As machine tools become older they may lose their accuracy and become unreliable, down times become more frequent and spare parts may be difficult to obtain, this will make your production more costly and therefore reduce your profitability.
Let us become your Partners in Production – our knowledge, experience and support can work for you. IMTS offers, Complete Rebuilds, utilising existing machine bases and castings. Partial Rebuilds, all wear parts, bearings, belts, lead-screws etc. are replaced.
A rebuilt grinding machine will often have an even higher specification than the original, greater flexibility, more speed, power, and accuracy.
As a grinding machine rebuilder IMTS has a great deal of experience working with cylindrical, internal and surface grinders.
All replaced parts and labour are guaranteed for 12 months.
Old hydraulics will be replaced with ball screws and IMTS will design a new control panel incorporating CNC control, electrical interface components such as drives, relays etc. The cost of a retrofit can vary considerably, depending upon the amount of work necessary, the choice of system, the type and size of motor drives etc.
Savings can be up to one third, in some cases up to fifty percent of the cost of a new machine. The machine is designed to manufacture your own specific components. IMTS offer a design and build service, working with clients to achieve the latest technological solutions to production problems. We have a great deal of experience with retrofitting Fanuc, Num, and Siemens controls into rebuilt grinding machines.
IMTS CNC Software
IMTS Ltd has been writing grinding software for over twenty years, predominately for the Automotive, Aerospace, Bearing and Tool Grinding industries. Over the years we have listened carefully to our customers and followed the requirements of the industry. IMTS Grinding Software has always been driven by our customer’s needs, this has encouraged a customer-centred approach to software design.
The software package that IMTS now offers, is the combined result of some of our most challenging projects. Combining techniques developed by ourselves, and also techniques favoured by our customers. Some issues that have been addressed include:
- Minimise Set-up time – Through the use of a Menu System.
- User friendly – Using jargon-free terminology.
- Minimise down-time – With comprehensive diagnostics.
IMTS Grinding Software includes all the standard features one would expect. Including, teach facilities for both the diamond(s) and the part, in-cycle emergency retract, facilities for gap elimination, length positioning and gauging.
For dressing, IMTS Grinding Software includes our Diamond Contact Monitor. This minimises dressing time by increasing the speed of the diamond when the diamond is not physically touching the wheel. This facility alone will dramatically reduce the time taken to form a new wheel. This software package includes as standard, straight, angle, and radius dressing of the wheel. Also included is the Five Element dressing profile. This profile can be modified (through a menu) to produce more complex dressing profiles.
The Five Element dressing profile can incorporate the use of two diamonds, and profiles can be saved within the control itself. We can also create any other profiles you may need. All dressing profiles can be viewed on screen as a graphic, to ensure the correct form before actually dressing it into the wheel.
On the grinding cycle side, the system offers multiple diameters using a variety of grinding cycles. The types of grinding cycle include straight plunge, face grind, angle grind, four variations of traverse cycle, three variations of taper grinding, shoulder grinding, and plunge then traverse cycle. Any of the grinding cycles can be employed on any diameter of the part. To change from one grinding cycle to another is only a matter of pressing one button in the menu system, the system will then only allow the parameters for that particular cycle to be modified, thus reducing the chance of errors. To add a diameter on a part literally takes only seconds to set-up through the menu system.
The menu system has been developed with the operator in mind. It is easy to navigate and operate but still provides maximum flexibility. Training requirements to operate this system are minimal, and no previous CNC knowledge is necessary. Full documentation and training manuals are, of course, provided as part of the system. IMTS Ltd. is an officially approved integrator of Fanuc, Siemens and NUM products.
IMTS specialize in rebuilding and retrofitting grinding machines to suite most grinding applications, Adapting the machine, electrics and software to achieve the best results. All mechanical and electrical drawings will also be re-designed.
Special Purpose Machines
We are often supplied with a finished component (to reduce manufacturing time), or drawings to produce the component. IMTS will formulate a process to manufacture the component using IMTS software design.
IMTS can offer high precision grinding machines to suit the customers specification. And can adapt our software and grinding cycles to suit any application, from tenths of microns to hundredths of a thou.