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Guill Provides Helpful Terms for Extrusion

Guill’s Chief Engineer, Denis Finn,  provides this helpful glossary of useful terms, used in the extrusion business worldwide. He would appreciate any feedback. 

  • Extrusion Die assembly- also known as crosshead, inline tubing die, head, die.  Connected to extruder by feed pipe/flange.  Forms extrudate into desired shape.
  • Tooling- comprised of two components—the tip and the die.  
  • Tip- defines ID of product for a tubing application or locates the substrate in a jacketing application.  Tips are also known as pins, mandrels,
  • Die- defines OD of product.  AKA bushing.  
  • Land length- straight section at end of the tool set. 
  • Gum space- distance between end of tip and back of die land. 
  • Draw down ratio- relationship between ID and OD of tooling vs. the ID and OD of the finished product.  
  • Linear draw- the ratio of the ID of the die and OD of the product.  And the ratio between the OD of the tip vs the ID of the product.  
  • Area draw- ratio between the cross sectional area of the output of the tooling and the cross sectional area of the finished product. 
  • Draw balance- ratio of the outer surface of the draw down cone to the inner surface of the draw down cone.
  • Concentricity- how well centered the OD of the product is to the ID of the product or the jacketed substrate.  
  • Ovality- how round the OD your product is
  • Dead spot- section of the flow where material is allowed to stagnate.  Usually causes burning and degradation issues over time. 
  • Balanced flow- uniform exit velocity over the cross section of the product.  A well balanced flow produces a higher quality product. 
  • Fish eye, gel, unmelt, comet- common terms for unmelted or non-homogenous melt
  • Melt fracture-surface defect in product caused by shear degradation (usually manifests as a grainy/frosted appearance on surface of extruded part.) 
  • Die drool- particle buildup on outside surface of tooling.  Buildup can break off and cause defects on finished product.  
  • Bulk residence time- amount of time polymer spends in the extrusion die assembly 
  • Shear- term to describe a force that the melt experiences as it is forced through the extrusion die assembly. 
  • Viscous dissipation aka shear heat- frictional heat generated as a result of shear. 
  • Viscosity- resistance to flow
  • Cold spot- section of extrusion die assembly that is not adequately heated resulting in imbalanced flow or a thermoplastic freeze off
  • Rheology- science of characterizing a fluid’s behavior
  • Draw down cone- section of molten polymer as it draws down to its final product dimension.
  • Calibrator- device to precisely establish and control the desired product dimensions
  • Stripe-feature to identify or establish orientation of finished product. 
  • Encapsulated-  stripe between outside and inside surfaces of product
  • Embedded- surface stripe with established depth. Typically a percentage of the wall.
  • Surface- stripe only on surface of product.  
  • Window- strip that goes through wall from OD to ID. 
  • Surging- inconsistent melt output that results in product dimension variation..  
  • Coextrusion- any extrusion that uses two or more extruders.  
  • Wire line/pass line- distance between face of extruder to the center line of the crosshead.  
  • Direction of travel- a way to establish production line orientation.  
  • Recommended moisture content- a qualifier of how dry your polymer should be before you process it.
  • Substrate- the material that is being coated in a jacketing process.  Can be wire, bundle of strands, fibers, etc. 
  • Jacketing- covering a substrate with melt.
  • Multi-lumen- a tube with multiple internal cavities.
  • Melt probe- a device to directly measure  pressure and/or  temperature of the melt.
  • Thermocouple- a device to measure temperature of the extrusion die assembly.  Typically used to control heater output. 
  • Heater bands- provide heat to the extrusion die assembly. 
  • Flow distributor- shapes the melt to achieve balanced flow.

For more information, please contact: 

Denis Finn
Guill Tool & Engineering
10 Pike Street 
West Warwick, RI 02893 
(401) 823-7600 
www.guill.com
dfinn@guill.com

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ANCA’s New EDG with ANCA Motion SparX Erosion Generator Decreases Cycle Time for PCD Tools by 50%

How the fox outsmarted the hare: using intelligence to outperform brute force.

Tom Nathan, ANCA PCD Erosion Product Manager

When ANCA decided to create the ANCA EDG (Electro Discharge Grinding) machine in 2011, the mission was clear. The company wanted to create a high-performance Rotary Electro Discharge Machining (EDM) platform that was not only able to produce best-in-class tool geometries, but also have market leading cycle times.

