Constant improvement is a way of life at Haas Automation. The company is always looking for ways to improve its CNC products and give more value to its customers. Normally, these incremental improvements are rolled into production without fanfare – the customer simply gets a better machine.
For 2010, however, Haas redesigned its VF product line to incorporate a wide range of enhancements, making Haas VMCs better than ever. Haas engineers reviewed all aspects of the machines – including motion control, coolant containment, chip evacuation, ergonomics, and serviceability – made improvements, and put everything into an all-new package.
To ensure smooth, precise motion control, the 2010 Haas VMCs use next-generation digital servomotors and high-resolution encoders on all axes. Combined with significant software and motor-control advancements on the new machines, these yield higher accelerations and better surface-finish performance than ever before.
With an eye toward preventing chip and coolant egress during machining, Haas 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.
People buy CNC machines to make parts, so the last thing they want is stop to production to remove chips. 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 2010 Haas 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 to move chips out of the machines faster and easier than ever.
Haas machines have always been designed from the operator’s and programmer’s points of view. For 2010, Haas engineers reevaluated the machines to make everything the operator touches work even better. For example, the machines’ windows and doors are now stiffer, move more smoothly, and close tightly. The new Haas thin-design control pendant mounts directly to the enclosure, providing a lighter but more stable operator interface than the previous version. And there’s a convenient storage compartment behind the pendant.
Haas machines have a reputation for accuracy and reliability, and Haas Automation’s worldwide network of Haas Factory Outlets provides a level of service and support that is unmatched in the industry. Haas Platinum One-Call Service means certified technicians will successfully repair a customer’s machine the first time out more than 90% of the time.
Designed and built in the USA, the New-Generation Haas VMCs are the best machines the company has ever made – providing more performance and value than ever before!