Haas Automation is celebrating building and supplying its 150,000th CNC machine tool: a DS-30SSY dual-spindle turning centre with Y-axis.
At a special handing-over ceremony to mark the occasion, Haas Automation Europe’s managing director Alain Reynvoet attended the Manufacturing and Automation Expo 2014, Stockholm, to meet the owners of Swedish company Claesson Engineering – a general, precision engineering business founded by three brothers – and to present them with a commemorative plate to mark the occasion of their purchase of this very special machine tool.
“Installation of the 150,000th machine is a signal event for Haas Automation,” said Mr. Reynvoet. “The fact that it has been bought by a European company, in the relatively high-cost region of Scandinavia, is further proof that our new generation of products – combining value, performance, reliability and support – are the right ones for any market, however tough the trading conditions. And unlike other builders, Haas continues to manufacture its high-value products at its 1-million-square-foot facility in Southern California, a fact as revolutionary today as it was more than 25 years ago, when Gene Haas introduced his first VMC for less than $50,000.”
Growing aggressively, and currently posting annual revenues of around $1billion, Haas Automation continues to introduce new machine tool products on a regular basis, expanding its already impressive range by applying the same tried-and-tested engineering logic to continually improve productivity and reduce running costs.
As recently as June 2007, Haas celebrated building and installing its 75,000th CNC machine tool, purchased by a family owned machining business in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. Not bad considering the California-based company only started building CNC machine tools just 20 years earlier. Incredibly, the company has since built and supplied an additional 75,000 machines in around one third as long as it took to build the first 75,000. More than 50% of that production has been exported to customers in overseas markets.
“The Haas DS-30SSY CNC turning centre is one of our latest-generation machine tools,” adds Mr. Reynvoet. “It was designed to provide affordable high-productivity to companies around the world wishing to machine complex parts in as few setups as possible.”
The DS-30SSY combines dual-spindle turning with Y axis, C axis, and live tooling to create powerful a ‘done-in-one’ machining solution. The opposed spindles support fully synchronized turning and allow on-the-fly part pass-off to reduce cycle times. The machine provides 102 mm of Y-axis travel (±51 mm from the centerline) for off-centre milling, drilling, and tapping, and comes standard with high-torque live tooling and a servo-driven C axis for versatile 4-axis capability. As its name suggests, the machine installed at Claesson Engineering also benefits from Super Speed configuration.
Haas CNC machine tools are sold worldwide through the company’s 170+ Haas Factory Outlets (HFOs) – dedicated, independently owned Haas resellers who have reached the high-levels of service and support demanded by Haas Automation. The 150,000th Haas CNC machine tool is supplied and supported by the Swedish HFO, Edströms Maskin AB, Jonkoping, one of the longest-serving and most successful HFOs in the world.
“It’s a great honour for us to be part of these celebrations,” says Edströms company owner and CEO, Ola Andersson. “Claesson Engineering is a valued customer and has already invested in several Haas machine tools over the years, since it was founded in 2000. The celebration was a wonderful opportunity to recognise the achievements of all those involved. But, the truly important thing is that the Haas DS turning centre will give the customer many years of profitable, reliable service.”