Just as the CUT P solutions are fully aligned with this GF Division’s Industry 4.0 vision of high-performing, resource efficient and fully predictive manufacturing, SMART wire from GF Machining Solutions Customer Services brings new intelligence to customers’ manufacturing processes. Embedded with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, SMART wire represents a smart, connected solution to help users minimize human errors while ensuring consistent quality, process continuity, stock and process traceability, process optimization and part cost calculation.
GF Machining Solutions Customer Services’ new SMART wire brings intelligence to wire-cutting EDM processes with the AgieCharmilles CUT P range18-sep-2017 16:11
Significantly improved serviceability, traceability and quality control are among wire-cutting electrical discharge machining (WEDM) process improvements provided by the intelligence of SMART wire for GF Machining Solutions’ AgieCharmilles CUT P series. SMART wire will be part of this GF Division’s EMO Hannover 2017 presence (Hall 27, Stand B24), September 18–23, in Hannover, Germany.
Machine smarter with SMART wire
Manufacturers gain access to the wire characteristics they need to support their wire selection, machining strategy and part cost calculations—as well as critical certifications, including Nadcap—with SMART wire. The RFID chip records a broad array of wire characteristics such as wire material, diameter, tensile strength, initial spool weight, remaining wire length, and validity date.
Manufacturers can exploit new traceability horizons, too, with SMART wire, and improve their quality tracking. SMART wire collects the users’ wire product number, purchase order reference, production data, manufacturing date and expiration date.
With this technology’s automatic wire detection, manufacturers minimize human errors and optimize their wire-cutting EDM processes. With SMART wire’s rewriteable memory, the AgieCharmilles CUT P machine’s wire spool status is continuously monitored and the user is advised if the wire supply is insufficient to finish the job. Current wire length and first use date are recorded as well.
Like the AgieCharmilles CUT P series and its dedicated technologies, SMART wire enables Limitless Possibilities and represents a significant step toward greater serviceability, traceability and quality control throughout users’ wire-cutting EDM processes.
Additional novelties to be presented by Customer Services during EMO 2017 are new digital services on the GF Machining Solutions Industry 4.0 platform rConnect and new graphite solutions to cover application requirements from roughing to fine finishing. Customer Services will also present an extended portfolio of preventive maintenance and toolholders, and EMO visitors will discover how they can realize the full potential of their GF Machining Solutions equipment along the full product life cycle with GF Machining Solutions Academy training—a qualitative and valuable must for manufacturing success.
Profile of GF Machining Solutions
GF Machining Solutions is the world’s leading provider of machines, diverse technical solutions and services not only to the tool and mold making industry but also to manufacturers of precision components. The portfolio ranges from electrical discharge machines, high-speed and high-performance Milling machines—including clamping and palletization systems, 3D Laser surface texturing machines and Spindles—to solutions for Tooling and Automation, services, spare parts, expendable parts, consumables and Digitalization 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 3’255 employees generated sales of CHF 992 million in 2017. More information can be found at www.gfms.com.