Horizontal Five-Axis Machining Center Takes On Small Parts
GROB Systems’ emphasis on spatial accuracy with its G150 horizontal five-axis machining center enhances its performance with complex, high-precision components.
GROB Systems (Bluffton, Ohio) has announced the availability of its new G150 horizontal five-axis machining center, part of the modular G-series system line the company says has continually set the bar for productivity and process safety.
GROB recommends the G150 for the precision engineering, medical technology, mold and die, mechanical engineering and aerospace industries, saying the G150 is the only horizontal five-axis machining center in its class. During the machining center’s development, GROB placed particular emphasis on spatial accuracy for high-quality surface finishes and accurate form and position tolerances. In addition, the company focused on accuracy for machining complex, high-precision components.
As part of the G-series, the G150 features a rigid five-axis horizontal design with capabilities to invert the table and machine upside down for optimal chip evacuation. The ergonomic design provides easy access to the work area, with GROB saying it is well-suited for shops and automation integration. The modular options system also expands, as the G150 is compatible with the HSK E40 spindle with up to 42,000 rpm and a compact table with central clamping. The company says these compatibilities enhance the G150’s performance in application areas such as medical technologies that require small parts and smaller tools.
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