New 5-Axis Machining Center Delivers Quality Parts and Optimal Chip Removal

Press Release Summary:

  • FORM P 350 precision die-sinking EDM offers high stability and force reduction to help maintain a precise spark gap between workpiece and the electrode
  • MILL E 500 U swivels from range of -120 to +60 degrees and its table accommodates loads up to 992 lbs, which allows shops to machine wide range of parts
  • Ideal for job shops and parts manufacturers in the automotive, energy and general machinery markets

Original Press Release:

GF Machining Solutions Will Bring Milling and EDM Efficiency to SOUTHTEC

Lincolnshire, Ill., October 11, 2019 – For job shops constantly challenged with inefficient and sluggish part-processing operations, GF Machining Solutions will showcase the Mikron MILL E 500 U 5-axis machining center and its AgieCharmilles FORM P 350 precision die-sinking EDM in booth #309 at SOUTHTEC 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina. Both machines incorporate several integrated design features specifically for precision, speed and ease of use.

The MILL E 500 U delivers quality parts and optimal chip removal, making it an ideal solution for job shops and parts manufacturers in the automotive, energy and general machinery markets. The MILL E 500 U swivels from a range of -120 to +60 degrees, and its table accommodates loads up to 992 lbs (450 kg), which allows shops to machine a wide range of parts. A rigid, stable C-frame cast-iron machine construction reduces vibrations to deliver high levels of accuracy and repeatability, while large guideways double side-supported rotary tables and optimize chip evacuation.

The MILL E 500 U’s powerful 20,000 rpm Step-Tec spindle tackles both rough milling and drilling operations. As compared with its predecessors’ models, the MILL E 500 U increases metal removal rates by 20 percent, which reduces manufacturing costs by 15 percent.

With integrated automation solutions, such as the System 3R WorkPartner 1+, shops can take advantage of lights-out operations with the MILL E 500 U. The resulting increase in productivity can reduce costs per part and further improve overall operational efficiency.

Sporting a compact C-axis construction, fixed table and cast-iron frame, the FORM P 350 EDM offers high stability and force reduction to help maintain a precise spark gap between workpiece and the electrode. Regardless of part weight or dielectric volume, the FORM P 350 delivers consistent accuracy and surface finishes of Ra 0.1 μm. Integrated glass scales preserve long-term repeatability and eliminate the need for recalibration as well as errors typically found in traditional screw systems due to backlash and wear.

With integrated quality-enhancing and cost-saving intelligence, GF Machining Solutions’ TECFORM module on the FORM P 350 ensures that the EDM process is continuously optimized with each pulse to significantly reduce electrode wear and/or obtain the finest surface finishes. Segment-dedicated technology eliminates the need for the operator to adjust the machine’s generator parameters, and spark process control takes a fraction of a second and produces an extremely homogeneous surface finish.

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 to 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.

About GF Machining Solutions

GF Machining Solutions is the world’s leading provider of machine tools, diverse technical solutions and services to manufacturers of precision molds and tooling and of tight-tolerance, precision-machined components. The key segments we serve include the aerospace, automotive, medical, energy, information and communications technology (ICT) and electronics industries. Our extensive portfolio ranges from Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) solutions, three- and five-axis Milling machines and Spindles, Laser texturing machines, Additive Manufacturing and machines for Laser micromachining to solutions for Tooling, Automation, Software and Digitalization—all backed by unrivaled Customer Services and support. GF Machining Solutions is a globally acting Division of the Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland) and maintains a presence at 50 locations worldwide. Its 3,394 employees generated sales of CHF 1,066 million in 2018. More information can be found at

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