GF Machining Solutions this month appointed two new regional managers in the Western Region to support growing sales of the company’s machines, automation solutions and services, especially for the tool and moldmaking industries, according to a March 15 company news release.
Stephan Haight, who is based in the greater San Diego area, will manage milling solutions, while Matthew Wicks of Long Beach, Calif., will oversee Electrical Discharge Machining solutions.
Haight joins GF Machining Solutions with more than 16 years of sales, engineering and management experience in industrial and metalcutting manufacturing. In his new position, he is responsible for sales support for GF Machining Solutions’ 5-axis and high-speed milling solutions. This includes direct support of the company’s existing customers as well as assisting the company’s distributor network to develop milling solutions to meet customer needs and cultivate new business opportunities.
Wicks will provide sales and service support for GF Machining Solutions’ EDM technologies to the company’s distributors — Ellison Technologies and Hartwig Inc. — with a focus on ensuring that the distributors and their customers in the aerospace, energy, automotive, medical, ICT, oil/gas and other industries receive top-notch technical training, applications engineering support and assistance with turnkey solutions.
Related Glossary Terms
- electrical-discharge machining ( EDM)
electrical-discharge machining ( EDM)
Process that vaporizes conductive materials by controlled application of pulsed electrical current that flows between a workpiece and electrode (tool) in a dielectric fluid. Permits machining shapes to tight accuracies without the internal stresses conventional machining often generates. Useful in diemaking.
- gang cutting ( milling)
gang cutting ( milling)
Machining with several cutters mounted on a single arbor, generally for simultaneous cutting.
- metalcutting ( material cutting)
metalcutting ( material cutting)
Any machining process used to part metal or other material or give a workpiece a new configuration. Conventionally applies to machining operations in which a cutting tool mechanically removes material in the form of chips; applies to any process in which metal or material is removed to create new shapes. See metalforming.
Machining operation in which metal or other material is removed by applying power to a rotating cutter. In vertical milling, the cutting tool is mounted vertically on the spindle. In horizontal milling, the cutting tool is mounted horizontally, either directly on the spindle or on an arbor. Horizontal milling is further broken down into conventional milling, where the cutter rotates opposite the direction of feed, or “up” into the workpiece; and climb milling, where the cutter rotates in the direction of feed, or “down” into the workpiece. Milling operations include plane or surface milling, endmilling, facemilling, angle milling, form milling and profiling.