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AMB 2016 – The new HF series: productivity in 5 axes

Highlights at a glance

The machining centres from the HF series feature a fifth axis provided by the workpiece and have been designed for dynamic 5-sided as well as simultaneous 5-axis machining. For this concept, HELLER has re-combined proven components also used in existing machine series to develop an extremely productive machine suited for a wide range of parts and materials.

All rotational axes are provided by the workpiece. As a logical expansion of the existing product portfolio, the new machine concept is synonymous with high process stability, as proven principles used on existing machine series have been consistently further developed. The horizontal spindle, for example, enables fast tool changes, resulting in minimal idle times. High flexibility was another priority for HELLER in the development of the machine. Therefore the machining centre is either available in table design or equipped with pallet changer. Additionally, all machine series offer users the choice between the proven HSK63 and HSK100 motor spindles.

Robust and highly dynamic machine concept

As expected, the new series convinces with the known HELLER DNA. Quality, performance, high productivity, long-term reliability and stability in combination with excellent accessibility and ease of operation provide the basis for this. The basic structure of a machine provides the foundation for achieving high stability which is particularly important in 5-axis machining.

The machines are characterised by the inherently rigid design of the bed and column construction, whilst the 5th axis is provided by the workpiece. They feature proven kinematics with three linear axes in X, Y and Z and two direct driven dynamic rotary axes in A and B. As usual at HELLER, the A axis is supported by a counter bearing. The counter bearing helps to achieve high dynamic rigidity even at high loads. Optionally, its powerful dynamics can be increased further with the “Speed-Dynamics Package”. According to HELLER, it provides 10 % shorter chip-to-chip times. Other strengths of the machine include milling with tilted axes (3 + 2) and high dynamics in 5-axis simultaneous milling. For reduced idle times, the HF series provides a high-speed NC tool changer based on lift-and-swivel principle.

Proven quality redefined

Compared to the H and F series, designed for heavy loads and large components or multiple clamping, HELLER's new HF series is tailored to dynamic 5-axis machining of medium to large batch sizes. Whilst model HF 3500, providing a maximum permissible workpiece weight of 550 kg, ranges between the H 2000 and H 4000, model HF 5500 enalbes a workpiece weight of 750 kg, positioning it between models H 4500, H 5000 and H 6000. Workpiece provisioning can optionally be effected using table loading or a pallet changer.

The HF also provides a wide choice of spindles to suit different applications. Whilst the standard version is equipped with the powerful SpeedCutting motor spindle with HSK-A63, making it ideal for the machining of light metals, the (optional) PowerCutting spindle unit provides the necessary torque for high-performance cutting of cast iron and steel. Optionally, HELLER offers motor spindles with HSK-A100. The SC 100 spindle unit provides increased stability of tools and high speeds for universal application, whereas the PC 100 spindle unit offers high torque for use with large and heavy tools.

In terms of precision, HELLER relies on proven design. High positioning accuracy is achieved through direct drives in both rotary axes and direct, absolute measuring systems in all machining axes and automatic clamping. Whether used for cutting short- or long-chipping materials, everything about HELLER machining centres is well thought-out. To guarantee this, also in the future, the machines provide free chip fall during horizontal machining, a centrally arranged open chip conveyor and an INOX work area.

Operator touch panel

With the HF series, HELLER is presenting its new HELLER Operation Interface, the new operating panel with 24" screen technology, quick access technology in the control and XTENDS optional expansion applications to support the user. The optional work area camera, for example, optimally supports setting and monitoring functions during the CNC process.

Efficient and future-proof

For decades, HELLER has been synonymous with efficient production processes and high machining quality. This also applies to the well-conceived connection to all current automation systems. Target groups will be particularly interested in flexible integration into existing production systems. The new machine series is also flexible and customer-oriented in terms of tooling. The new machining centres enable continued use of existing tools from other HELLER machines and the use of manual clamping fixtures. Adaptation of hydraulically operated clamping fixtures is possible.

With the HF, HELLER again sets new standards in quality and precision. Combined with the Siemens Sinumerik 840D sl control and the new HELLER Operation Interface, the new concept is a future-proof investment.

Presentation at the AMB in Stuttgart

At the AMB in Stuttgart we will present the HF 3500 as direct load concept for single part production as well with pallet changer for the serial production.

  • HELLER booth: Hall 5, stand 5B55
  • PTW booth: Hall 5, stand 5D32

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Responsible for the content of this press release: Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH


Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH
Gebrüder-Heller-Straße 15
72622 Nuertingen
+49 7022 77-0
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