Pallet Pool for HMC

The EC-400PP HMC from Haas Automation Inc. (Oxnard, CA) expands the production capability of the company’s EC Series of horizontal machining centers.

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The EC-400PP HMC from Haas Automation Inc. (Oxnard, CA) expands the production capability of the company’s EC Series of horizontal machining centers. The addition of a fully integrated, 6-station pallet pool to the shop-proven Haas EC-400 brings true “lights out” machining capability to small- and medium-sized manufacturers and production shops. Designed for high-volume production and unattended operation, the system features a generous 20"x20"x 20"work cube, a six-station pallet pool with 400 mm pallets, and a high-precision, one-degree pallet indexer. Other standard features for extended operation include a 70-pocket side-mount tool changer, 1000-ipm rapids, 300-psi through-spindle coolant, 1 MB of program memory, USB port, remote jog handle and a high-volume coolant system. To remove chips from the enclosure quickly and efficiently, the EC-400PP also has an auger-fed, belt-type chip conveyor system. Each of the 400 mm pallets in the system has a load capacity up to 1,000 lbs (660 lbs with full fourth axis). The pallets can be scheduled individually according to priority and sequencing requirements, which allow high-priority parts to be machined first and/or staged more often. Completed pallets are returned automatically to the holding location, or can be sequenced to a protected operator station for immediate unloading and re-loading.