VMC Enhancements

 The company has redesigned its entire VF product line to incorporate a range of enhancements.

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The company has redesigned its entire VF product line to incorporate a range of enhancements. The VMCs use digital servomotors and high-resolution encoders on all axes. Combined with significant software and motor-control advancements on the machines, they yield higher accelerations and better surface-finish performance, according to the company.
 
With an eye toward preventing chip and coolant egress during machining, the company says it has invested considerable effort up front to optimize the enclosures on the new VMCs, paying close attention to panel fit, service access and internal routing of plumbing and cables. The result is a far better enclosure and a much simpler overall design that thoroughly contains chips and coolant, while increasing reliability and simplifying service, the company says.
 
Haas redesigned the chip pans and reviewed coolant flow in the new VMCs to reduce chip buildup and efficiently flush chips into the auger trough for removal. For high-volume production applications, the VF-1 through VF-6 VMCs are available with optional chip removal systems that combine multiple side augers with either a front discharge auger or a belt-type conveyor.
 
The machines’ windows and doors are designed to be stiffer, move more smoothly and close tightly. The thin-design control pendant mounts directly to the enclosure, providing a lighter, but more stable operator interface than the previous version. There’s also a storage compartment behind the pendant.