Machine shops and manufacturing organizations are acutely aware of the gap in technical proficiency among their own personnel and in the pool of available talent — and one machine builder has made a priority of addressing that problem with new production capabilities. At IMTS 2014, GF Machining Solutions will focus visitors attention on ways that the skilled labor shortage can be addressed with new and better technologies, so they can maintain growth prospects by expanding capacity.

GF Machining’s automated part-processing systems on display will include an advanced pallet changing system on a Mikron HPM 800U high-precision machining center, a standalone robot paired with an Agie Charmilles Cut 2000 S wire EDM, and a fully automatic tool/electrode changer with an Agie Charmilles Form 20 iRTC sinker EDM.

Also, targeting aerospace work other complex parts, GF Machining will present the new Agie Charmilles Cut 200 Dedicated wire EDM for aerospace parts.

The Cut 200 Dedicated features a built-in, B-C tilt/rotary table to easily cut complex aerospace alloy components such as turbine disks using C-axis rotation and +/- 20-degree B-axis tilt. It also incorporates on-machine, in-process inspection that encompasses a measuring probe and supporting software. The machine delivers some of the industry’s highest levels of speed, performance, quality and productivity – in addition to the ability to control production costs for manufacturing in the aerospace industry as well as the mold and die, medical and contract machining industries.

To reduce non-cut times, the Cut 200 Dedicated boasts extremely fast axis speeds, integrated collision protection and quick, smart wire threading. The latest generation of Agie Charmilles’ spark generators allows the machine to cut up to speeds of 38 in2/hour (400 mm2/min), and up to 30-degree tapers in the Z-axis height, while also minimizing the heat-affected zone in aerospace alloys. Additionally, energy saving functionality and advanced software help reduce operational costs and provide increased system connectivity.