Derby-based Foremost Specialist Products has invested in a new Sodick ALC600G CNC wire-erosion machine from Sodi-Tech EDM. Acquired to help the company take on the “complex and awkward parts that no else wants to tackle”, among the jobs being successfully accommodated by the machine are stainless steel tubular stem guides for power generator turbines.
“We won a contract for an awkward, tricky part and our existing EDM couldn’t offer four-axis cutting and didn’t have enough memory to take on the job anyway,” explains the company’s Engineering Director, Joe Walker. “We were tasked with producing a number of cross-holes in stainless steel stem guides for turbines used in power generators. The holes are angled in two planes are must be held to extremely tight tolerances.”
Although Foremost had never owned a Sodick EDM before, when Mr Walker scrutinised the marketplace for a suitable machine capable of processing the stem guides and other complex parts, he was drawn to Sodi-Tech EDM.
“I really liked the feel of the Sodick ALC600G – such were its capabilities that it felt as if we would be moving from a small hatchback to a supercar,” he says. “I was also attracted to the excellent technical support on offer from Sodi-Tech EDM, which is vital for a company such as Foremost where complex parts are our core business.”