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and setup times should be done whether the company owns one machine or 100. Rollomatic has developed systems to col- lect this information, called RConnect and RMonitor. The RCon- nect can be integrated into a company’s enterprise system.” Hans Ueltschi, vice president of the Cylindrical Grinding Division of United Grinding (Miamisburg, OH) sees not only diffi cult-to-machine materials as posing a challenge, but diffi cult-to- machine coatings as well. This is particularly true, he said,


“as it relates to the cylindrical grind- ing of aerospace components. It’s a challenge in terms of the distribution of the coating itself, which may not be even. Theoretically this could affect the grindstock wheel wear. In addition, the coating mixes may not always be the same from one batch to another. “Typically companies come to us,” Ueltschi said, “for solutions to these and other challenges. Our role then is to provide them with turnkey solutions.” He, as has Behringer’s Klipp, is see-


ing an increase in the use of automa- tion. Customers, Ueltschi said, are in- terested in automated grinding systems “even in terms of small-lot production. It’s a means of controlling costs.” Other ways United Grinding is work-


ing to increase its customers’ effi ciency, he said, “is to approach Industrie 4.0 from all sides to monitor machine op- erations and to be able to adjust those operations remotely.” According to President Russell


Riddiford, ANCA Inc. (Wixom, MI) has “tooling monitoring software that keeps track of just about everything” on its grinding machines. Its new Management Software suite includes a tool library, tool and wheel produc- tion management, production moni- toring, remote serviceability, preven- tive maintenance scheduling capability and more.


“This is the next big step in software that will make it easier for the operator,” he said, particularly those who are less skilled. “In addition, we’re selling a signifi cant percentage of machines with automation, and not just robots. It’s so machine operation


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