GF Machining Solutions
3 New Innovations in Sinker EDM
1. Wear Partitioning
Wear Partitioning offers a better alternative for electrode wear compensation. It optimizes the use of electrodes, sharing the electrode wear among the mold cavities to increase part quality and dimensional consistency. While actual burn times remain unchanged, the function helps reduce the use of consumables, which is especially beneficial when electrodes are complex and require a lot of machining time to produce.
Thanks to 100 percent-digital generator technology, the 3DS function reduces friction on the surface area of molds, including inside any small details and ribs. Molds fill quicker, shaving seconds off the molding process, and for manufacturers that make millions of injected-molded parts, this saves hours of cycle time and helps them produce hundreds of thousands of additional parts.
3. ISPG + iGAP
Thanks to a special generator function, certain sinker EDMs can now vary the sparks between the fronts and sides of electrodes, as opposed to using the same spark the whole way through a burn. Through 100% digital generator technology, the ISPG +iGAP function not only keeps electrode wear in check, but most importantly optimizes cutting speeds. The technology applies the electrical current only when and where necessary to eliminate lateral sparking that historically creates disturbances on the sides of mold cavities.
GF Machining Solutions is a leading provider of machine tools, automation solutions and services to the tool and moldmaking industry as well as precision parts manufacturers in market segments that include aerospace, automotive, electronics, medical and ICT.
The company's comprehensive product portfolio encompasses EDM systems, machining centers and laser texturing solutions, all of which deliver unbeatable speed, efficiency, precision and reliability. Tooling, automation and software solutions are also available to further maximize these machine tools.
To further leverage the competitive advantages of its equipment, the company's UPTIME+ Service and Support Program offers customers applications expertise, comprehensive training, technical assistance, preventive maintenance, world-class warranty coverage as well as parts and consumables.
Originating in Switzerland in 1861, GF Machining Solutions is part of the Swiss Georg Fischer Group, which has 50 locations worldwide. While Lincolnshire, Illinois is home to the company’s U.S. headquarters, manufacturers can benefit from four application centers located nationwide in Lincolnshire, Illinois; Holliston, Massachusetts; Irvine, California; and Charlotte, North Carolina.