The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-10-13T00:15:09Z Improving Efficiency in CNC Machines 2015-10-13T00:15:09Z improving-efficiency-in-cnc-machines How Inefficiency Impacts Business Even the smallest area of inefficiency can have a flow on effect throughout your business and negatively impact your bottom line. Machine backlash is an issue that CNC businesses need to manage with precision for not only surface finishes and dimensional accuracy but also to help reduce the amount of scrap produced. Scrap is costly to your business financially as replacement of materials utilises time and money that could be spent better elsewhere within your business. Machine speed is another area that can have a direct impact on your business. If outdated machinery is slowing down the speed of production then it is effectively costing you money whilst also reducing your global output. Investing in new and more efficient machinery may require a financial outlay initially, but will reward you in the long run by reducing production costs and increasing your productivity, in turn, making your business more money and seeing a quicker return on your investment. Machines & Energy Efficiency Energy efficiency is the practice of reducing your company’s energy usage whilst still being able to produce the same quantity and quality of product. When it comes to machine efficiency, areas of concern for a CNC business are the length of time a machine is considered non-productive and a machines down time. Not only do both concerns cost your business money but the flow on effect to staff attitudes and lowering of morale and productivity as a result of reoccurring machine issues create an unsupported working environment. Electricity and gas prices for the manufacturing industry have risen by 60% (for electricity) and 29% (for gas) in the past ten years [1] and this trend is set to continue. Energy efficiency schemes accounted for 53% of the reduction in energy demand since 2008[2]. Adopting an energy efficient strategy can help reduce your business’s overall running costs allowing those funds to be invested in other areas to promote growth and innovation. The LinX® Solution The new state of the art LinX® Linear Motor, designed by the engineers at ANCA Motion, is able to effectively assist businesses in increasing their efficiency. The cylindrical linear motor design provides improved performance at a lower cost when compared to conventional flat linear and rotary motors. Its patent pending thermal barrier is designed to separate and remove heat from the motor, eradicating thermal growth for the machine. The LinX design allows the motor to connect to the existing machines cooling system, requiring no additional cooling system. This not only increases factory floor space but reduces systems costs and energy output. In addition, the LinX motor offers improved cycle times through higher acceleration and rapid traverse rates. The combination of improved cost performance and reduced cycle times boasts smoother axis motion (reduced friction), improving the overall efficiency of businesses using CNC’s. Another advantage of the LinX Motor is its ability to lower a machines down time as it produces no backlash and boasts minute reversal errors that are generally associated with rotary ball screw motors. The cost of scrap metal is also lower by these improved features as reversal errors & backlash can be costly to businesses. Designed to improve efficiency, the LinX motor’s zero net attractive forces produce no down force, helping to extend a machines life and provide a greater return on investment. The LinX Motor requires reduced servicing and maintenance as  the  motors  do  not  wear  due to no contacting  parts.  Another  advantage  of  this is that no lubrication is  required  and  machines will not have loss of preload or rigidity, therefore less consumables need to be purchased and contamination of the coolant oil is eliminated. All of these improvements reduces business energy output, running costs and fiscal implications whilst increasing production and productivity to your bottom line. For more information on the LinX® motor, visit ancamotion.com. ANCA MOTION DESIGNES ADVANCED LINEAR MOTOR 2015-09-29T23:31:25Z anca-motion-designes-advanced-linear-motor ANCA Motion is excited to announce with the release of its new LinX® Linear Motor. The new state of the art motor has significant benefits over other traditional motors with ground breaking technology and design. At a glance, the LinX® Linear Motor offers: · Continuous force range of 333N to 665N · High speed & acceleration force up to 4272N  · Designed for machine tool applications · Efficient cooling & thermal barrier · Low maintenance & installation costs · Zero backlash & zero down force · Efficient magnetic design & significantly reduced cogging The innovative LinX® Linear Motor offered by ANCA Motion provides improved performance at lower cost when compared to conventional flatbed linear motors and rotary motors. The cylindrical design and the extremely strong magnetic flux deliver excellent efficiency with continuous force from 333N to 665N and peak force from 2136N to 4272N. The high speed and acceleration, standalone thermal stability and the ability to achieve IP69K protection make LinX® an ideal solution for machine tools, food processing and other automation industries. ANCA Motion has refined the cylindrical motor even further with the LinX® linear motors thermal barrier design (international patent pending). The thermal barrier is designed to separate and remove heat from the motor, eradicating thermal growth for the machine and making the motor substantially cooler. This has enabled ANCA Motion to remove the need for a dedicated cooling system as the LinX® is able to use the machines current coolant system, improving floor space and reducing system costs. The LinX® motor design helps improve machine life and wear on guide ways or rails. It eliminates the downforce associated with flatbed motors, due to the zero net attractive forces. Because the magnets are contained within the stainless steel cylinder, machine builders can align the motor easier than before allowing machines to be built faster and safer.       