EDM Machine Has Power Optimizer to Reduce Machining Time

The Edge2 EDM machine from Makino incorporates SuperSpark4 and Intelligent Expert System technology for increased accuracy and efficiency.

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Makino introduces a new EDM machine in its Edge-Series, the Edge2, to the U.S. manufacturing market. The machine was built for general precision machining applications. It provides accurate and reliable performance for standard die and mold components or contract manufacturing with a space-saving design.

The Edge2 is configured with a variety of productive, adaptive EDM technologies to efficiently handle many tasks while reducing machining time. SuperSpark4 dynamically optimizes the power discharge levels and jump cycles to reduce machining time up to 50 percent. Intelligent Expert System (IES) has advanced adaptive power to automatically stabilize EDM processes and enhance accuracy. MGH6 Control features a 15-inch touch-screen control system and simplified programming using the Makino Program Generator (MPG) function.

The Edge-Series sinker EDM machines feature an integral rise-and-fall work tank designed with unobstructed access to the work zone for setups, which Makino says greatly improves visibility to monitor the machining processes. The machine includes an eight-station automatic tool-changer (ATC) to extend unattended operation, and fully supported 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.