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CNC tool-grinder specialist Anca has launched the TXcell, a flexible CNC tool grinder with integrated robot work cell designed for efficient cellular tool manufacturing.

The system is able to take bar stock to finished tools in a single setup; the company refers to this process as ‘blanket grinding’.

TXcell is said to offer production flexibility, high productivity and accuracy.

It is equally suited to mass production or small batch sizes and short lead times.

Based on Anca’s TX7+ machine, the TXcell includes a robot cell covering both wheel pack and tool loading.

The system has options of up to 21 wheel pack stations, encompassing wheel diameters of up to 300mm.

The choice of up to four pallet stations further extends unmanned grinding production, with zero retooling between batches.

The advanced cellular concept of TXcell allows robot functionality to be fully utilised for additional operations such as laser etching, tool finishing, fine brush honing, and so on.

Blanket grinding eliminates the need for separate machines and enables the manufacture of the complete tool within a single manufacturing cell.

Anca said it provides a competitive advantage in production flexibility, accuracy and bottom-line profit by reducing time costs and reducing the number of machines needed.

The TXcell’s fast set-up times, together with the reduced need for manual intervention between batches of tools, increases machine up-time.

The system is able to work through three full pallets of tools in a single unmanned run.

TXcell’s productivity is further enhanced with software and accessories.

Anca’s Cimulator3D is able to program and simulate the grinding process offline, while Anca’s MPG Feed is claimed to be the safest and fastest program prove-out technique.

An onboard Iview camera also allows operators to quickly ensure that new tool designs are ready for unmanned production.

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