NAGEL adds horizontal honing machine for small bore diameters

Innovative honing machine for Ø up to 40 mm with fully automatic set-up and part handling. (Courtesy: Nagel)

The highest precision and quality with simple operation are already features of the ECOHO-NE H series from NAGEL Maschinen-und Werkzeugfabrik GmbH. However, the company proves that even these features can be surpassed with its new horizontal honing machine, which can work on small bore diameters up to 40 mm in diameter. At the same time, it offers a fully automatic changer for worn tools.

“We have packed all the NAGEL know-how into this small system so that in the future we can offer our precision as world market-leader in the lower budget range as well,” said Michael Nagel. He is responsible for the ECOHO-NE series, among others.

The innovation of the single-spindle honing machine lies in its built-in robot cell. It performs many other functions in addition to workpiece handling. For example, it automatically changes the machine’s work tools as they become worn out, if a replacement is available in the designated tool magazine. It also automatically aligns the newly exchanged tools, thereby avoiding the need for long downtimes while manual alignment takes place.

The robot cell can do even more: It also equips the ECOHO-NE H for new workpieces automatically.

“If it recognizes a workpiece pallet with new material, the machine is set up automatically,” said Nagel. “This means fixtures, tools, measuring equipment, and much more are all changed fully automatically.”

Speaking of measuring equipment, the robotic cell can be equipped with the required auxiliary stations if desired. Whether for pre-testing, re-measuring, brushing or oil-free parts, everything can be individually configured. The robot takes over the handling of the parts. All these functions can be integrated at low cost.

Automatic error correction and the evaluation of measurement data (SPC) are also feasible in this price class. The horizontal honing machine is suitable for small and large series production of workpieces made from a variety of materials, ranging from metal to glass or graphite. For large series production, the machine can be extended by a second honing unit.