SCHNEEBERGER VAS filtration system

In April of 2011, our long time customer replaced his older NORMA NC4 with a new ARIES ENP4 to grind the carbide bits used in the Yates American Heavy Duty Double Rough Surfacer. Yates American located in Beloit Wisconsin can be proud of one of the richest histories in wood working machinery. SCHNEEBERGER VAS filtration system Since 1883 Yates American offers planermatchers, double rough-surfacers, end matchers, rip saws, grinders, tooling heads, milled-to-pattern bits, planer knives, and other specialized woodworking tools. The surfacer head design includes the use of interchangeable carbide bits which are prepared and ground at the Beloit facility on the SCHNEEBERGER grinding machines. After brazing, the bits need to be top and face ground, at times removing stock reaching .02” to .04”. The heavy stock removal as well as long grinding cycles presented the problem of carbide collection and contaminated grinding oil. The oil, heavy with black sludge had to be cleaned fast and efficiently, yet without breaking the budget. SCHNEEBERGER offered the new and innovative VAS double vessel system with integrated magnetic separator to complete the turn key installation. The super strong magnetic rods remove the bulk of the contamination, carbide collects around the rods. The filter vessels after 2 years of heavy use show no significant contamination. Since the contaminated coolant pushes from the outside in, some carbide is caking at the very bottom of the lower filter cartridge the upper unit has hardly any contamination. The lower filter cartridge weighs in at 14lbs wet, while a new cartridge is hardly 4 lbs dry. The lower filter is significantly heavier than the one on top indicating that all the carbide was caught in the lower half first. The original filter cartridges where exchanged only for the purpose of this article, no back up pressure has indicated clogged filters. The continues life expectancy could easy be another 2 years of filter use. The enclosed pictures shows the filter cartridge for display and as a testimonial of the effectiveness of the new SCHNEEBERGER VAS filtration system. The VAS system is offered with 1, 2 or 4 filter vessels as well as optional chiller system to maintain coolant temperature.


A long-term, successful partnership.

In 1979, M. Marcel Courteille founded the company SAFREC Alençon. It all started with a manual machine for sharpening tools. Three years later there were already 10 employees working in the 300 m2 large facility. SAFREC grew and grew, from a regional re-sharpening operation into a service operation, active across several regions and in 1989 formed the company AFIMA in Laval. By that time, the workforce has doubled to 20 employees.

Official opening party at the new premises of J. SCHNEEBERGER Service Italia

No dinner jackets or evening gowns but instead a whole lot of fun and sports activities characterised our Italian subsidiary opening party in Affi (VR) this summer. We were delighted to welcome over 200 guests from all over Italy on a fabulous summer’s day at Lake Garda. With over 20 years of presence in Italy, the local team has not only provided their customers with professional support with machinery and services, but also been able to develop a personal and friendly relationship with their business partners. Thanks to this spirit, J.SCHNEEBERGER Service Italia srl were able to organise and host an exceptionally enjoyable opening celebration. On the morning of Saturday the 5th of July, the customers together with family were invited to gather at the company’s new headquarters. A guided bicycle tour and walk through the gentle, beautiful hills of the Garda region was the first activity on the agenda. Divided into «performance groups» hikers,family cyclists and sports enthusiasts, the tour started with the destination of Villa Giuliani. The different groups met up again in the gardens of the 18th century estate for a picnic. Despite arriving under their own steam the happy troop found enough energy for some other sports and games in this marvellous setting. Returning to the company headquarters in the late afternoon, a luxurious buffet awaited the guests, with food and drink along with open air musical entertainment.
In the new 1,500 m2 company building there is plenty of space for production, storage and office areas to meet all J. SCHNEEBERGER Service Italia srl’s activities. Totalling an area of some 6,000 m2, the duties of the Italian subsidiary are not only restricted to provide customer service, but for many years the experienced team of mechanics have been carrying out complete overhauls of used machines. This includes the installation of new filter systems for clean grinding coolant as well as filter overhauls. SCHNEEBERGER Italia also offers standard programming courses or individual customer training. The office building with the generous customer reception area and a well equipped show room for machine demonstrations and grinding tests, merges seamlessly into the bright production hall. Today there are 16 employees working at the company headquarters in Affi. With such a great and local technical competence, combined with the new facilities, SCHNEEBERGER has solidified their strong market position as the leader in Italy. The party also provided the opportunity to present the latest grinding machines from SCHNEEBERGER to the interested audience. The ngc with 7-position automated grinding wheel changer and integrated tool loader which was introduced for the first time at this year’s GrinTec in March. The rigid and powerful machine meets all the requirements of today’s markets perfectly – this according the positive feed-back from our customers. Ngc, the new generation of universal and extremely compact grinding machines. The dynamics and precision of modern drive technology combined and balanced with carefully dimensioned and designed mechanics. A powerful direct drive grinding spindle with internal cooling provides up to 13 kW grinding power. Wheel arbor interface uses HSK50 clamping as well as long generous axis travels for extra long tools. We would like to thank all of our visitors again for coming and making this day such an enjoyable and successful event.


