Cutting die cycle times reduced by 57% using Sodick AG600LH wire EDM

Anotronic, a precision subcontractor specialising in multi-axis CNC milling, turning and EDM/ECM, has installed the latest Sodick AG600LH Premium from Sodi-Tech EDM. Replacing two Sodick machines that had worked extremely hard for the past 20 years, the latest AG600LH Premium is allowing Anotronic to make vast savings in cycle times, from 14 hours to 6 hours in the case of cutting dies for the food industry, for instance – an impressive 57% reduction.

Managing Director Martin White says that the market is currently very price-driven, which means operations need to be lean. With this in mind, he recently opted to inject new investment into the company’s EDM capability.

The aim of sourcing a new EDM was to find a machine capable of processing tall, submerged workpieces. “We could process up to 270 mm in height using our existing EDMs, but occasionally we get asked to produce taller work, which we would end up subcontracting, thus reducing the profit margin,” says Mr White. “However, when Sodick said that its AG600LH could cut up to 500 mm submerged, we knew it was the machine for us.”

With commissioning complete in November 2015, the Sodick AG600LH Premium is only the second in the UK, the other being located in Scotland. The machine’s capability to cut workpieces fully submerged is a real asset to Anotronic. According to Mr White it provides better cutting conditions and less spray water (very high pressure pumps are used) along with enhanced temperature control.