Insert Grinding Machine Shortens Cycle Times While Meeting Standards
Agathon Machine Tools introduces its Leo Peri high-precision, four-axis grinding center for grinding the periphery of indexable inserts. The smaller machine is designed for greater user-friendliness, accessibility and the strength to meet both high-production and quality standards for carbide, cermet, ceramics and cubic boron nitride applications.
The grinder provides a fully-integrated, three-axis linear handling system; optimized direct drives for the X, Y and C axes; in-process dressing; a 250-mm-diameter grinding wheel; and support for the use of four to six standard pallets to increase flexibility and efficiency. The company says that fast grinding times, high removal rates and low power consumption combine for low cost per workpiece while meeting stringent quality and precision standards across a range of materials.
In addition, the machine provides ease of access from three sides, enabling back-to-wall or back-to-back installation as well as ease of service. The centralized layout of all machine connection points is another feature intended to ease operation. Peripheral devices can be mounted on the machine’s roof for better space usage.
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