HMC with Integrated Pallet Handling System

F. Zimmermann GmbH introduces its first HMC, the FZH400, which is equipped with a pallet handling system and a travelling column, and is said to well-suited for efficient machining of standard components for the aircraft industry

F. Zimmermann GmbH introduces its first HMC, the FZH400, which is equipped with a pallet handling system and a travelling column and is said to well-suited for efficient machining of standard components for the aircraft industry.

The company says the key element of the machine is its water-cooled travelling column. With increasing penetration into the material, the guide carriage distance increases, thus increasing rigidity. The stepped drive guide promotes a constant geometry along the Z axis as well as maximum rigidity in sensitive areas of the workpiece, according to the company.

The machine features an integral pallet handling system to enable pallet changing during machine time. The handling system enables reliable transport of pallets without sagging, making it suitable for long pallets. Pallets are raised and lowered in such a way that the load is balanced, thus minimizing bending and torsional forces. If necessary, users can add a pallet station or equip the system with additional pallet changers. The standard automation system enables interfacing with the master computer and efficient linking of multiple systems.

The machine features a compact, configurable modular design. No special foundation is necessary; a standard factory floor is sufficient for anchoring. Turnkey solutions are available from the company on request. Specialists configure the system, provide suitable clamping devices, handling solutions and tools, and write NC programs for the components that are to be manufactured. 

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