Wire EDM Improves Operational Economy
Eastec 2019: Makino’s U6 H.E.A.T. (High Efficiency Advanced Technology) Extreme wire EDM features Athena voice command control capability and 0.016" diameter wire technology.
Makino’s U6 H.E.A.T. (High Efficiency Advanced Technology) Extreme wire EDM features Athena voice command control capability and 0.016" diameter wire technology. It is said to achieve new levels of productivity, operational economy and usability.
The machine’s Hyper-i control uses a dual touchscreen interface that functions like a smartphone using large, 24" HD displays. The control is streamlined to reduce the number of inputs required for common tasks. Advanced help functions such as EDM Assist and E-Tech Doctor support operators of varying skill levels.
HyperDrive precision wire tension control technology reduces wire consumption rates for different wire sizes and material types and reduces operating costs without sacrificing machining speed or accuracy, the company says. H.E.A.T. Extreme technology, along with the company’s new 0.016" diameter H.E.A.T. wire, is said to increase machining speeds by two or three times compared to traditional 0.010" diameter wire operations without increasing wire consumption.
The machine is configured with high-capacity, independently controlled flush pumps for enhanced efficiency. A large filter filtration system features an air purge function for safer and faster filter replacement.
A new breed of power generators for wire EDMs has options for reducing, even eliminating, one of the unwanted side effects of this very versatile metalcutting process.
Modular workpiece fixturing plays a vital role in this shop’s quest to win larger, more difficult wire EDM jobs.
Voice interface technology has come of age and is now found on a wide variety of products such as phones, tablets, PCs, TV remotes and many other devices. Why not on machine tools as well?