Energy consumption

The energy consumption of our machines has been reduced by up to 40% over the last 5 years. This was done through several programs, including the following:

  • The Econowatt system enables our machines to significantly reduce their energy consumption during standby mode without compromising machine readiness and precision. Energy is not wasted during non-productive time.
  • Fitting of energy-efficient injection pumps reduce the overall energy consumption of the machine.
  • Intelligent power generators allow the digital and fast control of each spark, improving the machine's electrical efficiency.

These improvements support our customers' cost-efficiency and reduce our downstream greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions, associated with the operation of our products, are part of Scope 3 emissions according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Learn more in our Energy Efficiency certificates

econowatt
 
econowatt

Supply chain

We share our targets and our expectations with our partners and suppliers.

Our suppliers are all required to adhere to REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), Conflict minerals and RoHS (Restrictions of Hazardous Substances) standards and regulations. Our expectations are outlined in the Code for Business Partners.

We check our suppliers' sustainability performance and plan to help them improve it.

 

Clean technologies

We continuously research and develop new technologies having lower environmental footprints.

Our Laser texturing technology is a cleaner and faster alternative to chemical etching, and can be used on any type of material. The environmental advantages are:

  • reduced pollution: there is no need for chemical agents
  • less energy: the manufacturing process requires less time and steps
  • less waste: a fully digital and perfectly repeatable process generates less scrap
laser etching
 
laser etching

Circularity

Several aspects of circularity such as manufacturing long-lasting products are part of our culture at GF Machining Solutions. Our machines, when properly maintained, have been known to run over decades. Moreover recycling consumables such as spools and EDM wires is now possible in selected locations.

See in our video the details of our recycling process

We are now moving further and integrating further circularity topics right from the start during our R&D process.

 

Energy Efficiency Certificates

Certificate

CUT P series

2025 objective
45% reduction of daily energy consumption

Certificate

FORM P series

2025 objective
56% reduction of daily energy consumption

Certificate

LASER P and S series

2025 objective
35% reduction of energy consumption per part on small and big size LASER S series

Certificate

MILL X U series

2025 objective
30% reduction of daily energy consumption

How we achieve our goals

CUT P series

IPG – Higher electrical efficiency

The latest generation of GF Machining Solutions’ Intelligent Power Generators (IPG) allows a digital and fast control of each spark, therefore improving the machine’s electrical efficiency.

IPG – Reduced energy waste

Thanks to its resonant switching mode, IPG contributes to reducing the waste of energy.

IPG – Reduced component wear

IPG reduces wear on components during the whole product’s lifecycle.

Econowatt

This smart module enables an energy-saving standby mode and programmable fast reactivation “wake up” option. No energy is wasted during non-productive time and every morning equipment is prepared and ready to carry out the requested tasks.

Injection pumps – Higher energy efficiency

The use of injection pumps instead of high-pressure pumps reduces the energy consumption.

 

FORM P series

IPG – Higher electrical efficiency

The latest generation of GF Machining Solutions’ Intelligent Power Generators (IPG) allows a digital and fast control of each spark, therefore improving the machine’s electrical efficiency.

IPG – Reduced energy waste

Thanks to its resonant switching mode, IPG contributes to reducing the waste of energy.

IPG – Reduced component wear

IPG reduces wear on the electrodes during the whole product’s lifecycle.

Econowatt

This smart module enables an energy-saving standby mode and programmable fast reactivation “wake up” option. No energy is wasted during non-productive time and every morning equipment is prepared and ready to carry out the requested tasks.

Thermal stability

The use of pumps is needed for the regulation of the dielectrical temperature and the prevention of the deformation of the machine and electrode. Our new pumps enable producing parts with significant higher accuracy from the very start, without waiting for the machine to warm up.

 

LASER P and S series

3D Scanner

The use of a 3D scanner instead of a 2D scanner allows to reduce the total axis movements.

SmartPatch and SmartScan

These options improve performance and are themselves even more performant with a 3D scanner.

Laser source

A more powerful laser source enhances the quality of engraving and improves the operation’s speed.

 

MILL X U series

New control generation

The change to a new CNC, Heidenhain TNC 640, improves the control efficiency.

Highly efficient exhauster system

The implementation of a Venturi nozzle in the exhauster system helps to significantly reduce the compressed air usage.

Design

Several design changes, such as switching to LED lights, also help improve the energy efficiency.

ITC – Intelligent Temperature Control

The continuous improvements made on this software help compensating temperature fluctuations and also significantly increase the already improved precision of the new generation of Milling machines.