Browse by Editorial Category
Browse by Edition Date

January 2018

Skip Navigation Links.
Expand Applying TechnologyApplying Technology
Expand DRO-EncodersDRO-Encoders
Collapse Current NewsCurrent News
ABCO-Automation-and-Visual-Components-Announce-Value-Added-Reseller-Agreement
Accurate-Screw-Machine-Achieves-AS9100-Rev.-D-Certification
ATEK-Metal-Technologies-Expands-Capabilities-in-Northeastern-Iowa
BLM-GROUP-USA-Becomes-a-Corporate-Sponsor-of-Workshops-for-Warriors
Advanced-Adaptive-Control-for-Difficult-to-Machine-Materials
Coldwater-Machine-Improves-Fabrication-Solutions
CTG-Bel-Kur-Enhances-In-House-Capability-with-Equipment-Investment
Design-2-Part-Shows-Announce-2018-Schedule
Schaeffler-and-DMG-MORI-Develop-AM-Processes-for-Roller-Bearing-Components
Machine-Tool-Manufacturer-Celebrates-70th-Anniversary
Eriez-Celebrates-70-Years-of-Partnership-with-Representative-Agency-Dominion-Carolina
FANUC-Marks-Production-of-500000th-Robot
Laser-Metal-Deposition-Technology-Enables-NASA-Rocket-Nozzle-Demonstrator-Development
Die-Sinking-EDM-Ratchets-Up-Efficiency
Gene-Haas-Precision-Machining-Technology-Center-Opens-in-Maine
Hartford-Union-Upgrades-Existing-CNC-Machines
HCC-Advanced-Manufacturing-Conference-Highlights-Training-and-Education
Industry-Experts-Visit-HCC-Global-Energy-Center
HELUKABEL-USA-Inc.-Breaks-Ground-on-New-U.S.-Headquarters
The-Hoffmann-Group-Receives-Brose-Key-Supplier-Recognition-2017
Hudson-Tool-Steel-Installs-Amada-Plate-Band-Saw
The-IFH-Group-West-Installs-Prima-LaserPunch-System
IMPCO-Celebrates-80th-Anniversary
Battery-Maintenance-and-Service
Integro-Technologies-and-SICK-Inc.-Announce-Partnership
Kitagawa-NorthTech-Achieves-ISO-90012015-and-ITAR-Certification
Lincoln-Electric-Announces-New-Training-Center-and-2018-Courses
Gene-Haas-Center-for-Advanced-Automation-at-Lincoln-Tech-Opens-in-Indianapolis
Mastercam-and-Kennametal-Partner-Up-to-Automate-Tooling-for-Customers
Haas-Factory-Outlets-of-Morris-Group-Earn-Haas-Awards
NJMEP-Creates-or-Retains-More-than-31100-Jobsand#160;
North-American-Tool-Earns-Certification
Optomec-Enters-Global-Sales-Partnership-with-Mastercam-Advanced-Software
Ingalls-Shipbuilding-Acquires-Intelligent-Welding-Automation-as-Part-of-its-andquot;Shipyard-of-the-Futureandquot;-Initiative
plusproFace-for-Work-Safety
2017-Awards-of-Excellence-in-Metalforming-Winners-Announced
Renishaw-and-Identify3D-Collaborate-to-Enable-Secure-Digital-Manufacturing
Savigent-Software-Announced-as-First-National-Member-of-CESMII
High-Performance-Tooling-Solutions
Manufacturers-Rep-Southeast-Industrial-Solutions-Opens-in-Atlanta-GA
Simonds-Saw-Attains-ISO-90012015-Certification
SMT-GROUP-Opens-Technical-Sales-Office-at-CU-ICAR
SST-Opens-EDM-Consumables-Facility-in-Connecticut
Surfcam-2018-R1-Reduces-Regeneration-Time
SW-North-America-Opens-Headquarters-in-New-Hudson-MI
TCAmerican-Crane-Company-Becomes-a-Member-of-CMAA
TCI-Powder-Coatings-Gains-Qualicoat-Approval
TRUMPF-Announces-Collaborative-Agreement-with-A3DM-Technologies
TRUMPF-Announces-Sales-Partnership-with-SPI-Lasers-for-North-American-Markets
Unison-Ltd.-and-Pneuform-Machines-Ltd.-Announce-Joint-Venture
United-Performance-Metals-Expands-Connecticut-Facility
New-Wisconsin-Training-Location-for-Edgecam-and-Surfcam-Customers
Milling-Cutter-Boosts-Productivity
Walter-Teams-with-Starrag-for-Turbine-Technology-Days-2017
Wildeck-Announces-Full-Integration-of-Ladder-Industries
Wisconsin-Oven-Ships-Tempering-Batch-Oven
Expand Machinery-Metalcutting-ChipmakingMachinery-Metalcutting-Chipmaking
Expand People In The NewsPeople In The News
Expand Special MachinerySpecial Machinery

