To be competitive in today's marketplace, you need a technology partner that can help you achieve more. At GF AgieCharmilles, we offer the world's most advanced EDM systems, high-speed milling machines and laser texturing solutions all backed by a world-class service and support program, enabling you to achieve more speed, more precision, more versatility, more efficiency and ultimately more success.
GF AgieCharmilles is the world's leading provider of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and moldmaking industry and to manufacturers of precision components.
The company's products include wire and die-sinking EDM systems, 3- and 5-axis milling machines and laser texturing technology, all of which deliver unbeatable speed, efficiency, precision and reliability. Furthermore, the company's technical know-how and considerable understanding of future market requirements drives its pioneering work in the continuous development of new technologies, products and services for helping its customers gain the competitive advantage.
Furthermore, GF AgieCharmilles’ UPTIME+ Service and Support Program further leverages the competitive advantages of its advanced product portfolio through applications expertise, comprehensive training, technical assistance, preventive maintenance, world-class warranty coverage as well as parts and consumables.
Originating in Switzerland in 1861, GF AgieCharmilles 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; Yorba Linda, California; and Charlotte, North Carolina.
With its new LASER 4000 5Ax, GF AgieCharmilles now offers the largest laser-texturing machine on the market. Featuring a completely new mechanical design, this 5-axis machine easily adds unique and various textures to oversized molds for a wide range of components, including bumpers, instrument panels, door panels, central consoles and airbag covers for the automotive industry and others also working with large components.
The LASER 4000 5Ax operates in such a way that a large component as big as 3 x 4 meters and as heavy as 18 tons remains stationary on the floor while the machine’s axes move around it, expertly texturing on all part sides if needed. Such movement is possible because the machine’s fourth and fifth axes are attached to the Z-axis head. Additionally, the LASER 4000 5Ax manages 3D distortion of texture and masters texture direction related to part shape.
Because of its fully digitized process, the LASER 4000 5Ax allows manufacturers to envision a design, preview it onscreen, and perfectly reproduce it on a workpiece. The machine includes on-board machining strategies to ensure optimal machine performance, best material removal rate and accurate reproduction of the intended texture. The machining strategies embedded in the LASER 4000 5Ax can be easily used by designers with little machining experience and machinists with little design background.
The LASER 4000 5Ax is one of five machines, encompassing various models, within GF AgieCharmilles’ laser texturing product line. With its laser technology, the company offers a process that is faster, quieter and more repeatable than conventional manual and chemical etching processes. And while chemical etching produces only three to five layers, GF AgieCharmilles’ laser technology achieves 30 to 50 layers, allowing for greater creativity in part design across a wide variety of materials, including graphite, aluminum, copper, steel, carbide, brass and ceramics.
Laser texturing also offers pollutant-free operations, producing no fluids, slurry or chips. In fact, a vacuum guarantees clean operations by automatically extracting any dust particles produced during the process.
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GF AgieCharmilles is celebrating 60 years of continuous product development and innovation in electrical discharge machining (EDM) technology with the launch of several new machines.
Founded in Switzerland with North American headquarters in Lincolnshire, Ill., GF AgieCharmilles began its EDM research and development for industrial applications in 1952, which led to the company’s first die-sinking EDM machine in 1954 and the launch of the world’s first numerically controlled wire-EDM machine in 1969.
Today, GF AgieCharmilles’ tradition of EDM innovation continues with a comprehensive portfolio of wire, die-sinking, and hole-drilling solutions that offer manufacturers across all industry segments unbeatable speed, efficiency, precision, reliability and ease of use.
The latest machines to join the company’s EDM product lineup were introduced at IMTS 2012 and include the FORM 20 and FORM 30 sinker EDMs, which feature an all-new AC FORM HMI (human machine interface), FORM 300 Sp high-speed sinker EDM and the DRILL 300 precision hole-drilling EDM.
In recent years, the company has also made major breakthroughs in EDM technology by using artificial intelligence with fuzzy logic and neural networks. This advanced approach led to the development of Hyperspark Technology, which doubles material removal rates in die-sinking EDM, and iQ Technology, which drastically reduces electrode wear at faster machining speeds than other low-wear applications settings.
