ANCA Expands Michigan Plant by Half
The grinding machine manufacturer serves its American, Mexican and Brazilian customers out of the facility.
ANCA Inc. will be expanding its Wixom, Michigan, plant by half, adding inventory and spare parts warehouse capacity, installing a dedicated customer focus and training center, and doubling its machine demonstration area. The building expansion will total 11,793 square feet. It is scheduled for completion in Spring 2017.
ANCA Inc. is the North American branch of ANCA, a Melbourne, Australia-based designer and builder of advanced high-accuracy CNC grinding machines used to produce precision cutting tools for the automotive, medical, aerospace and general metalworking industries as well as turbine blades, orthopedic implants and power steering shafts. From its Michigan branch, the company also services Mexico and Brazil.
The addition will include an enhanced machine rebuild area and machine configuration area for preparing machines for customer delivery. The expansion will also add to ANCA’s spindle rebuild area and electrical repair facility, permitting the company to respond quickly to customer needs.
Optimizing a camshaft lobe grinding cycle has traditionally been based less on science and more on educated guesswork and numerous test grinds. Now, computer thermal modeling software can predict areas where lobe burning is likely to occur, in order to determine the fastest possible work speed that won't thermally damage lobes and greatly reduce the number of requisite test grinds.
Two enabling technologies -- superabrasive wheels and high precision servo control -- come together to provide a contour grinding process that resembles an OD turning operation. For many medium volume OD grinding applications, this method may be a means to consolidate several manufacturing steps into a single setup.
In vertical grinding, the workpiece is held upright in a rotary chuck with the grinding spindle overhead. This configuration can improve roundness, facilitate single-setup processing and prolong the life of the machine. Loading and unloading may gets easier, too. Workpieces with relatively large diameters and short lengths benefit the most from vertical grinding.