It was the brainchild of Pat Boland, ANCA Founder and Managing Director, who realized that to outperform the incumbents, brains was needed over brawn. “The erosion process is simple in its complexity. The basis of the process uses positive and negative electrodes with electrolyte to create sparks along a material. ANCA has a 45-year history in making the world’s best carbide and HSS tools and we wanted to use that skill set in PCD tooling,” said Pat.

The main drivers behind the ANCA EDG machines were that it needed to be simple enough for all types of brazed shear-fluted tools, but complex enough to enable the creation of the infinite variety of helical solid-tipped, veined and chevron tools. Pat adds: “We realized early on that with the complexity of tool geometries we wanted to allow our customers to create, the 5-axis interpolation while maintaining the precise erosion gap distance was going to be a challenge.”

Maintain the optimum spark erosion gap with IAC

The ANCA EDG is able to maintain the optimum spark erosion gap for both simple 2D and complex 3D path interpolations, which is fundamental to the process working with high efficacy. This is very simple for 2D paths, however, when 3D path interpolation involves 4 or 5 axes moving simultaneously; surface area, volume and path variation become a challenge. From testing, we knew that the standard was to set the machine feedrate to the lowest allowable to maintain a useable spark gap distance; however, this leads to a lot of ‘air-time’ and drastically lowers efficiency. To allow the feedrate to remain high and maintain the optimum spark erosion gap, the idea of Intelligent Adaptative Control (IAC) was born.

Intelligent Adaptive Control (IAC) is an in-time, servo-controlled feature that automatically monitors and controls the erosion gap distance, in-process. Utilizing the EtherCAT functionality of the ANCA Motion AMD5x control system, IAC synchronizes the machine moves with the generator performance. IAC adjusts and maintains the optimum spark gap which is vital while eroding 3D geometries such as PCD flutes and gashes on drills and endmills. With geometry changing in up to 5-axes at once, IAC automatically adjusts the gap distance and machine feedrate to optimize the erosion speed and surface finish. This involves not only speeding up feedrates when erosion is along linear paths but also slowing down feedrates when path changes occurs.

Twists and turns along the erosion path leads to scenarios where the electrode wheel is likely to come into close contact with the tool, or comes off the tool. This can lead to optimal, bad and missed sparks along the trajectory. IAC automatically accounts for this and maintains the fastest possible feedrate along the length of any changeable path. This results in increased feedrates, minimum thermal damage, superior surface finish, increased MRR and decreased cycle time.

An added benefit of IAC is the ease in which PCD and carbide micro-tools can be manufactured. Since IAC maintains the optimal distance, the chance of wheel collisions and hence tool breakage is very low which is critical when eroding tools under 0.5mm.

Optimize the erosion process with ASC

The current, voltage, duration, time-off and therefore intensity of sparks changes based on the material that is being eroded. That is, PCD will require certain parameters as opposed to carbide (HM) and High-Speed Steel (HSS). The challenge is that PCD wafers are generally 0.6mm PCD with a 1mm carbide backing – sintered PCD, chevron tools and solid-tipped tools are formed onto carbide backing also. When aggressively eroding along the PCD-carbide border, erosion parameters optimized for PCD can inadvertently over-erode the carbide backing. This in turn leads to over-erosion at the PCD-carbide border, named an “undercut” as it selectively erodes the carbide under the PCD. Additionally, it can lead to “cobalt leeching” which is when the PCD binder, cobalt, is preferentially eroded away.

This is akin to digging under the foundations of a paved pathway. If you dig too much material away from under the path, eventually the path will collapse. Machine testing showed that the undercut and cobalt leeching during heavy roughing lead to a brittle border along the cutting edge and premature tooling wear. To avoid this happening and to optimize the erosion process, Adaptive Spark Control (ASC) was created.

Simple and very complex PCD tooling. Note the solid tipped PCD drill

ASC uses the DSP (Digital Signal Processors) and FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) on the generator itself. The EDG erosion generator is able to monitor and process every spark, in real time. The waveform of each spark is automatically monitored and categorized based on material being eroded, erosion gap distance and other factors essential to optimal erosion process. The generator can then dynamically adapt the energy level of each-and-every spark (current, voltage, duration and time-off) to suit the material being eroded.

ASC optimizes the erosion process leading to less cobalt leaching and a reduction in undercut at the PCD-carbide border.  This leads to a stronger cutting edge and a finished tool that is less prone to chipping. This helps achieve longer tool life, less tool wear and lower tooling costs. Testing on tooling suited to the machining of CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) showed a tool life increase of up to 100%.

