Sodi-Tech EDM Subcontractor reduces cutting die cycle times by more than 50%

Author / Editor: Shelagh Morgan, SMPR Limited / Barbara Schulz

UK – A precision subcontractor based in the UK specialising in multi-axis CNC milling, turning and EDM/ECM, has installed the latest Sodick AG600LH Premium, allowing the company to make vast savings in cycle times, from 14 hours to six hours in the case of cutting dies for the food industry.

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Shawn Howlett, EDM Supervisor demonstrating Sodick Technology installed at Anotronic
Shawn Howlett, EDM Supervisor demonstrating Sodick Technology installed at Anotronic
(Source: Sodi-Tech)

Anotronic was formed in 1982, since when the subcontract component machining side of its business has grown tremendously. At peak, over 25 wire and spark erosion machines were in operation at the company’s facility. Anotronic makes components and tooling for industries that range from food and high end audio, through power generation and aerospace, to motorsport and medical. Managing Director Martin White says that the market is currently very price-driven, which means operations need to be lean. With this in mind, he recently opted to inject new investment into the company’s EDM capability.

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“We had four Sodick EDMs on site, with the two oldest models dating back 20 years,” he says. “The machines had been very reliable and were simply in need of replacement. In truth we had overlooked our EDM capability for a while as we were concentrating on our investment in new milling machines and automaton.”

The aim of sourcing a new EDM was to find a machine capable of processing tall, submerged workpieces. "We could process up to 270 mm in height using our existing EDMs, but occasionally we get asked to produce taller work, which we would end up subcontracting, thus reducing the profit margin,” says White. “However, when Sodick said that its AG600LH could cut up to 500 mm submerged, we knew it was the machine for us.”

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