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ANCA launches linear motor tool grinders

ANCA launched the new FX Linear range of CNC tool grinders at the IMTS exhibition in Chicago in September.

The models in the range include the FX3 Linear – an entry level model, FX5 Linear which replaces the existing FastGrind machine and the FX7 Linear which replaces existing GX7/RX7 machines.

“ANCA has been a silent observer of Linear Motors for many years and felt that the technology available was not ideally suited to the harsh environment produced within a grinding machine. It was this lack of available technology that prompted ANCA to design and develop our own range of cylindrical Linear Motors,” said ANCA CEO Grant Anderson.

According to the company, the FX Linear range is ideal for everything from light manufacturing, to regrinding and even full production. Its best performance and productivity range is for tools up to a diameter of 12mm. It can grind tools up to a diameter of 200mm.

Features include a new touchscreen customisable with Windows that enables swipe and multi-touch, handheld pendant for easier set-up and an easy to access front loader door.

The FX Linear is a compact machine with a large working envelope. The grinding wheel is positioned on the C-axis centreline which together with the compact design reduces the effects of temperature influence on machine elements. This assists in the thermal stability and rigidity of the machine. The FX machine range includes new generation RN33 software, latest generation AMD5x control system and a high performance CNC.

The FX Linear machines use LinX Linear Motors for accurate axis motion. These have been designed for a lifetime of operation in harsh grinding environments. Their design is fully sealed to IP67 and is impervious to the effects of grinding contamination. With no mechanical moving parts there is no loss of machine accuracy over time due to wear. Higher axis speed and acceleration provides reduced cycle times, resulting in productivity increases for tool manufacturers. 

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