Through GF AgieCharmilles’ dedication to EDM advancements, the company, with respect to wire EDM, has reduced form tolerance by 50 percent, surface roughness by 66 percent and internal radii by 40 percent. In terms of die-sinking EDM, the company has decreased the spark gap from 20 micrometers to 5 micrometers, surface roughness by 75 percent, internal radii by 75 percent, as well as virtually eliminated wear on copper and graphite electrodes.
“When it comes to anticipating new market trends and customer needs in EDM technology, GF AgieCharmilles is way ahead of the innovation curve,” said Glynn Fletcher, president of GF AgieCharmilles Americas. “While basic EDM technology is 60 years old, we continue to prove it still represents fertile ground for discovery and innovation. Furthermore, our EDM work not only allows us to bring the most efficient and precise machine tools to market, but also enables our customers to stay competitive in a manufacturing world where demands are continuously changing.”
In addition to its EDM offerings, GF AgieCharmilles is also a leading provider of high-performance 3- and 5-axis milling machines and laser texturing solutions — all backed by the industry-leading, all-encompassing Uptime+ Service and Support Program.
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With its new MIKRON HEM 800 three-axis vertical machining center, GF AgieCharmilles brings an excellent price/performance ratio to the high-precision production of medium to large-sized parts for several different industries, from aerospace to electronics to mold and die.
As one of five machines in the company’s latest High Efficiency Machining Series, the MIKRON HEM 800 cost effectively places GF AgieCharmilles’ best technologies in a modern, reliable and ergonomic machine that brings irreproachable operation to a wide variety of milling applications.
The MIKRON HEM 800 has a 41.34” x 22.05” work table with a maximum payload of 1,760 lbs. Maximum X-Y travels measure 33.46” and 20.87”, respectively, with a Z-axis that provides 23.62” of clearance between the table surface and spindle nose. Rapid traverse rate for the X, Y and Z axes is 1,181 ipm.
Furthermore, the MIKRON HEM 800’s oversized table offers enough surface area to safely clamp machined workpieces. The table’s T-slots, with 3.94” spacing between each one, permit flexible part fastening and quick alignment to the machine movements.
The machine’s highly dynamic 12.75-hp, 14,000-rpm, CAT 40 spindle generates 31 ft-lbs of torque and enables high-powered milling and drilling operations in the Z-axis. The generously sized spindle motor provides uninterrupted production both with high torque at low speeds and high power at high speeds. Overall, the spindle design permits best balance and vibration-free milling performance at full speed. During operations, a closed internal coolant circuit stabilizes and controls temperature drifts of the machine’s spindle head.
The MIKRON HEM 800’s side-mounted automatic tool changer has a capacity for 30 tools and allows for faster uninterrupted production. GF AgieCharmilles kept the tool changer separate from the working area to protect the tools from chip contamination. And because high-performance machining yields large amounts of chips, the company designed the MIKRON HEM 800 with sharply inclined sidewalls combined with flushing systems that direct chips straight to the evacuation channels. Chip conveyors then efficiently transport the chips out of the work area. Two adjustable high-flow coolant nozzles and air blow-off nozzles ensure good lubrication of the cutting edge, prevent premature tool wear and enhance machining accuracy, as well as facilitate efficient chip evacuation.
The new Heidenhain TNC 620 digital control system on the MIKRON HEM 800 provides quick and reliable machining with high contour fidelity and is recognized for offering best performances and programming comfort. The user-friendly interface supports safer and faster programming and faster data transfer from programming stations. The control also features application-oriented setup functions that help reduce nonproductive time.
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With a focus on aerospace and aeronautics, THRUST, GF AgieCharmilles’ new interactive magazine made its debut during IMTS 2012 and on Apple’s App Store. THRUST is the first in a series of GF AgieCharmilles interactive magazines aligned with the company’s expertise across a wide range of industry segments, including aerospace and aeronautics, automotive, information and communications technology (ICT), medical technology, and electronic components.
In addition to interviews with aerospace and aeronautics opinion leaders, THRUST will feature first-look articles about knowledge transfers from the aerospace industry, market trends and analysis of leading edge research into technologies to ensure success in aerospace manufacturing. As an exclusively digital magazine, THRUST will provide a rich user experience through video, 360-degree interactive images, slide shows, touch/multi-touch support, zooming mode and many more features that make editorial content active and interactive.
