Tool grinding machines are nowadays operated fully automatically. They are utilized, among others, for sharpening drill bits, knife blades, milling cutters, and lathe tools etc.
The highest form of automation is the grinding machine with integrated measurement control, where measurements are performed at regular intervals and the grinding process is subsequently adjusted accordingly. The measurements can be scanned or selectively taken. In addition, the abrasive tool is brushed and rotated during the grinding operations.