Alex surface grinder now in UK

Master Abrasives is introducing further machines to its showroom in Daventry having installed an Alex Machine Tools’ NH-500 surface grinding machine, which is new to the UK.

The demonstration area at Daventry was initially set up to show the range of Master precision grinding products, including conventional and superabrasive grinding wheels, diamond dressers and superfinishing products. Master-branded products will be available to support any in-house demonstrations and display the potential of both Micromatic, and now, Alex machines.
Alex Machine Tools, which is headquartered in India, offers a range of surface grinding machines, including a reciprocating hydraulically-operated model, a high-power rotary surface grinder, creep feed machines and a series of double-disk grinders. The machines can incorporate CNC, automatic in-process gauging and material handling automation, depending on the customer’s application and requirements.
Martin Stevens, Master Abrasives’ applications engineer, is fully conversant with the latest developments at Alex Machine Tools and the most recent progressions in technology. With a background in grinding applications engineering, Stevens has the technical expertise to help customers find the best solutions for their precision grinding needs.
Ian Meredith, applications engineering manager at Master Abrasives, says: “Now that the Alex surface grinder is installed, we are able to offer demonstrations and potentially grind customer parts when required. The demonstration machine will be a great aid in promoting Alex Machine Tools
across the UK.”
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WorldSkills announces 2019 team

The UK’s best and brightest young skilled apprentices and students have been selected to represent all four nations in Team UK at the ‘Skills Olympics’ in Kazan, Russia (22-27 August).

More than 30 young professionals from sectors such as engineering, construction, and digital and IT, have cleared the highest hurdle in a two-year challenge to be the best in the world. These skilled young people have already triumphed in regional and national competitions and had one more momentous obstacle to overcome at team selection events the length and breadth of the UK. The results were revealed at Loughborough University.
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CGTech to stage event with Kyocera SGS and LMg

The developer of Vericut CNC simulation, verification and optimisation software, CGTech, is partnering with Kyocera SGS and LMg Solutions to hold an event which will demonstrate emerging technologies that help manufacturers realise productivity improvements.

Taking place at the Kyocera SGS head office in Wokingham on 22 May, the theme of the ‘Lunch & Learn’ event is single operation manufacture and optimisation of complex components. CGTech will shine a light on the features and benefits of its Vericut Force Milling module with live software demonstrations and presentations.
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Crankshaft deburring made easy

A standard brush-based machine for the deburring of complex engine components such as crankshafts and camshafts has been introduced by Kadia.

EC-Brush has five programmable axes, each with a rotary drive providing right/left rotation for the brush and the workpiece. The component is clamped against a point in a three-jaw chuck, with the brush rotating at about 500 rpm, and the part at 30 rpm.
Kadia’s EC-Brush features linear axes that provide the brush’s back/forward and lateral oscillation movement, and a traversing range for the centre. The latter enables different crankshaft/camshaft lengths to be clamped, so that any variant for three- to six-cylinder engines (for passenger cars or small commercial vehicles) can be deburred in any desired succession. Loading and unloading can be carried out manually, semi-automatically or fully automatically to suit requirements.
The brush, which is at the heart of the machine, is equipped with long and short fibres made of abrasive nylon. Only one operation is required, as the shaft is completely immersed in the brush. The long fibres reach from the cheeks up to the connecting rod bearings, while the short fibres deburr the main bearings area. Particles and flaky burrs, which typically occur during drilling or grinding, are reliably removed, says Kadia. A choice of fibre type allows adaptation to the component material. EC-Brush also permits wet machining.
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Anca iView aids single set-up tool grinding

Anca’s iView now enables single set-up cutting-tool manufacture through the semi-automatic measurement and compensation of profile tools, end mills and drills.

A newly developed camera bracket increases the measuring capabilities of iView to inspect a tool’s end face, and measure land widths, lip distances and chisel angles, without the need for camera commissioning or qualification.
“To remain competitive in tool manufacturing, more and more businesses are looking towards automation or semi-automation,” says Thomson Mathew, Anca’s software product manager. “Taking the time to set up the infrastructure smartly is delivering significant business advantages, such as improved productivity, better access to machine data and lower production costs.
Tooling manufacturers use iView to take an image of the ground tool using the camera and then compare the data with an ideal overlay profile generated by the iView software, without having to take the tool out of the grinder. This capability means faster set-up time and better accuracy, as the ground tool is checked against the tool requirements in one clamping.
Accurate to 0.002 mm, iView allows the accurate comparison and measurement of the actual cutting tool against the profile. The technology automatically compensates the tool and, based on the overlay and profile error, it is adjusted and re-ground. This process also eliminates any accuracy loss that can occur when tools are transferred between grinding and measuring machines.
One iView camera can be used across multiple machines in Anca’s MX, TX and GX/FastGrind range. The latest bracket assembly, which is suitable for new and retrofit applications, allows the iView camera to be mounted horizontally, inside machine.
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