The configurable Helitronic Mini Plus from Walter.
Walter, a brand of United Grinding, has introduced the new Helitronic Mini Plus.
The new Helitronic Mini Plus can serve as a cost-effective basic machine or as a fully automated tool grinding system. “The basic version of the Helitronic Mini Plus can be individually configured with numerous efficiency options and various loading systems – right up to a fully equipped high-end tool grinding machine for all current and future applications in the small and medium diameter range,” says Siegfried Hegele, product manager applications at Walter.
The basis for the flexibility of the Helitronic Mini Plus is the Walter gantry design. The economical production of common and complex geometries of tools with a diameter range of 1-16 mm (0.04″-0.63″) in one clamping is enabled by the HSK belt spindle with two spindle ends for up to six grinding wheels. In addition, the C.O.R.E. hardware and software architecture with intuitive operation facilitates machine setup, operation, networking, and maintenance.
Walter offers a range of options for the Helitronic Mini Plus for application-specific configuration. These include, for example, an automatic grinding wheel changer for up to six grinding wheel holders (maximum diameter 152.4 mm (6”)) including coolant supply lines, which ensures a safe wheel set change and offers maximum flexibility. In addition, for machines equipped with the grinding wheel changer, a “torque increase” option is available which increases torque and removal rate by up to 60 percent, guaranteeing maximum productivity.
For the automation of the Helitronic Mini Plus, users can choose between a top loader and a robot loader, with three different equipment packages, for additional flexibility. The top loader integrated into the workspace saves on space and enhances cost-effectiveness. Depending on the tool diameter, it offers up to 500 tool locations. Using the robot loader, up to 7,500 tools can be loaded depending on the type of tools or tool diameter. The maximum tool weight is 11 pounds (5 kg), the maximum diameter 4.9” (125 millimeters).
The Helitronic Mini Plus uses Walter’s Helitronic Tool Studio grinding software, which enables simple programming with enhanced flexibility.