Grinding Machine Includes Software for Parameterization
Gear Expo 2017: Kapp Niles will release its KNe3G grinding machine.
Kapp Niles will release its KNe3G grinding machine. It includes KNgrind software and a human-machine interface designed for operator-friendly and machine-oriented parameterization of the generating grinding task. The machine also has Siemens Sinumerik 840D control hardware and multi-touch screen technology that will guide users through the input of the workpieces and technology data. The integrated measuring system enables various alignment, analysis and correction possibilities.
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.
The double-disc grinding process is consolidating its position in automotive applications but is moving into other industries. Double-disc grinders are now easier to operate, and they have added capabilities for control flexibility, precision process control, faster changeovers, and grinding of nontraditional materials.
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.