Master Abrasives installs Micromatic CNC grinding machine
Andreas Hohmann, managing director at Total Carbide, with Ian Meredith, applications engineering manager at Master Abrasives
Master Abrasives has installed the Micromatic PLUTO 18 machine at Total Carbide, a leading manufacturer of sintered Tungsten Carbide wear parts based at Westcott Venture Park near Aylesbury, providing an advanced materials and engineering base for Westcott Space Cluster.
Total Carbide was looking for a cost-effective new machine for its tungsten carbide measuring probes. The component has a chamfer on the front corner which was ground by interpolation on their previous machine. The required stock removal was 0.5 mm on diameter and surface finish was 0.4 um Ra with an outer diameter and length tolerance of +/- 0.25 mm. The new machine was to accommodate a volume of 2,000-3,000 pieces per month with FANUC CNC to grind OD, face, chamfer and corner radius features, allowing a smooth transition for operators and for work to continue in their toolroom.
PLUTO-18 has been specially designed by Micromatic Grinding Technologies to focus on compactness, high-performance and provide an economical grinding solution. It is best suited to produce highly accurate small components and can perform both plunge and traverse grinding operations. The effective guarding design makes it ‘total productive maintenance’ friendly and its standard configuration makes it adaptable for factory automation too.
A few features of PLUTO-18 include its suitability for batch production of shaft type components with a maximum wheel outer diameter of 400 mm (width 50 mm). A rigid anti-friction wheel head is utilised for better geometrical accuracies and an integrated table provides higher rigidity. PLUTO 18 measures only 1.66 m (W) X 2.2 m (D), which can help to save nearly 30 percent space compared to the footprint of a similar hydraulic grinder. Its customised user-friendly graphics screen helps ease in machine setting and operation.
Kelly Warrington, Customer Services team leader, provides vital assistance from the office for applications engineering support. Kelly worked closely with Master Abrasives application engineering manager Ian Meredith to provide Total Carbide with quotes and information on the Master range. This also included organising shipment to its facility and making contact with engineers to confirm delivery dates for the new machine.
Videos demonstrating capabilities of different machines by Micromatic Grinding Technologies are available on its YouTube channel. Master Abrasives can also show machines in action at its grinding and finishing showroom based in the Midlands, as well as superfinishing devices, metrology equipment and abrasives.
Master Abrasives is an independently owned company providing solutions for industry with a complete range of abrasives, power tools, tool services and machinery and equipment. The Daventry-based company has built an enviable reputation for quality and service that is as strong today as it was 50 years ago. The well-known trademark of ‘Master’ represents the high-quality product range and services offered by the company worldwide.
Micromatic Grinding Technologies, part of the internationally active Ace Micromatic group, manufactures a wide range of grinders in CNC, PLC and Hydraulic versions from its three plants in Ghaziabad near New Delhi. This includes cylindrical, centreless and special purpose build machines.
Versarien plc is an advanced engineering materials group. Leveraging proprietary technology, the Group creates innovative engineering solutions for its clients in a diverse range of industries. Versarien has eight subsidiaries operating under two divisions.
Total Carbide Ltd is part of Versariens hard wear and metallic products division and a leading European manufacturer of sintered tungsten carbide primarily for wear resistant applications and arduous environment.