The new KX 260 Dynamic gear center minimizes auxiliary process times while reducing set-up times, according to Kapp Niles. According to the company, both axes of the machine are mounted on one pivoted workpiece column and its twin spindle pick-up concept is outstanding in gear-grinding manufacturing. While machining one part, as the manufacturers explain, the other pick-up axis unloads the fully machined and de-oiled workpiece and loads a non-machined one. After clamping the workpiece, the column rotates to the alignment device NC-controlled. As soon as the alignment process is finished, the workpiece spindle is able to accelerate to the grinding speed, reducing the non-productive process times to a minimum. Thanks to the integrated loading function as well as the option of an automatic change of clamping fixtures, the gear center is particularly suitable for the medium- and large-batch production of external spur and helical gears for parts up to 260 mm in diameter. As the exhibitors point out, the clear labeling of the clamping, dressing and grinding tool via RFID chips is the main requirement for a zero-defect strategy during the set-up process as well as an intelligent monitoring of production materials in line with Industry 4.0.
Gear center with a new two-spindle pick-up concept
The new KX 260 Dynamic gear center is designed to reduce secondary process times to a minimum. The pick-up concept with integrated loading function and an automatic change of the workpiece clamping is seen as decisive.