A 0.4mm solid-tipped PCD drill

Boost the power electronics with ANCA Motion SparX Erosion Generator

ANCA leant on the expertise from their sister company, ANCA Motion to optimize the electronics to enable even higher and more aggressive erosion all-the-while maintaining very high surface finish results. When compared to equivalent componentry, the “mega-amp per pulse” technology enables ANCA customers to broaden the power range they can access and utilize. The ANCA Motion SparX Erosion Generator exhibits superior performance over the range of Extra-Heavy Roughing to Ultra-Fine Finishing operations, utilizing Pico-pulse technology for high energy-density ablation. This enables vastly superior controllability, providing customers with optimized feedrates, superior surface quality and drastically reduced cycle times. This pulse precision allows erosion that ranges from ultra-low energy pulses for exceptional ultra-fine finishing, through to high energy pulses for fast material removal.

In the PCD erosion process, cycle time is directly related to the Material Removal Rate (MRR). The ANCA Motion SparX Erosion Generator delivers unrivalled increases in MRR utilizing the new Extra-Heavy Roughing, Super Fine Finishing and Ultra-Fine Finishing operations. What this equates to is an unsurpassed increase in MRR and a 50% decrease in cycle time compared to competitor machines – arguably the fastest cycle times in the market. Additionally, erosion surface quality also sees an improvement across all power modes. Polished surface finishes of Ra < 0.1µm and Rz < 0.5µm can be easily achieved using the newly release “Ultra-Fine Finishing” process with Pico-pulse technology. These operations enable the production of superior cutting edges necessary for the most demanding of cutting tool applications.

Combining intelligence in a domain once dominated by brute force electronics, not only gives ANCA customers an edge over the competition but enables a smarter approach to tool making. The difference between our approach and the approach of our competitors is that ANCA focuses on what our customers want to achieve with their erosion process. They strongly told us that they wanted a process optimized for helical and round PCD tooling. We worked closely with ANCA Motion to design our erosion generator to suit not only shear tooling but the infinite array of highly complex geometries, rather than re-using generator technology originally created for Wire Electro Discharge Machining (Wire-EDM). Our approach turned the industry on its head. We let the geometries dictate the process, not the process dictate the geometries available.

We used intelligence to outperform brute force, like the fox outsmarting the hare.

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For further information, please contact:

Johanna Boland
Group PR and Communications Manager, ANCA
M: +61 407799779
Johanna.Boland@anca.com

ANCA is a market leading manufacturer of CNC grinding machines. It was founded in 1974 in Melbourne, Australia where the company still has its global headquarters. ANCA has offices in the UK, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Japan, Brazil and the USA as well as a comprehensive network of representatives and agents worldwide.

ANCA CNC grinders are used for manufacturing precision cutting tools and components across a diverse range of competitive industries including cutting tool manufacture, automotive, aerospace, electronics and medical.

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InspecVision Planar: A High Speed Integrated 2D and 3D Measurement System

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, represents Planar from InspecVison. This 2D inspection machine allows manufacturers to simply and quickly verify product quality by performing 2D inspection, CAD comparisons and reverse engineering in seconds.

Planar 2D front view

Planar is ideal for shop floor use, requires minimal operator input and increases production throughput across a wide range of applications. These include flat and folded/formed sheet metal components, gaskets and seals, laminations, O-rings, paper acetate and electronic drawings and other opaque and semi-transparent flat materials.

A standard feature on every Planar system is 2D reverse engineering.  Existing parts can be reverse engineered quickly, creating dxf or dwg CAD files. The software allows the user to edit and clean the data such as standardization of hole sizes and clean edges and eliminates the need for hand measurement and CAD programming. Physical parts or even paper, acetate or electronic image files can be reverse engineered to create CAD files. Furthermore, reverse engineering processes can also be carried out in 3D using optional 3D modules. For full 3D capability, users simply add Opti-Scan 3D, while the SurfScan module extends Planar to 2.5D.

Opti-Scan 3D is a non-contact white light scanning system that uses a high speed, high resolution camera and an LED DLP projector to scan the surfaces of an object. Patterns of light are beamed from the projector onto the part, recorded by the camera and used to create a 3D point cloud of the scanned surface. The Opti-Scan 3D outputs the ultra-high resolution points into a number of different file types which can be used in virtually any 3D inspection or reverse engineering software package.

