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Tools a cut above thanks to ZOLLER UK/ANCA partnership

ZOLLER UK has provided a bespoke interface solution for ANCA, meaning the tools it grinds can be measured and validated remotely, quickly and precisely to ensure they are of the right quality to create top-grade parts.

The ANCA machine simply transfers a data file to the ZOLLER smartCheck system, which uses advanced ‘reGrind’ software to check all features of the tool against nominal values in a matter of just seconds.

The results are then automatically communicated straight back to the ANCA machine, which at the touch of a button can begin the re-grinding process to correct any errors that may have been discovered, ensuring 100 per cent tool accuracy.

Coventry-based ANCA, a renowned manufacturer of CNC tool and cutter grinders, said the solution was already proving popular among its customers. The process is not only much faster and more accurate than manual measurement, but also removes the risk of human error associated with writing down values and transporting them to a CNC machine for manual input.

Leigh Tricklebank is the Sales Manager at ZOLLER, which is the only company in the UK solely dedicated to supplying offline tool pre-setting and inspection equipment, making it unique in its ability to offer impartial, unrivalled expertise and support.

He said: “To produce high-precision tools you really need an in-depth understanding of the component geometries and features in relation to grinding processes, and the implications of any changes.

“Our intuitive ZOLLER software and bespoke grinding interfaces facilitate parametric teach-in features to reduce first-off times, re-work and operator influence.  

“We have developed a bespoke piece of software with ANCA which measures different features within the grinding path – diameter, helix, taper and so on.

“By having the master grinding path from ANCA going into our machine, we offset the results and send that back to ANCA. It makes it a very fluid process.”

ZOLLER’s high-performance smartCheck machine is designed for all cutting tools, enabling efficient checking before and after the sharpening process to ensure absolute precision and documented results.

The increased efficiency in production cycles enjoyed by users of ZOLLER UK’s world-leading products elicits a rapid return on investment, in addition to a significant boost in business reliability and reputation.