ANCA's lights out manufacturing reduces production costs by 50%

ANCA's lights out manufacturing reduces production costs by 50%

May 2, 2019


From 3D simulation software to LaserPlus, an in-process measurement system, to RoboTeach, which makes robotic loaders accessible and easy to program – ANCA offers technology for customers to reap the benefits of automation and Industry 4.0.

ANCA’s ToolRoom RN 34 software release focuses on manufacturing the most complex tool geometries with a perfect balance. Visitors can get a demo of the endmill cycles for ballnose and corner radius, tool balancing and next generation fluting cycles.


ANCA’s Management Suite, either on premise or in the cloud is a game changer for the CNC grinding industry, provides customers the technology to monitor the performance of their machines no matter where they are in the world. The software also enables companies to run smart factories by providing live production information to make data-based decisions on operational improvements. Also launching soon is a new USB WiFi dongle that will add seamless connectivity to machine users.

For customers that require increased flexibility or more spindle power, or increased automation capacity that a robot can provide, the FX7 Linear delivers, offering a range of options for those looking to increase productivity and accuracy. Available as an option is the AR300 robot loader to increase efficiency by automating repetitive manual tasks.

Features include:

  • Linear motors on X- and Y-axis
  • AM5000 control system for faster processing
  • HSK40 taper provides increased rigidity and accuracy for improved tool surface finish results

Embrace automation
With over 70% of ANCA customers buying machines with robotic functionality it’s fair to say the age of the robots has come. Far from a nice-to-have add on, many CNC machines now come with operator panels that provide built-in control for the grinding software and the robotics function, opening the door to greater automation efficiencies.

At ANCA we provide a complete solution to our customers, designing and manufacturing almost all our technology in-house. As part of this we developed our own low-cost solution for tool loading.

The 3-axis ANCA robot has a capacity of 380 tools and accommodates tool sizes up to 20mm x 150mm (3/4" x 6"). The AR300 loader is contained within the FX Linear machine footprint, so there is no need for extra floorspace. In addition, there is no need to change gripper fingers between batches, which further maximizes productivity. The loader provides quick tool loading, as the tool is passed directly from the pallet to the collet in a single gripping action.

Visit Anca at EASTEC in booth #1244 to learn more about running lights out. Download ANCA’s practical guide on how to build a Factory of the Future.