THRUST builds on GF AgieCharmilles’ strong customer-centric focus, technology leadership and commitment to providing its customers with timely, relevant information to help them succeed. The magazine will be available free of charge at the App Store in multiple languages. GF AgieCharmilles chose the name THRUST because it is a perfect reflection of the company’s mission to ensure customer success by providing them with application expertise, as well as advanced and innovative technologies, products and support, that propels customers toward achieving their manufacturing goals.
Additionally, as an interactive magazine, THRUST is paperless, takes up little space and delivers a user experience that readers themselves can shape.
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GF AgieCharmilles’ new FORM 20 and FORM 30 sinker EDMs are some of the first machines to sport the company’s recently developed AC Form HMI (human machine interface) that centers on user friendliness and intuitiveness to significantly shorten the learning curve for beginner EDM operators. At IMTS in booth S-8754, the company demonstrated the FORM 20 burning deep ribs in an automotive mold core application.
The two machines provide the industry’s best price to performance ratio and also boast outstanding connectivity capability, overall enhanced performance and a new modern compact design. The machines meet the cost-effective part production needs of manufacturing industries that include general mold and die, aerospace, automotive and communications technology.
Based on studies with numerous mold shops, GF AgieCharmilles developed its GFAC HMI FORM CNC Control, which streamlines moldmaking operations. As a direct result of those studies, the organization and layout of screens within the interface make it easy to use, especially for inexperienced operators. For beginners, the interface is extremely intuitive and uncomplicated, allowing new operators to quickly learn it and confidently run the machine.
From simple Z-axis-level measuring to rotating workpieces around machine C axes, the most common measuring cycles are also integrated into the AC Form HMI. Manual adjustments and alignments to workpieces are unnecessary, so non-burn times are greatly reduced. Plus, novice machine operators are able to easily achieve expert die-sinking EDM results.
Additionally, as Windows-based platforms, the FORM 20 and FORM 30 seamlessly integrate into workshop management systems. Other new features, including GF AgieCharmilles’ eConnect, eSupervision and eTracking, further boost machine functionality for process control and outside system connectivity.
At the hearts of the FORM 20 and FORM 30 is GF AgieCharmilles’ proprietary, high-end Intelligent Power Generator (IPG) with built in quality-boosting and cost-saving intelligence. With every machine pulse, the 70-amp generator on the FORM 20 and the 140-amp one on the FORM 30 continuously optimize the EDM process and dramatically reduce electrode wear as well as provide extremely uniform surface finishes. The machines reliably generate surface finishes of Ra 0.1 micron and radii down to 0.0007”.
Also embedded within the FORM 20 and FORM 30 machines is GF AgieCharmilles’ TECFORM module that eliminates the need for operators to adjust the machine generator parameters. Optimized performance, efficiency and increased production time are all achieved automatically.
Designed with a shop’s valuable floor space in mind, the FORM 20 and FORM 30 are the industry’s most compact standard die-sinking EDMs, yet provide ample axis travels – 13.78” x 9.84” x 9.84” (350 mm x 250 mm x 250 mm) on the FORM 20 and 23.62” x 15.74” x 15.74” (600 mm x 400 mm x 400 mm) on the FORM 30. Within their space-saving footprints, the machines include integrated linear tool changers as well — a four-position one on the FORM 20 and six-position version on the FORM 30.
The machines incorporate rigid and compact mechanical structures for reliable, stable operation. Their cast-iron, short C-frame designs ensure static and dynamic rigidity, while linear glass scales on their cross tables guarantee high positioning accuracy.
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High-Speed Milling of Small, Complex Parts
GF AgieCharmilles' Mikron HSM 200U LP (linear performance) milling machine is said to increase speed, efficiency, precision.
Sixty Years in Perspective
This supplier has grown and changed along with the technology it provides.
Five-Axis Machine for Continuous Milling
GF AgieCharmilles’ five-axis HEM 500U features a dynamic 12,000-rpm spindle and 30-tool magazine providing a chip-to-chip time of 2 sec.
Sixty Years of EDM
GF AgieCharmilles has been involved in EDM technology for some 60 years now. Its recent International Technology Show in Losone, Switzerland was a good place to sense the history and current status of this technology.
Five-Axis Machine for Aerospace, Defense
The high-efficiency Mikron HEM 500U from GF AgieCharmilles provides five-axis capabilities for accurate and reliable parts production.
GF AgieCharmilles Opens Training Academy
The facility will serve existing employees.
