“The AgieCharmilles CUT P 550 represents a step forward in terms of quality, especially on tall parts.”

Mr. Helmuth Ausserhofer, Manager Tool Shop, GKN Sinter Metals AG

Quality is king in automotive tool making,
so GKN Sinter Metals AG relies on the AgieCharmilles CUT P series

Quality is king in the fast-paced, zero-defects focused world of automotive manufacturing, where components are becoming ever more complex. That complexity drives the need for increasingly precise tools—the very specialty of GKN Sinter Metals AG’s tool shop. GF Machining Solutions’ new AgieCharmilles CUT P 550 wire-cutting EDM (WEDM) solution helps GKN Sinter Metals’ tool meet the automotive market’s demands for highest quality punches and dies.

Proof of the value added by the AgieCharmilles CUT P series is in the highly precise punches and dies produced by the shop, says Tool Shop Manager Helmuth Ausserhofer.

“Our first priority is precision because it is directly connected to quality. Tall parts, like lower punches up to 400 mm in height and made of ASP 2023 steel, are a good example of the machining challenges we face. The AgieCharmilles CUT P 550 represents a step forward in terms of quality, especially on tall parts, ” Ausserhofer says. “Our punches have to fit into the die with very small clearance of 3–8 microns. Our CUT P 550 delivers the highly reliable precision we need in order to achieve the quality our customers expect, 100 percent of the time.”

Another key contributor to precision—and thus quality—at GKN Sinter Metals is GF Machining Solutions’ certified 0.25, 0.15 and 0.1 mm diameter EDM wire.

“We tested various wires and the reliable quality of GF Machining Solutions wire is one of the best. GF Machining Solutions’ 0.25 mm wire is our standard, and the 0.15 and 0.1 mm wires help us precisely machine the smallest radii,” Ausserhofer explains. “Quality is king in tool making for automotive, so we use GF Machining Solutions wires.”

Together, the AgieCharmilles CUT P series’ precision-boosting capabilities, process reliability and certified wires help GKN Sinter Metals AG continue its long legacy of producing the highest quality tools for automotive manufacturing.