The Jones & Shipman 524 Easy surface and profile grinder meets the requirements of the production environment as well as the accuracy, set up and change-over demands of the toolroom. It also fulfils the criteria of CNC and manual operation, which can be attributed to a GE-Fanuc control system and the company’s ‘Easy’ software. So the machine can function as either a hand/hydraulic controlled machine with manual dressing and no setup procedures, or it can perform fully automatic dressing and grinding cycles, says the company.
With levels of functionality comparable to CNC, ‘Easy’ models feature set up via the touchscreen and user-friendly, icon-based software. The control possesses the capabilities to interpolate two axes simultaneously to provide the creation of complex shapes, angles, radii and surfaces.
The operator can select either manual mode, dress mode or grind cycle mode after at start-up. Grind mode allows from one to 20 grind cycles to be linked as dictated by the complexity of the component, including plunge, multi plunge, area (intermittent or continuous), face grind, plunge and face and multi-plunge and face.
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