New robot loader
- Published: September 2, 2017
ANCA has introduced a new custom designed and built industrial robot that made its debut at EMO 2017 in Hannover, Germany.
Pat McCluskey, ANCA’s co-founder and lead designer on the project says that he's been asked "how it is that ANCA is able to develop its own industrial robot. For us, it is a logical extension for our company whose strength is having multi-disciplinary technical expertise and an intimate knowledge of the CNC market. It's actually a relatively simple task to develop the mechanical aspects of an industrial robot, but to make it function successfully you better be expert in designing your own CNC System, digital servo drives and core software--skills that are ANCA's unique strengths in the tool grinding industry.”
The ANCA robot does not use a separate free-standing controller. The control system software runs concurrently within the machine's CNC core software and uses the machine's operator panel and handheld pendant to perform the teaching. "If you can use an ANCA tool grinder, you can use an ANCA robot as well, and our engineers can easily service your ANCA robot," says McCluskey.