High Speed Milling Machine for Small, Complex Parts
The Mikron HSM 200U LP milling machine from GF AgieCharmilles is available in three- and five-axis versions.
Three-Axis VMC for Medium- to Large-Sized Parts
The Mikron HEM 800 three-axis VMC from GF AgieCharmilles is designed for high-precision production of medium- to large-sized parts for industries ranging from aerospace to electronics to die and mold.
Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing Welcomes Hermle, AgieCharmilles
Hermle Machine Company (Gosheim, Germany) and GF AgieCharmilles (Lincolnshire, Illinois) have joined the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), headquartered in Prince George County, Virginia.
GF AgieCharmilles Marks 60-Year Milestone
GF AgieCharmilles is celebrating 60 years of continuous product development in electrical discharge machining (EDM). Founded in Switzerland with North American headquarters in Lincolnshire, Ill., the company began EDM research and development for industrial applications in 1952, which led to the company’s first die-sinking EDM in 1954 and the launch of the world’s first numerically controlled wire-EDM in 1969.
Moving in with a Customer
Shop owner Chris Nachtmann has established a close relationship with one of his biggest customers. In fact, he moved his operation inside that customer’s facility a couple years ago. Now, he’s making greater strides to invest in and grow his business.
GF AgieCharmilles Marks 60-Year Milestone
The company's latest offerings include new sinker and hole-drilling EDMs.
EDM Economizes Stamping Tool Production
High part volumes tend to be the norm for providers of stamping services, but the nearly 1 billion electrical contact connectors produced last year at Scenic Tool and Stamping aren’t such typical fare.
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.
Additive and Subtractive Together
At the recent International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, EOS and machine tool maker GF AgieCharmilles demonstrated additive and subtractive processes working together to produce a titanium tibial tray for knee implants.
Three-Part Industry Focus Marks AgieCharmilles Booth
GF AgieCharmilles, a provider of wire and die-sinking electrical discharge machining (EDM) systems, thee- and five-axis milling machines and laser texturing technology, is showcasing how it can help a manufacturing company improve its part processing in Booth S-8754.
Agie Charmilles Opens New Facility
The new competence center is located in Lincolnshire, Illinois.
Kennametal CEO Elected Chairman of MAPI Board
The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation is a business research and executive education organization.
EDM Drill Penetrates Tough Materials
Designed to improve flexibility in mass-production environments, GF AgieCharmilles’ Drill 300 EDM drill is capable of machining holes in various diameters and workpiece materials.
Solution for Micro- and Macro-Machining
Suitable for both micro- and macro-machining applications, GF AgieCharmilles’ Mikron HPM 450U is a high-performance milling solution with a rotary/tilt table.
Fixtures Dovetail with Five-Axis Automation
Along with an in-house-designed line of custom dovetail fixtures, machines with the right features for automation provide benefits for both this five-axis specialist and its customers.
Die Sinker EDM Features Rotary Tool Changer
GF AgieCharmilles’ Form 200 mS die sinker EDM machine features a modular, rotary tool changer for increased flexibility and lights-out, micromachining applications.
Automatic Wire EDM Efficiently Machines Micro Parts
GF AgieCharmilles’ Cut 2000 EDM features automatic wire-changing capabilities and is said to be well-suited for micromachining applications.
GF AgieCharmilles to Exhibit at Spacecraft Tech Expo
In support of the growing spacecraft technologies sector, GF AgieCharmilles (Lincolnshire, Illinois) will present its latest high speed, high-precision Mikron milling machines at the upcoming Spacecraft Technology Expo, which is scheduled for May 8-10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Models on display will include the HSM 400U LP, HPM 800U HD and HPM 1350U five-axis machining centers.The company says these multi-axis machines’ precision, speed and surface quality capabilities are useful for manufacturers of satellites and associated instruments that continue to get lighter and smaller.
Auto EDM Wire Changers Compete at the High End
Automatic EDM wire-change capability can improve efficiency and reduce costs for high-end tool and die work, especially parts with small internal radii.
Five-Axis Mill Features Linear Motor Technology
The Mikron HSM 600U LP high-speed milling center from GF AgieCharmilles uses linear motor technology to provide simultaneous five-axis, high-speed machining.
