Machine tool builder helps Dutch school keep the faith
Boosting the skill level for the future
As a result of its investment in Haas machine tools, which were supplied by the Haas Factory Outlet operated by Landré, near Utrecht, the Netherlands, LiS is now one of the few schools where students can pursue machining courses at a high level, both conventionally and using CNC. As Harms noted: “We are distinguishing ourselves from other training facilities because students learn by actually doing. Our conviction is that students first have to learn the subject manually and then on CNC. As a result, they can put their practical knowledge to use immediately when they start work in the business world.”
Haas said the choice of its equipment, in part, was made based on the machines’ favourable cost/quality ratio and the good experience LiS gained from a previously installed Haas machine.
School decides to go with what it knows
Harms explained: “Once you have invested in tools and software, it does not make sense to purchase machines on which they no longer fit. Moreover, Haas, with the Super Mini Mill, is one of the few that offers an advantageous CNC machine for small assignments with the same features as a large machine.” He singled out some of the features. “The SK40 main spindle is also perfect for medium and light milling and finishing – students learn basic skills on this.”
Besides the two Super Mini Mills, LiS now also has a Haas VF-1 with travels of 508 x 406 x 508mm. This is a rugged, small-footprint vertical machining centre that yields reliability and accuracy via its 40-taper cartridge spindle. LiS Engineering students at level four now learn the principles of CNC milling using the VF-1.
“All of our students learn how to detail ideas in working drawings and how to manufacture the products themselves. In doing so, students develop a working relationship that connects well to higher professional or university education, and the manufacturing industry,” Harms said. “Aside from the space industry, students completing courses at LiS find careers in sectors that include life sciences and health.”
At present, around 50 students from LiS Engineering graduate every year, with a number advancing to university or professional training in dual education. The good news is that registrations are increasing, boding well for graduate numbers moving forward.