HaasTec 2017 Draws More Than 3100 Visitors to Haas Factory

The event received visitors from 51 countries and more than 700 students from regional high schools, colleges and universities.

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Haas Automation, Inc. says that its recent HaasTec open house (October 10–13, 2017) received more than 3,100 attendees at the company’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California. The four-day event drew visitors from the United States, Canada and around the world. The show welcomed attendees from 51 countries, including China, India, Korea, Latin America, the Middle East and many European nations. In addition, more than 700 students from regional high schools, colleges and universities attended the event. HaasTec included machine demonstrations, tours of Haas Automation’s 1-million-square-foot facility, a catered lunch and 42 industry-partner booths with representatives from major CAD/CAM, tooling, automation and workholding manufacturers. Attendees also saw one of Haas F1 Team’s racecars from its 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship debut and Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, which Kurt Busch drove in the NASCAR Cup Series. Haas Automation says that visitors to HaasTec often arrived in large groups, accompanied by representatives from their local Haas Factory Outlet (HFO). More than 30 HFOs worldwide arranged trips to the event to show customers and potential customers what goes into making a Haas. Haas Automation had 16 machines on display and running demonstrations at HaasTec, including the soon-to be released UMC-1000 Universal Machining Center, the CL-1 Compact Lathe and the reengineered EC-400 HMC.

Attendees also got to see more than 200 Haas machines in action on the factory floor, making parts to build more Haas machines. Of the 296 chip-making machines in the Haas factory, 211, or 71 percent, are Haas machines. A number of Haas rotary products were on display as well, including the new TRT70 ultra compact dual-axis rotary table. With a maximum speed of 410° per second on both axes, the TRT70 provides high-speed, accurate, 3+2 positioning for machining small, complex parts. The unit’s ultra compact size makes it a five-axis solution for small machining centers, like the Haas CM-1 Compact Mill. HaasTec also included a display of the company’s very first VMC – VF-1 No. 1, fitted with an early Haas rotary table. Today’s VF-1 still sells for less than the 1988 machine’s introductory price. Altogether, Haas Automation Inc. reports that its recent HaasTec open house was a success.