Company to debut many new grinders and automation that works alongside humans.
MIAMISBURG, Ohio, June 10, 2016 – At IMTS, United Grinding will showcase one of its most advanced surface and profile grinding systems paired with an equally advanced robot that can work side-by-side with humans. Also in booth N-6800, the company will debut several other new grinding systems, including an innovative ID machine with radius grinding capabilities to generate precise radii, spheres, balls, cones and diameters as well as the most compact laser production center in diamond tool manufacturing.
With a FANUC CR-7 Collaborative Robot, the BLOHM PLANOMAT HP 412 surface and profile grinding machine not only provides automated part loading and unloading but also the ability for operators to work alongside the robot. The Collaborative Robot – that does not require any type of safety fencing or light curtains – will aid in handling big heavy parts and allow operators to simply step up and interrupt those operations when needed. The robot will then automatically return to its task.
Automation further increases the already aggressive productivity output of the PLANOMAT HP 412 that delivers both high feed and high acceleration rates thanks to a powerful 15-kW (24.5 kW optional) grinding spindle drive, precision re-circulating ball screws and digital servo drives. The machine’s linear guideways are virtually maintenance free, and its Y and Z axes sport linear glass scales for precise machine motion.
Available with the new EasyProfile control or a Siemens 840D CNC, the six machines within the PLANOMAT HP series provide part grinding size ranges of 400 x 800 mm, 400 x 1,200 mm, 600 x 800 mm, 600 x 1,200 mm, 600 x 1,600 mm and 600 x 2,000 mm. The all-cast-iron machine beds, columns, tables and wheel heads of the PLANOMAT HP machines provide high rigidity and vibration dampening.
As a premier radius internal cylindrical grinding machine, the STUDER S131R at IMTS will feature the StuderGuide® guideway system with linear drive, a fully automatic B axis with direct drive, a swiveling range of - 60 to + 91 degrees and a spindle turret with up to four grinding spindles.
The machine is especially well suited for grinding complex workpieces from extremely hard materials such as tungsten carbide, ceramic and sapphire as well as for general grinding applications. Optimum machine stability and rigidity allows users to generate diameters, cones and transitional radii with polished surface quality via the pendulum method through interpolation of the STUDER S131R’s B and X/Z axes. The S131 has a swing diameter of 300 mm which makes it quite applicable for mold and die grinding. The machine can OD grind up to 160 mm and ID grinds to its full swing diameter as well as to lengths of 177.8 mm.
Conventional grinding and eroding methods are unable to handle the level of precision required for processing complex cutting contours and narrow tool tolerances in CBN, PCD and CVD-D materials, but the new EWAG LASER LINE PRECISION technology provides a powerful alternative to those standard methods. With five mechanical axes, two optical axes and short-pulse fiber-laser technology, the LASER LINE PRECISION can handle all aspects of diamond tool production in a single clamping. Automatic calibration of the axes and a 3D measuring probe with soldering error detection ensure the accurate production of rotationally symmetrical tools up to 7.87" in diameter and 9.84" long as well as indexable cutting insert diameters from 0.12" inscribed to 1.97" circumscribed.
An industrial 20W short-pulse fiber laser with a 532 nm green-wavelength and 1.5 ns pulse duration make the LASER LINE PRECISION ideal for processing superhard materials. Due to the short application time of the laser pulse, the machine’s laser energy feeds into the tool before plasma effects are produced in the machining area.
About UNITED GRINDING North America, Inc.
UNITED GRINDING North America, Inc., a division of the Körber Group, represents a union of the world’s strongest companies in grinding and ultra-precision finishing solutions for the manufacturing industry. Through its Surface and Profile Grinding, Cylindrical Grinding and Tool Grinding technology groups, the company sells and supports precision machines for grinding, eroding, lasering, combination machining and measuring under the MÄGERLE, BLOHM, JUNG, STUDER, SCHAUDT, MIKROSA, WALTER and EWAG brands. Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio with a tool division in Fredericksburg, Virginia, UNITED GRINDING North America, Inc. is ISO 9001 and 14001 certified to ensure quality in product development, production, shipping and support operations. For more information, please visit www.grinding.com.
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