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7/8/2009

Automated Cell Combines Wire EDM, Waterjet Technologies

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Mitsubishi’s MD+CELL combines the MD+PROII wire EDM with a Suprema DX44 waterjet for high speed and precision in one automated unit, minimizing operator intervention and maximizing unattended run time. The MD+CELL employs a Mitsubishi MELFA six-axis robot to transfer rough-cut pieces from the waterjet to EDM machine for finishing.

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Mitsubishi’s MD+CELL combines the MD+PROII wire EDM with a Suprema DX44 waterjet for high speed and precision in one automated unit, minimizing operator intervention and maximizing unattended run time.
The MD+CELL employs a Mitsubishi MELFA six-axis robot to transfer rough-cut pieces from the waterjet to EDM machine for finishing. The Suprema waterjet includes a stainless steel work tank and utilizes 22" I-beam construction with 40-mm ballscrews for accurate machine performance.

The Suprema’s 700 series CNC features advanced programming capabilities for precision machining and increased productivity. The control is operated from a 15" waterproof screen with improved graphics and NC design to simplify operation.

The MD+PROII wire EDM’s stacked-filter design reduces floor space requirements. The machine’s upper- and lower-head design improves durability and reduces setup and maintenance costs, the company says. Standard 0.004" to 0.012" wire-capable automatic threading and all-axis absolute control enable accurate positioning without returning to zero after power failure, the company says. The simplified auto-threading and wire drive systems are said to reduce part costs and extend maintenance cycles.

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