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New HEM 500U machines available from GF Agie

New HEM 500U machines available from GF Agie

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 14 January 2013

GF AgieCharmilles, the EDM, milling and laser ablation machine tool specialist has launched a new, high-functionality, cost-competitive 5-axis (3 + 2 axis) machine tool range into the market.

The new HEM 500U machines available now in the UK and Ireland provide manufacturers with all the advantages and benefits of GF AgieCharmilles’ 5-axis machine tools – e.g. high productivity, impressive cutting performance, manufacturing flexibility, process reliability and first-class after-sales support etc. – at a competitive price that will, according to Martin Spencer, Agie Charmilles’ managing director, “have customers and prospects licking their lips, and competitors scratching their heads”.

Continues Martin Spencer:

‘The HEM 500U is the ideal 5-axis machine for manufacturers who perhaps have looked at 5-axis machining in the past but were put off making an investment owing to the relatively ‘high’ cost of many machines currently available on the market.

“The arrival of the HEM 500U is bound to appeal to these manufacturers.”

Although the HEM 500U is a universal machining centre it is being aimed at manufacturers, specifically subcontractors, machining one –offs and small batch precision parts who need a versatile machine that complements their production requirements.

The HEM 500U has a compact footprint with X-, Y- and Z-axis travels of 500mm x 450mm x 400mm respectively, and the machine’s 5-side/face machining capabilities are provided by a rotary tilting table (-65/+110mm degrees/B-axis; and n x 360 degrees/C-axis).

The machines are fast (30m/min rapid rates in X-, Y- and Z-axes), and are equipped with a powerful 12,000rpm/BT 40 inline spindle with a 20bar through-spindle-coolant capability with versatility being assured via a flexible 30-position ATC. (A 60-position ATC option is also available).

For increased productivity the HEM 500U can be supplied with integrated automation via a 7 x station (Dynafix or UPC systems) or a 5 x station (MTS system) workpiece pallet changer (WPC), boasting a 30 second pallet-to-pallet change time.

The HEM 500U is also supplied with a number of process reliability technologies that include a touch tool probe, laser measurement system as well as a range of SMART technology modules that increase the machine’s thermal stability and operator effectiveness prior to and during operation.

Concludes Martin Spencer:

“Manufacturers looking for a high-productivity, autonomous 5-axis machine that won’t break the bank will be impressed with the new HEM 500U – and I am confident about how it will be received amongst UK and Irish manufacturers.”


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