CAM.3 Micro Grinder Machine for Medical Devices

The Glebar Advantage

The CAM.3 represents a new era of micro grinders and medical component grinding. Completely designed from the ground up, the CAM.3 micro grinder is built for high performance and efficiency. Parts are fed through the machine and spun at a higher velocity resulting in a quick grind maximizing uptime and throughput. The CAM.3 grinding wheel runs with a 16” diameter and up to 3” wide. The work wheel is powered by a direct drive servo motor and ABEC 7 spindle bearings. It can also be outfitted with an internal balancing system minimizing vibration while running at high speeds.

Touchscreen HMI Touchscreen HMI
Automation Automation
Remote Connectivity Remote Connectivity
Spool Feeding Spool Feeding
Safety Enclosure Safety Enclosure
Inline Cutting Inline Cutting
Extractor Options Extractor Options
CNC Wheel Dresser CNC Wheel Dresser
P4K Compatible (Offline Gauging) P4K Compatible (Offline Gauging)

Introducing the CAM.3

  • A revolution in micro grinding, the CAM.3 is built for speed allowing customers to increase production rates and maximize uptime.
  • The machine is built to feed, spin, and produce at a much faster rate. The collet feeding system is placed closer to the work wheel enabling the CAM.3 to handle longer and shorter components.
  • In addition, the Y-axis can be tilted enabling the operator to grind sharp corners and put complex geometries into a wire.
A revolution in micro grinding, the CAM.3 is built for speed allowing customers to increase production rates, maximize uptime while delivering micro geometries and superb surface finish.

CAM.3 Highlights

Mineral Cast Machine Base

Mineral Cast Machine Base

Built on a mineral cast base, weighing approximately 4,500 lbs. for superior vibration dampening. Integrated air and oil lines reduces clutter and allows pressure to be set by the HMI. The enclosure is streamlined with safety interlocks and the platform accepts 6 axis robots, pallets, gaging and other processes within the work envelope to facilitate automation.

Grinding Wheel Spindle

Grinding Wheel Spindle

The CAM.3’s grinding wheel is 16” in diameter, up to 3” wide, and is capable of achieving up to 20,944 surface feet per minute. The spindle is also offered with a built-in wheel auto-balancing system. CAM.3 is designed to be able to grind stock material from 0.005”-0.375” in diameter.

HMI Controls and Custom Software

HMI Controls and Custom Software

The 16:9 touchscreen HMI uses intuitive, simple to operate, functionality enabling simple multi-axis motion control.

Automated CNC Wheel Dresser

Automated CNC Wheel Dresser

Rigid large casting slides improve wheel dressing quality, utilizing a large diameter 15,000 RPM spindle dressing roll and absolute encoders on both axis.

Versatile and connected with industry 4.0 - easily automated

Versatile and connected with industry 4.0 - easily automated

The IIoT connections monitor temperature, pressure, and vibration alerting the operator of errors before they happen. The CAM.3 can easily be automated with the integration of a 6-axis robot for any pick and place application. Gaging and alternate feeding systems can be implemented simply under the new control structure.

To improve production monitoring, you can utilize the integrated MT Connect or OPC-UA  interface with Glebar Advanced Analytics. This program interprets and synthesizes the data, delivering actionable real-time analytics on easy-to-read dashboards, allowing operators and managers to reduce scrap and increase machine capacity, uptime and output.

Key Features

  • Scalable and expandable high performance multi axis motion control
  • 16" diameter grinding wheel, 33% more abrasive
  • Main spindle tilt of 5 degrees
  • Programmable grinding wheel spindle axis rotation
  • Built-in wheel balancing for quick setup
  • Can run in OD or Centerless modes
  • Built on a 4,500 lbs. mineral cast base for superior vibration dampening
  • Integrated air and oil lines
  • Streamlined enclosure with safety interlocks
  • Built-in 6 axis robot pad and control connections
  • IIoT enabled connections interfaces built in to monitor temperature, pressure, and vibration
  • Built-in heat exchanger cooling system
  • Seamless interface with Glebar Advanced Analytics
  • Rigid wheel dresser runs at 10,000 RPM
  • 6” diameter tiltable secondary spindle runs at 10,000 RPM with the ability to produce true threads
  • Direct drive servo grinding wheel spindle with automatic spindle tilting and ABEC7 spindle bearings
  • Touch screen HMI with larger interface, 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Windows 10 operating system
  • Over 2x linear thru feed speed on newly designed towers
  • Over 2x part spin RPM
  • Can operate with any type of coolant, oil or water soluble
  • Completely programmable overlap sequence single or double
  • OD grind up parts to 0.375” in diameter.
  • Rotatable collet assemblies are closer to grinding wheel for short components and raw material waste reduction