Laser Ablation Center Provides Detailed Machining
The Laser 5Ax laser ablation center from GF AgieCharmilles is designed for detailed and nuanced texturing, micro-structuring, engraving, marking and labeling.
Auto Wire Changer Optimizes Wire EDM Process
The third generation of automatic wire changers is available for GF AgieCharmilles’ CUT 2000 and CUT 3000 wire-cutting EDM machines.
Event Exposes Students to Manufacturing Careers
To mark the occasion of its 25th anniversary, dgs Marketing Engineers hosted a mid-November educational event that exposed 25 Indianapolis-area high school students—one for each year the manufacturing-industry communications agency has been in business—to potentially lucrative manufacturing careers. Titled “Connect with Manufacturing,” the event took place at Shelton Machinery, a Mazak distributor in Fishers, Indiana.
GF AgieCharmilles Partners With Alicona
Machine tool and automation services provider GF AgieCharmilles (Lincolnshire, Illinois) has joined forces with optical 3D measurement solution supplier Alicona (Bartlett, Illinois). The worldwide collaboration began with 3D laser texturing when GF AgieCharmilles wanted a solution that could scan and digitize natural textures, such as leather or silk, for reproduction on a mold.
Cell Controller Boosts Production Flexibility
By serving as the “brains” of a cell consisting of two machining centers and a work delivery system, cell control software from Erowa helps this manufacturer run lights-out 24/7 and achieve 90-percent spindle utilization.
Laser Sintering and EDM: Complementary Processes?
An EDM machine from GF AgieCharmilles proves effective in separating laser-sintered parts from their base plate.
A Novel EDM Application
GF AgieCharmilles designed the FO 550 SP die-sinking EDM, the company probably never imagined it would be used like this.
Agie Presents Tech Demos, Seminars
GF AgieCharmilles treated attendees to technology demonstrations on its latest equipment as well as technical education seminars and training sessions at Technology Days 2011, a two-day event in late June.
EDM, Five-Axis Milling Technologies
The CUT 200 wire EDM is designed to provide faster spark-to-spark wire threading, increase energy efficiency and boost productivity when cutting parts of variable heights.
Special High-Temp Alloys Spark Interest in EDM
Today’s wire EDM technology preserves the surface integrity of proprietary titanium alloys and other high-temperature materials, so aerospace and medical applications using this process are booming.
EDM Energy Conservation Without the Effort
Most machine tool energy conservation systems simply track power consumption, placing the burden of actually reducing energy use on manufacturers. GF AgieCharmilles aims to change that with the EconoWatt II, an automated system for wire EDM.
Harry Moser Honored by “Industry Week”
Harry Moser has been named as one of the 2010 inductees into “Industry Week’s” Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
Five-Axis Mill Features Linear Motor Technology
The HSM 400U LP high speed milling machine from AgieCharmilles is designed to provide simultaneous five-axis, high speed machining and deliver powerful performance and precision.
Tips for Controlling Oxidation and Pitting on a Wire EDM
Additives, machine settings, workpiece materials and current technology are factors in avoiding common problems with unwanted rust and surface defects.
Wire EDM Improves Throughput, Surface Finish
This manufacturer insulates itself from global competitors by focusing on high-quality products across a range of industries. Just as important, however, is routine investment in new technology. The company’s latest acquisition, the AC Progress VP2 wire EDM from GF AgieCharmilles, has significantly reduced cycle time and improved throughput on the company’s precision stamping dies.
Find Your Speed Outside of Machining
This short-lead-time mold shop achieves its most significant time savings by looking outside the machining cycle. However, one of those elements outside the cycle—palletized setup—ultimately led to cycle time savings via five-axis machining.
Surface Texturing with Laser Ablation
Much of a product’s appeal to the consumer has to do with its look and feel—literally, the texture of its visible surface.
Wire EDM for Micromachining Applications
The new CUT 1000 OilTech wire EDM was designed for micromachining and other precision applications.
GF AgieCharmilles To Participate In Re-Shoring Fair
GF AgieCharmilles (Lincolnshire, Illinois) announced its participation in the 2010 NTMA/PMA Contract Manufacturing Purchasing Fair, also known as the Re-Shoring Fair.
Aluminum Molds In Three Weeks Or Less
While aluminum molds are commonly used to create prototypes or to serve as stopgap bridge tooling, they are starting to receive greater attention for production work. This shop’s approach to creating aluminum molds in one day to three weeks is the same for each of these situations.
