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Next-Gen EDM Can Give 50% "Edge" in Machining Time

Makino has introduced its next-generation EDGE-Series machines, the EDGE2 and EDGE3, to the U.S. manufacturing market. Built for general precision machining applications, both electrical discharge machines (EDM) provide accurate and reliable performance for standard die/mold components or contract manufacturing with a space-saving design for shop floors of any size.

"We've seen a re-emerging demand for general-purpose sinker EDM machines in today's market," said Brian Pfluger, EDM product line manager at Makino Inc. "There are many shops that require advanced sinker EDM operations that are having difficulty in achieving productivity targets due to a workforce skills gap. Therefore, we wanted to support manufacturers with user-friendly sinker EDMs that provide versatile, high-performance machining with dependable reliability at a competitive value."

The EDGE-Series sinker EDMs feature an integral rise-and-fall work tank designed with excellent unobstructed access to the work zone for setups, which greatly improves visibility to monitor the machining processes. The machines include an eight-station automatic tool-changer (ATC) to extend unattended operation, and fully support robotic automation for greater unattended operations. The machines are equipped with critical safety features, such as flame sensor and fire extinguisher systems, that are integrated and monitored by the machine control.

The EDGE2 and EDGE3 are configured with a variety of productive, adaptive EDM technologies to efficiently handle virtually any task while reducing machining time:

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