ITC invests in new tool grinding technology
Investing during a challenging economic climate is the mark of a truly innovative, insightful and successful business. That is why Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has recently installed its second Rollomatic Nano6 grinding centre. The fact that the Tamworth cutting tool specialist now has the first two Rollomatic Nano6 grinding centres in the UK. is a testament to the investment that ITC is making to retain its industry-leading market position and break new boundaries of innovation.
The second Nano6 machine investment is capable of producing cutting tools as small as 0.05 mm diameter thanks to its hydrostatic guideways and ITC’s prior investment in a centralised coolant system for all its grinding centres that maintain coolant temperature to +/-0.2 degrees C, emphasising the quality control the company maintains for all its cutting tools. The purchase stems from ITC’s communication and commitment to its customer base that has seen the demand and subsequently the expansion of ITC’s standard cutting tool ranges down to 1mm diameter.
ITC’s production manager Kevin Ford says: “Essentially, the new machine will be used alongside the first Nano6 for producing small tools up to 2 mm diameter. Both machines complement the existing Rollomatic 620 and 629 machines we have for manufacturing tools up to 6mm diameter. The first Nano6 machine enabled us to do a range of small tools, both standard and customer specials.
“It also gave us the facility to extend the range of existing standard tool ranges downward to 1 mm. The second machine gives us extra capacity but also peace of mind regarding the security of supply. Even though the entire range of Rollomatic machines is extremely reliable, we wanted to eliminate any possible supply chain vulnerabilities from only having one machine.”
ITC Takes Delivery of New ANCA
The continued growth at Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has now seen the Tamworth cutting tool experts take delivery of a new ANCA MX7 Linear grinding centre. The next generation MX Linear tool grinder has been designed to meet the needs of companies like ITC that demand maximum productivity levels while remaining flexible to the demands of its customer base.
The Anca MX7 Linear grinding centre is the 4th ANCA grinding centre to arrive at ITC and the 5th grinding centre to arrive since the company extended its manufacturing facility by over 50 percent in 2016. The industry leading cutting tool manufacturer has invested well over £1.5m in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to extend its product ranges. The latest ANCA MX7 Linear is the latest addition in a long line of cutting-edge technology to be delivered to further enhance productivity, capacity and the remarkably high-quality standards and benchmark position that ITC upholds within the UK cutting tool sector.
Capable of processing tools up to 300mm long with diameters up to 200mm, the MX7 Linear uses ANCA LinX Linear motors and scales for axis motion, precision and performance. The LinX Linear Motor has higher axis speed and acceleration leading to reduced cycle times while maintaining smoother axis motion. In addition, the latest machine to land on the shop floor at ITC has a permanent magnetic spindle that generates outstanding spindle performance across the entire spindle working range. Providing high torque at lower speeds makes the latest plant acquisition particularly suited for carbide grinding.
The new ANCA MX7 Linear incorporates a Bi-symmetrical gantry design that is proven for ultra-high precision grinding. Evenly straddling the tool centre line, it delivers superior rigidity and maximum resistance to thermal growth while keeping vibration to a minimum. In addition, the MX7 Linear has been specified with an automatic in-process measurement and compensation. This LaserPlus system will enable ITC to utilise the built-in laser probe to accurately measure tool geometries in-process within +/- 2 microns or less, enhancing the precision, performance and consistency of its cutting tool production runs.
The new addition incorporates an ANCA FastLoad-MX automation system. The FastLoad-MX automation system uses the existing machine axes to ensure a compact design with a small footprint and is an economical price. The loader movements are kept simple, making it perfect for ITC to undertake the grinding of tools in small batch sizes.
This high-performance addition will enable ITC to increase its capacity and meet the growing demand for its groundbreaking range of solid carbide round tooling. Furthermore, the characteristics of the ANCA MX7 Linear will support ITC in its drive to ever improve the performance, precision and longevity of its industry leading brands.
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