SurfScan integrates seamlessly with the Planar 2D automatic inspection software to allow accurate inspection of both the part’s 2D shape and its 2.5D features with a single click. The SurfScan is a high resolution projector which mounts onto the existing Planar vertical column. The projector shines structured light on the part which is then imaged by the Planar’s camera to create a 3D scan of the upper surface of the part. The point clouds created by the system can then be loaded into free and readily available 3D inspection software for comparison against a 3D solid CAD model. Point clouds are also compatible with Geomagic Control, Control X, Polyworks, etc.

InspecVision Planar offers fully automated one click inspection with machine sizes ranging from 500m to 3000mm. The machine is scratch resistant, features no moving parts, has simple calibration and minimal maintenance, requires minimal training and offers rapid return on investment.

Exact Metrology is ISO, AS9100 Certified as well as FFL and ITAR Registered.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, Moline, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plus affiliated offices throughout the country, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.  

For information, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC. 
Dean Solberg
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Local: 262-533-0800
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

EXACT METROLOGY, INC. 
Steve Young
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Local: 513.831.6620
Toll Free: 866.722.2600
www.exactmetrology.comstevey@exactmetrology.com

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American company ARCH Cutting Tools wins top spot in ANCA’s third Tool of the Year competition

American company ARCH Cutting Tools takes out top place in ANCA’s third Tool of the Year competition 

A complex multi-functional tool measuring an inch in diameter with a long functional cutting length, the ARCH tool ticked every box to win the prestigious ANCA Tool of the Year 2020

With 28 entries, 1.2 million social impressions and almost 4500 votes, ANCA’s Tool of the Year loudly celebrates the contribution modern cutting tools make to manufacturing, surgery, woodworking and other diverse industries. For example, finalist Ocmandy’s tool makes the outside profile of the windows for the Louvre Museum in Paris. The competition shines a light on and celebrates these tools that shape our world.

Watch the #ANCATooloftheYear2020 live winner announcement: 

The overall winner, ARCH Cutting Tool’s entry demonstrated excellent use of multiple iGrind operations with several complex profiles. The tool came out in front of others when compared to the DXF and measured on the Zoller for Profile OD and Runout. The surface finish measurement on the Alicona produced a superb result. The tool also stood out in terms of complexity of grinding and was a large diameter (1”) multi-functional cutting tool with many features. Overall the tool was complete – ticking every box to be the Tool of the Year winner and was an exceptional effort from the team at ARCH. 

ARCH Cutting Tools is the third American company in as many years to take out the accolade, highlighting that the skill and craftmanship of the USA cutting tool industry is alive and well.

“We entered to present and showcase our capabilities as a cutting tool manufacturer and to demonstrate the complex capabilities of the ANCA Tool and Cutter Grinder,” said Jim Gray, President and General Manager, ARCH Cutting Tools – Latrobe. “Additionally, we entered to share with customers our own custom capabilities with solid carbide tools.

“Our entry was based on what we provide for our customers,” he added, “it’s multi-functional, providing the customer a single high-performance tool that’s multiple tools in one. A solution-driven tool, that reduces the need for tool changes and increases productivity,” Jim concluded.

ZMK received the runner up award in this category for another outstanding effort with their contribution.

Pat Boland, ANCA Co-Founder commented: “The cutting tool sector has faced a significant challenge with the onset of COVID-19. In these conditions it is even more important to promote and recognise our contributions as an industry. This year we saw the most complex and sophisticated entries to date. Having been part of the industry for over 40 years, the technical advancements demonstrated by cutting tool manufactures continue to amaze.” 

“I think of ANCA’s Tool of the Year as the Oscars for cutting tools and am proud to take the time to recognise and reward the creativity and skill of manufacturers globally,” Pat concluded.  

Winners of Virtual Tool Category – JG Group and Turcar 

The entries for the Virtual Tool category were so impressive that the Judges found it impossible to split JG Group and Turcar’s submissions. They agreed that both virtual tools were complex and demonstrated great use of different cycles and operations. 

Pat Boland continued: “JG Group from Poland took a creative approach using an Australian theme of the Sydney Opera House reproduced in a profile tool, looking as impressive as a tool as it does in real life.” 

“Turcar’s tool amazed me in how they achieved their tool design. I had no idea our software could produce something as beautiful and as well executed as their entry.” 

