Illustration: All sorts of different parts and materials can be ground on the machine, including tungsten carbide. Here, for example, tools for Betek, Sitek and for an external client that makes aerosol cans.
Illustration: Stefan Moosmann from the toolmaking shop at the new CNC grinding machine.
Since late 2011, our toolmaking shop has boasted a new CNC circular grinder from Swiss manufacturers Studer. Pieces of up to 80kg in weight or a diameter of as much as 350mm and up to 650mm long can be worked on the machine. The machine can grind parts with complex shapes, e.g. with several different radii and crossovers, in one single process, something that was previously possible only in multiple stages and with corresponding retooling. It is also easy on the machine to switch between external and internal grinding.
The modern software enables exact, automatic positioning of the pieces to be ground. The machine can grind a variety of materials, e.g. including tungsten carbide (illustrated). The toolmaking operation and thus our business divisions benefit through use of the new grinding machine from short job times and a higher level of machine availability.