Although the focus is currently on new services and Industry 4.0 solutions, when Agathon opens its stand at AMB, it will of course be highlighting the machine business on which services and Industry 4.0 are based. Thus Agathon will be introducing its Leo Peri grinding machine and its Neo laser processing machine to the trade audience.
The Leo Peri is the basic machine for grinding indexable inserts. It is the least complex grinding machine in the Agathon portfolio, while still being highly productive and compact. This 4-axis machine, which is equipped with the most modern functions, is always the ideal choice if only the circumference of the indexable insert has to be ground, and no chamfers. Note, however, that although the range of applications may have been optimized for the corresponding target group, the Leo Peri is every bit as good in terms of quality as its «big siblings» Dom Plus, Evo Combi and Evo Penta. The Leo Peri is designed for the machining of high-precision small parts ranging from 3.96 to 35 mm and made of carbide, ceramics, cermet, PCBN and PCD and delivers maximum productivity at low acquisition costs.
The Neo, in turn, is the first laser processing machine from Agathon. The concept of the Neo, which is unique in its efficiency and productivity, provides for the pre-machining of superhard materials, especially PCD and PCBN, while the finishing of the workpiece is performed on a grinding machine. The range is aimed particularly at companies which manufacture indexable inserts with PCD tips in small to medium lot sizes. These companies benefit in particular from the Agathon solution due to extremely short parts and turnaround times as well as due to very low acquisition and production costs.
There has already been quite a lot written about the Neo, for example, that this robust machine machines PCD tips, including relief, up to a final contour of a few hundredths of a millimeter and also introduces chip breaker structures into the PCD. Reference has also been made to the fact that the NEO was designed in an extremely compact and ergonomic manner and can be easily set up. However, the time for merely writing has ceased since September of this year. Since then, the first machines have been delivered and have been able to prove in practical applications that they do what was promised in the press releases.