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Jones & Shipman looking to a ‘supreme’ MACH!
Jones & Shipman looking to a ‘supreme’ MACH!

Jones & Shipman looking to a ‘supreme’ MACH!

Added to MTDCNC by Hardinge Jones & Shipman on 14 March 2014

Jones & Shipman Hardinge is using the MACH 2014 platform to give a UK debut to its latest version cylindrical grinder – the J&S Suprema 1000M – in addition to demonstrating its popular high specification UltraMat 1000 CNC surface grinder, a Kellenberger Kel-Vista UR 175/1000 universal cylindrical grinder and the 524 EASY ‘Self Teach’ surface grinder.

All four machines highlight the Hardinge Grinding Group’s extensive capabilities across the spectrum of grinding from very high precision one off or tool room work machines to batch work or demanding high volume production operations.

The latest J&S Suprema 1000M is a high precision numerically controlled cylindrical grinder which features several important upgrades to help end users achieve even greater productivity and flexibility whilst maintaining the core advantages of the J&S ‘Easy’ programming system.
 
The key upgrade is an uprated control system to a Fanuc Power Motion i-A that offers increased on line storage for dressing and grind programmes with improved reaction times to further improve programming and set up times.

These are accessed via a new colour touch screen used to access J&S’s own simple and fast-to-set ‘Easy’ software, coupled with membrane-type touch keys and electronic handwheels.
In effect, these ‘Self-Teach’ grinders will enable inexperienced and experienced operators alike to be immediately more productive.

Increased wheel diameters on both the left and right hand external wheels offer longer wheel life and improved productivity by reducing the number of dresses required in the grinding cycles. An optional increase to the wheel head power will also permit further improvements in productivity and reduced time cycles.

The ongoing need for high geometric accuracy with quick changeovers on cylindrical grinding machines was a key factor in the design and development of the robust Suprema machines. Available in three grinding length capacities (650mm, 1000mm and 1500mm an additional bonus comes from each model having automatic dressing and grinding cycles which means they can be quickly set, then left unmanned.

Also featured at MACH will be the latest Jones & Shipman UltraMat 1000 CNC universal cylindrical grinder equipped with the latest Fanuc Oi-TD touch screen CNC control with a Windows embedded system.  This offers the operator all of the advantages of CNC control without the complexity of traditional CNC systems.

A range of options enable the user to tailor the machine precisely to the project in hand.  These include external, angle head, universal, twin wheel and fully automatic ‘B’ axis along with loading, gauging and probing.

Based on a robust one piece ‘Tee Bed’ design UltraMat satisfies a response from manufacturers for a high accuracy Production Cylindrical Grinding Machine.

It is available in two grinding length capacities of 650 and 1000mm, each with four wheelhead options.  Features include faster set-ups and operating efficiency achieved via the Fanuc 0i-TD with touchscreen control and a Windows embedded system with J&S’s own software designed to minimise set up times.

These features and more create a machine offering unrivalled ease of use coupled with the highest productivity.

As with all J&S machines, great emphasis has been placed on machine design and build quality to enable maximum thermal stability and heat isolation to ensure the consistency of the finished workpiece.

The latest J&S 524 EASY surface and profile grinder has also been extensively upgraded and now features a Fanuc Power Motion i-A control offering an extensive memory upgrade for dressing and grind programmes with improved reaction times to further improve programming and set up times.

This self teach grinder also uses J&S’s own simple and fast-to-set ‘Easy’ software, coupled with membrane-type touch keys and electronic handwheels.

At start-up it offers the operator three simple options: Manual, Dress or Grind cycle modes.  Each option has been developed to the operator easy-to-follow icon based programming screens giving the advantage of CNC control without the complexity of traditional CNC systems. This extremely simple system guides the operator and allows him to digitise positions and create programs without any computer knowledge.

Other key features of the latest upgrade include a colour touchscreen and USB connectivity.

Finally the Kellenberger KEL-VISTA UR 175/1000 will be featured.  Positioned as an ‘economical/ universal’ CNC grinding machine with a wide range of end user markets the KEL-VISTA 175/1000 can accommodate operations ranging from complex die and mould manufacture to small and medium batch production work.

Recognised as ‘a good all-rounder’ it is a cost effective CNC alternative to hydraulically controlled cylindrical grinders and with its simple, user friendly menu based programming, widens its areas of application even to operators with limited programming capabilities.

Other features of the UR 175/1000 include a compact design with small footprint, a thermally stable swiveling workhead suited to chuck work and grinding between dead centre’s and thermally optimised bearings to guarantee highest roundness and dimensional accuracy.

The ergonomic design with a low machine platform ensure easy manual loading and unloading which also contributes to rapid change over times thanks to a travel stick and hand wheel.

A range of options enable the user to tailor the machine precisely to the project in hand.  These include external, angle head, universal, twin wheel and fully automatic ‘B’ axis along with loading, gauging and probing.

All of these machines will be undertaking live demonstrations on the stand and Jones & Shipman personnel will be available for in-depth discussions on the respective machine capabilities.

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