Sodick Europe, together with sole UK distributor Sodi-Tech EDM, is all set to “go large” at MACH this year, with its biggest-ever stand at the exhibition. Examples of the latest Sodick technology across a range of machining and production processes will be at the show, not only wire and sink EDM, but also high speed milling as well as horizontal injection moulding.
Seen for the first time anywhere, will be a prototype of the new 5-axis K4HL small hole drilling machine, developed specifically to meet the requirements of the aerospace industry to drill thousands of high precision holes in exotic materials for jet engine turbines.
UH650L – high speed milling
Sodick’s new generation of high-speed machining centres incorporates linear drives in all axes. And, unlike conventional machines, the UH650L combines both rough and fine milling in one operating mode, with a rapidly rotating and traversing tool of small diameter that cuts to fine depths – resulting in enhanced dimensional accuracy, surface finish, and tool life.
High-speed milling shortens cycle times and therefore the whole machining period. Other advantages are improved surface quality, multi-purpose tools, and minimising chip sizes for ease of disposal. Furthermore, this technology does not require coolant and mist machining is also possible.
Wire EDM – the best gets better
For customers looking to take wire EDM accuracy to a new level, the super-accurate ALC400P is the answer – every element of the AL-P series has been developed to satisfy the most demanding requirements, for example a pitch accuracy of +/-1 micron.
ALC-P machines incorporate as standard an inverter-type dielectric chiller which monitors and maintains the dielectric temperature to within +/-1 degree, minimising the thermal effect inside the work-area. An additional thermal sensor is installed inside the work-tank for even more accurate temperature control. Even the door to the machine has been considered and is constructed of carbon fibre to minimize “weight shift”.
The VL600Q, part of Sodick’s VL series range of advanced performance wire EDMs, builds on the technologies of the AL series. The large capacity VL600Q is well-suited for a wide range of machining applications and incorporates advanced tension servo control, precision pick-up function, an energy saving circuit and a dielectric cooling unit. Options include a rotary table, a large wire spool feeder and a PCD tool cutting package.
Sodick Die Sinking – going from strength to strength
The AD35L demonstrates Sodick’s dedication to innovation, using 3D design systems and the latest CAE technologies, numerous simulations have made it possible to create an improved basic machine structure with increased rigidity, to minimise deformation and enable optimum performance at high-speed and rapid-acceleration linear motors. Furthermore the design of an independent X and Y-axis, plus an efficient machine layout, leads to a longer stroke, smaller footprint and highly accurate machining capability.
The AG60L really requires no introduction, as the best selling model in Sodick’s AG range it provides high speed, high accuracy cutting, incorporating linear drive technology and simplified control mechanisms, while providing a direct link between the drive and control and ensuring the fastest possible servo response and optimal spark gaps at all times.
Injection Moulding – GL30-LP
Last, but by no means least, Sodick’s new horizontal injection moulding machine is making its MACH debut. Although the machine has already been seen in Europe, it is expected to raise considerable interest at the NEC.
Sodick’s GL30-LP moulding machine incorporates a two-stage plunger injection system, the V-LINE®, which is designed to provide three critical capabilities: a consistent plasticizing heat profile, a constant filling volume and constant holding pressure – together these capabilities ensure that the machine achieves ultra-precision injection moulding, consistently and reliably.