Booth will spotlight high-speed milling, high-performance EDM and flexible automation
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., – Productivity-enhancing technology will dominate GF Machining Solutions’ presence in the Elliott-Matsuura booths at the Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show in Montreal, Canada, May 16-18 at the Place Bonaventure. In booths 633, 647, 833 and 847, the company will highlight its Mikron HSM 500 MoldMaster (MM) high-speed machining center that provides both hard die and graphite electrode production and the new CUT E 600 high-performance wire EDM.
GF Machining Solutions designed its new Mikron HSM 500 MoldMaster (MM) high-speed milling machine with today’s mold and die makers in mind. As an all-in-one production system, the machine’s specific features and capabilities give shops the versatility to produce a wide scope of mold and die related components – from 58 Rc steel mold cores to hot pressing dies and even sinkerEDM electrodes for intricate mold cavities – all with one machine tool.
The HSM 500 MM packs speed, precision and rigidity. For high-speed, the machine is equipped with a 42,000-rpm HSK spindle that uses ceramic hybrid ball bearings with oil-air minimal lubrication, as well as liquid cooled stator jacket and bearings. This vector controlled motor spindle ensures extremely fast acceleration to full speed as well as high torque at low speeds. As a complement to the high-speed spindle, the machine cuts at feedrates up to 784.4 ipm (20 m/min) and rapid traverses as fast as 1,574.8 ipm (42 m/min).
Equipped with SmartMachine functionalities, the HSM 500 MM increases tool life through vibration monitoring, boosts productivity by reducing machine warm-up wait time and shortens cycle times with optimized machine motion. As standard, the HSM 500 MM comes equipped with graphite extraction system touch probe capability and absolute optical linear scales with 20-nanometer step resolution on its X, Y, and Z axes for extremely precise machine positioning.
The advanced CUT E 600 wire EDM is part of the CUT E Series of machines that incorporate new, large-touchscreen human-machine interfaces (HMIs). The HMIs provide intuitive operation and include onboard Intelligent Collision Protection, built-in machining strategies and flexible job management. Information about geometries, machining processes and command programs is processed in a single file. This allows jobs to be transferred among different machines in the CUT E Series, with the machines automatically managing all needed modifications. Additionally, more than 10 automated measurement cycles are available to assist with workpiece preparation and the company’s onboard AC CAM Easy system allows an operator to prepare an ISO file and post-process it into a job during machining.
As a CUT E Series machine, the CUT E 600 features the modern Intelligent Power Generator (IPG) to further improve cutting speed, precision and surface quality. The machine can also use dedicated wire for decreased part cost and increased throughput, and its POWER-EXPERT module automatically determines the optimal power to send through the wire, which is especially beneficial in stepped parts. The machine’s Corner Strategy module automatically adjusts parameters during changes in direction to produce sharp angels and small radii. These features combine to reduce cutting times by up to 18% as compared to standard machines.
Compact, space-saving machine designs that incorporate high rigidity to enable accurate cutting of large and heavy parts also highlight the CUT E Series. Drop doors on the machines provide easy, convenient access to worktables, and filters arranged side-by-side are easily accessible to simplify maintenance. There is also the option to use large, 25 kg wire spools for greater levels of automation and unmanned machining and a reliable wire circuit system for perfect unrolling that does not disrupt the EDM process.
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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