Electrical discharge machining advantages over milling in gas turbine housings production
Constantly innovate in order to offer companies new tailor-made technological solutions in the field of electrical discharge machining that enable them to improve the efficiency of their processes and, in addition, increase their profitability. This is what has made ONA a leading company in the manufacture of highly reliable and resistant EDM machines, with a presence in more than 60 countries all over the world.
With our help, two major aeronautical companies, AVIC Chengdu from China, and Paradigm Precision from the United States, have recently learnt they could manufacture the aircraft turbine housings by means of die sink electrical discharge machining in conditions very beneficial for them. Previously, this was only possible by using conventional machining techniques such as milling.
In fact, with our assistance, they came to the conclusion that the economic advantages offered by the use of ONA electrical discharge machining equipment with respect to milling were remarkable:
- A less significant initial investment in industrial equipment; between 2 and 3 times lower.
- Also, lower consumable costs: Up to 4 times less. While consumables in milling are high-cost tools, graphite electrodes used in electrical discharge machining are re-machined every few housings.
- A lower risk of tool breakage and also lower costs resulting from non-quality (useless parts, rework, etc.).
This is possible thanks to a generator built into the equipment that can reach 400 amps, four times more power than the standard one. High-performance ONA machines (High Speed EDM) enable more material to be removed (up to 4 times more than with a standard 100 amp generator), resulting in a significant increase in productivity and performance.
The generator power enables a stock removal of up to 0.16 in3/min compared to 0.04in3/min of the standard Nickel alloy generator.
On the other hand, in terms of the time used for machining, electrical discharge machining is comparable to milling, or even better, when using a double-head ONA machine.
ONA is the only manufacturer in the world that develops equipment with this capability. These are machines with a high-degree of automation and ecological filtration systems adapted to this high rate of stock removal.