Posted by: 24. October 2012

GF AgieCharmilles Becomes a CCAM Member

As part of its membership to the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), GF AgieCharmilles supplied the Prince George County facility with an FO 550 sp die-sinking EDM.


GF AgieCharmilles is joining the ranks of facilities, schools and programs that are investing in manufacturing through the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). The goal of CCAM is to bring global manufacturing companies together with Virginia’s top research universities and CCAM’s expert engineers and scientists. By doing this, members will be able to work on common industry challenges and bring their research findings straight to the production line. GF AgieCharmilles is a Tier 3 industry member, which means the company commits manufacturing equipment, tools and research instruments to CCAM to serve on its Technical Advisory Council.


The company has supplied an FO 550 sp die-sinking EDM system for a machining cell that is housed in CCAM’s new 60,000-square-foot research facility in Prince George County, Virginia, located near Rolls-Royce’s jet engine components plant. Features of the FO 550 sp include a double thermostabilization system designed to maximize accuracy by preventing the impact of temperature variations, a dynamic process control that suggests ideal electrode undersize and rationalizes the number of electrodes necessary for effective machining, and a high-precision C axis designed to increase positioning accuracy. 

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