Walter showcases tool production and measurement developments
This year’s EMO proved a great success for the United Grinding Group and its brands. While ‘Digital Solutions’ (Industry 4.0 strategies) and the resulting benefits were a central theme of the Group stand, Walter Maschinenbau GmbH unveiled a host of productivity-enhancing developments for both its Helitronic tool grinders/erosion machines and its Helicheck tool measurement machines.
These included the latest version (3 R3) of the Helitronic Tool Studio CAD/CAM software for ‘what you see, what you grind/erode’ tool design, programming, simulation and processing, now also accommodating, for example, direct and precise measurement of tool diameters, combined wheel dressing and qualification, automated wheel assignment and a Quick Wizard upgrade to quickly access tool data.
Helitronic Tool Studio 3 R3 incorporates a host of addition new functionality, including new parameters for rear margin widths on drills, axial flute grinding and clearance profiles, as well as a new ‘gash’ style fluting method and a new cleaning cycle for wheel changers.
Tool vision system for integration (using cameras) into the Helitronic Power Diamond 400, Power 400 and Vision 400 machines are able to automatically find PCD ‘veins’ and/or coolant holes on tool blanks, for highly-accurate tool positioning.
Finally, laser marking on the Helicheck Plus measuring machine makes it possible to laser mark on tool end positions, coupled with cleaning via two integrated air jets.