Being cylindrical in profile, the LinX® system is also far more compact than flatbed motors, effectively fitting into a similar space as would a regular ball-screw and circular motor. This allows easy re-engineering & integration into machines requiring minimal floor space. With no down force and no cogging, the LinX® produces truly amazing machine performance with direct motion control resulting in a smoother motor and superior surface finish. The LinX® Linear motor can be used with any servo drive or when connected to ANCA Motion’s AMD5x and enabled with a unique algorithm, it increases axis stiffness and helps to minimises axis deflection with greater accuracy. Overall when you combine the LinX® linear motor with an external position sensor, you can achieve improved surface finish and component accuracy. The LinX® linear motor allows you to reduce necessary floor space, machine downtime, backlash and position errors. The benefits of the higher force and speed allow you to increase productivity and customer satisfaction, making the LinX® Linear Motor the new standard in linear motors.   ANCA Motion are a designer and manufacturer of flexible control systems, specialising in high precision CNC machines, for over 40 years. Tailoring hardware and software for OEM’s requirements and providing custom solutions in motion control. For more information visit www.ancamotion.com. Flexible Control Systems 2015-09-23T00:53:11Z flexible-control-systems   ANCA Motion designs and manufacture flexible control systems, specialising in high precision CNC machines. We tailor our hardware and software to a OEMs exacting requirements, providing solutions that give customers a competitive edge. Our continuous support and innovation throughout the life of the product allows us to deliver world class products and service. Laser & plasma cutting, multi axis machining, automation, profile cutting and customised solutions are just some of the applications we specialise in. Originally starting out in CNC and motors our ability to provide customers with automated control solutions for all industries has seen our product range expand into servo drives, IO, EtherCAT®, user interfaces and software. Our most recent advancement in technology has come from our LinX® linear motor. Unlike traditional motors the LinX® linear motor helps improve machine life and wear on guide ways or rails. It eliminates the downforce associated with flat motors, due to the zero net attractive forces. The magnetic flux in the new LinX® motor is circular, which comes with it enormous benefits. There is also no back-iron, further reducing cogging and resulting in a smoother motion and superior surface finish. The LinX® linear motors patent pending thermal barrier is designed to separate and remove heat from the motor, eradicating thermal growth for the machine and making the motor substantially cooler. This has enabled ANCA Motion to remove the need for a dedicated cooling system as the LinX® is able to use the machines current coolant system, improving floor space and reduce system costs. With no down force and no cogging, and ability of IP69K rating, the LinX® produces truly amazing machine performance is a perfect fit for the automation market and is a superior replacement for ball screw motors in new machine designs looking for greater performance. The LinX® linear motor will be on display at the EMO Milano exhibition in Italy 5-10 October as well at the SPS IPC Drives exhibition in Germany from 24-26 November. ANCA Motion are a designer and manufacturer of flexible control systems, specialising in high precision CNC machines, for over 40 years. Tailoring hardware and software for OEM’s requirements and providing custom solutions in motion control. For more information visit www.ancamotion.com. ANCA Motion LinX® Linear Motor Offers Machine Manufacturers a Sharp Edge 2015-09-15T02:27:10Z -223 ANCA Machine Tools (hereafter referred to as AMT) celebrated its 40th anniversary of operation at year-end 2014. Founded by Pat Boland and Pat McCluskey 40 years ago in Melbourne, AMT has grown into a truly global organisation with manufacturing sites and branch offices all around the world. Today, AMT is a market leader in quality CNC grinding machines. AMT’s success is a result of its continuous development of cutting-edge technology and a focus on innovation. Continuing in that tradition, AMT has launched a number of new machines in 2014, aiming at strengthening the value proposition they offer to the customers. Significant inclusion to their range are the FX Linear and MX Linear machines. Both machines are powered by LinX® Linear Motor (International Patent Pending) developed by ANCA Motion, a sister company of AMT. Figure 1 – ANCA Motion’s LinX® Linear Motor Prior to FX Linear and MX Linear machines, AMT had been a silent observer on linear motor technology for many years. “AMT was aware of the benefits that can be brought by linear motors. Over time the ball screws can wear even on the best machines and you have to consider backlash and the loss of preload.” Simon Richardson, AMT MX platform product manager said, “When installing and aligning a ball screw on a machine, tighter tolerances are required over the entire length of the ball screw when compared to fitment of linear motors.” Figure 2 – AMT’s FX Linear and MX Linear Machines However, AMT has resisted using linear motors for quite a long time. Philip Wysocki, Electrical systems engineer in AMT said, “The traditional linear motor is flat in construction, which creates a lot of issues when implementing these motors on machines.” Machines with flatbed linear motors typically require a separate chiller for thermal