show all editions →

Click here to watch Tutorial Videos >

Die Sinking EDM Ratchets Up Efficiency



GF Machining Solutions' new FORM P 350 die sinking EDM machine features precision-enhancing design qualities along with several integrated technologies to enable shops to enhance productivity and profitability.

A compact C-axis construction, fixed table and cast iron frame offer high stability and force reduction to help maintain a precise spark gap between the part and the electrode. Regardless of part weight or dielectric volume, the FORM P 350 is designed to deliver consistent accuracy and a best surface finish of Ra 0.1 µm. "Integrated glass scales preserve long-term repeatability and eliminate the need for recalibration as well as any errors found in traditional screw systems due to backlash and wear," said a company spokesperson.

At the heart of the machine is GF Machining Solutions' own intelligent power generator (IPG), a powerful generator for die-sinking EDMs. With integrated quality-enhancing and cost-saving intelligence, the company's TECFORM module ensures that the EDM process is continuously optimized with each pulse to reduce electrode wear or obtain the fine finishes.

"The embedded TECFORM module allows the FORM P 350 to quickly and safely achieve the best performance and desired results. Segment-dedicated technology eliminates the need for the operator to adjust the generator's parameters. Spark process control takes a fraction of a second and produces a homogeneous surface finish. In combination, these features yield greater reliability, improved machining efficiency and less unproductive time.

Equipped with GF Machining Solutions' breakthrough iQ (innovation + quality) technologies to control the erosion process of graphite and/or copper electrodes, the FORM P 350 is effective at reducing costs in die sinking operations. "iQ technology brings together fast and efficient electronics capable of real-time spark characteristic analysis and adjusts the current setting as needed for absolute pulse efficiency," said the spokesperson. "This ensures wear-free spark erosion, high precision, efficient performance, unparalleled respect for detail and greater control over the cost of the electrode."

The machine console is equipped with the user-friendly AC FORM human machine interface (HMI) that is based on a standard Windows platform and offers interactive graphical assistance so that all operations, such as measurement and machining cycles, are illustrated by graphics/icons for fast operator understanding and ease of use. It provides simple descriptions of machining targets, automatic selection of optimal technology and dynamic parameters adaption.

The FORM P 350 comes standard with a four-position linear tool changer for System 3R macro tooling. A rotary tool changer (RTC) can be added to replace the four-position linear tool changer on the left side of the machine to increase the number of electrodes up 160 in a very small space. The FORM P 350 can also be paired with the System 3R WorkPartner 1+ robot for unattended night and weekend operation.

With X/Y/Z axes travels of 17.8" x 9.8" x 11.8" (350 x 250 x 300 mm), shops can efficiently machine workpieces up to 27.6" x 18.1" x 10.8" (700 x 460 X 275 mm).

For more information contact:

GF Machining Solutions LLC

560 Bond St.

Lincolnshire, IL 60069-4224

847-913-5300

www.gfms.com/us

< back

Email   email