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Integrated Manufacturing Demo to Showcase Smart Automation, Whole Factory Connectivity

The future of optimized cutting tool production at IMTS 2022.

The ANCA Integrated Manufacturing System (AIMS).
The ANCA Integrated Manufacturing System (AIMS).

At IMTS 2022, ANCA (Booth 237406, North Building, Level 3) will demonstrate its ANCA Integrated Manufacturing System (AIMS), an Industry 4.0 factory-wide integration.

Rather than separating workflow into many different elements of design, blank preparation, grinding, laser marking, washing, packing and shipment, AIMS streamlines the tool manufacturing process and complementary technologies.

An interactive and fully-operational AIMS cell will be on display at IMTS in Chicago, September 12-17, 2022. The demo showcases the main modules of the AIMS system:

  • An AutoSet job preparation station.
  • AutoLine for pallet and tool transfer.
  • AutoFetch, a robot responsible for material transfer between processes.

The AutoFetch robot-transfers materials between integrated processes.The AutoFetch robot-transfers materials between integrated processes.ANCA

AIMS is a response to common challenges in the tool manufacturing sector, most notably labor cost and availability, safety and production efficiencies.

AIMS maximizes grinders’ productivity and, in general, improves overall equipment effectiveness. Integration with ERP systems to streamline workflows is also one of the important AIMS features.

The principles of the AIMS system are flexibility and modularity. This means each system can be tailored to an individual customer’s needs using the right building blocks – or modules. It can scale from a purely software-based monitoring solution to a fully automated manufacturing cell.

AIMS is not a single product but rather a suite or ecosystem of interconnected building blocks which can be configured to satisfy an individual customer’s requirements.

Manufacturers can build their AIMS system gradually using standalone AIMS Ready components, which can be easily upgraded to fully automatic when required. Customers can tackle their most pressing issues first and stagger implementation over a period of time. This staggered option makes AIMS a feasible solution for customers as they invest in this revolutionary technology and realize the potential for their business.

The AutoSet job preparation station.The AutoSet job preparation station.ANCA

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