Ultra-Precision, High Performance EDM Operations
The CUT E 350 wire EDM from GF Machining Solutions can reduce cutting times up to 18 percent, and their FORM 20 die-sinking EDM can accommodate automation for unmanned production and lights-out operations.
Posted: May 8, 2017
In Booth 1236, GF Machining Solutions LLC (Lincolnshire, IL) will unveil a new high performance milling machine that features a Fanuc-based control platform to help manufacturers increase flexibility and accelerate time to market. Also on display will be their CUT E 350 wire EDM, the first machine in their new CUT E Series of high performance and high productivity wire EDMs that features a new, large touchscreen human-machine interface (HMI) that is intuitive in operation and includes onboard Intelligent Collision Protection, built-in machining strategies and flexible job management. Information about geometries, machining processes and command programs is processed in a single file that allows jobs to be transferred among different machines within the CUT E Series, with the machines automatically managing all needed modifications. Additionally, more than ten automated measurement cycles are available to assist with workpiece preparation, and the onboard AC CAM Easy allows an operator to prepare an ISO file and post-process it into a job during machining.
The CUT E Series features the modern Intelligent Power Generator (IPG) to further improve cutting speed, precision and surface quality. The machine can use dedicated wire for decreased part cost and increased throughput, and the POWER-EXPERT module automatically determines the optimal power to send through the wire, which is especially beneficial in stepped parts. The Corner Strategy module automatically adjusts parameters during changes in direction to produce sharp angels and small radii. These features combine to reduce cutting times by up to 18 percent as compared to standard machines.
Also on display will be their FORM 20 die-sinking EDM that offers an outstanding EDM price/performance ratio and, like the CUT E 350, also features Intelligent Power Generator (IPG) technology that gives it the lowest energy consumption levels – just 3.7 kW/h at full power – of all EDM machines on the market today. With every machine pulse, the 70 amp generator continuously optimizes the EDM process and dramatically reduces electrode wear as well as provides extremely uniform surface finishes. This machine reliably generates surface finishes of Ra 0.1 micron and radii down to 0.0007. Additionally, the FORM 20 sports the AC Form HMI (human machine interface) that provides the most user friendly, easiest to learn and most flexible control developed for a die sinking EDM.
Combined with full spark generator technology that represents the culmination of 60 years of EDM experience, AC Form HMI allows operators of all experience levels to achieve unmatched results. During the show, the FORM 20 will be paired with the WorkPartner 1+ compact automation system to increase productivity through automatic electrode and parts loading and unloading. Palletization options can accommodate up to 20 pallets to allow for unmanned production and maximize lights-out operations.
GF Machining Solutions LLC, 560 Bond Street, Lincolnshire, IL 60069-4224, 847-913-5300, Fax: 847-913-5340, www.gfms.com/us.
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