Sodick Faster wire EDM equipment exhibited at British manufacturing show

Editor: Eric Culp

The line comprises four processing centres.

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The centres feature both faster machining times and reduced energy consumption.
The centres feature both faster machining times and reduced energy consumption.
(Source: Sodick)

The European division of Japanese EDM manufacturer Sodick took advantage of Mach 2014 to present its latest range of wire EDMs to a British audience for the first time.

UK manufacturing boom remains strong

All four machines – the entry-level SL400Q and SL600Q and premium SLC400G and SLC600G machines –incorporate new technological features. SL stands for “Smart Linear”, and Sodick said the machines can increase machining speed by up to 30% while cutting energy consumption by half compared to conventional EDMs.

The increase comes from advanced wire electric discharge control technology, including Sodick’s own Digital PIKA circuit. The company said that the new SPW power NC device, with a dual core processor, provides high speed, high-precision machining and top-quality surface processing.

The Smart Pulse generator reduces the number of cuts necessary for desired accuracy and surface finish. Other new features now offered as standard include the FJ-AWT, a faster automatic wire-threader; a tension servo-function; and an automatic liquid level control. The exterior design has been re-engineered to provide a more compact, fully enclosed machine, with improved operator access, greater in-operation visibility, and increased safety features such as reversible door casings.

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