After much anticipation ANCA launched the new FX Linear range of CNC tool grinders at the IMTS exhibition in Chicago in September. The range includes 3 models and represents not just a completely new design of machine and colour for ANCA, but also a significant number of new technologies – including cylindrical linear motors for the first time.
The models in the range include the FX3 Linear – an entry level model, FX5 Linear which replaces the existing FastGrind machine and the FX7 Linear which replaces existing GX7/RX7 machines.
As the CEO, Grant Anderson, launched the machines he advised those attending, "ANCA has been a silent observer of Linear Motors for many years and felt that the technology available was not ideally suited to the harsh environment produced within a grinding machine. It was this lack of available technology that prompted ANCA to design and develop our own range of cylindrical Linear Motors."
The FX Linear range is ideal for everything from light manufacturing, to regrinding and even full production. Its best performance and productivity range is for tools up to a diameter of 12mm (1/2”). It can grind tools up to a diameter of 200mm (7.78”).
Many new noteworthy features have been included in the range to make an operator’s life easier. These include a new touch screen customisable with Windows that enables swipe and multi-touch, handheld pendant for easier set-up and an easy to access front loader door.
The new touch screen monitor uses Windows 8 functionality such as multi touch, swipe and zoom
The remote handheld pendant allows operator improved access for machine set-up
The loader access door allows the pallets to slide out for
easy operator access to tools for the Robot loader
The FX Linear is a compact machine with a large working envelope. The grinding wheel is positioned on the C-axis centreline which together with the compact design reduces the effects of temperature influence on machine elements. This assists in the thermal stability and rigidity of the machine. The FX Linear machine range includes ANCA's ToolRoom software, latest generation AMD5x control system and a high performance CNC.
The FX Linear machines use LinX Linear Motors for accurate axis motion (X & Y axes). These have been designed for a lifetime of operation in harsh grinding environments. Their design is fully sealed to IP67 and impervious to the effects of grinding contamination. By design, no additional load is placed on the machine guidance due to magnetic attraction. With no mechanical moving parts there is no loss of machine accuracy over time due to wear. Higher axis speed and acceleration provides reduced cycle times, resulting in productivity increases for tool manufacturers. High levels of machine precision and performance are achieved, enabling superior tool accuracy and surface finish.
The FX3 Linear is an entry-level machine for tool manufacturers looking for an affordable first step into CNC tool grinding, or a good quality, basic machine. Whatever your needs this machine provides the kind of technology and rigid accuracy not usually available at this price. If you don’t need automation then the FX3 Linear could be a suitable tool grinder for you. It has a 9.5kW wheel spindle which provides ample power to cover a wide range of applications all at an economical price.
If you need automation and the versatility of more options, then the FX5 Linear will suit your needs. It has a spindle power of 9.5kW and also has an automatic 2-wheel changer for an increased range of wheels and tool types. Together with optional automatic headstock clamping and the FastLoad-FX compact loader it can provide unmanned operation and the flexibility to easily handle small and mixed batches of tools.
For those that require the increased flexibility of more spindle power, or the increased automation capacity that a robot can provide, the FX7 Linear is the machine that you are looking for. It is the premium tool grinder in the FX Linear range and provides exceptional value for money. The more powerful 19kW wheel spindle provides high levels of speed and productivity to tackle a wider range of tools, making it perfect for manufacturing and resharpening.
More information on the FX Linear range can be found on the ANCA website, or send an email to request further information.
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