Ewag has announced the six-axis Compact Line machine as a high-precision, compact and flexible solution for the grinding of inserts in tungsten carbide, cermet, ceramic, PCBN and PCD. Peripheral grinding is also included in the machine’s capabilities.
Available from Walter Ewag UK, part of the United Grinding Group, the new machine’s optimised kinematics as well as its C axis capabilities ensure the application of protective chamfers on the inserts’ main cutting edges.
Machine downtime is minimised by the Compact Line’s short travel distances and by the integrated six-axis Fanuc robot that offers agile handling and a high degree of flexibility for loading complex inserts.
The machine’s ‘three-in-one’ dressing unit ensures grinding wheel concentricity and high process reproducibility, plus it offers wheel dressing, regeneration and ‘crushing’ in a single package.
Machine traverses in the X, Y and Z axes are 450 mm, 180 mm and 150 mm, respectively, while axis resolution is 0.0001 mm. The 5.5 kW grinding spindle produces 10, 000 revs/min.
Machine usability and effectiveness is also guaranteed by the integrated ProGrind software, and the Fanuc control system enables all grinding routines to be programmed quickly and easily via its user-friendly touch-screen panel.