Case Examine: EDM Numatic toolroom will get functionality enhance with new die-sink EDM
A producer of vacuum cleaners and different family home equipment has lately determined so as to add a Sodi-tech EDM machine to its manufacturing ground.
The toolroom at one of many world’s main producers of home, business and industrial cleansing gear has obtained a lift in functionality with the arrival of a Sodick AD55L CNC spark-erosion machine from Sodi-Tech EDM. Chard-based Numatic Worldwide Ltd, producer of the world-famous Henry vacuum cleaner, says its new Sodick AD55L CNC die-sink EDM has enhanced the location’s mould-tool restore, upkeep and modification providers.
With so lots of its merchandise comprising plastic parts, Numatic operates its personal mould store. Supporting the mould store is a toolroom facility, which has the duty of repairing, modifying and sustaining round 2000 completely different mould instruments, ranging in weight from 100 kg to fifteen tons, the corporate explains. “Clearly some instruments grow to be out of date over the course of time, however these are normally countered by new arrivals — we’re anticipating 96 new mould instruments this 12 months, for instance,” explains Toolroom Supervisor Scott Connett. “Addressing points corresponding to tooling modifications and common put on and tear, are the most typical duties for our toolroom group.”
The mould store has round 40 injection moulding machines, various from 40 to 1400 tons in capability, which use instruments comprised of supplies that embody 2311 mould metal, P20 high-tensile instrument metal and copper beryllium. To maintain tempo with necessities, Numatic makes common investments in its toolroom capabilities, with EDM the most recent course of to obtain consideration.
Numatic’s current guide spark-erosion capability was coming as much as 20 years previous and the hole in capabilities, in contrast with a brand new CNC machine, was plain to see.
“We checked out numerous spark eroders, however for us it was extra about service and help,” says Mr Connett. So, despite the fact that the AD55L was our first Sodick, we selected it as a result of Sodi-Tech EDM got here prime of our assessments by way of aftersales service.”
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Put in in December 2019, the Sodick AD55L gives X, Y and Z-axis travels of 600 by 400 by 400 mm respectively. The machine comes with all the most recent applied sciences, corresponding to linear motors, ceramics, a movement controller and a discharge unit. Sodi-Tech EDM provided Numatic with a five-day coaching package deal.
“Even our most lately appointed apprentice, who had no earlier EDM expertise, rapidly learnt how you can use the Sodick,” says Mr Connett. “That is extra spectacular when contemplating that every one of our work within the toolroom is 1 off elements. Importantly, our group — and the AD55L — appear to deal with every part that comes up. We’ve definitely seen the distinction because it was put in. With our earlier guide machine we would wish three or 4 electrodes to realize our desired finish end result, whereas on the Sodick we simply use a roughing and ending electrode. As you’d count on, the machine can also be a lot faster.”
A historical past of high quality vacuums
Numatic, which is accredited to each ISO9001 and ISO14001, is independently rated because the UK’s most dependable vacuum model, with longevity, effectivity and serviceability on the core of its product design, the corporate states. These elements additionally apply to the corporate’s investments, together with the Sodick AD55L.
“We’re actually happy with the machine and the capabilities it brings,” concludes Mr Connett. “We’ve solely had one minor subject because it was put in, however that was resolved the following day by Sodi-Tech EDM. This degree of response is precisely why we opted for a Sodick.”