Raising the bar, pushing performance limits

Jan 15, 2014 2:33 PM

Thanks to their revolutionary generator architecture, GF AgieCharmilles’ new wire-cutting CUT 2000 S and CUT 3000 S become the industry’s benchmark in term of cutting speed and surface integrity. Productivity is also significantly boosted by the new THREADING-EXPERT module for dependable threading under difficult conditions, the second-generation Integrated Vision Unit (IVU Advance), and the already renowned Automatic Wire Changer.

GF AgieCharmilles — long known as the reference in EDM innovation — raises the bar again with its new CUT 2000 S and CUT 3000 S high-end machining centers, the fastest wire-cutting electrical discharge machining (EDM) solutions on the market, thanks to the new Intelligent Power Generator (IPG) with Direct Power Supply (DPS) module. The machines have been shown to reduce machining time by 30 percent and produce high-quality surface finishes of Ra ≤0.08µm.

THREADING-EXPERT

CUT 2000S wire cut EDM machines : High precision and unequaled productivityGF AgieCharmilles’ new CUT 2000 S, with external dimensions of 2,095 x 1,950 x 2,232 mm, features a new generator concept, a module for easy wire threading under difficult conditions, and availability of in-process measurement and easy Automated part and tool changing.

The optionally available new THREADING-EXPERT that makes easy work of threading under difficult conditions. THREADING-EXPERT is a retractable device that drives the wire from the upper guide to the upper surface start hole or, depending on the hole diameter, to the lower guide through a fine, slotted tube. The result: uncomplicated wire threading, even under the most difficult conditions.

The standard THREADING-EXPERT configuration includes a nozzle to improve threading reliability whatever the diameter (<0.03) under standard conditions (close to the surface). Also available are a nozzle for thin wire (0.03 mm to 0.07 mm) and one dedicated to 0.15
to 0.1 mm wire. Both work close to the surface without breaking through the workpiece. Moreover, two nozzles with needles (external diameter 0.4 mm and 0.8 mm) can be installed for use in cases where the wire must be driven through the workpieces to the lower guide. The needle length is 30 mm and threading can be performed with a wire up to 0.25 mm.

Easy, automated wire changing

CUT 3000S wire cut EDM machines : A reputation for very high precisionThe CUT 3000S, featuring a sleek design with rounded contours, has external dimensions of 2,685 x 2,115 x 2,232 mm. The machine pushes the limits of performance and offers excellent process control.

Available for the CUT 2000 S and CUT 3000 S is GF AgieCharmilles renowned Automatic Wire Changer (AWC). GF AgieCharmilles pioneered automatic wire changing and remains the only EDM producer offering the feature.  The AWC paves the way to more versatility and process control because it allows the use of different diameter wires and wires of different materials. For example, a main cut can be done with a coated wire or larger diameter wire to boost cutting speed, then automatically changed for a trim cut with standard wire to reduce running costs.

The process is particularly efficient when a part requires use of thin wire (0.1 mm or thinner). The AWC allows users to push performance limits as never before. Thin wire can now be used to cut thicker parts. For instance, an 80 mm-thick punch can now be efficiently cut with 0.1 mm wire when the main cut is done with a larger diameter wire. The result: more power, more speed.

IVU Advance for easy measurement

GF AgieCharmilles’ optional IVU Advance takes micro machining to the next level and ensures 100 percent reliable of machining results. The optical-based measurement system, designed to visualize and measure pieces directly on the machine, features fully automatic setup by the integrated charge-coupled device (CCD) camera and duplication of measuring cycles for Automation. With IVU Advance, you’re sure to get the best fit for a contour in accordance with the theoretical shape indicated by the DXF source file.

High accuracy, flawless results

The CUT 2000 S and CUT 3000 S are the successors of GF AgieCharmilles’ well-known CUT 2000/3000 range and offer the same highly accurate machining and predictably flaw-less results, accommodating wires as thin as 0.050 in diameter to cut micro parts and tiny details. The new range is equipped with Vision 5 numerical control, a powerful tool for easily organizing and managing several unattended jobs in parallel. Further, GF AgieCharmilles’ 3D probing system significantly speeds part setup.

Best use of workshop space

The clean lines and rounded contours of the CUT 2000 S and CUT 3000 S make best use of available workshop space while offering excellent accessibility. External dimensions of the CUT 2000 S are 2,095 x 1,950 x 2,232 mm, and dimensions of the CUT 3000 S are 2,685 x 2,115 x 2,232 mm. The machines’ cast iron, C-frame construction offers high stability and dynamic rigidity with all of the benefits of a space-saving, modern design.

Best use of workshop space

The clean lines and rounded contours of the CUT 2000 S and CUT 3000 S make best use of available workshop space while offering excellent accessibility. External dimensions of the CUT 2000 S are 2,095 x 1,950 x 2,232 mm, and dimensions of the CUT 3000 S are 2,685 x 2,115 x 2,232 mm. The machines’ cast iron, C-frame construction offers high stability and dynamic rigidity with all of the benefits of a space-saving, modern design.

Customer Services

Like all GF AgieCharmilles products, the CUT 2000 S and CUT 3000 S are supported by a continuum of Customer Services customizable to your particular needs. GF AgieCharmilles’ Customer Services offers the industry’s most comprehensive service package: basic and advanced preventive services, training, a dedicated Helpline, original wear parts and certified consumables, and a Privilege Club with special advantages available only to
GF AgieCharmilles customers.

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Elke P. Magnin
Media Relations & Communication Manager
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elke dot magnin #at# georgfischer dot com

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