Daften Die-Casting has acquired a new Sodick AG40L die sinking machine – installed in the company’s expanded toolroom facility, the machine is not only 10 times faster than the outdated EDM machine it replaced, but also offers far better surface finish and accuracy.
Daften is a family-run business offering aluminium pressure die-casting, from the design and manufacture of tooling, through to the die-casting of components and machine finishing, as well as powder coating in a wide variety of colours and finishes. In short, Daften is a one-stop-shop for aluminium pressure die-castings.
“Our previous die sink EDM had become slow and unreliable,” states Toolroom Director Grant Weedon. “We considered a variety of potential replacements but the Sodick AG40L was affordable and came equipped with a tool-changer and fire extinguishers as standard. Furthermore the extensive support provided by Sodi-Tech came highly recommended.”
Each tool we produce is a 1-off, so ease and speed of programming is vital if we are to be competitive, particularly as most of the tools are complex and can be sparking for a few hours each,” says Mr Weedon. “However, our operators find the machine extremely easy to use and we have already achieved good utilisation since it was installed.”
“Ultimately we have bought this machine to make our tools in-house, instead of buying them from China,” he concludes. “It gives us much greater control over the whole process, which is definitely in the best interests of our customers.”