EDM The next generation of wire-cutting EDM machines

Editor: Alexander Stark

With the new generation of machines GF Machining Solutions offers four special features: the Intelligent Spark Protection System (ISPS), iWire, Turbo Tech and Uniqua.

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The Intelligent Spark Protection System (ISPS) can automatically control and adapt the cutting parameters of a wire-cutting EDM machine, ensuring an improved, safe cutting process without wire breakage.
The Intelligent Spark Protection System (ISPS) can automatically control and adapt the cutting parameters of a wire-cutting EDM machine, ensuring an improved, safe cutting process without wire breakage.
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The features ISPS, iWire, Turbo Tech and Uniqua are available among all series of GF's new generation of wire-cutting EDM machines. They offer customers flexibility, an high speed performance and machining efficiency, while lowering overall costs and environmental impact by reducing wire consumption.

ISPS, GF Machining Solutions' Intelligent Spark Protection System, is a module that optimises the machining process without risking wire breakage. Thanks to the data collected and processed by the Spark Track platform, ISPS can automatically control and adapt the cutting parameters of a wire-cutting EDM machine, ensuring an improved, safe cutting process, avoiding wire breakage, while achieving maximum machining efficiency. The machine adapts automatically to differing conditions without the need for fine-tuning, as the result will be flawless from the first cut.

iWire is a sustainable, intelligent process that permits an optimisation of wire consumption. As an adaptive software module based on the Spark Track platform, it reduces the consumption of wire, especially in cases where pieces present a big variation of height or upper or lower heads cannot be placed close to the work piece surface. Depending on the work conditions and the application, the degree of wire consumption reduction can vary.

Turbo Tech is fully compatible with the Spark Track platform. Turbo Tech offers an excellent speed-accuracy compromise in good or bad flushing conditions, is available for all wire types (brass, speed and quality) and fully integrated in Uniqua or AC Cut 2 interfaces. Thanks to the faster final machining time and the resulting lower wire consumption, it is not only a state-of-the art, but also a sustainable technology.

Uniqua, the new unique human machine interface for EDM machines, increases the productivity time and allows customers to decide their priorities anytime and get the best out of their machines. Thanks to its intuitive workflow and a short learning curve, it simplifies the operator's life by adapting to his way of working and offering the possibility to change the programs on board as well as a flexible management of the workshop. Integrated help and tutorials are always available, making it easy to use not only for operators accustomed to ISO programming and for seasoned users, but also for novices.

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