The key to this is platform concepts: The customer benefits from a modular machine design with standardised components in terms of costs, flexibility with specific design, delivery time and availability as well as maintenance. A particularly suitable example of this is the recently developed Kellenberger 100, a universal cylindrical grinding machine that replaces the Kellenberger Vista and Vita, Tschudin T25 and Jones & Shipman Ultramat CNC and Ultragrind 1000 machine series without the user having to do without any functionality.
Bernard Gschwend, Head of Technology at L. Kellenberger & Co. AG, completes: "Thanks to many years of cooperation with FANUC in the universal cylindrical grinding machine segment, we know with certainty that the FANUC 31i-B control meets all performance expectations of a universal cylindrical grinding machine such as the Kellenberger 100. FANUC's experience in grinding is also reflected in the drive and control technology used. The drive control is very precise, which enables precise profile grinding. Among other things, an interpolation function is also included, with which Kellenberger can easily implement non-circular grinding. "In addition, the speed of the 31i is also suitable for production grinding," Bernard Gschwend mentions. In his opinion, a greater challenge was "that the simple design offers the same attractive price/performance ratio as the most technically demanding variant".
With regard to the cooperation, Product Manager Wald confirms: "We have cooperated intensively and very successfully with the experienced FANUC employees from the Swiss branch in Biel. They have worked with us and alongside us on site to find solutions, especially with regard to the man-machine interface. Where necessary, quick help also came from the servo or CNC laboratory at FANUC headquarters in Japan."