Haas’ redesigned VF product line incorporates enhancements to motion control, coolant containment, chip evacuation, ergonomics and serviceability. To ensure smooth, precise motion control, the 2010 VMCs use next-generation digital servomotors and high-resolution encoders on all axes. The machines combine software and motor-control advancements for higher accelerations and better surface finish, the company says. Enhanced panel fit and service access to enclosures as well as internal routing of plumbing and cables prevent chip and coolant egress during machining, the company says.
Chip pans have been redesigned, and coolant flow reduces chip buildup by flushing chips into the auger trough for removal. For high-volume production applications, the 2010 VF-1 through VF-6 VMCs are available with chip removal systems that combine multiple side augers with either a front-discharge auger or a belt-type conveyor.
Stiffer doors and windows close tightly and move more smoothly than previous models, the company says. Also, a thin-design control pendant mounts directly to the enclosure, providing a lighter but more stable operator interface than previous models.