American Machinist

EDM handles shop's variety of jobs. (Casebooks).

MANUFACTURING ANYTHING FROM INTRICATE HUMAN hip and knee-joint elements to critical NASA shuttle flight hardware and Hubble space-telescope components takes a variety of special equipment.

This is the kind of work Falciani Machine of Madison, Ala., does, and part of the equipment it relies on includes wire EDMs.

One of the shop's EDMs is a Mitsubishi FA20 featuring a control with Windows-based 64-bit display screen and dropdown menus that make it easy to learn. The control also allows for error-free operation.

According to Chad Falciani, president of Falciani Machine, what impressed him was the way the machine's wire traveled inside a telescopic tube on a waterjet all along the machine's lower arm. …

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