ITC continues investment with new ANCA grinding centre

ITC takes delivery of new ANCA grinding centre
ITC takes delivery of new ANCA grinding centre

The continued growth at Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has now seen the Tamworth cutting tool experts take delivery of a new ANCA MX7 Linear grinding centre.

The next generation MX Linear tool grinder has been designed to meet the needs of companies like ITC that demand maximum productivity levels while remaining flexible to the demands of its customer base.

The Anca MX7 Linear grinding centre is the 4th ANCA grinding centre to arrive at ITC and the 5th grinding centre to arrive since the company extended its manufacturing facility by over 50% in 2016.

The leading cutting tool manufacturer has invested over £1.5 million in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to extend its product ranges. The latest ANCA MX7 Linear is the latest addition in a long line of cutting-edge technology to be delivered to further enhance productivity, capacity and the high-quality standards ITC upholds within the UK cutting tool sector.

Capable of processing tools up to 300mm long with diameters up to 200mm, the MX7 Linear uses ANCA LinX Linear motors and scales for axis motion, precision and performance. The LinX Linear Motor has higher axis speed and acceleration leading to reduced cycle times while maintaining smoother axis motion.

The latest machine to land on the shop floor at ITC has a permanent magnetic spindle that generates outstanding spindle performance across the entire spindle working range. Providing high torque at lower speeds makes the latest plant acquisition particularly suited for carbide grinding.

The new ANCA MX7 Linear incorporates a bi-symmetrical gantry design that is proven for ultra-high precision grinding. Evenly straddling the tool centre line, it delivers superior rigidity and maximum resistance to thermal growth while keeping vibration to a minimum.

The MX7 Linear has been specified with an automatic in-process measurement and compensation. This LaserPlus system will enable ITC to utilise the built-in laser probe to accurately measure tool geometries in-process within +/- 2 microns or less, enhancing the precision, performance and consistency of its cutting tool production runs.

From a productivity perspective, the new addition incorporates ANCA FastLoad-MX automation system. The FastLoad-MX automation system uses the existing machine axes to ensure a compact design with a small footprint and is an economical price. The loader movements are kept simple, making it perfect for ITC to undertake the grinding of tools in small batch sizes.

This high-performance addition will enable ITC to increase its capacity and meet the growing demand for its range of solid carbide round tooling. Furthermore, the characteristics of the ANCA MX7 Linear will support ITC in its drive to improve the performance, precision and longevity of its leading brands.


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