Hoglund (MICHIGAN) Gear Grinder
As part of the recontrol project Machine Tool Builders designed and manufactured a completely new electrical cabinet and operator’s station. Since there was no complaints about the grinding spindle, we reused the Precise spindle motor and drive for economy reasons. We replaced both the axial and radial scales with new Heidenhain absolute scales. We installed a new Heidenhain absolute angular encoder on the work head to measure the index angle. We installed all new servo motors and new motor power and feedback cables. We engineered and manufactured the mechanical adaptations required to convert the machine from the old stepper system into a fully digital servo control system.
We installed our newest version of MTB GearCAM software which allows for very easy Windows based programming for the gear, wheel and process information. The software is structured around a database concept, where you can store multiple gears, wheel and processes files. Then at the click of a mouse, you can select any combination of gears, wheels and processes to be recalled and executed. Storage and retrieval of the completed programs is made easy due to the Windows XP environment and the PCU 50’s onboard hard drive.