SP43 Wire EDM

State-of-the-art cutting and control technology

AUBURN HILLS, MI--March 2006--Makino’s SP43 wire EDM machine provides advanced features for numerous market segments in the general wire EDM arena, including general part manufacturing, aeronautics and medical applications looking to drive out operational costs. The extremely fast part-processing speed of the SP43 provides the advantages of production wire-cutting machines capable of holding extremely tight tolerances.

The SP43 will feature Makino’s newest wire EDM technology, the WireWIZARD™ CNC control system and new EZ-Cut™ advanced machining technology. The large 15-inch touch screen user interface and its advanced functionality make the WireWIZARD system not only powerful but exceptionally simple to use.

Makino’s WireWIZARD Technology
WireWIZARD (MGW-S) powered by Windows® CE embedded provides optimum reliability in an easy-to-use, operator friendly control system. The software has three main graphical components designed for maximum throughput—programming, set-up and run—which provide the basic needs for any application.

It uses this logical approach by actually prompting the operator through the process. This simplistic operation makes the learning curve of the software negligible, providing an easy transition for any operator.

Makino’s WireWIZARD also offers an estimating feature calculates part- manufacturing cost. With minimal input from the operator, the control software will output total machining time, consumable costs, and even total part cost if an hourly shop rate is applied. This allows customers to monitor, control and drive out operational costs when utilizing the SP43 wire EDM.

Makino’s state-of-the-art WireWIZARD cutting technology provides superior performance and surface integrity without sacrificing speed, allowing for up to 30 percent faster processing speeds over other EDM technologies. The machine features improve overall machine throughput and precision.

Key on-board technologies include Makino’s new PowerWIZARD™ adaptive control system, CornerWIZARD™ geometric control system and GS-Cut™, designed to produce the straightest parts possible. These control features are designed to improve part accuracy and machining performance.

PowerWIZARD increases machining speed while improving overall surface finish by controlling the discharge current and maintaining the optimum spark gap. CornerWIZARD is a unique control feature that provides outstanding shape accuracy, providing tighter control of small internal corner radii. GS-Cut improves straightness in the initial cut, reducing the skim cuts required to produce a straight part, reducing overall cycle time.

Lower Consumable and Maintenance Costs
Lower wire feedrates dramatically reduce wire consumption without effecting machine accuracy or performance, a huge improvement over so-called “economy” modes of operation.

Makino’s patented automatic wire threading (AWT) and unique V-type wire guide reduce the overall cost of ownership by dramatically reducing maintenance downtime. As an example, the wire guides can be cleaned without disassembly or the added time required to realign the wire vertical to machine travel. The SP43 can auto-thread the wire in an impressive 15-second cycle time. The unit can be used for many diverse applications, from tall workpieces to precision small holes.

A solid workhorse, with the ability to handle a large workpieces of 1,760 pounds (800 kg), and a massive machine structure that weighs 8,500 pounds (3,856 kg) reduces thermal convection and movement associated with thermal changes in the environment.

This machine offers the ability to use wire diameters from 0.004 to 0.012 inches (0.102 to 0.305 mm) and large taper cutting capability of up to 35 degrees. Machine travels of 18 x 12 x 12.6 inches (450 x 300 x 320 mm) with a large workpiece capacity make the SP43 ideal for a variety of applications.

About Makino
A world leader in advanced CNC machining centers, Makino provides a wide range of high-precision metal-cutting and EDM machinery, including horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, 5-axis machining centers, graphite machining centers, and wire and Ram EDMs. Our flexible automation solutions provide reduced labor costs and increased throughput in a variety of production volumes and designs. With Makino engineering services, we offer industry leading expertise for even the most challenging applications across all industries. For more information call 1.800.552.3288, or visit www.makino.com.

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