For the large-scale production of flat precision components Thielenhaus Microfinish has launched a cost-efficient and compact machining solution
In close collaboration with the Japanese mechanical engineers Nissei, the ultraprecision machine tool producers offer a double-disc grinding machine characterised by four advantages: Precision, cost-effectiveness, ease of use and compactness.
During production, any expensive extra that wasn’t necessary for achieving the stipulated goal was foregone. Instead, it was precision that was of paramount importance: The focus of the design has therefore been laid on a high degree of rigidity: closed box frames instead of a C-frame, forged instead of turned tool spindles, clever positioning of spindle tilting mechanisms and a double-walled frame design for temperature insensitivity. Indeed, the all-important dressing process requires such rigidity to create the appropriate tool geometries.
Other highlights include the spindle sleeve feed system in conjunction with a worm gear, the associated patented pneumatic compensation for thread play and high-precision ABEC-7 class bearings. Furthermore, effective standard features, such as an automatic tool-wear compensation system for the lower grinding disc by means of in-process measurement, are also included.
Exceptional machining results
With steel precision discs with a diameter of 68 mm, for example, parallelism below 3 µm and surface results of Ra 3.2 µm can be achieved with a cycle time of 0.6 seconds. In another application, the machine achieves a removal of up to 0.6 mm per pass.
Ease of use is a further crucial advantage. A patented swivel transport disc bracket allows the operator to change the grinding discs easily through the large front opening just a few seconds after the spindles have come to a stop. With an adaptable tool-changing aid this can be done in just a few minutes. Depending on the tolerances to be achieved, workpieces can be machined using a flow, flow/plunge or oscillation process. For the highest component specifications, the workpieces can also be propelled in the grinding gap with the appropriate transport disc designs.
Nissei has managed to compress this vertical machining solution into a footprint of just 2 x 2.5 m including the control cabinet, which also makes it suitable for compact production lines. There are various automatic loading options for feeding and removing workpieces, ranging from stack magazines to robots.
The vertical double-sided grinding machines are available in eight models with different grinding disc sizes up to a diameter of 760 mm. Depending on the machine model and process, rotationally symmetrical workpieces from a thickness of 0.8 mm and up to a diameter of 220 mm can be machined.
Whilst Nissei is responsible for the construction, installation and running-in of the client’s workpieces, all service aspects, including dealing with enquiries, advice, quotations and sample processing, through to commissioning, training, warranties and after-sales, are provided by the Thielenhaus team for Europe and North America. As a result, operators have the advantage of a local contact who can be reached quickly throughout the whole life cycle via the 24/7 service hotline. With this support, even small and medium-sized companies are able to purchase and operate a high-quality Japanese machine with a long service life and outstanding cost-effectiveness.
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