Wire-Cut EDM For Oil Dielectric
GF AgieCharmilles’ CUT 1000 OilTech wire-cut EDM is designed for precision machining of materials better-suited to oil dielectric than water-based dielectric. The EDM is equipped with built-in thermo stabilization.
Integrated Pallet Changer
Designed for high-precision applications in the tool and mold industry, GF AgieCharmilles says its Mikron HSM 300 MoldMaster offers quality surface finishes and high accuracy while also ensuring time-optimized high-speed cutting conditions. The machine includes features and benefits of the company’s GraphiteMaster line, a product consolidation that enables users to choose between MoldMaster (MM) and GraphiteMaster (GM) configurations, increasing flexibility in the job shop.
High-Speed, High Performance Medical Machining
GF AgieCharmilles’ Mikron HSM 400U ProdMed is a high-speed, high-performance machining center that is especially suited for medical manufacturing. The center includes a Heidenhain iTNC 530 control system and smart machining modules that provide advanced levels of monitoring critical to the production of medical implants and equipment, the company says. The system allows the machine to automatically check and evaluate tools and workpieces, inspect tools for breakage and perform measurements of the workpiece.
EDM, Five-Axis Machine Designed For Productivity
The FO350 S ram EDM is said to increase productivity and enable fine, shiny surface finishes. The FO350S works in "blade" type applications and pre-roughed 3D cavities. It is designed with a double thermostabilization system that prevents the impact of temperature variations, allowing for maximum accuracy.
Simultaneous Five-Axis Machining
The Mikron HSM 400U is said to deliver powerful performance and precision on all five axes to produce high-quality surface finishes for demanding high-precision applications. Designed to accommodate workpieces ranging to 9. 05" × 13.
Integrated Pallet Changer Enables Continuous Operation
GF Agie Charmilles’ Mikron HSM 300 MoldMaster now includes the features and benefits of the company’s GraphiteMaster line. According to the company, the product consolidation enables users to choose between MoldMaster and GraphiteMaster configurations, increasing flexibility in the job shop. The mill features fast linear axes and a 30,000-rpm, high-frequency spindle.
Optimize Machine Performance(2)
GF AgieCharmilles’ operator support system (OSS) automatically configures cutting parameters to optimize machine performance based on specific job requirements. The system is standard on the company’s high speed and high-performance machining centers. OSS provides users with an intuitive interface for entering data that is used to tailor machining processes.
GF Agie Charmilles Debuts Cut 20 Wire EDM
GF AgieCharmilles has announced the debut of the CUT 20, an innovative wire-cutting EDM that combines outstanding performance with remarkable ease of use. The CUT 20 handles wire diameters from . 15 to .
GF AgieCharmilles Announces FORM 20/30 Diesinking EDM
The newest innovation in GF AgieCharmilles' extensive range of diesinking EDM machines is the FORM 20/30, a cost-effective solution that combines ease of use with exceptional performance. Offering consistent reliability, the FORM 20/30 ensures high rigidity, good interference and reduced setup times. Constructed with an ultra rigid cast iron C-frame and cross-table design, the FORM 20/30 guarantees stiffness and is suited to withstand the temperature fluctuations found in the standard workshop environment.
GF AgieCharmilles Donates to Carbonfund.org on Behalf of IMTS Attendees
GF AgieCharmilles has announced that it has made a donation to Carbonfund. org on behalf of all IMTS attendees who picked up a Carbonfund. org wristband from the company's booth.
GF AgieCharmilles Offers New OSS Smart Machining Feature
GF AgieCharmilles? OSS (Operator Support System) automatically configures cutting parameters to optimize machine performance based on specific job requirements. Standard on any high-speed or high-performance machining center, OSS provides users with an intuitive interface for entering data that is then used to tailor machining processes. When using OSS, operators are asked to rank the relative priority of a job's accuracy, cutting time and surface quality.
Exploring Niches With New EDM Technologies
A shop specializing in wire EDM for large mold components now offers EDM “turning” of small, intricate parts. Despite the potential risks involved in early adoption of new technologies, the shop believes this practice gives it a leg-up on the competition and lets it gain experience with alternative machining techniques before offering them to customers.
How To Handle Tall Wire EDM Work
Modular workpiece fixturing plays a vital role in this shop’s quest to win larger, more difficult wire EDM jobs.