“Both tools showed a high level of effort, artistry and creativity. When creating the Virtual Tools, both Turcar and JG Group used their imagination along with the power and flexibility of ToolRoom RN34 and CIM3D V9 to produce works of art,” Pat concluded.     

Grzegorz Reszka CEO, JG Group said: “Achieving the Winner status, among the world class tool grinding companies makes us more marketable and gives us exposure on new global markets. It was an amazing opportunity and evidence of what JG Group Experts can provide for our customers. Congratulations to all Participants and the Winners!” 

Tarık Öztürk, Chief Technology Officer at Turcar said: “This year we wanted to come up with something different and that is why we named our entry Katana, meaning the best work of the world – a value we brought to this competition.” 

The Tool of the Year must be a ground tool that is functional, high quality and complex. A panel of expert judges consider the surface finish, tolerance and functionality. This year the industry-first competition had two categories. 
  

Winner of ANCA Tool of the Year 

ARCH Cutting Tools

Runner Up – ZMK

Winners of Virtual Tool Category 

JG Group and Turcar

#MadeonANCA Finalists 

JG Group Poland 
ARCH Cutting ToolsUSA 
Aayudh Tools India 
OCMANDY France 
Mastermet Poland 
ZMK Poland 
GUIDOLIN Affilatura Utensili (Pat’s Pick)      Italy 


Virtual Tool Finalists 

JG Group  Poland 
Aayudh Tools  India 
Turcar  Turkey  
Miltas (Pat’s Pick)   Turkey 


Tools made on an ANCA mean quality and endurance

ANCA’s annual competition gives cutting tool manufacturers a chance to not only build brand recognition within the industry, but to also push the boundaries and showcase the beauty of performance expected from ANCA machines in the cutting tools industry. The main winner receives $10,000 AUD worth of ANCA parts, accessories or software and the winner of the most innovative virtual tool receives the full CIM software package. 

Judging panel 

  • Pat Boland, Co-Founder and Managing Director at ANCA 
  • Jason Allen, Managing Director, ISCAR Australia 
  • Peter Sutton, Managing Director, Sutton Tools 
  • Alicona – measurement of surface finish 
  • Zoller – measurement of profile and diameter  

For further information, please contact:

Johanna Boland
Group PR and Communications Manager, ANCA
M: +61 407799779
Johanna.Boland@anca.com

ANCA is a market leading manufacturer of CNC grinding machines. It was founded in 1974 in Melbourne, Australia where the company still has its global headquarters. ANCA has offices in the UK, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Japan, Brazil and the USA as well as a comprehensive network of representatives and agents worldwide. 

ANCA CNC grinders are used for manufacturing precision cutting tools and components across a diverse range of competitive industries including cutting tool manufacture, automotive, aerospace, electronics and medical.

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GMTA Offering Stiefelmayer Lasers in North America

Full line of fiber and diode laser machines for cutting and hardening

Stiefelmayer

Ann Arbor, MichiganGerman Machine Tools of America (GMTA) proudly announces the signing of an agreement with Stiefelmayer GmbH (Denkendorf, Germany) to represent that company’s line of laser machines in North America.  Stiefelmayer offers lasers for various cutting applications, including motor laminations, plus laser hardening. 

The agreement is effective immediately and was announced by GMTA President Walter Friedrich from the headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Friedrich commented, “The Stiefelmayer line is a highly regarded brand in Germany.  Coupled with our Arnold line of laser systems, the new lasers will give us a formidable offering to the North American market, especially in automotive and the burgeoning EV market.” 

Stiefelmayer further prides itself on their blue effective® program of energy saving technology and sustainability, designed to create both environmental and economic benefits to the user. 

The Stiefelmayer laser is particularly well adapted to cutting precision shapes in thin substrates, including mild steel, stainless, copper and brass.  Motor laminations are a particular specialty and this fact matches the drive to EV in the American auto industry. 

For full specifications on the Stiefelmayer machines, please visit:
https://stiefelmayer-lasertechnik.de/en/laser-technology/home.html

For a video of the Stiefelmayer laser used to produce motor laminations, please watch:


For more information on this announcement, please contact: 

GERMAN MACHINE TOOLS OF AMERICA (GMTA) 
4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone:  734-973-7800
Fax:  734-973-3053
Web:  www.gmtamerica.com
Email:  sales@gmtamerica.com
Attention:  Walter Friedrich, President

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Exact Metrology Introduces PolyScan XL

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, proudly represents PolyScan XL. Part of the Polyrix PolyScan™ Surround 3D Scanner family, these scanners are motionless by design during the inspection. Their unique calibration avoids the need for data alignment or sticker targets, and multiple baselines increase accuracy when measuring points.

