Topics of Issue 2 // 2016
A selection of the current Themes of our EDM-Customermagazine "Profile"
Schäfer Feinmechanik GmbH
Anyone committed to a reliable and swift single-source supply of anything from one-off and replacement parts to complete automation systems has to be very cautious in his choice of machining method. As far as Schäfer Feinmechanik in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria, is concerned, there’s no serious alternative to electric discharge machining for the execution of complex geometries – particularly if the material is hard.
ABUS, a company world-renowned for its security solutions, manufactures window, door and cycle locks at its location in Rehe in the Westerwald, Germany. So that it can produce even complex tools quickly and with maximum precision, its experts resort to high-tech EDMs from Mitsubishi Electric.
In the production of replacement parts and components for cutting and punching tools, USIMICRON in Besançon, France, is able to hold its own against East Asian and Indian competition thanks to the cost-effective and reliable wire-cut EDM systems from Mitsubishi Electric.
Until not so long ago, aluminium in the automotive sector was reserved for the top end of the market or certain engine components. Today, the material is put to much broader use. And this means millions of parts that have to be deburred. To this end special and often complex deburring tools are required, and their punches and dies usually have to be wire-eroded. This is where Mitsubishi Electric plays a particularly helpful role.
WIFI OÖ GmbH
In Linz in Austria, the Business Development Institute (WIFI) of Upper Austria’s Chamber of Industry runs a regional centre for initial and further vocational training. It is here that basic technical and commercial training is available in all craft, service and industrial trades. Skilled staff can also obtain further training here, e.g. to become master craftsmen. The training of skilled EDM staff on modern machines was also launched there a few months ago.
With innovative technologies and a modern machine park, the two managers of Honex AG, Reto Christen and Edgar Blöchlinger, are keeping the company on track for success. Relaxed, with a cup of coffee in one hand and an intricate punched part in the other, Christen explains the philosophy of the specialists in punched and bent parts. For him, punching is more than simply perforating sheet metal. “With our machines,” he says, “we can conjure up contours, shape sheet metal, modify surfaces and fully machine sheet metal.” The punching and bending methods are very quick and efficient, offering vast scope for the processing of sheet.
There’s no doubt about it: thick-coated Japanese macaques are extremely inquisitive and alert animals. They find interest in almost any object in their surroundings, investigating it and possibly even tasting it as well.
Mitsubishi Electric (Video available)
A considered and far-sighted approach is the best safety policy – but what if things have to be done in a rush? An intelligent EDM system that spots and prevents possible collisions contributes to safety at work and saves annoyance and time.
Die Freunde und Förderer des Industriemuseums Cromford e.V. (association of friends and sponsors of Cromford Museum of Industry) and Mitsubishi Electric have organised a pupil competition for classes 11 and 12. And not one but two groups of winners will be travelling to Cape Canaveral in Florida. The runners-up will visit the CERN particle accelerator in Geneva and the third-placed team of pupils will be going to a technology location in Berlin.
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