TREKKING & BIKE Tour in Garda Lake Hills

AFFI, Via Monte Baldo 30,  Saturday, 5TH July 2014



10:00 a.m.
Arrival at the new company address J.SCHNEEBERGER ITALIA

Choose of the activity group: trekking or biking Distribution of mountain bikes and backpacks for picnic


11:00 a.m.
Departure of the TREKKING group Easy 5 km-trail through the morainic hills in direction to Lake Garda


11:15 a.m.
Departure of the groups BIKE FAMILY and BYKE EXPERT Trail for 15 km through the morainic hills in direction to Lake Garda


12:30 a.m.
All 3 groups meet at the hilltop ROCCA DI GARDA Picnic on the green


01:30 p.m.
Departure of the group BYKE EXPERT 30 km on cycle tracks and return to the company


03: 00 p.m.
Departure of the groups TREKKING and BIKE FAMILY and return to the company


04:00 p.m.
The groups come together at the company Welcome drink with music


05: 00 p.m.
Special buffet with typical Lake Garda products


08:00 p.m.
Fare well



Instead of activities just join us for the evening

Please bring your own activity sport-clothes and trekking-shoes

After sport activity you have the possibility to take a shower

The TREKKING and BIKE FAMILY tracks are for everyone, also for children

If you like to stay overnight contact us for B&B reservation and for tickets for GARDALAND (game park) for families with children

GrindTec 2014, Premiere with Celebrities

On the opening day of GrindTec, Schneeberger’s trade show booth greeted celebrities from politics and business; there was a world premiere to celebrate. State Secretary, Franz Josef Pschierer, the General Secretary of the Central Association of German Trades, Holger Schwannecke, and the president of theFDPW, Jürgen Baldus played a central role at this premiere.


The machines from the new ngc series were exhibited in three different versions.


The large audience, consisting of trade show visitors, journalists and
photographers, also had sufficient opportunity to take a close-up look at the new machines and to experience the technical details of the new development. The party occasion was accompanied by an accomplished concert pianist and a tasty aperitif.

GrindTec 2014, trade fair review

The world premiere of the new ngc machine series was the crowd pleaser at Schneeberger’s trade show booth. The machine design really does give everything one could wish for. What was shown here in a compact foot print is evidence of really mature performance in precision machine engineering. Despite the low profile and smooth silhouette, axis travels and usable work envelope have grown bigger. As an option, an integrated wheel changer with 7 wheel flanges including corresponding coolant manifolds is available to further increase the flexibility of the machine. The offered options include the integrated tool loader. The tool pallet is 300 x 300 mm and, for example, large enough to hold up to 135 tools with a 12 mm diameter. Even at a first glance, you can see that stability, rigidity and dynamic where first consideration in designing the machine. Together with a 10 kW (13 Hp) and HSK50 interface grinding spindle, the machine will provide best and productive grinding results.

There were also established and proven machines with new developments to be seen at the Schneeberger booth. Large machines, small exhibits and a lot of software «know-how» was on display. Double sided machining of indexable inserts using the cup wheel grinding approach and our cartridge clamping system was demonstrated on the SIRIUS; The 6-axis loading robot was used to support the process. Stock Removal and surface quality reached highest quality.

Carbide taps were completely manufactured in one tool clamping on tap. Flute and thread grinding with profile formed wheels using the onboard profile dressers. The machines with linear motors and 400 mm grinding wheel processed tools up to 80 mm in diameter and 250 mm in length. The large wheel can be accurately balanced during the grinding process using the automatic balancing system.

Large tools were machined on CORVUS at the Schneeberger booth. The bba model was exhibited with 1700 mm axis travel. Spiral tools and roll dies were the subject of the demonstration. With up to 3000 mm axis travel length and a peak power of 40 kW, this machine is ideally suited to master the most demanding grinding challenge.

On a GALILEO measuring machine it was shown how geometrical data from a wheel packages can be effortlessly transferred to the grinding machine using an embedded Balluff chip. Smaller exhibits like the clamping system for bevel gear cutters, the display to true up shock wheels or the presentation of grinding gear racks demonstrated the multitude of activities which Schneeberger covers.

Schneeberger’s QUINTO grinding software also thrilled every Software enthusiasts with its pathQreator and clearenceQreator functions. It is all about creating individual clearance forms or the development of a new grinding paths using standard default path templates. This allows users to create their own grinding Ingenuity and his personal technology. The programmer is supported with real-time simulation graphics. We were delighted to welcome every one of the many visitors to our booth and thank our customers and all the interested parties for their visit. Until the next time!

SEW Industrial Gears (Tianjin) drives China forwards

With the NORMA tool grinding machine, Schneeberger was able to deliver a flexible and precise grinding machine to SEW Industrial Gears (Tianjin) Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of the world leading group for drive automation.

SEW Eurodrive has provided its customers with innovative solutions for drive automation for over 80 years. Quality and excellent service are the focus of the company renowned for its reliability and precision in drive systems. SEW’s high standard products means that systems are produced with high performance and excellent engineering. Tool maintenance plays a central role in the production process where the most modern milling centres and gear cutting machines are in use...

Knifes and special production parts

The flexible machine kinematics, the individual in-house software development and experienced staff of specialist’s at Schneeberger make the difference when it comes to the implementation of specific grinding tasks.


Schneeberger has met the needs of the Italian market for more than 20 years for numerous medium-sized companies and ensured their economic success by specialisation and innovation. Schneeberger offers custom solutions with the result that these companies can produce products responding to the market demands in an economical and productive way...

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