EMO 2023: ANCA presents world premieres and winners

ANCA’s modular automation system AIMS is ideal for tool manufacturers looking to increase their productivity and stay competitive
ANCA’s modular automation system AIMS is ideal for tool manufacturers looking to increase their productivity and stay competitive

CNC grinding technology expert ANCA will showcase its latest products and industry-specific grinding and automation solutions at EMO (Stand F52, Hall 6).

Also, the winner of ANCA’s Tool of the Year competition will be announced live on Wednesday 20th September at 4.30pm. The company says all are welcome to join the celebrations and witness for themselves the innovative range of cutting tools presented.

Edmund Boland, ANCA CNC Machines’ general manager says: “We are excited to bring not one but several world premieres to EMO, promising premium value, higher productivity and extended capabilities. Visitors can see firsthand ANCA’s latest technology that spans tool precision, integrated manufacturing systems, industry focus applications and optimisation across the process chain.”

Martin Winterstein, general manager of ANCA Europe adds: “EMO is the global leading manufacturing technology show; it is where the current market trends and innovations are on display. Our set-up in Hannover really shows hands-on opportunities for tool manufacturers, with new application and automation solutions tailored to industry needs.

“I am excited to show visitors our enhanced portfolio to include micro tools with the FX Ultra, according to the high demand from this growing segment. Experts from ANCA and our partners will be on-site to show and discuss individual requirements at the stand.”

Ultra value

Years of continuous refinements at ANCA have made the Ultra technology possible. The company’s vertical integration is key to its success – where machines, controls, drives and precision components are all designed and manufactured in-house.

Successfully introduced to the industry last year on the MX machine platform, ANCA claims it offers the highest accuracy and quality cutting tools in the world. In fact, the MX7 Ultra achieves 1nm axis resolution, and can maintain better than ±0.002mm line form accuracy of any profile which includes ballnose and corner radius endmills.

At EMO, visitors will find out how ANCA spreads the Ultra advantages to further fields of application, including smaller batches, regrinding, and tools with small diameters.

The FX7 Ultra introduces cutting-edge technologies, including ANCA’s nanometer control, that revolutionise precision grinding for small and micro tools down to 0.1mm diameter. ANCA says this significant technology breakthrough is already redefining the standards for tool and component grinding with the highest levels of accuracy and surface finishes.

New software, hardware and design features significantly improve surface finish, accuracy, and controlled runout, ensuring batch consistency from the first ground tool to the last. These advancements ensure that the FX7 Ultra is a sound choice for precision grinding in industries that rely on small tools, including electronics, telecommunications, medical devices, aerospace, automotive, die and mould, and general machining.

The Ultra package with nanometer resolution, design, software, and quality features enables manufacturers to grind tools to demanding specifications
The Ultra package with nanometer resolution, design, software, and quality features enables manufacturers to grind tools to demanding specifications

One stop shop for peel, geometry, and blanket grinding  

From blank to a finished high-quality tool, all on one machine – ANCA’s single set-up solution for complete machining of cutting tools will be demonstrated on the MX7 Ultra at EMO. Following a legacy of machine efficiency, this latest solution combines peel grinding and tool grinding on the one platform, enhanced with additional power to extend capability.

The MX7 Ultra’s spindle power of 26kW can handle demanding tools like larger taper ballnose endmills, step drills, and aerospace components ranging from 0.1 to 25.4mm. This leads to reduced cycle times and increased productivity. Short set-up times, optional collet change and proven blanket grinding processes round out the capabilities.

By utilising the latest innovations in peel grinding technology, ANCA guarantees excellent stability, accuracy and value, all achieved on a single machine.

Smart automation enables unattended cutting tool production

ANCA has further developed its AIMS system for automated tool production. At EMO, visitors can see examples from the field, with systems operating completely unattended over extended period, manufacturing tools. 

The AIMS automation package is a modular and growing system, spanning across the tool production process. ANCA is set to include additional operations like blank preparation or laser marking in the automated process. The system’s intelligent design allows for progressive steps of automation, including an automated laser marking station AutoMarkX.

The AutoMarkX’s new, retrofittable rotary workholding system allows for unlimited index marking around the tool, with automatic Z-axis focus and compatibility with tool shanks from 3 to 32mm. Moreover, the AIMS Autoline Basic, the standard interface for easy loading at the AutoMarkX enables customers to experience smoother material transfer between machines. By utilising a manual trolley system, combined with AIMS pallet carriers, Autoline Basic streamlines the transfer of heavy tool pallets between machines, reducing labour-intensive processes.

Grinding expertise extended

Martin Winterstein, general manager ANCA Europe
Martin Winterstein, general manager ANCA Europe

ANCA's expertise in grinding solutions extends to blank grinding and integrated complete machining of gear tools, including in-process measuring and compensation. The CPX blank preparation machine will feature productivity-enhancing features in Hannover, including automated loading of tools up to 32mm, a flip station for grinding from both ends, tailstock, and extensive probing enabling statistical process control.

The machine has been designed to give users high material removal rates, and save time and money with unattended production.

The rising demand of gear cutting tools has led ANCA to enhance its product program with the GCX, the turnkey solution for manufacturing and resharpening gear cutting tools. The Integrated Gear Tool Measurement (IGTM) and ANCA’s expertise in grinding wheel dressing gives customers the benefit of full control over the high precision skiving cutter grinding process.

First skiving cutter in tolerance, is the motto. ANCA’s widely spread area of grinding applications, can be covered with the versatile GCX and its numerous optional accessories like the LaserUltra for profile tools.

Strategic partnerships

ANCA's commitment to excellence is further emphasised through strategic partnerships with industry leaders. At EMO, ANCA will collaborate with Mitsubishi, presenting its EDM machine on the stand, and GDS clamping technology, offering a cohesive ecosystem of solutions that streamline processes across the process chain.

Hall 6, Stand F52



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