United Grinding focusses on automation at GrindingHub 2024

The United Grinding Group presented a new automation solution in the field of tool machining at this year's GrindingHub. The trade show appearance was held under the theme ‘Stay Connected’ and focused on connectivity solutions.

Numerous visitors gathered at the Group's trade show booth on the first day for the unveiling of a Walter innovation. When the covers came off, they revealed a mobile transport robot that moved autonomously between the Heletronic Vision 400 L high-end tool grinding machine and the fully automatic Helicheck Plus measuring machine.

This innovative automation solution under the name Automated Tool Production (ATP) enables the automatic loading and unloading of cylindrical precision tools. The system consists of at least one robot cell accessible from the front and a mobile transport robot that transports workpiece pallets and individual parts between the storage and processing stations. The new system can be integrated easily into existing installations, not only to Walter machines but also to machines from third-party suppliers.

In addition, Walter introduced laser technology based on the new Vision Laser machine. The main application area for the new system is machining cutting tools with inserts. Using an innovative, highly reliable, and industry-proven laser system paired with encapsulated optical modules enables very high machine availability in everyday operation.

Staying connected

In addition to this innovation, interested visitors could see the Group's latest technologies displayed on a total of 12 machines from the areas of grinding, eroding, lasering, measuring, and additive manufacturing.

In the field of surface and profile grinding, Blohm presented the tool changer for the Planomat XT, a unique and cost-efficient solution for the automatic changing of grinding wheels in this market segment.

The Walter tool grinding machine and robot unveiled at the GrindingHub show in Stuttgart 

Studer also exhibited its new automation system, insertLoad, which combines the advantages of standardisation and great flexibility and enables automatic loading and unloading of the S31 and S33 cylindrical grinding machines.

Adjacent to this, IRPD also presented its revolutionary machine development in the field of additive manufacturing: the Impact 4530, the first industrial additive machine tool made in Switzerland, which features in particular high repetition accuracy and user-friendliness for the manufacturing of metal parts. The machine also sets new standards in its market segment in accuracy, quality, and scalability.

Trade show visitors were also able to find out about numerous connectivity solutions. These included various digital customer care solutions, the digital assistance systems from United Grinding Digital Solutions and the universal manufacturer-independent umati data interface, which can be used to connect the Group's machines, and third-party machines with their production environment.

Four people were not only delighted with the innovative technologies on display at the Group's booth but also with a PlayStation PS5, which they won by playing on a C.O.R.E. panel

The United Grinding Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of grinding, eroding, laser, and measuring machines, as well as machine tools for additive manufacturing.

Through its Magerle, Blohm, Jung, Studer, Schaudt, Mikrosa, Walter, Ewag and IRPD brands and global competence centres it offers broad application expertise, a large product portfolio, and a full range of services for the production of high-precision components.

United Grinding Group

www.grinding.ch

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