Automated Grinding Cell Supports Multiple Functions
EMO 2017: ANCA will demonstrate its TXcell automated grinding cell, which integrates several manufacturing operations into a single production machine.
ANCA will demonstrate its TXcell automated grinding cell, which integrates several manufacturing operations into a single production machine. The single-base cell is designed to provide automated part loading, high-precision grinding and quality assurance.
The grinding cell uses a single robot, which can automatically load grinding wheel packs and the workpiece, which is said to be useful for manufacturing rotary cutting tools. A second robot can be added to complete secondary operations unattended.
The company says that the TXcell’s multi-function processing capability, including grinding, part quality, accountability, detection of part numbers, inspection, cleaning and laser marking, enables a higher throughput than its existing machines.
No other process can do what creep-feed grinding can do. Recent tests show even more can be gained by optimizing every element of a creep-feed system.
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.
Roughing and finishing on a single machine, using a single setup, has appeal for most shops. The advantages in time savings and accuracy are obvious. Eliminating the transport of workpieces between machines, as well as the setup for those secondary operations, is a boon for throughput. Critical features that need to maintain dimensional relationships can be much more reliably produced if machined complete in one clamping.