New! Auto-Stick - the Time-saving Wheel Conditioning System


ANCA have released a range of Auto-Stick automated wheel-conditioning systems for ANCA tool grinders.

The 1, 2 or 4 position Auto-Stick systems are used for in-between cycle conditioning (sticking) of resin bonded CBN and diamond grinding wheels.

The Auto-Stick saves valuable time and increases operator safety by removing the need to perform this important task manually. 

Regular sticking of grinding wheels will ensure maximum results from Diamond and CBN wheels.

 Auto-Stick for the MX tool grinder range
4 position Auto-Stick for the MX tool grinder range

How Auto-Stick helps your wheels last longer

When continually grinding, wheels become glazed, or loaded. Auto-Stick clears away small amounts of the resin bond in the wheel. The sticking process exposes the diamond and removes chips (swarf) embedded in the wheel so the wheel cuts better. A well-conditioned wheel grinds with lower grinding pressure. It will produce more parts in less time, and will LAST LONGER.

However, when wheel conditioning is not performed, a wheel can become loaded with carbide or high speed steel chips. It will then grind with greater grinding pressure and have a lower Grinding Ratio. The Grinding Ratio is the ratio of the volume of ground material removed from the workpiece, to the volume removed from the grinding wheel. You are therefore aiming for a higher Grinding Ratio.

The Auto-Stick system provides automated in-between cycle sticking of grinding wheels which:

  • Reduces tool burn and wheel glazing
  • Improves feed rates, cycle times and life expectancy of the wheels
  • Enables longer unmanned production runs

Operating Auto-Stick with ToolRoom software

Wheel conditioning is accessed in the ANCA ToolRoom software under DRESS WHEEL.

In the software, the operator can account for a range of process variables:

  • Wheel profile
  • Wheel speed
  • Frequency of sticking
  • Depth of sticking via plunge/wipe
  • Compensation for wheel wear
  • Selection of wheel surface 

The Auto-Stick system is set up in the software so the least amount of stick material is used.


4 position Auto-Stick on TX7 
2 position Auto-Stick on TX7 tool grinder

The sticks on the Auto-Stick have the following dimensions:

  • 25mm x 25mm (1” x 1”) OR
  • 25mm x 20mm (1” x ¾”)

How many sticks you can have on your Auto-Stick depends on the model of tool grinder you have. Each model is designed to suit a specific design of Auto-Stick. See the table below to see the suitable Auto-Stick for your machine.                                                                          

Auto-Stick model for each ANCA tool grinder

 Tool Grinder  Model of Auto-Stick
TXcell 2 or 4 sticks (option)
TX7 2 or 4 sticks (option)
MX7 1 to 4 sticks (option)
MX5 1 to 4 sticks (option)
GX7 1 stick (option)
FastGrind 1 stick (option)


Using Auto-Stick the wheels mounted on a wheel pack can be conditioned quickly, easily and automatically.

Auto-Stick ensures greater productivity and increased profits when grinding cutting tools.

To find out more about Auto-Stick contact your local ANCA representative.

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