CINCINNATI—Grandview, Mo.-based Roller Equipment Manufacturing Co. Inc. is bringing new capabilities to the rubber roller market with new products such as its GY Limited Automation series.
General Manager Mark Andrews talked about the new offerings from Remco, which designs and manufactures extrusion and finishing systems for strip building, at the Rubber Roller Group meeting in Cincinnati.
The new GY LA model brings an upgrade to the control system for grinding machines, Andrews said. In the past, the company has sold manual controlled machines as well as multi-axis servo controlled machines to do automated processes such as grinding, grooving and crowning.
The new model is a "kind of hybrid machine" that has a motion controller to control the position of the grinding head to automate the process, Andrews said.
"Then rather than using servo drives on the rest of the machine, we're simply controlling the variable speed drives over ethernet," Andrews said. "That ethernet link allows us to simplify that wiring and give additional control over the various control aspects of the machine."
The new line has a touch screen interface, and settings can be saved in a recipe to standardize the process, Andrews said.
"You can call back up, the spindle's going to go this speed, at this many RPM. It's going to go in that direction and start at this point in time," he said. "All that's stored in a recipe so that you can just call that back up and repeat it time and time again."