AE-1000 accoustic emission monitoring Grinding wheel balancers: Schmitt Europe Ltd.
Entry level system for grinding machine gap and crash control

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External AE Sensor

In-Spindle AE Sensor

Fluid AE Sensor

Mini AE Sensor

Balance Head AE Sensor



AE Grinding Results

AE Dressing Results



The AE-1000 is the dedicated 2-channel gap and crash controller from SBS. The AE-1000 reports initial contact between the grinding wheel and a new part to the machine control system, so that it can stop wheel in-feed without operator intervention. This can save up to 20% of the typical cycle time. It is simple to use, and features an OLED graphical display with universal icon-driven firmware.

It can also detect and report abnormal contact from an incorrectly loaded part of fixture within milliseconds (crash control), allowing the in-feed to be stopped, avoiding a crash, damage or injury.


machine crash

Pic: Typical damage to a grinding machine that was not fitted with an acoustic gap and crash control. This was caused by an incorrectly loaded fixture.

Position control, used to zero the machine before a grinding or dressing cycle is possible by detecting the edge of the wheel touching a reference point known to the machine CNC. The CNC can therefore determine the exact position and diameter of a changing grinding wheel.

Monitoring for normal acoustic levels during wheel dressing permits the operator or CNC control to:

  • Determine if the wheel is being dressed fully across its width
  • Control the aggressiveness of the process
  • Maintain the quality of a dressed wheel to conserve wheel materials


The AE-1000 works with a variety of SBS acoustic sensors, all of which are easy to retrofit.



AE Monitor : AE-1000 equipment overview

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