Extreme Wire EDM with coated wire technology
- June 12, 2019
Makino has introduced the new U6 H.E.A.T. Extreme Wire EDM machine.
Makino says the U6 delivers increased machining rates with traditional wire consumption rates.
The U6 H.E.A.T. Extreme features 0.016” (0.4 mm) coated wire technology, which increases rough machining rates up to 300 per cent compared to traditional 0.010” (0.25 mm) brass wire, while maintaining comparable wire consumption rates of 0.6 ~ 0.7 lbs./hour. As a result, the new machine is able to improve rough machining speed without increasing manufacturing costs. The U6 H.E.A.T Extreme machine utilizes a new 0.016” (0.4 mm) Topas H.E.A.T. coated wire from Bedra, and settings for 2-Pass Machining have been developed to provide optimal productivity.
The U6 H.E.A.T. Extreme also features Makino’s HyperDrive Extreme wire control system to improve machine speed and performance. The system uses an AC motor tensioning system that expands the range and stability of wire tension creating a reliable threading system for the 0.016” (0.4 mm) wire. The Wire Threading system provides both Jet and Jet-less threading modes and can rethread the wire in the gap at a break point when operating with traditional wire sizes.
The machine also contains a machining conditions library that has been developed to provide an optimal mix of speed, accuracy, surface finish and low wire consumption for both sealed and poor flush applications. It utilizes dual digital flushing pumps that harness additional raw horsepower to deliver higher pressure and volume of flushing to reduce rough-cut machining cycle time. Additionally, to reduce maintenance intervals and costs the machine features long-life energizers, which extends the service life of this consumable service item.
The U6 H.E.A.T. Extreme’s Hyper-i control offers a common interface and contains advanced functions to support the operator. The machine comes standard with the HyperConnect IIoT network connectivity function for remote machine monitoring and interconnectivity of all manufacturing information, and is equipped with dual 24” Hyper-i screens that allow the operator to display and access any data or program directly at the machine.