Specifications

  • Diameter Accuracy : Resolution 0.1 µm (0.000004”)
  • Work Wheel Diameter : 16” (406mm)
  • Work Wheel RPM : up to 5,000 RPM
  • Work Wheel Length : 3” (76mm) max
  • Machine Weight : 6,500 lbs
  • Length Resolution : 0.1 µm (0.000004”)

Accessories

Setup Reduction Metrology Device (P4K)

Setup Reduction Metrology Device (P4K)

Available setup reduction metrology device (P4K) which scans and provides feedback of the entire component geometry for all parts in a cycle to automatically correct the grinding wheel dress shape (correcting the wheel dress shape from any measurement device is patent-pending)

P4K Feedback Available

P4K Feedback Available

Available metrology device (P4K) which can serve as a closed-loop quality control device that feeds back diameter to the control system for automatic size compensation

Centerless Fixture

Centerless Fixture

Enables the machine to run in centerless mode without the need for a regulating wheel or work rest insert. Together with the built in CNC dressing feature of the machine, part shapes up to 1.0" long may be plunged to size.

Grit Blaster

Grit Blaster

Parts can be sandblasted in-line with CAM.2’s positional accuracy, eliminating additional handling and a secondary operation.

In-Line Gauge

In-Line Gauge

Diameter contact gauge mounted on exit side of the machine measures the ground part. Diameters at several points can be measured, used for size compensation, and compared against high and low user-defined limits. Contact measurement is unaffected by coolant.

Laser Marking

Laser Marking

Integrates laser marking process directly into the cell.  

Mist Collector

Mist Collector

Collects and removes debri and dust from the work area.

On-machine Wheel Balancing System

On-machine Wheel Balancing System

A built-in automatic wheel balancing system dynamically adjusts and eliminates wheel vibration, producing superior surface finishes and improved wheel life. 

On-machine Acoustic Emissions

On-machine Acoustic Emissions

Integrated acoustic emissions system for ease of setup.

Post Process Gauging

Post Process Gauging

Post grinding and cleaning, the data is collected, analyzed and fed back to the machine for automatic size compensation. Measurements are shown on a trend graph on the machine control.

Part Counter

Part Counter

Built specific for the part; integrated into the cell.

Programmable Part Extractor

Programmable Part Extractor

High-speed with programmable positioning, allowing for the fast grinding of double-ended grinds and faster part extraction, reducing cycle time.

Robot Pick & Place

Robot Pick & Place

Automatically picks parts from trays, loads into machine, unloads and places back to parts tray. Fully guarded and interlocked access doors. Robot arm incorporates two grippers for staging the loading and unloading during the grind cycle, reducing idle time.

Spool Feeder

Spool Feeder

Provides the capability to grind nitinol wire directly off a spool. The feeder pulls and cuts wire to user determined length, and feeds it to the grinding machine.

Three-Stage Recirculating Coolant System

Three-Stage Recirculating Coolant System

30 gallon capacity with two removable settling tanks centrifugal pump & filtration package

Vacuum Feeding System

Vacuum Feeding System

10' (305 cm), 16' (500 cm) long wire/part loader and unloader interfaced to the machine control. Feeder will pick wires out of a bin, load them into machine, stage next part during grinding and unload finish part allowing hands-off machine operation.

Wire Cutter

Wire Cutter

Uses bushings for a burr free cut. Cutting wire after grinding provides the capability of grinding multiple short parts out of one long wire in one feeding operation, reducing cycle time.

Wire Extractor

Wire Extractor

Pulls finished part out of grind zone using gripper mechanism and places it in receiving tray. This system is ideal for handling short parts and often used in conjunction with the Wire Cutter.

Wire Feeder

Wire Feeder

Wire loader and unloader interfaced to the machine control. Feeder will pick wires out of a bin, load them into machine, stage next part during grinding and unload finished part.

Step Feeder

Step Feeder

Integrates into cell, built specific for the part.

OD Fixture

OD Fixture

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