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New, Affordable Tool Grinder Designed for High-Volume End-Mill Producers

ANCA's new MX5 tool grinder has been designed with the volume producer in mind while also having the flexibility to easily manufacture mixed batches. Providing all the rigidity, stability and accuracy characteristics found in other ANCA machines, the MX 5 delivers at a lower price. "A lower-powered spindle (26kW) and fewer wheel packs (2) is perfect for many user's requirements and is still an ideal specification for the grinding of the majority of HSS and carbide cutting tools up to 16mm (5/8")," said an ANCA spokesman.

Grinding wheel and spindle are supported in the machine by a huge casting called the bi-symmetrical gantry. Evenly straddling the tool center line, the spindle gantry minimizes the effects of thermal growth and provides the high rigidity required for producing consistently accurate tools. This design allows the grinding wheel to remain very close to the C axis pivot point. This configuration produces the highest levels of profile accuracy for tools requiring substantial 5 axis movements, such as corner radius, or ballnose endmills.

"ANCA's challenge was to bring this design to a wider audience. Volume end-mill producers work to very tight profit margins, and although impressed by the MX7, they required a simplified machine at a more economical price," the ANCA spokesman said.

ANCA software has always been versatile and easy to use and now, to coincide with the launch of the MX5, this ease of use is taken to a new level with ToolRoom 2012. This is ANCA's most significant software update in years. It includes an easy-to-use new endmill wizard and intelligent, integrated 3D graphics simulation.

RoboMate is a high capacity and compact loader option available on the MX5 for production or resharpening. Just enter how many of each tool to make and RoboMate figures out the rest. It has a loading time of only 15 seconds.

The MX5 can be fitted with similar accessories to the MX7 such as the Pop Up steady, White stick and Wheel dressing.

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