GF Machining Solutions Demonstrates EDM’s Crash-protection Technology

Sep 12, 2016 9:00 AM



Gisbert Ledvon
Director of Business Development
GF Machining Solutions LLC
847.913.5300 |

GF Machining Solutions Demonstrates EDM’s Crash-protection Technology

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Sept. 12, 2016 – At IMTS 2016 in booth S-8754, GF Machining Solutions will showcase not only the high performance and productivity of its CUT E 350 wire electrical discharge machine (EDM), but also the machine’s innovative crash protection feature that prevents damage to the machine and parts in the event of a collision.

The CUT E Series of EDMs incorporates a broad range of technologies to help manufacturers increase their flexibility, accelerate their time to market and reduce cutting times. As its newest feature, the CUT E 350’s onboard Intelligent Collision Protection is integrated into the machine’s X, Y and Z axes.

In real-time at IMTS, the highly accurate CUT E 350 will produce the final stamp area of a progressive crankset die provided by Sram®. The cavity will have 0.250” land and a 1-degree relief taper.

CUT E Series machines incorporate new, large-touchscreen human-machine interfaces (HMIs) that are intuitive in operation and include – in addition to the onboard Intelligent Collision Protection – built-in machining strategies and flexible job management functions.

Information about geometries, machining processes and command programs is processed in a single file. This allows jobs to be transferred among different machines in the CUT E Series and them automatically manage all needed modifications. Additionally, more than 10 automated measurement cycles are available to assist with workpiece preparation, and the machine’s onboard AC CAM Easy allows an operator to prepare an ISO file and post-process it into a job during machining.

The CUT E Series features the modern Intelligent Power Generator (IPG) to further improve cutting speed, precision and surface quality. The machine can use dedicated wire for decreased part cost and increased throughput, and the POWER-EXPERT module automatically determines the optimal power to send through the wire, which is especially beneficial in stepped parts. And, the Corner Strategy module automatically adjusts parameters during changes in direction to produce sharp angels and small radii. These features combine to reduce cutting times by up to 18 percent as compared with standard machines.

Machine ergonomics and design have also been improved with the CUT E Series. The machines feature a compact, robust design that incorporates high rigidity to enable accurate cutting of large and heavy parts. A drop door provide easy, convenient access to the table and side-by-side filters are easily accessible to simplify maintenance.

Integrated glass scales preserve long-term, repeatable accuracy, require no recalibration and eliminate errors found in traditional screw systems due to backlash and wear. The CUT E 350 allows use of an optional large, 25 kg spool to facilitate greater levels of automation and unmanned machining. It also features a reliable wire circuit system for perfect unrolling that does not disrupt the EDM process.

About GF Machining Solutions

GF Machining Solutions is the world’s leading provider of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and mold making industry and to manufacturers of precision components. The products range from electric discharge machines, high-speed and high-performance milling machines, including clamping and palletization systems, and 3D laser surface texturing machines, to services, spare parts and expendable parts, consumables and automation 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 3,008 employees generated sales of CHF 905 million in 2014. More information can be found at

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About GF Machining Solutions