Vision system monitors grinding machines in seconds

Published
February 18,2021 - 02:15am

Increasing capacity with the same number of machines means increased efficiency. It means optimizing production, just as Italy-based Bavieri Alfeo Precision Mechanics has done.

Using a Vicivision optical measuring machine, the company achieves accurate results in seconds in a digital data collection environment. Operators can see which values are close to the tolerance limit, make adjustments, and analyze the trend over time. VICIVISION provides valuable process data in real-time, allowing users to continue production without producing scrap.

The goal of a VICI machine is not just to measure, but to provide critical feedback to the machinists, thus avoiding costly scrap and downtime. The result is increased capacity with the same number of lathes or grinding while maintaining quality.

Bavieri Alfeo is a company that, for over 50 years, has been specializing in grinding, roll forming, and lapping. The company performs final operations on parts it receives from customers, and they check every 50 pieces out of every 100. Every operator who works in Bavieri can check how the grinders are running at any stage of production. The company has parts with diametric tolerances of less than .001”, with roundness, cylindricity, and position callouts of two diameters machined simultaneously. The Vici vision systems does all this in 34 seconds, the company said.

For more information on Bavieri Alberto’s capability, visit www.bavierialfeo.it. For more information on VICIVISION America LLC, phone 480-212-5172 or visit www.vicivisionamerica.com.

Related Glossary Terms

  • grinding

    grinding

    Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.

  • lapping

    lapping

    Finishing operation in which a loose, fine-grain abrasive in a liquid medium abrades material. Extremely accurate process that corrects minor shape imperfections, refines surface finishes and produces a close fit between mating surfaces.

  • tolerance

    tolerance

    Minimum and maximum amount a workpiece dimension is allowed to vary from a set standard and still be acceptable.