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New Horizontal Machining Center for the U.S.

Manufacturers of standard components can maximize production times with the new FZH400 HMC.

F. Zimmermann GmbH has brought its first horizontal machining center (HMC) into the U.S. market. The new model range is particularly designed for efficient machining of standard components for the aircraft industry. It has two special newly developed features - the pallet handling and the traveling column.

The key element of the new FZH400 5-axis HMC is a robust water-cooled traveling column. "With increasing penetration into the material the guide carriage distance increases, and that increases the rigidity - in contrast to commonly available solutions," said a company spokesperson. "The stepped drive guide ensures a perfectly constant geometry along the Z-axis as well as maximum rigidity in sensitive areas of the workpiece."

Zimmermann offers a family of milling heads that are used in gantry machines throughout the world. An example is the patented M3 ABC 3-axes milling head. It increases the efficiency of the horizontal machining center even more because it has to perform only very small swiveling movements, especially when milling pockets in workpieces. This makes it possible to maintain a constant advance rate.

Already in the standard version, the FZH400 features an integral pallet handling system with pallet changing during machine time. The handling system enables reliable transport of pallets without sagging. This makes it especially suitable for long pallets. Pallets are raised and lowered in such a way that the load is balanced, thus almost eliminating bending and torsion forces. All of this applies to the standard version. The pallet system is extendable. If necessary, users can add a pallet station or equip the system with additional pallet changers. The standard automation system permits easy interfacing with the master computer and efficient linking of multiple systems.

The machine has a configurable modular design and is compact. No special foundation is necessary; a standard factory floor is sufficient for anchoring. Users can thus put the machine into operation more quickly and have much greater flexibility when setting it up. Turnkey solutions are available from Zimmermann on request. Its specialists configure the system, provide suitable clamping devices, handling solutions and tools, and write NC programs for the components that are to be manufactured.

F. Zimmermann GmbH is headquartered in Neuhausen a.d.F., Germany with a U.S. office in Wixom, MI.

For more information contact:

Doug Gale, Sales

Zimmermann Inc.

30587 Century Drive

Wixom, MI 48393


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