GF AgieCharmilles Unveils New 5-Axis MIKRON HEM 500U Milling Machine

Ideal for machining aluminum, alloy and steel parts, the 5-axis HEM 500U features a highly dynamic 12,000-rpm spindle and 30-tool magazine that provides a 2-second chip-to-chip time for high-speed continuous milling operations and increased spindle uptime. Additionally, a 20,000-rpm spindle and 60-tool changer are available.

The machine’s trunnion table measures 19.7” (500 mm) in diameter and accommodates workpiece weights up to 440 lbs. (200 kg). It tilts +50 mm/-110 mm in the B-axis and rotates 360 degrees in C for 3 + 2 machining as well as 5-side positioning. Axis travels in X, Y and Z measure 19.7” (500 mm), 17.7” (450 mm) and 15.7” (400 mm), respectively, while a distance of 5.9” (150 mm) between the machine spindle nose and rotary table surface allows for ample maneuverability around workpieces.

The HEM 500U relies on a new Heidenhain iTNC 530 control for quick and reliable machining. This versatile, workshop-oriented control for 5 (3+2) axis machining features an integrated digital drive control with integrated inverter, enabling it to produce a highly accurate workpiece contour while machining at high velocity. The HEM 500U also comes equipped with smart machining modules that provide advanced levels of monitoring critical to part production.

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