GF Machining Solutions Presents Automated EDM at IMTS 2016



Gisbert Ledvon
Director of Business Development
GF Machining Solutions LLC
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Chuck Bates
Director of Public Relations
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GF Machining Solutions Presents Automated EDM at IMTS 2016

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Sept. 12, 2016 – In booth S-8754 at IMTS, GF Machining Solutions will demonstrate its highly efficient FORM 20 die-sinking EDM with a System 3R WorkPartner 1+ robot. Live in the booth, the FORM 20 will produce molds for a specialized medical device and showcase its application versatility.

The FORM 20 is an ideal solution for manufacturers looking to maximize their die-sinking EDM operations while minimizing their environmental footprint. To provide exceptional performance, the machine uses GF Machining Solutions’ proprietary Intelligent Power Generator (IPG) technology that gives the FORM 20 the lowest energy consumption levels – just 3.7 kW/h at full power – of all EDM machines on the market today.

The FORM 20’s IPG features built-in quality-boosting, cost-saving intelligence. With every machine pulse, the 70-amp generator continuously optimizes the EDM process and dramatically reduces electrode wear as well as provides extremely uniform surface finishes. The machine reliably generates surface finishes of Ra 0.1 micron and radii down to 0.0007”.

In addition to its unique power generator, the FORM 20 sports the company’s AC Form HMI (human machine interface). Revolutionary in its simplicity, this CNC provides the most user friendly, easiest to learn and most flexible control developed for a die sinking EDM. Combined with full spark generator technology that represents the culmination of 60 years of EDM experience, AC Form HMI allows operators of all experience levels to achieve unmatched results.

As the industry’s most compact standard die-sinking EDM, the FORM 20 still provides ample axis travels of 13.78” x 9.84” x 9.84”. Within its space-saving footprint, the machine includes an integrated linear tool changer with up to 200 electrode changing options. It also incorporates a rigid and compact mechanical structure for reliable, stable operation.

The WorkPartner 1+ provides automatic electrode and parts exchange, work tank filling and draining and dielectric leveling. Palletization options can accommodate up to 20 pallets to maximize lights-out operations.

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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