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Ward CNC launches new Hartford HMC range
Ward CNC launches new Hartford HMC range

Ward CNC launches new Hartford HMC range

Added to MTDCNC by TW Ward CNC Machinery Ltd on 27 October 2015



Hartford has expanded its range of Laurel horizontal machining centres with the addition of the HMC-8, a 1,000 mm by 850 mm by 950 mm (X, Y, Z axes) capacity machine available from T W Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC), the exclusive distributor in the UK and Ireland for the Taiwanese builder.


The rigid machine has been specifically designed for accurate heavy-duty cutting – a trait underpinned by Hartford’s renowned construction principles that include the use of heavily-ribbed Meehanite cast iron for all major components and a one-piece T-shaped bed (for the X and Z axes) plus the use of linear guideways.


With an 800 mm by 800 mm pallet accommodating loads of 1,500 kgs – pallet indexing in 90deg is just 2.2 secs; pallet location accuracy is guaranteed via positioning onto four cones via air blast and hydraulic drawbar - the machine also features an ISO 50 18.5/25 kW 6,000 revs/min geared spindle.


Machining capacity is maximised (workpieces of 900 mm high can be accommodated) by a two-step X axis configuration complemented by an extra-wide 893 mm span.


The new machine has standard rapid traverse rates of 30 m/min (60 m/min is optional), a cutting feed rate of up to 8,000 mm/min and a standard 40-tool automatic toolchanger that can optionally be 60 or 90 tools. Through-spindle coolant at up to 300 psi is another option.


The Hartford Laurel HMC-8 features the Hartrol Intelligent NC conversational control software, which includes 2.5-D CAM as well as new functionality for utilisation management (daily machining time recordings) and for Renishaw’s automatic measuring, tool management and workpiece calibration routines.


This new machine is the latest addition to the Laurel series that now embraces eight models ranging in X, Y and Z axis capacities from 720 mm by 700 mm 650 mm up to 1,300 mm by 1,000 mm by 1,150 mm. All are available from Ward CNC.

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