The SBS AE -1000 reduces air grinding time and alerts the operator of crash conditions by using proprietary acoustic detection technology to monitor and analyze the high frequency signals generated by the grinding process.

The AE-1000 reports initial contact between the wheel and a new part to the machine control system so it can stop wheel in-feed without operator intervention, which can save up to 20% of the typical cycle time. It can also detect and report abnormal contact from an incorrectly loaded part or fixture within milliseconds, allowing the in-feed to be stopped, avoiding a crash, damage or injury.

Position control, used to zero the machine before beginning a grinding ordressing cycle, is possible by detecting the edge of the wheel touching a reference point known to the machine CNC. The CNC thereby can 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 (1) determine if the wheel is being dressed fully across its width, (2) control the aggressiveness of the process, and (3) maintain the quality of the dressed wheel to conserve wheel material.

The AE-1000 works with a variety of SBS acoustic sensors, all of which are easy to retrofit. They are highly resistant to grinding machine coolants
and grinding paste. Their reaction speeds are significantly faster than traditional methods of spindle load or alternative monitoring devices.

BenefitsTechnical DataManualsDatasheetsFirmware
  • Precise monitoring of the grinding process
  • Rapid, automatic grinding-wheel in-feed
  • Increased productivity by up to 20%
  • Cuts cycle time by eliminating gap time
  • Works with a wide variety of grinding machine types
  • Sensor options accommodate diverse environments
  • Prevents crash conditions, damage, and injury
  • Automates monitoring of wheel-dressing quality
  • Enables CNC machines to re-position wheel at zero
  • Backed by world-class SBS customer service


OLED Graphical Display
User Interface
Universal icon-driven
210mm W x 112mm H x 33mm D

Power Input Requirements

Power Supply
24VDC with terminal block connection, and M5 ground stud
Input Voltage
+22 VDC to +26 VDC at 0.5 A max. Surge protected Negative protected (reverse protected from a non-grounded supply) Fused


CNC/PLC Hardwire Interface (Opto-isolated)
Mode 1 selection Mode 2 selection Front Panel Inhibit Crash Reset
Outputs (Response time: < 5ms)
Mode 1 in-use Mode 2 in-use Trigger-point Active (Gap) Crash
USB 2.0 System status and signal levels in dyne units Analog Output 0-10VDC auto scaling

Acoustic Emission Signal

Graphically Numerically in Dyne units
Four Selectable AE Frequency Bands
50-170 kHz 160-280 kHz 270-390 kHz 380-500 kHz
Gain Control
User selectable 0db – 77db Dual channel design permits two independent configuration modes using one or two sensors. Works with all standard SBS AE sensors

Safety and Environmental

Environmental and Installation Conditions
Pollution degree 2, Installation category II Intended for indoor use only IP54, NEMA 12 Temperature range: 5°C to +55°C Humidity: 0 to 85% relative humidity (non-condensing) throughout temperature range.
Pending Certifications