HS Flex Handling System Fits Multi-Axis Machining Centers

Originally titled 'Handling System Fits Multi-Axis Machining Centers '

Hermle’s HS Flex handling system is a compact automation tool made up of several components, which are supplied as one complete unit, and the workpiece storage modules are installed and adjusted on site.

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Hermle Machine Company’s HS Flex handling system is a compact automation tool designed to fit both three-axis and five-axis Performance Line machining centers (C 250 and C 400) as well as to High Performance Line models (ranging from the C 12, C 22, C 32 up to the C42). The handling system is made up of several components, which are supplied as one complete unit. Only the workpiece storage modules are installed and adjusted on site, the company says.

According to the company, the flat mineral casting bed, on which the three axes of the handling unit are operated, offer access for the operator. The two double-leaf doors provide a twofold function: during a pallet change procedure, they prevent access by the operator, and during machining of the workpiece, they provide access to the working view position and working area while preventing access to the handling unit.

The rotary, lifting and linear axes of the handling unit, enable movement of the heavy workpieces up to 450 kg, including the pallet, between the setup station, storage modules and the machining center’s working area. It is possible to handle pallets of up to 500 × 400 mm. To minimize potential operator error, the maximum workpiece height is queried beforehand at the setup station, preventing workpieces with dimensions beyond specified from being fed in, the company says.