Grinding things down to a partnership in high precision
CNC grinding and dressing technology
Männer reportedly appreciates the integrated functional CNC grinding and dressing technology TPA/VPA for profile dressing of the grinding wheel in particular. This technology enables dressing to be performed without set-up and is suitable both for vitrified bonded grinding wheels and dressable CBN grinding wheels. For this purpose, the swivelling unit has been mounted directly on the machine table. It has a thrust bearing that is said to grant high mechanical stability combined with compact design and light weight. By using a separate high-speed dressing unit for pre-profiling, Amada has extended the service life of the dressing wheel used for finish profiling. “We are impressed by the long life of the dressing tools,” Köchlin said. “So far, there has been no need to replace the dressers.”
The easy-to-use CNC unit allows for a large range of machining processes, including the continuous path grinding technology integrated in two paths. “For us to be able to utilise continuous path grinding technology to its full capacity, we will need some more training sessions,” Köchlin added. Amada said it is happy to provide any training required to ensure its customers can use the machines to their full potential.
Reliable partnership for the long term
For Amada, it is important to partner with their customers in order to provide the demanded technological features or even to manufacture a customised machine. And Männer is happy with this partnership.
Heinz Pracht, head of overall production and a member of the Männer executive board, said: “We immediately felt that Amada intends to intensify its efforts to establish [itself] in grinding technology – that impressed us a lot.”
Köchlin added, “While searching for investment options, we had been looking not only for a supplier, but also for a partner able to accompany our progresses on a very high level.”