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Monday, July 28, 2014

Connecticut’s Advanced Manufacturing Center Adds EDM Capability

Sodick’s AG40L is one of two EDM machines the company is installing at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Manufacturing, in Hartford.

The Advanced Manufacturing Center, in Hartford, Conn., is adding two electrical discharge machines through an agreement with Illinois machining equipment manufacturer Sodick Inc., the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) announced in the Hartford Courant.

According to the announcement, the Advanced Manufacturing Center is hoping the EDM machines will help area manufacturers that otherwise do not have access to high-tech equipment to remain competitive. Sodick, which will still own the AQ400L wire EDM and AD20L sinker EDM machines, will provide local manufacturers and operators instructional sessions and documentation for using the EDMs for their operations.

In the announcement, CCAT’s chief executive, Elliot Ginsberg, expressed optimism that the new machine tools will help Connecticut manufacturers remain competitive in aerospace manufacturing supply chains.

“CCAT’s goal is to help manufacturers be more competitive, and this collaboration exemplifies that effort,” he said in a statement. He said elsewhere, “Companies in the regional aerospace supply chain, which includes nearly 1,000 manufacturers in Connecticut alone, will have the unique opportunity to use this advanced technology in the production of aerospace components and other applications.”

“Sodick is excited to work with CCAT,” Alex Ogozarek, the machine tool company’s regional sales manager, said in the press release. “CCAT can now offer EDM technology as part of their capabilities, and Sodick will be able to showcase their machines at the Advanced Manufacturing Center.”

Brian Lane

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