GF Machining Solutions’ eTracking and new Seal Slot Technology represent breakthroughs in die-sinking EDM for aerospace manufacturing

Sep 19, 2017 11:10 AM

GF Machining Solutions takes traceability and process optimization for die-sinking electrical discharge machining (DSEDM) of high-value precision aerospace components to a new level with two breakthroughs to be introduced at EMO Hannover 2017. For the first time, this GF Division will show its eTracking live, in-process monitoring for DSEDM and its new Seal Slot Technology Dedicated Solution enabling a one-click setup for aerospace seal slot manufacturing with DSEDM.

These two new solutions take the world stage in GF Machining Solutions booth (Hall 27, Stand B24) at EMO Hannover 2017, September 18–23, in Hannover, Germany.

eTracking for DSEDM

GF Machining Solutions established itself as a pioneer in wire-cutting EDM process monitoring four years ago with the eTracking process monitoring capabilities onboard its AgieCharmilles CUT 200 Dedicated solution for the production of turbine disk fir-tree roots and slots. Now, that peerless process monitoring delivered by eTracking is being extended to GF Machining Solutions’ FORM series of DSEDM solutions. At EMO Hannover 2017, visitors will see eTracking advancing the capabilities of the AgieCharmilles FORM P 350.

As a live, in-process tracking tool, the eTracking software is linked to the EDM machine’s computer numerical control. It follows key process parameters to ensure the performance of the machine and—when the machining process is complete—it generates a data record for certification of quality production. This record can be used to further optimize the machining process. eTracking is particularly useful in aerospace applications such as the manufacturing of seal slots and diffusers.

In today’s increasingly stringent aerospace regulatory environment, full traceability is a clear must and takes on even higher importance as aerospace OEMs are increasingly demanding even greater process control in order to advance quality.

Seal Slot Technology

Along with eTracking, GF Machining Solutions will spotlight its new Seal Slot Technology allowing a one-click setup for seal slot manufacturing. With a single click, this smart onboard machining strategy presets any AgieCharmilles FORM series DSEDM machine to deliver maximum performance in the production of seal slots.

As advanced digital manufacturing technologies, eTracking and Seal Slot Technology are further evidence of GF Machining Solutions’ Industry 4.0 vision of intelligent, high performing and fully predictive manufacturing.

media-release-10Efficient engine performance depends on tight seals between nozzle guide vanes or shrouds to reduce hot gas leaks. GF Machining Solutions' new Seal Slot Technology—to be introduced at EMO Hannover 2017—allows one-click setup for seal slot manufacturing with AgieCharmilles FORM series die-sinking EDM solutions.
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