GF Machining Solutions

Lincolnshire,  IL 
United States
  • Booth: 421

 GF Machining Solutions meets the highly diverse needs of parts manufacturers in the aerospace industry via its comprehensive selection of dedicated technologiessolutions and services. From jet engine components to parts for turbine blade repair, the company understands the high-precision machining and stringent manufacturing requirements of the industry and has what it takes to propel businesses forward. The company’s advanced product portfolio includes Agie Charmilles die-sinking, wire and hole-drilling EDM systems, Mikron Mill high-speed and high-performance milling machines, Liechti aerospace machining centers, 3D LASER texturing machines and System 3R automation solutions. Through its UPTIME+ Service and Support Program, GF Machining Solutions further leverages the competitive advantages of its product portfolio via applications expertise, comprehensive training, technical assistance, preventive maintenance, world-class warranty coverage and a comprehensive assortment of parts and consumables. Originating in Switzerland in 1861, GF Machining Solutions is part of the Swiss Georg Fischer Group, which has 50 locations worldwide. Lincolnshire, Illinois is home to the company’s U.S. headquarters, and it also has four application centers located nationwide in Lincolnshire, Illinois; Holliston, Massachusetts; Irvine, California; and Charlotte, North Carolina. 


 Press Releases

  • LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Dec. 2, 2016 – At the 2017 AeroDef Manufacturing Conference and Exhibition, GF Machining Solutions’ applications experts will be on hand in the company’s booth 421 to discuss advanced technologies, products and turnkey systems designed specifically for complex aerospace and defense work. Visitors to the event that takes place March 6-9 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas will also discover the wide range of GF Machining Solutions’ equipment and flexible solutions that boost efficiency and accuracy, especially in the machining of aircraft parts from advanced materials.

    One such solution designed specifically for tough aerospace part production is the advanced CUT 200 Dedicated wire EDM. Through its built-in A/B tilt/rotary table, fast axis speeds and quick wire threading, this precision-focused machine can quickly and easily cut turbine discs – fir tree patterns – from alloy workpiece materials. It also incorporates on-machine, in-process inspection to ensure consistent, high accuracy parts production.

    Another solution is GF Machining Solutions’ first mill-turn machine, the new Mikron MILL P 800 U ST. This compact machine combines milling and 4-axis simultaneous turning within a single machine platform to help manufacturers achieve optimal productivity, accuracy and cost effectiveness. In addition tocutting aluminum parts more than 50 percent faster than conventional processing, the machine also eliminates transfer-related part runout issues and errors for overall better finished part quality.

    Additionally, the MILL P 800 U ST is automation ready and equipped with pallet changers for 2, 7, 9 or 12 pallets. It also easily integrates into existing automation systems such as those from System 3R.

    To learn more about GF Machining Solutions’ full range of equipment and services for the aerospace market, visit www.georgfischer.com.

    About GF Machining Solutions LLC.

    GF Machining Solutions LLC. is the world’s leading provider of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and mold making industry and to manufacturers of precision components. Products range from electric discharge machines, high-speed and high-performance milling machines, including clamping and palletization systems, and 3D laser surface texturing machines, to services, spare parts and expendable parts, consumables and automation solutions. GF Machining Solutions is a globally acting division of the Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland) and maintains a presence on 50 sites worldwide within its own organization. Its 3,003 employees generated sales of CHF 902 million in 2015. More information can be found at www.gfms.com/us.

     

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 Products

  • CUT 200 Dedicated
    CUT 200 Dedicated wire electrical discharge machine (EDM) is designed for complex aerospace work. The machine delivers some of the industry’s highest levels of speed, performance, quality and productivity....

  • GF Machining Solutions Dedicates EDM to Aerospace Machining

    GF Machining Solutions’ CUT 200 Dedicated wire electrical discharge machine (EDM) is designed for complex aerospace work. The machine delivers some of the industry’s highest levels of speed, performance, quality and productivity – giving manufacturers more control of production costs.