Eliminating Benchwork For Large Mold Surfaces
EDM dielectric additives can subtract labor costs for mold makers by eliminating the need for secondary hand polishing.
This ram EDM unit was designed with a number of EDM "reduction" trends in mind-reduced floorspace requirements, rate of electrode wear and operation learning curve.
Incremental Automation Pays Dividends
While successful mold makers agree that automation is necessary to remain competitive, they often have different opinions about how to integrate automation. This mold maker does it in gradual phases, and in doing so, it drives shopfloor workers to roles of greater responsibility.
High Speed Wire Cutting Needs High Efficiency Filtration
High speed cutting with wire electrical discharge machining produces debris in the dielectric at a high rate. Without effective filtration, a wire machine quickly loses its ability to maintain high cutting speed, achieve the desired surface finish and obtain expected dimensional accuracy. Charmilles' approach to solving this problem has been to develop a filtration system that doubles the number of filter cartridges, from two to four.
EDM Machines Help Shop Accomplish High Precision Work
Realizing the need to improve maintenance of dies and molds, this company purchased a ram EDM from Charmilles.
Wire EDM Gets An Automatic
The development of automatic 'tool' changing for wire electrical discharge machining promises to revise the process strategies applied to many wirecut workpieces.
High Speed In Simultaneous Five-Axis Machining
In mold and die work, simultaneous five-axis machining is a proven technology, as is high speed machining (HSM). High speed simultaneous five-axis machining, however, is still a pioneering development.
Machining To Sub-Micron Accuracy--With EDM
Electrical discharge machining (EDM) has a long tradition of being one of the most pioneering of metalworking technologies. Shops with EDM learned (by necessity) to deal with unattended operation long before it became feasible elsewhere.
Trends In EDM
Electrical discharge machines, both wire and ram type, have undergone rapid improvements in capability, economical operation, speed and flexibility. New applications are continually emerging as shops discover the advantages of this process.
Fine Wire Is Just Fine
As parts get smaller and smaller, using EDM wire as small as 0.001 inch in diameter to cut these workpieces becomes an attractive option—actually, the only option.
Unattended, Short-Run Production Work Spurs EDM Shop's Growth, Productivity
The move into shortrun production projects is changing Advanced Machining's product mix, and Bobby Miller, Advanced's other co-owner, says it's good to be making this transition. The shop continues to receive custom, oneofakind jobs, but it's also garnering an increasing number of productiontype jobs that demand attention only until the first successful production parts come off. The latter situation is attractive, Mr. Miller explains, because at this point, it's just a matter of letting the machine run to process the parts.
New Wire EDM System Enhances Mold Maker's Capabilities
When Osley and Whitney, Inc. (Westfield, Massachusetts) decided to upgrade its wire EDM (electrical discharge machining) capabilities, the company had several problems it wanted to solve. Osley and Whitney, a 48-year-old plastic injection moldbuilding company with 68 employees, serves automotive, automotive aftermarket, consumer, sporting goods and office machine companies.
Installing That First EDM
This shop did it right. Their experiences provide useful guidelines for successfully installing a wire machine in a shop new to EDM.
From Wire To Ram EDM With Success
Find out here how this Windsor, Ontario, job shop made a big move to ram EDM successfully.
Job Shop Doubles Production With Wire EDM
MIE rests its reputation on its ability to machine large parts quickly using GFAGIECHilles Technologies' ROBOFIL 300 and its newest wire EDM machine with a Fanuc control, the ROBOFIL 510F, Mr. McGrail said.
Wired For Productivity
This shop successfully mixes high volume production jobs with prototype work by concentrating on high performance wire EDM.
Automated Wire EDM In Action
From the ground up, this new shop was built around the concept of fully automated, fully palletized wire EDM.
Need For Change Brings Unexpected Benefits
This manufacturing company was faced with a dilemma common to many companies in today's manufacturing environment. Change their process to include CNC or lose valuable customers.
A New Angle On Wire EDM
This Dallas-based job shop specializes in the fabrication of very high taper pieces in stainless steel and aluminum. Often involved in larger profile work, they faced a challenge not uncommon in EDM: the tendency for some cutting wires to break.
Die Tech & Engineering describes how palletization and five-axis machining work together to deliver efficiency.