Tool and insert production at its best

Walter Ewag UK, a member of the United Grinding Group, reports that in addition to displaying a number of tool and insert production/regrinding machines at last month’s EMO exhibition in Hanover, as well as tool-measurement machines, technology developments from both Walter and Ewag continue unabated.

For example, visitors were able to learn about a new laser marking and cleaning station for the Walter Helicheck Plus tool-measurement machine. In addition, included among the myriad of group machines on show, Walter showcased tool grinding/erosion and measurement machines, while Ewag focused on insert production centres and laser-based tool manufacturing.
On display from Walter was the Helitronic Power 400 with Top Loader, a 24 kW spindle machine for the production and regrinding of tools of 3 to 320 mm diameter, and up to 350 mm long. Also on the stand was the Helitronic Power Diamond 400 with Robot Loader, a single machine that can both erode PCD tools and grind carbide tools, even in the same set-up, ranging from 3 to 380 mm diameter, and 520 mm long.
Another Walter machine in the spotlight was the Helicheck Plus tool measurement machine with Robot Loader. The Robot Loader brings effective automation to the unmanned measurement of complex tooling. Depending on tool weight and length, up to 2,000 tools with a maximum weight of 1.5 kg and a maximum length of 280 mm, can be automatically loaded.
From Ewag, visitors could see the Laser Line Ultra, for the ultra-short-pulse laser machining of all cutting materials, including CBN, ceramic, PCD and CVD, accommodating inserts up to 200 mm diameter and up to
250 mm long. The machine features an integrated six-axis robot. The Ewag Profile Line was also on show.
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