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High-Performance Milling Machine to be Unveiled Along with New EDM

GF Machining Solutions will unveil a new high performance milling machine at EASTEC 2017 in West Springfield, Mass., May 16-18. Visitors to the company's booth will witness the debut of this machine, which features a Fanuc-based control platform to help manufacturers increase flexibility and accelerate time to market.

The booth will also feature the CUT E 350 wire EDM. The CUT E 350 is the first machine in GF Machining Solutions' new CUT E Series of high performance and high productivity wire EDMs. Machines in this series feature a new, large-touchscreen human-machine interface (HMI) that is intuitive in operation and includes onboard Intelligent Collision Protection, built-in machining strategies and flexible job management.

Information about geometries, machining processes and command programs is processed in a single file which allows jobs to be transferred among different machines in the CUT E Series, with the machines automatically managing all needed modifications. Additionally, more than 10 automated measurement cycles are available to assist with workpiece preparation, and the onboard AC CAM Easy allows an operator to prepare an ISO file and post-process it into a job during machining.

The CUT E Series features the modern Intelligent Power Generator (IPG) to further improve cutting speed, precision and surface quality. The machine can use dedicated wire for decreased part cost and increased throughput, and the POWER-EXPERT module automatically determines the optimal power to send through the wire, which is especially beneficial in stepped parts. The Corner Strategy module automatically adjusts parameters during changes in direction to produce sharp angels and small radii. These features combine to reduce cutting times by up to 18 percent as compared to standard machines.

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