This paper reviews grinding research led by Professor W Brian Rowe at Liverpool John Moores University and at other establishments previously. Research reviewed extends over fundamentals of grinding processes and machine performance carried out over fifty-five years. Topics range from accuracy in centreless grinding and other grinding processes to grinding machine behaviour and high precision grinding machine design including bearing technology. Research also ranges to high-removal rate grinding processes, surface integrity and intelligent process control. This review highlights progress in selected areas and demonstrates that improving product quality allows improved manufacturing productivity.

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