GF Machining Solutions will showcase several new high-performance machining solutions at SOUTH-TEC 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina, October 24-26. Visitors to the company’s booth #1029 will experience the highly productive AgieCharmilles CUT P 350 wire electrical discharge machine (EDM), versatile 5-axis Mikron MILL E 500U, compact AgieCharmilles FORM E 350 die sinker EDM and ultra-fast Microlution ML-5 laser micro machining platform – all of which will give today’s shops a solid competitive advantage.
The CUT P 350 will represent GF Machining Solutions’ new AgieCharmilles CUT P Series of wire EDMs that provides users extremely precise positioning and contouring capabilities for superb part quality and productivity. The CUT P 350/550/800/1250 machines feature highly efficient power generators, robust designs and intuitive human-machine interfaces (HMIs) as well as several automation options for lights-out operation.
With Intelligent Power Generator (IPG) technology, CUT P Series machines deliver surface finishes as smooth as Ra 0.08 µm and boost cutting speeds by up to 20 percent. Several EXPERT systems – POWER-EXPERT, SURFACE-EXPERT, WIRE-EXPERT, PROFIL-EXPERT and TAPER-EXPERT – enhance control of various aspects of the EDM process to further improve cutting speed, precision and surface quality, especially for challenging applications in the electronics, automotive, medical and mold and die industries.
The high-speed, 5-axis Mikron MILL E 500U machining center is one in a series of MILL E machines that feature the capability to swivel from a range of -120 to +60 degrees, and that accommodate loads up to 992 lbs (450 kg) to allow shops to machine a wide range of parts. Rigid, stable C-frame cast iron machine constructions reduce vibrations to deliver extreme precision and repeatability, while large guideways, double side-supported rotary tables and optimized chip evacuation enhance reliability and part quality.
The machine’s powerful 20,000-rpm Step-Tec spindle tackles both rough milling and drilling operations. The MILL E Series increases metal removal rates by 20 percent over the previous generation HEM U machine range – for the potential to reduce overall manufacturing costs by up to 15 percent.
The new compact FORM E 350 die sinker EDM has the smallest footprint on today’s market, yet still boasts several big design and performance enhancing features. The machine’s C-axis construction, cross table and cast-iron frame offer high stability and force reduction, which helps maintain a precise spark gap between the part and the electrode. The machine’s latest-generation Intelligent Speed Power Generator (ISPG) excels at superior surface finishes and precision applications in any conductive material. It also improves machining speeds by 40 percent and reduces corner wear by 50 percent.
The FORM E 350 is automation ready. At the event, it will be paired with a System 3R WorkPartner 1+ robot to demonstrate the easy implementation of unattended night and weekend operations.
Also on display will be GF Machining Solution’s Microlution ML-5 ultrafast laser micro machining platform, the first industrial-grade femtosecond laser platform capable of machining minute features with micron-level accuracy and repeatability in a 24-7 manufacturing environments. ML-5’s ultrafast lasers machine without creating a Heat Affected Zone (HAZ), which makes them capable of achieving tolerances otherwise impossible for other thermal machining processes. The absence of thermal damage also eliminates post-processing in many applications to further reduce overall part cycle times.
The ML-5 has been widely adopted for several critical applications in automotive, medical and consumer product manufacturing, including drilling automotive fuel injectors nozzles, machining medical catheter tips, cutting the hardened glass used by mobile device displays and machining intricate watch gears.
About GF Machining Solutions
GF Machining Solutions 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. The 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 3,008 employees generated sales of CHF 905 million in 2014. More information can be found at www.gfms.com/us.
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