HaasTec Open House Draws More Than 2100 Visitors

Haas Automation, Inc., reports that its recent HaasTec open house was a complete success, drawing more than 2100 attendees to the company’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California.

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The 3-day event drew visitors not only from across the U.S. and Canada, but also from around the world, with attendees from India, China, Israel, Latin America, and several European countries.
Held March 10 – 12, HaasTec included machine demos, extensive tours of Haas Automation’s 1-million-square-foot facility, a catered lunch, and 25 vendor booths with representatives from major CAD/CAM, tooling, and workholding manufacturers. As an added bonus, Stewart-Haas Racing had two racecars on display at the event, including the #14 Chevrolet that Tony Stewart drove to a 2nd-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Of the 20 machines on display and cutting metal at HaasTec, four were brand-new for 2011, and two – the large-capacity ST-40 and ST-40L turning centers – debuted at the show. Also on hand were the rest of the Haas new generation ST and DS turning centers – including dual-spindle and Y-axis models – as well as the DT-1 Drill/Tap Center, a wide array of new generation Haas VMCs, and a pair of Haas horizontals.

In addition to the CNC machines, HaasTec also featured a selection of Haas rotary products on display, including the brand-new HRT160SS high-speed rotary table. The HRT160SS is the fastest rotary table Haas has built to date, providing a maximum speed of 570° per second – more than four times the speed of the standard HRT160. Its compact size and high speed make it the perfect complement for the DT-1 Drill/Tap Center, and other high-speed Haas machines.

HaasTec received rave reviews from visitors and vendors alike. “We had such a great time!” enthused Andy Weinberg, of the UCSB School of Engineering. “We were blown away by your factory! It was like going to Disneyland, but better! Our shop is actively trying to raise money to buy a Haas mill and lathe for our student shop, and now, I’m really motivated.”

Peter Marton of Surfware, Inc., had this to say: “It was a tremendously successful event in terms of having very focused and targeted visitors coming by to see how we could provide complimentary solutions to their Haas machines, or new customers looking for ways to be more competitive. We received as many qualified leads [at HaasTec] as we would have received from a tradeshow. The tours, the food, the demos, the organization, and the hospitality were outstanding.”

HaasTec 2011 was the first time in nearly a decade that Haas Automation – America’s leading machine tool builder – has hosted such an expansive event. And by all accounts, it was an overwhelming success.