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MACH visitors focus on Starrag's new Heckert horizontal machining centres

MACH visitors focus on Starrag's new Heckert horizontal machining centres

Added to MTDCNC by Starrag UK Limited on 26 April 2016

The announcement of a new range of “very flexible and cost-efficient” horizontal machining centres from Heckert drew the crowds to the Starrag UK stand at MACH, along with the display of a Heckert HEC 500 D U5 MT horizontal machining centre that was ‘dry cutting’ components to demonstrate its ability for effective and efficient single set-up production embracing turning as well as milling and drilling.

Aligning perfectly with the Starrag Group’s philosophy of ‘Engineering precisely what you value’, the new trio of Focus machines  have been specifically designed for general sub-contract applications and for use by supply chain partners to OEMs in industries such as automotive. Visitors to the show were queuing to learn about the benefits of the machines:

[] Throughput increases of up to 10 per cent through reduced machining times;

[] Energy cost savings of up to 20 per cent via Blue Competence policies; and

[] Up to 10 per cent savings in service and tool costs.

The new three-machine line – the HEC 400 F, 500 F and 630 F – utilise the same tried and tested construction principles and main components that have proved so successful on the Heckert HEC 400D, HEC 500D and HEC 630D machines.

But, importantly, Heckert has now streamlined certain machine features, and worked closely with its suppliers, to produce a range of machines that will appeal to the budgets of companies of every size while also satisfying demands for consistent, high-quality and cost-effective machining.

Based on the world-proven HEC construction platform of mineral-cast or cast iron build and thermo-tolerant design principles, the Focus machines feature a smaller control cabinet (housing Fanuc 0i MF as standard; Siemens Sinumerik 840D as an option) and shorter chip conveyor, for example, to create a very compact machine.

Also, 32.4 kW spindles from WEISS (a Siemens company) are employed – producing 18,000 revs/min and 67 Nm torque, ideal for aluminium cutting, on models HEC 400 F and 500 F; and 10,000 revs/min with 350 Nm of torque for heavier-duty, cast iron cutting, on the HEC 630 F model. Spindle options for increased torque to 130 Nm will be available on the HEC 400 F and HEC 500 F machines.

A 40-tool chain-type automatic toolchanger (HSK A63 as standard on the HEC 400, 500 and 630 F models) is standard across all three machines, with options for 60- and 80-tool types. In combination with HSK A100 on the HEC 630 F is a 30-tool chain-type magazine as standard (45- or 60-tool optional).

The machine designations reflect pallet sizes: 400 mm by 500 mm (capable of accommodating work weighing 500 kgs) on the HEC 400 F; 500 mm by 630 mm (600 kgs) on the HEC 500 F; and 500 mm by 630 mm (800 kgs) on the HEC 630 F. X, Y and Z axis travels across the trio are, respectively, 650 mm by 650 mm by 680 mm, 750 mm by 750 mm by 725 mm and 850 mm by 750 mm by 850 mm.

The machines can also be ‘automated’ by, for instance, the use of robot loaders, gantry systems, plus 12- and 24-pallet systems to allow the creation of integrated flexible manufacturing systems – thus providing even more potential for consistently high-quality machining at cost-competitive rates.

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