    To further enhance productivity and guarantee traceability for finished parts, GF Machining Solutions’ software now features eTracking software that monitors cuts and shows results in real-time. The software completes necessary pre-machining checklists, monitors machine data and compares it to reference values. It also monitors consumable parts and control items, monitors machine status and traces data during machining – and transmits all this data to a user-friendly, real-time dashboard. The eTracking function also alerts and confirms preventive maintenance to increase machine up time and efficiency and prevent any unexpected issues.

    The CUT 200 Dedicated features a built-in A/B tilt/rotary table to easily cut complex aerospace alloy components such as turbine disks using B-axis rotation and +/- 20-degree A-axis tilt. It also incorporates on-machine, in-process inspection that encompasses a measuring probe and supporting software.

    To significantly reduce non-cut times, the CUT 200 Dedicated boasts extremely fast axis speeds and quick wire threading. The latest generation of GF Machining Solutions’ spark generators allows the machine to cut up to speeds of 38”2/hour (400 mm2/min) and up to 30-degree tapers in the Z-axis height, while also producing superior part surface finishes and eliminating recast layers and micro-cracks. Additionally, energy saving functionality and advanced software help reduce operational costs and provide increased system connectivity.

    In addition to the aerospace industry, the CUT 200 Dedicated is well suited for controlling production costs in the mold and die, medical and contract machining industries.

  • Mikron MILL P 800 U ST (Simultaneous Turning)
    The combination of milling and turning technology in a single machine helps manufacturers achieve optimal productivity, accuracy and cost effectiveness....

  • GF Machining Solutions Introduces Mikron MILL P 800 U ST for Milling and Turning

    GF Machining Solutions has introduced the Mikron MILL P 800 U ST (Simultaneous Turning) to expand its technology portfolio to include milling and turning in a single machine. Highly efficient, the compact machine provides 31.5" (800 mm) of X-axis travel, an 800-rpm C-axis rotation speed and a maximum table load of 1,763 lbs (800 kg).

    GF Machining Solutions developed the MILL P 800 U ST with its gantry-type concept as a direct response to the needs of shops serving the automotive, aerospace, energy and general machining industries. The machine’s small 137" x 118" footprint makes it easy to integrate into existing operations, replacing two machines in the process.

    The combination of milling and turning technology in a single machine helps manufacturers achieve optimal productivity, accuracy and cost effectiveness.  The MILL P 800 U ST achieves perfect workpiece roundness, impeccable surface quality and a high material removal rate to achieve incredible value. Being able to fully machine components on a single machine also eliminates transfer-related part run out and errors and increases finished part quality.

    The MILL P 800 U ST is capable of four-axis simultaneous turning, a capability often required by customers who need to have the cutting tool positioned at a 90-degree angle to the workpiece surface to avoid tool shape errors. The machine incorporates a 20,000-rpm HSK T63 spindle that is the industry’s fastest for a milling and turning machine of this size. Additionally, water-cooled torque motors on the A-axis and C-axis ensure accuracy and stability, while speed is enhanced through the axes’ 0.3-second clamp time in any position.

    With the new machine’s gantry concept, the workpiece on the 31.5" x 31.5" table is fully accessible without rotating the table. This eliminates errors related to table rotation and avoids the need for hand polishing. The tool changer for the machine is also located so as to avoid moving the table during tool changes.

    GF Machining Solutions’ Machine and Spindle Protection (MSP) adds security to the machining process by protecting the machine and spindle against crashing during setup and machining. As the only system on the market to offer protection in all directions, MSP eliminates the spindle damage, misaligned machine geometry, downtime and costs related to unexpected spindle crashes.

    The MILL P 800 U ST is automation ready and equipped with pallet changers for 2, 7, 9 or 12 pallets. It can also be easily integrated into existing automation systems, including System 3R automation solutions.