTS 2012, September 10-15 at Hardinge Group's booth, S-8148.

The machine design is based on Jones & Shipman’s rugged, smaller capacity model, but features a new wheelhead design to provide customers a wide choice of external and internal grinding spindle combinations, effectively creating a custom machine, but without the cost and build time associated with it. The wheelhead offers wheel sizes up to Ø500 x 100mm and wheel spindle power up to 11kW.

“The ongoing need for high geometric accuracy with quick changeovers on cylindrical grinding machines was a key factor in the development of the robust Jones & Shipman UltraGrind series,” states Jeff Hilliard, Grinding Sales Manager, Hardinge Inc. “Hardinge is excited to have the opportunity to demonstrate the 2-meter machine at IMTS.”

The UltraGrind was designed with manufacturers of precision components in-mind; companies that have to produce complex precision parts, particularly in small-to-medium size volumes, and need maximum flexibility. Flexibility combined with ease-of-use improves productivity, keeping component prices competitive and matching some high-volume production systems that rely on using multiple machines.

Photo Image: Compressor rotor being ground on a Jones & Shipman UltraGrind 2000. This component is used with a mating rotor to pump gas along major pipelines.

The UltraGrind 2000 CNC grinding machine is ideal for production environments including aerospace, defense, energy, tool room, motorsport, automotive volume production and general engineering applications. For more information, contact Hardinge Inc. at 800.843.8801 or visit www.hardinge.com.

About Hardinge Inc.

Hardinge is a global designer, manufacturer and distributor of machine tools, specializing inSUPER- PRECISION(TM) and precision CNC Lathes, high performance Machining Centers, high-end cylindrical and jig Grinding Machines, and technologically advanced Workholding &Rotary Products. The Company's products are distributed to most of the industrialized markets around the world with approximately 74% of the 2011 sales outside of North America. Hardinge has a very diverse international customer base and serves a wide variety of end-user markets. This customer base includes metalworking manufacturers which make parts for a variety of industries, as well as a wide range of end users in the aerospace, agricultural, transportation, basic consumer goods, communications and electronics, construction, defense, energy, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and recreation industries, among others. The Company has manufacturing operations in the United States, Switzerland, Taiwan, and China. Hardinge's common stock trades on NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol, "HDNG." For more information, please visit http://www.hardinge.com