Wall Colmonoy Acquires New Wire EDM From Sodick
The company will use the new wire EDM machine to increase capacity, improve cycle times, achieve tighter tolerances and improve surface finishes.
Wall Colmonoy has acquired a new Sodick ALC800G wire EDM for its UK machine shop. The new wire EDM machine was purchased to increase capacity, improve cycle times, achieve tighter tolerances and improve surface finishes for its precision cast machined components.
The Sodick ALC800G wire EDM machine is designed to achieve faster speeds, greater precision and improved accuracy with a larger Z height of 800 mm and surface finish for Wall Colmonoy’s precision, cast-machined components.
This capability will support industries such as food, pump and valves, steel, oil and gas and rubber to cut cast components such as bushes, gears, pump bodies, pump plates, transfer screws and more.
The new EDM features a compact and fully enclosed design, as well as X/Y/Z-axis travel of 600 × 500 × 800 mm and a U/V-axis travel of 200 × 200 mm. The machine has a maximum workpiece weight of 3,000 kg.
“We are proud to offer our customers the highest level of precision and accuracy afforded by this machine. We can offer more complex programs and are able to transfer customer DXF files/drawings directly to the machine for seamless setup and start,” says David Wilmer, production manager UK, precision components.
A new breed of power generators for wire EDMs has options for reducing, even eliminating, one of the unwanted side effects of this very versatile metalcutting process.
Together, Sodick and Hartwig claim they will provide customers with a variety of solutions for wire EDM, featuring rigid linear motors for more accurate cutting, as well as sinker and small hole EDMs and high-speed milling.
Removing the microscopic particles made during the wire EDM cutting process becomes a key factor in maximizing cutting speed as well as attaining part accuracy and surface finish. Dielectric fluid is the mechanism for flushing these “chips” away.