GF Machining Solutions showcases milling productivity and precision at EMO Milano 2021

Media Release, on October 4 2021, GF Machining Solutions SA


At EMO Milano 2021, GF Machining Solutions highlights two milling solutions to meet
shops’ needs for flexibility and robust performance. For five-axis machining with perfect
workpiece roundness, superior surface quality and high material removal rates, the
compact Mikron MILL P 800 U S demonstrated scalability with enhanced loading access.
For high-precision productivity in three-axis vertical milling, the Mikron MILL P 900 – now
available globally with the Heidenhain Touch Numerical Control (TNC) 640 – showed ideal
capabilities for the mold and die industry.
The Mikron MILL P 800 U S allows shops to machine components fully on a single machine and
eliminate transfer-related part errors, along with stacked tolerances, for enhanced quality of
finished parts. This scalable solution is perfectly suited for automation, with a smaller footprint
compared to the Mikron MILL P 800 U. This makes it the ideal machine when using two machines
or more. It has a maximum loading capability of 1,000 kg (2,204.62 lbs) and is suitable for heavy
roughing to fine finishing.
A newly redesigned enclosure provides easy, direct loading access at the back of the compact
MILL P 800 U S, with additional robot-ready automation options in front of the machine, giving
aerospace, automotive and general industry production a new way to expand production in less
floor space. For aggressive material removal on the world’s toughest materials, the latest highdynamic
cutting performance, integrated job and tool management and high-speed spindle
design combines with high-tech process security for risk-free machining.
Gantry designs on all MILL P 800 U machines offer robust stability for machining tough materials
such as titanium alloys over long periods of milling. Heidenhain TNC 640 and Siemens 840D
controls ensure process safety, long tool life and overall production efficiency. Intelligent Spindle
Monitoring (ISM) displays spindle vibrations in X, Y and Z axes. This complete picture of spindle
movement helps reduce tooling costs, extends the life of the machine, heightens part quality and
improves productivity.
All machines in the MILL P 800 U range are rConnect ready. This central communications
platform enables manufacturers to maximize their productivity and their control over production.
Live Remote Assistance (LRA), process improvement modules, predictive maintenance and
machine monitoring improve machine uptime and add more flexibility on the shop floor. LRA
allows for customer-authorized remote assistance via real-time connection of machines to GF
Machining Solutions. With LRA, either the manufacturer using the system or a GF Machining
Solutions technician can conduct remote diagnostics and inspections.
The Mikron MILL P 800 U S will be offered to customers as part of a complete newly designed
service package. They can expect a full support with one supplier for the whole cell including
automation. On top of that, they will receive extra hours of support, quick access to experts to get
the machine on track up to 12 times faster, remote support using the latest digital technologies
and advanced diagnostics on the spindle and the robot’s motions. Further advantages for
customers include the worldwide spindle exchange service within 24 hours, as well as original
parts and upgrade to the latest software, reducing downtime significantly.

The Mikron MILL P 900 – Now available with TNC 640

The new Heidenhain Touch Numerical Control (TNC) 640 on the Mikron MILL P 900 answers
customers’ need for greater flexibility. The control’s intuitive, user-friendly interface offers a wide
range of functions designed to ensure great reliability. Its touch screen allows the operator to
navigate through the control quickly and easily, which ultimately frees up the operator for other
value-added tasks. Multiple machine optimization modules and smart machine features increase
productivity and reduce energy consumption.
The robust MILL P 900 features a polymer concrete machine base that delivers extreme dynamic
stiffness, with the thermal management, contour accuracy and precise positioning to create
superior surface finishes. A symmetrical portal design and effective chip management heighten
operational efficiency.
To reduce cycle times, the machine packs a high-performance, high-speed 20,000-rpm Step-Tec
spindle that delivers 120 Nm of torque. The spindle features an advanced V3D vibration
monitoring system with three vibration sensors that visualize spindle performance completely and
accurately. An available 36,000 rpm spindle delivers the axial stability to create the superb
surface finishes necessary for high-end molds with tight tolerances for finish and size.
The MILL P 900 includes a 30-position tool magazine and automatic tool changer, with a 60-
position option available. The tool changers deliver 4.2-second tool changes with a 7.4-second
chip-to-chip time. Easy access via a side door enables operators to change out tools with ease.
Available integrated automated pallets handle maximum payloads of 200 kg (440 lbs). Chipcontrol
options, lights-out production capabilities and GF Machining Solutions’ rConnect processmonitoring
technology all contribute to optimize overall machine utilization and output on the MILL
P 900.

The Mikron MILL P 800 U S is perfectly suited for automation.

The Mikron MILL P 800 U S allows shops to machine components fully on a single machine and
eliminate transfer-related part errors, along with stacked tolerances, for enhanced quality of
finished parts.

The Heidenhain control, TNC 640, is now available on the Mikron MILL P 900 worldwide.


For further information please contact:

Johanna Lüder
Internal Communications and Media Relations Manager
Phone: +41 32 366 10 52
Mobile: +41 76 824 81 65

GF Machining Solutions SA
Roger-Federer-Allee 7
2504 Biel/Bienne






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