ANCA to launch automated laser marking system at EMO

A worker loads the AutoMarkX, an automatic stand-alone laser marking station replacing a manual and labor-intensive process. (Courtesy: ANCA)

As the cutting tool industry moves toward more complex geometries and away from standard tools, manufacturers are seeking new solutions. Often referenced as special tools, ANCA will showcase the technology, software, and automation at EMO Milano 2021 (October 4-9) that enables customers to design and grind multiple tool types in one batch, making special tools a more profitable strategy.

ANCA co-founder Patrick Boland said, “Customers are after more productivity, higher accuracy, and increased process stability. There is great interest in automation, Industry 4.0, and technologies that can digitally connect all aspects of production. What’s new at ANCA is what we call AIMS, or the ‘ANCA Integrated Manufacturing System.’ It’s the overarching platform under which we’ll be releasing software and hardware though the coming years. At the top is a suite of management software, and underneath is all the hardware necessary to grind, measure, and process complex cutting tools.

“We are proud to have our new AutoMarkX laser marking system on the stand at EMO, a machine that further simplifies the tool manufacturing process by achieving greater efficiencies and reductions in simple manual tasks. Compatible with ANCA’s flexible software suite, AutoMarkX automatically loads tools directly from grinding machine pallets to be laser marked. ANCA’s own technology is designed for integration with AIMS (ANCA Integrated Manufacturing System), to automatically receive and dispatch pallets using an AMR (Autonomous Mobile Robot) while connectivity to the AIMS server provides the data to be marked on the tools,” Boland said.

AutoMarkX is AIMS compatible, which means it can work in a fully automatic mode without a need for human intervention, if required. The operator can load pallets full of tools and walk away to take care of more productive and value-adding tasks. The unit can accommodate a wide range of tool sizes, making it a versatile proposition for many manufacturers.