GF Machining Solutions to Feature Compact, High-Performance Technology at EASTEC 2015

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – GF Machining Solutions will display several flexible, compact and high-performance automation solutions and a wire electrical discharge machine (EDM) designed specifically for aerospace work in booth 1236 at EASTEC 2015 in West Springfield, Mass., May 12- 14. Products highlighted will include the new Mikron HEM 500U high-efficiency milling machine, CUT 200 Sp wire EDM, System 3R Transformer automation, and the FORM 20iRTC sinker EDM. Visitors to the booth will also see a variety of EDM consumable products including high-performance EDM wires.

Mikron HEM 500U

The Mikron HEM 500U high-efficiency milling machine with a 10-position pallet changer (PCH) provides high-performance, high-value 5-axis capabilities to manufacturers focused on efficient, accurate and reliable parts production. Ideal for cutting parts from aluminum alloys and steel, the HEM 500U features a highly dynamic 12,000-rpm ISO-B40 spindle and 30-tool magazine that provides a 2-second chip-to-chip time for high-speed continuous milling operations and increased spindle uptime. Additionally, a 20,000-rpm spindle and 60-tool changer are available.

A trunnion table measuring 19.7" in diameter and accommodating workpiece weights up to 440 pounds tilts -65/+110 degrees in the B-axis and rotates 360 degrees in C for 3 + 2 machining as well as 5-side positioning. Axis travels in X, Y and Z measure 19.7", 17.7" and 15.7", respectively, while a distance of 5.9" between the machine spindle nose and rotary table surface allows for ample maneuverability around workpieces.

The HEM 500U relies on a new Heidenhain iTNC 530 control for quick and reliable machining. This versatile, workshop-oriented control for 5 (3 + 2)-axis machining features an integrated digital drive control with integrated inverter, enabling it to produce a highly accurate workpiece contour while machining at high velocity. The HEM 500U also comes equipped with Smart machining modules that provide advanced levels of monitoring critical to the production of aerospace and defense parts.

CUT 200 Sp

The CUT 200 Sp Speed Edition is the most versatile and economical wire EDM machine on the market, providing fast spark-to-spark wire threading, high levels of energy efficiency and most significantly, unmatched productivity when cutting parts of variable heights. The CUT 200 Sp accommodates wire diameters ranging from 0.002" to 0.012" and can handle part tapers of up to 45degrees, regardless of part thickness. The machine’s digital CC generator enables surface finishes as fine as Ra 0.1 µm and it offers an industrial cutting speed of 15.75 in2 /min.

The CUT 200 Sp employs GF Machining Solutions’ Power Expert smart module, which continuously calculates part thickness, and checks injection pressure and adjusts machine power accordingly. This prevents wire breakage when changing the part thickness being machined. As a result, the CUT 200 Sp improves accuracy and cutting speed in parts of variable heights, such as plastic injection molds, aluminum extrusion dies and components for the aerospace and medical industries.

System 3R Transformer

The System 3R Transformer is a scalable automation system that provides manufacturers with extreme flexibility to meet their changing integration needs. Manufacturers can automate a single machine and easily expand the cell to include up to 12 machines using a wide range of machining technologies.

Additionally, the open-architecture system is vendor-neutral, allowing components from different manufacturers to be included within the same cell. This approach gives end users the ability to create an automation cell where each individual component decision is optimized, as opposed to having choice constrained by compatibility.

The system also provides user-friendly cell-management software whereby all production data is entered in a structured manner or imported through a data exchange interface for major enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. The software then controls every aspect of the cell, from automatically loading jobs to machines to recording and monitoring cycle times for each job.


GF Machining Solutions will also showcase the automated FORM 20 iRTC (integrated Rotary Tool Changer) sinker EDM. The system features the recently developed AgieCharmilles AC Form HMI, the most flexible control developed for a die-sinking EDM. It allows shops to easily and automatically accommodate jobs that require multiple electrodes or several workpieces varying in size and geometry.

As the first truly integrated and compact system of its kind, the iRTC boosts part processing flexibility while it ratchets up uninterrupted unattended production capability. It accommodates electrodes weighing up to 22 pounds and measuring 5.9" x 3.94" or up to 5.9" in diameter as well as in height. And depending on electrode/workpiece size, the changer holds either eight or 16 electrodes or workpieces.

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 manufactures 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. As a globally active group, GF Machining Solutions, a Division of Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland), maintains a presence on 50 sites worldwide within its own organization. Its 2,873 employees generated sales of CHF 867 million in 2013. For more information on the company’s products and services, contact Gisbert Ledvon at GF Machining Solutions, 560 Bond St., Lincolnshire, IL 60069-4224, Tel: 1-800- 282-1336, Fax: 847-913-5340, Email:, or visit


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