The PolyScan XL6 is designed to measure parts up to 1600 mm, combining 12 cameras and 12 projectors to provide 210 effective scanning units. It is ideal for medium-to-large aerospace castings, or automotive sheet metal components. Complete inspection of parts is achieved in only 6 minutes. Surround design and simplicity of automation means it can be easily integrated into a production line, while being 100% safe for operators.

Polyscan XL scanning a car door

PolyScan XL8, the larger version of XL, is designed to measure parts up to 2000mm. It combines 16 cameras and 16 projectors to provide 376 effective scanning units.

Surround Scanning is made possible by the huge amount of R&D that Polyrix placed on software development since 2005. The PolyScan Control Center (PCC) manages data acquisition from all scanning units, thus generating 3D models. Furthermore, PolyScan operation is made easier by the simple interface of the Automation Manager, or by 3rd party plug-ins (e.g. Polyworks Inspector™ Plug-in).

All PolyScan scanners are simple, fast and safe. There is no need to program inspection trajectory, unlike CMM and robotic scanning solutions. Data is quickly captured from every angle. With PolyScan, there is no risk of collision with an operator. No costly enclosure and safety systems are needed. Furthermore, the scanners offer high-inspection throughput, generating higher returns on investment. Process control is fast to obtain, since scanning is easier. Users also benefit from a quick check of their part in a matter of minutes.


Exact Metrology is ISO9001, AS9100 Certified as well as FFL and ITAR Registered.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, Moline, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plus affiliated offices throughout the country, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.  

For more information, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC. 
Dean Solberg
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Local: 262-533-0800
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

EXACT METROLOGY, INC. 
Steve Young
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Local: 513.831.6620
Toll Free: 866.722.2600
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com

To see Polyscan XL in action, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXzQQ1JzUqk&feature=youtu.be

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Jumbo 500ºF Walk-in Oven From Grieve

No. 1019 is a 500ºF electrically heated walk-in batch oven from Grieve, currently used for curing coatings onto large discs at the customer’s facility.  Workspace dimensions on this oven measure 18’ W x 18’ D x 10’ H.   260KW are installed in Incoloy-sheathed tubular elements to heat the oven chamber, while a total of 66,000 CFM generated by two 30-HP recirculating blowers provides combination airflow to the workload. 

This Grieve walk-in oven features 6” insulated walls, aluminized steel exterior and interior, 2” thick insulated flooring with built-in oven truck wheel guide tracks and motorized dampers on the intake and exhaust for accelerated cooling of the oven chamber.  The oven was sectioned into four pieces for shipping convenience. 

All safety equipment required for handling flammable solvents, including explosion-venting door hardware, is provided on No. 1019. 

Controls on this jumbo walk-in oven include an SCR power controller. 


For more information, please contact:

THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835 USA
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email:  sales@grievecorp.com
Attention:  Frank Calabrese

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UL 61800-5-1 – A new UL standard for drives and what you need to know

Below is a whitepaper by Nikunj Shah, Siemens Industry, on the UL 61800-5-1, a new UL standard for drives. It includes information on what you need to know if you are a user, a panel builder, a manufacturer of motor control centers (MCC) or an OEM. 

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Leading cutting tool manufacturer Taylor Toolworks increases its versatility and improves performance by investing in ANCA’s technology

Designing tools online, varied batch sizes, six wheel packs and 38 kw peak spindle power of ANCA’s MX7 tool grinder offers new capabilities that are helping Taylor Toolworks beat competition in the woodworking and metal industry. Capital investment can be a daunting project but Taylor Toolworks have found that with the right research and understanding of your business needs, the benefits offered by new technology can be a game changer.

Taylor Toolworks production manager, Glen Taylor

Located in Alberta, Canada, Taylor Toolworks Ltd. is one of North America’s technological leaders in the manufacturing and service of cutting tools for the woodworking and metal industries. This remains the biggest part of their business.  The company is run by President Jesse Taylor and his sister Kristyn, who has worked there for more than 15 years. With state-of-the-art 5-axis CNC grinding, combined with the use of the finest micro grain carbide products, Taylor Toolworks   maintains the highest tooling tolerances and mirror finishes needed for high performance tooling.   Services offered include reconditioning, end mills and custom tooling. Reconditioning involves tool regrinding, tool re-cutting and tool re-coating. End mills include super polished flutes, special grade carbides and special coating for maximum performance.  Custom tooling is made to specifications for both the woodworking and metal industry. These can be micro grain carbide inserts, custom profile tools, step drills, etc.

