Revolutionising tool manufacturing with VHybrid 260

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  • Mar 30,24
The VHybrid 260 sharpening machine, a marvel of precision and adaptability, caters to the dynamic needs of tool manufacturers pursuing flexibility in their operations.
Revolutionising tool manufacturing with VHybrid 260

In this interview, Alexander Schmid, the visionary product manager at VOLLMER Werke Germany, delves into the cutting-edge world of the VHybrid 260 sharpening machine, a technological masterpiece that seamlessly merges grinding and erosion processes.

Unraveling the "Hybrid" essence

Derived from the Greek term for crossing or mixing, the term "hybrid" in the VHybrid 260 encapsulates the fusion of the best from both worlds – grinding and eroding. This technological marvel, inspired by VOLLMER's VGrind tool grinding machine, boasts two vertically configured spindles. The upper spindle is dedicated to grinding, while the lower spindle handles both erosion and grinding, making it a true hybrid in the realm of tool manufacturing.

Versatility at its core

The VHybrid 260 caters to the dynamic needs of tool manufacturers pursuing flexibility in their operations. Supporting the sharpening of both carbide and diamond tools, it stands as the epitome of adaptability. As global demand for intricate tools like full-head PCD tools rises, the VHybrid's combined machining prowess proves essential for precise and cost-efficient production

Simplicity meets innovation 

Addressing concerns about the complexity of operating a dual-technology machine, Schmid assures that VOLLMER relies on a proven concept. The machine's intuitive operation, coupled with familiar software solutions, ensures a seamless transition for users. The emphasis on unmanned operation further underscores the machine's user-friendly design.

Technology behind the advantages

The heartbeat of the VHybrid is the Vpulse EDM erosion generator, a technological marvel developed in-house. With a surface quality reaching an astonishing 0.05 µRA, the generator offers users the flexibility to prioritize efficiency or surface quality. The introduction of software-based V@ boost performance packages, enhancing machine performance by up to 35 percent, adds an extra layer of customization for tool manufacturers.

Charting new frontiers

Targeting the global manufacturing industry's demand for PCD tools with diameters under 150 millimeters, the VHybrid 260 is positioned as a game-changer. At EMO 2023 in Hannover, VOLLMER showcased its ability to produce microtools with diameters as small as 0.45 millimeters, meeting the precision demands of industries such as electronics and medical technology. 

Future forward 

For Alexander Schmid and the VOLLMER team, the journey doesn't stop at innovation. The focus remains on continual improvement, with an emphasis on automation and digitalization. Initiatives like the IoT gateway and V@dison underscore the commitment to leveraging smart technologies for enhanced flexibility and efficiency in sharpening processes. In the ever-evolving landscape of tool manufacturing, the VHybrid 260 stands as a beacon of ingenuity, blending tradition with cutting-edge technology to redefine what's possible. As the industry advances, VOLLMER's commitment to growth through smart technologies remains unwavering, heralding a future where precision and adaptability coalesce seamlessly.

For details, contact VOLLMER Technologies India Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru, Karnataka, on Tel: +91 80 4171 1155, Mob: +91 90088 44977, or Email: ravindra@vollmer-group.com

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