Pioneers in Machining Technology
A new, high precision, surface grinding machine, the double column, gantry-type ACC-208CHiQ, has been introduced by Okamoto to satisfy demand for top accuracy machining of, for example, motor core dies for the hybrid car sector, or high precision dies used in die coating equipment. The machine is available in the UK through sole sales and service agent, NCMT.
Die and mould components are often large but still require the very best straightness and flatness together with a mirror finish, which the ACC-208CHiQ achieves over 2,000 mm x 1,000 mm. High productivity is a result of features such as a 500mm diameter by 100 mm wide wheel driven by a 22kW motor and shift-plunge grinding cycles. Cycle times are further shortened by combining overhead dressing for rough grinding with table top dressing for finishing.
The new generation of Okamoto's gantry-type, double-column surface grinders brings together years of experience in building such machines with the latest touch screen iQ control. It combines modern CNC technology with an improved graphical user interface developed exclusively by Okamoto. It is capable of basic surface grinding, slot grinding, side face grinding and profile grinding. The easy-to-use software also offers a quick and simple way to make radius or angle wheel shapes via the touch screen.
The ACC-208CHiQ owes its high flatness and straightness accuracy not only to precision, hand scraped table slideways but also to the clever design and accuracy of the cross rail gantry structure. This enables super accurate mechanical adjustment of the gantry slide straightness and does not rely on software correction via the control (patent pending). The actual measured straightness value of the gantry is 0.8 mm over 900 mm. The compact design of the double-column grinding machine requires no more installation space than a standard, single-column machine.
Okamoto has been developing and building gantry type double column surface grinders for many years. In December 2007, it completed the world's largest ultra-precision surface grinder with a hydrostatic slideway and put it into operation grinding the next generation of Okamoto grinders at the company's Annaka factory in Japan. The gross weight of the machine's main body is 250 tons and it is capable of handling a workpiece up to 10 metres in length by 4 metres in width.