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High-performance compact die-sink machine

Posted on 05 Nov 2020 and read 520 times
High-performance compact die-sink machineThe AgieCharmilles FORM E 350 is automation-ready and can easily be integrated with the System 3R WorkPartner 1+ robot to enable unattended night and weekend operation

Available in the UK from Coventry-based GF Machining Solutions Ltd, the advanced AgieCharmilles FORM E350, is a compact, high-performance die-sink machine ideal for mould tool and die and precision component manufacturers.

Even with a very small footprint, the machine comes with several design and performance features that are designed to enhance a customer’s competitive advantage.

A sturdy C-axis construction, cross table and cast iron frame offer high-stability and force reduction, which helps maintain a precise spark gap between the part and the electrode.

Regardless of part weight or dielectric volume, the machine delivers consistent accuracy. Integrated glass scales preserve long-term accuracy and repeatability and eliminate the need for recalibration and errors associated with traditional ball screw systems due to backlash and wear.

The latest-generation Intelligent Speed Power Generator (ISPG) on the FORM E 350 delivers superior surface finishes and high accuracies, and helps overcome common EDM issues and challenges such as excessive and costly electrode wear by up to 25%. The ISPG generator also improves machining speeds by up to 40% and reduces corner wear by 50%.

Designed for high efficiency, the machine features a programmable dielectric management system with a 270-L capacity integrated inside the machine's cabinet. This system fills and empties the work tank without human intervention to keep the machine in production — and is easy to access for routine maintenance.

The FORM E comes is equipped with the user-friendly AC FORM HMI (human machine interface) that is based on a standard Windows platform and offers interactive graphical assistance so that all operations, such as measurement and machining cycles, are illustrated by graphics/icons for fast operator understanding and ease-of-use.

It provides simple descriptions of machining targets, automatic selection of optimal technologies and dynamic parameters adaption.

With X, Y and Z travels of 350 x 250 x 250mm, the FORM E 350 handles workpieces up to 800 x 500 x 265mm and has a four-position linear tool changer for increased productivity and versatility. It is automation-ready and can be integrated with the System 3R WorkPartner 1+ robot to enable unattended 24/7 operation.

As with all advanced AgieCharmilles EDM machines, the FORM E350 can be linked to GF Machining Solutions’ rConnect modular digital services that includes Live Remote Assistance (LRA) and predictive monitoring and maintenance: all designed to increase machine uptime.