A Review of Factory Swaty Development
Grinding wheels factory Swaty was established by chemist Franz Swaty in 1879 so that it is one of the oldest European producers of grinding tools.
At the beginning the production was based on a patented procedure for production of grinding wheels in mineral bond. This production was abandoned in 1958 when it was substituted by up to dated production programmes
To meet the increasing demand of industry the production of grinding wheels in vitrified bond was introduced at the end of 1929. The production of grinding wheels in resinoid bond, at present the strongest production line, was started in 1946.
In 1963 a variety of resinoid bonded grinding wheels with integrated glass reinforcements was developed. The products were especially suitable for cutting and grinding at higher peripheral speeds of 80 to 100 m/s. In the same year the flexible cle aning disc Swaty Fibre war launched.
During seventies various new special products suitable for applications at higher peripheral speeds were developed:
- hot pressed resinoid bonded wheels made of alumina zirconias for usage on automatic machines in ironworks,
- cold pressed resinoid bonded snagging wheels for peripheral speed 63 m/s,
- grinding wheels in vitrified bond for peripheral speeds 50 and 60 m/s, designed for special grinding applications.
In 1978 the production of diamond tools in metal bond (diamond saws and cores) was started.
Year 1984 marks the beginning of production of CBN grinding tools in resinoid bond (DIABON programme). Further deve lopment in this field led to the production of diamond tools in metal bond for glass industry as well as to the production of CBN grinding tools in vitrified bond.
It is understood that the development of new types of grinding tools continues.
At present factory Swaty manufactures about fifty thousand different grinding tools and sells them to more than forty countries on all continents.
In 1992 Swaty was transformed into a shareholding company.
In 1997 factory Swaty was awarded ISO 9001 Standard Certificate of Approval for having the quality system in development, production and marketing organized in accordance with the ISO requirements.
In year 2000 factory Swaty as awarded ISO 14001 Standard Certifikate of Approval for having Environmental management systems organized in accordance with the ISO requirements.
In year 2002 Swaty became a member of OSA - Organization for he Safety of Abrasives.