stability, and the attractive force between coil and magnet bed creates tremendous downforces on the bearings, making everything wear faster and hence decreasing efficiency. In addition, flatbed style linear motors used in grinding machines typically have a back-iron in their magnetic circuit which further increases the downforces and creates cogging. Figure 3 - ANCA Motion’s LinX® Linear Motor It’s until the arrival of a breakthrough innovation, ANCA Motion’s cylindrical LinX® Linear Motor, AMT believes that they saw a technology they felt confident to adopt into their tool grinding machines. LinX® Linear Motor overcomes all the problems related to flatbed linear motor and delivers superior performance thanks to its state-of-art cylindrical design. ANCA Motion’s LinX® Linear Motor consists of a shaft containing magnets and a forcer containing wound copper coils. The symmetric design results in zero attractive forces between the forcer and shaft, greatly reducing the loading requirement on support bearings. The thermal barrier design separates and removes heat from the motor, eradicating thermal growth for the machine. “Thanks to its excellent standalone thermal stability, AMT’s machines don’t require a dedicated chiller for the LinX® Linear Motor! This is a huge advantage over competitor’s flatbed motor based machines, significantly reducing the power usage and space occupation,” said Simon. With LinX®’s simple construction, non-critical air gap and no physical contact between shaft and forcer, machine manufacturers can greatly simplify installation, reduce maintenance and extend machine life. The LinX®’s design allows it to easily replace ball screws in existing machines and makes the machine design a lot easier. “Due to its simple construction, only one or two supports are required at the shaft ends depending on its orientation. Not only has the axis installation time been significantly reduced by more than 200% when compared to ball screws, but the installation of LinX® motors is much safer than flatbed linear motors,” Philip continued. Figure 4 – Surface finish under high magnification microscope The ironless design of ANCA Motion’s LinX® Linear Motor and even force over entire stroke bring out unprecedented motion performance, and because of its direct drive nature the motor can track motion commands more accurately and repetitively to achieve better surface finish. Simon added, “With LinX® Linear Motor, we don’t need to worry about cogging, backlash or reversal error. The tool’s surface finish ground by a LinX® powered machine is significantly better than the result from a best performance ball screw machine. You can see the tangible difference easily. This is just unbelievable when you are talking about microns!” In addition to the improved surface finish, the LinX® Linear Motor also enhances the cycle time due to it higher acceleration and faster traverse speed. Overall, ANCA Motion’s innovative LinX® Linear Motor provides improved performance at lower cost with excellent efficiency when compared to ball screws and flatbed linear motors. The standalone thermal stability, high speed and acceleration, zero down forces and the ability to achieve IP69K protection make LinX® an ideal solution for machine tools. After the launch of FX Linear and MX Linear machines, LinX® powered machines have been installed at various regions all around the world. AMT customers are very satisfied with the performance of these machines. ANCA Motion, as a designer and manufacturer of flexible motion control systems, will continue to deliver innovative products to support their customers’ on-going success. EtherCAT Servo Drive Starter Kit from ANCA Motion 2013-04-22T05:02:40Z ethercat-servo-drive-starter-kit-from-anca-motion Monday, 22 April 2013 - ANCA Motion is changing the way servo drives and automation equipment is distributed, sold, and supported. No longer are servo drives a specialist piece of control equipment to be locked away and hidden from the public.In the past, pricing was hidden so no one knew the real sales price and once you’d placed an order you’d have to wait weeks or even months for your order to arrive.Once your order arrives, if you needed support you’d have to work your way along the supply chain from the sales person, through the distributor, the local office, until finally your request made it to the headquarters of the drive manufacturer. If you were lucky your request might make it to an engineer that had some knowledge of the product.ANCA Motion is removing these barriers as they believe that the advantages and benefits of servo drive technology and high speed field buses should be more accessible to everyone.With more efficient and direct product supply and simplified access to the engineering teams that actually designed and built the product, ANCA Motion are able to offer a servo drive range with compatible motors at an affordable price along with world class support.The newly launched website at www.ancamotion.com/AMD2000 will allow servo drives and motors to be purchased directly from ANCA Motion and shipped from our factory to your door. The initial offering will consist of some of the most popular products from ANCA Motion’s range and will be extended over time.The entire AMD2000 AC Servo Drive range from ANCA Motion comes standard with an EtherCAT interface for quick and easy integration with motion controllers or CNCs as well as other industrial devices. The technology has matured to the point where almost anyone can install and configure the drive without any special training.“We believe that EtherCAT Servo drives should be available to everyone at a reasonable price and we are making this happen.”About ANCA MotionANCA Motion (www.ancamotion.com) is an Australian company specialising in the design and manufacture of Control and Automation products. As part of the ANCA Group of companies ANCA Motion has a history of machinery automation dating back to 1974.