Alfred Jonsher EDM line automation increases quality and machine efficiency

Editor: Thomas Masuch

Germany – Toolmaking company Alfred Jonscher has automated a sink erosion process to increase both quality and machine efficiency.

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The Gantry Eagle 500 replaced two old machines. The improved quality has meant less subsequent manual work.
The Gantry Eagle 500 replaced two old machines. The improved quality has meant less subsequent manual work.
(Source: Alfred Jonscher)

With OPS-Ingersoll's line automation Jonscher also achieved shorter processing times, an increase in quality and a reduction in subsequent manual work, the company said.

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The line automation is intended to be the platform from which to launch the 45-year-old company into a new technological age whilst meeting the markets' requirements for constantly decreasing processing times and increasing quality and precision.

Jonscher was first involved with automation - with file structures, programming and chip identification - in 2007 with a job management system (JMS), producing electrodes fully automatically.

For the managing director Natalie Pickshaus-Jonscher the automation of the automated sink erosion process was just another necessary step towards greater competitiveness. "However, we wanted to change procedurally in small steps - according to our company philosophy. That means to invest only what has been earned before."

Jonscher did a test run on the Gantry-eagle 500 with a pallet changing system. The company's technology center in Burbach invested in a line automation system with a Speed-Hawk 550 5-axis HSC milling machine, a Gantry-eagle 500 sink erosion machine, an Erowa measuring machine as well as an Eagle multichange linear robot. The entire system completely met the requirements of the company site in Velbert.

Two old machines were replaced by the Gantry-Eagle 500.

Natalie Pickshaus-Jonscher added: "However, it is not only the precision of our line automation that is impressive, it is also the high-quality surfaces achieved and the enormous reduction in subsequent manual work and consequently processing time and costs."