Successful Open House for Haas

The event attracted thousands of attendees from 48 countries to the company’s facility in Oxnard, California.

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Haas Automation reports that its recent HaasTec open house attracted nearly 3,300 attendees to the company’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California. The 4-day event drew visitors from the U.S., Canada, and around the world, with attendees from 48 countries, including China, India, Korea, Latin America, the Middle East, and many European countries. In addition, more than 330 students from regional high schools, colleges, and universities attended the event.

Hosted March 17 – 20, the event included machine demonstrations, extensive tours of Haas Automation’s 1-million-square-foot facility, a catered lunch, and 38 exhibitor booths with representatives from major CAD/CAM, tooling, and workholding manufacturers. As an added bonus, the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet that Kurt Busch drove to victory at Martinsville last year was on display, courtesy of Stewart-Haas Racing.

Kurt Busch himself made an appearance at HaasTec Thursday – for an autograph session, and a private Q&A meeting with about 100 attendees – before heading to Fontana for the weekend’s race at California Speedway.

The company reports that visitors to often arrived in large groups, accompanied by representatives from their local Haas Factory Outlet (HFO). More than 50 HFOs worldwide arranged trips to the event to personally show customers and potential customers what goes into making a Haas.

There were 20 machines on display and running demos at HaasTec, including the new UMC-750SS super-speed universal machining center. Also on hand were the ST-55 large-through-bore turning center, the new DM-1 Drill/Mill Center, a wide array of Haas VMCs, and a Haas horizontal with pallet pool system. Attendees also got to see more than 200 Haas machines in action on the factory floor, making parts for more Haas machines. Of the 298 chip-making machines in the Haas factory, 70 percent are Haas machines.

In addition to the CNC machines, a number of Haas rotary products were also on display, including the new TRT100 high-speed dual-axis rotary table. With a maximum speed of 1000° per second on both axes, the TRT100 provides high-speed, accurate, 3+2 positioning for machining small complex parts. The unit’s compact size and light weight make the TRT100 well suited for small machining centers.

Providing visitors with a historical perspective, HaasTec also included a display of the company’s very first VMC – machine No. 1, fitted with an early Haas rotary table – alongside its modern-day equivalent. Today’s VF-1 still sells for less than the machine’s 1988 introductory price of $49,900, proving that Haas is the industry leader in machine tool value.

 For more information about Haas Automation and Haas products, call 800-331-6746, or visit www.HaasCNC.com.