Jesse Taylor said that ANCA’s MX7 Linear machine allowed them to have greater versatility in their manufacturing. Another factor that influenced the purchasing decision was ANCA’s tool simulation software. According to Taylor, “This allows us to program tools [virtually] on a desktop before they are processed on the actual machine. This saves valuable machine time.”  This machine helped Taylor Toolworks produce complex tools better compared to competing companies that offer 2 wheel packs.

Solid carbide end mills fabricated by Taylor Toolworks

The company purchased an MX7 Linear machine because it is a powerful, versatile CNC tool grinder used for production grinding. It meets the demand of high output, high precision manufacturing. Key features include 38 kw (51 HP) peak spindle power,  linear scales as standard on the X and Y axes, standard  6-station wheel changer that stores and changes up to 6 wheel packs. In addition, the machine uses ANCA LinX Linear Motors for axis motion (X and Y axis), has an integrated wheel dresser and its automation options include RoboMate or FastLoad-MX Compact Loader. The MX7 Linear is a hard-working, high productivity system with unique features that enable it to handle varied batch sizes with minimum set-up time. It is ideal for high volume production for tools up to 25 mm (1”) diameter.  The new cylindrical linear motor design increases reliability and ensures a superior surface finish.

Taylor also highlighted the reasonable lead times at ANCA for purchases of what are sophisticated and highly technical machinery. This made a big difference for Taylor, who commented, “A lot of times in our industry when you’re buying a machine you may be six months to a year out for receiving your machine. When I got to work with ANCA and found out that they had machines readily available that really allowed us to jump on this and get a good start versus waiting for a machine.”  


According to Taylor, the tools produced on ANCA machines are complex profile tools as well as step drills, thru-coolant drills and form tools. Applications for these tools range from aerospace, to woodworking, to general machining and cutting of plastics. On ANCA machines, the company uses ANCA’s Tool Room software. The software provides specific applications for each tool produced at Taylor Toolworks such as a step tool editor or a profile tool editor.

Being in the industry for over 20 years, Taylor saw ANCA machines at various trade shows. He talked to several people at the shows, including ANCA application specialists. This made him take a closer look at the machines and he saw that they were suitable for his needs.

In terms of service issues, Taylor commented that ANCA was good at solving any issues that come up, whether it was by calling or sending someone on-site. Besides using the MX7 Linear machine, the company has three other ANCA machines.  One is the ANCA Fastgrind for resharpening tools.  Taylor said, “ANCA is a big part of our operation.”

To sum up his experience, Taylor was satisfied with the quality and service he received from the company.  He remarked, “Buying more ANCA [machines] is definitely in our future.”

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For further information, please contact:

Sepideh Zandieh
PR and Communications Manager, ANCA
M: +61 439 316 131
Sepideh.Zandieh@anca.com

ANCA is a market leading manufacturer of CNC grinding machines. It was founded in 1974 in Melbourne, Australia where the company still has its global headquarters. ANCA has offices in the UK, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Japan, Brazil and the USA as well as a comprehensive network of representatives and agents worldwide.

ANCA CNC grinders are used for manufacturing precision cutting tools and components across a diverse range of competitive industries including cutting tool manufacture, automotive, aerospace, electronics and medical.

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500°F Top-Loading Oven From Grieve

This Grieve oven is a 500°F (260°C) top-loading, electrically heated oven, currently used for heat treating parts at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 96” W x 20” D x 20” H.  18 KW are installed in Incoloy heating elements, while a 2 HP blower provides back to front airflow to the workload. 

This Grieve top-loading oven features 6” insulated walls, 16-gauge aluminized steel interior and a bottom reinforced for 800 lb. capacity. Additional features include a heat chamber mounted below the workspace and a pneumatic “L” shaped door.

Controls on this Grieve oven include a programmable temperature controller, separate heating element control contactors, a disconnect switch and a power controller to ensure precision proportioning of electric power to heating elements.


For more information, please contact:

THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835 USA
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email:  sales@grievecorp.com
Attention:  Frank Calabrese

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