Utmost capability, versatility, reliability and ease of use are hallmarks of GF AgieCharmilles’ FORM 20 and FORM 30

2013/09/25 15:45

With its innovative, new integrated rotary tool changer engineered in Switzerland, GF AgieCharmilles’ FORM 20 and FORM 30 die-sinking EDM machines boast productivity-enhancing characteristics that make a market favorite in terms of price/performance ratio.

Starting with a space-saving footprint that takes your valuable floor space into consideration, the FORM 20 and FORM 30 set market standards for compact die-sinking EDM machines. Add to that an integrated rotary tool changer with 16 positions for the FORM 20 and 26 positions for the FORM 30 and you are assured of complete and versatile production capability. The compact design means a 940 x 540 mm workplace can be loaded in a machine that consumes a very small amount of space; more productive floor space means lower fixed costs. Furthermore, the machines’ rigid mechanical concept ensures reliable and stable operation, thanks to a cast iron, short C-frame design for static and dynamic rigidity. Linear glass scales on the cross table guarantee positioning accuracy.

Featuring easy setup, a high-power generator, the new and intuitive GF AgieCharmilles AC FORM human-machine interface (HMI) and built-in technology to eliminate electrode wear, the FORM 20 and FORM 30 deliver versatility, reliability and ease of use. In combination with excellent performance, these features make them a go-to choice for general mold and die and specific industries like aerospace and aeronautics, automotive, and information and communications technology.

New AC FORM HMI boosts productivity

form-30GF AgieCharmilles’ FORM 20/FORM 30 machines include many features to deliver versatility, reliability and ease of use: easy setup, a smart module to improve machining efficiency and reduce unproductive time, a new and intuitive HMI, and built-in technology to eliminate electrode wear.

Like all machines in GF AgieCharmilles’ FORM range, the FORM 20 and FORM 30 feature the ergonomic AC FORM HMI for a new level of logic, speed and safety. Developed on the basis of a study with numerous customers to streamline the mold making process, AC CUT HMI is organized on one menu level where all icons are arranged logically and in chronological order of use, and dynamic contextual help is always just a click away.

Job preparation is a snap


Common measuring cycles from simple measurement of the Z position to complex measurement requiring moving the measuring probe around the workpiece thanks to the C axis are integrated into the numerical control of the FORM 20 and FORM 30. That means the position of the workpiece is plotted so the operator doesn’t need to adjust the workpiece, therefore time to erosion is reduced and the workpiece can be placed into the working area without wasting time on manual alignment.

That’s a huge step forward, made possible by recent re-engineering of the FORM 20 and FORM 30. Moreover, the FORM 20 and FORM 30 have onboard intelligence that makes it easy for less experienced machinists to achieve expert results with very little training. Elimination of a steep learning curve means novice machinists can operate the FORM 20 and FORM 30, and expert machinists can be allocated to more demanding tasks.

Generator and intelligence for best results

GF AgieCharmilles’ own high-end, Intelligent Power Generator (IPG) one of the world’s most powerful generators for die-sinking EDM is at the heart of the FORM 20 and FORM 30. With integrated quality-enhancing and cost-saving intelligence, TECFORM ensures that the EDM process is continuously optimized with each pulse to significantly reduce electrode wear or even reach the finest finishes.

The embedded TECFORM module allows the FORM 20 and FORM 30 to quickly and safely achieve the best performance and produce the desired result. Segment-dedicated technology eliminates the need for the operator to adjust the generator’s parameters. Spark process control takes a fraction of a second and produces an extremely homogeneous surface finish. In combination, these features yield greater reliability, improved machining efficiency and significantly less unproductive time.

GF AgieCharmilles’ breakthrough iQ (innovation + quality) technology is standard to the FORM 20 and FORM 30. So, from the very first job executed, you gain all of the benefits of lowest electrode wear due to absolute pulse efficiency and fewer pulses required for effective erosion. The intelligence of iQ ensures truly wear-free spark erosion, high precision, extremely efficient performance, unparalleled respect for detail, and greater control over the cost of the tool (the electrode).

Customer Services

Like all GF AgieCharmilles products, the FORM 20 and FORM 30 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 Agie-Charmilles customers.


Further information:

Paul Thickett
Head of Design & Brand Communications
GF Machining Solutions
Rue du Pré-de-la-fontaine 8
1217 Meyrin

paul dot thickett #at# georgfischer dot com