60 years of innovation and still firmly on the front foot.
By Glynn Fletcher – President Americas, GF AgieCharmilles
Dear valued GF AgieCharmilles customer,
GF AgieCharmilles is proud to be celebrating an incredible 60 years of continuous product development and innovation in machine tool technology. We began our EDM research and development for industrial applications in 1952, which led to the company’s first die-sinking EDM machine in 1954 and the launch of the world’s first numerically controlled wire-EDM machine in 1969. In those 60 years, we have secured 81 US patents for our ground-breaking technology — with many more patents pending.
Today, our tradition of innovation continues with a comprehensive portfolio of EDM, Milling & Laser solutions that offer manufacturers across all industry segments unbeatable speed, efficiency, precision, reliability and ease of use.
When it comes to anticipating new market trends and customer needs in machine tool technology we have always been way ahead of the innovation curve. While basic EDM technology maybe 60 years old, we continue to prove it still represents fertile ground for discovery and innovation. Furthermore, we are able to leverage our experience and expertise in EDM to bring the most efficient and precise Milling and Laser machining solutions to market. GF AgieCharmilles’ deep application expertise and thorough understanding of manufacturing processes are assets directly transferable to all our customers.
The latest additions to our portfolio of 3- and 5-axis Milling products prove yet again that GF AgieCharmilles brings profound game-changing functionality to high speed metal removal. Our state-of-the-art milling technologies include the finest machine construction with all vibration and thermal effects monitored and controlled; world-renown Step-Tec spindles for incredibly high machining speeds AND absolute precision; linear motors and direct drives for backlash free operation and incredible smoothness; plus advanced Smart Machine control modules and automation solutions that take GF AgieCharmilles milling machines beyond anything offered by other brands. No one else combines high speed spindle technology and 5 axis motion control with such impressive effect.
Laser texturing is the most recent addition to GF AgieCharmilles’ legacy of customer-centric
products, solutions and services. Our Laser texturing technology offers tool and mold makers and producers of precision parts a highly accurate, fully digitized and infinitely repeatable texturing solution. Plus, the Laser texturing process is clean and sustainable: It produces no polluting fluids, slurry or chips, and all metal dust is vacuumed away.
In the cut and thrust of today’s fiercely competitive business environment, we have just one thing to say to our competitors: en garde!