Manufacturers of XXL machines rely on versatile concepts
Large centres close in on the efficiency of small units
Germany’s Hermle has extended its machine programme. Although the large Hermle machines with modified gantry construction, such as the C60 U MT, with workpiece dimensions of 1m x 1m x 1m and weights up to 2.5 tonnes, do not belong directly to the segment of portal machines, it is nevertheless evident here as well that the concept of raised efficiency, already proven with smaller machines, is being transferred increasingly to large processing centres. These include 5-axis simultaneous processes or combined milling and turning or automated machine loading.
This article, by Editor Rüdiger Kroh, originally appeared in German in ETMM’s sister magazine MM Maschinenmarkt.