PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Haas Multigrind’s New Tool Magazine Aims To Reduce Production Time

Haas Multigrind’s new tool magazine with space for 70 grinding wheels turns a high-tech grinding center into an autonomous, self-equipping production system.

All Haas Multigrind grinding centers are available with an automatic wheel changer.  This feature enables Haas customers to combine multiple, high-precision, complex grinding and milling operations into a single part clamping and single machine cycle.  Users can realize significant improvements in overall part quality, and significant reductions in overall throughput time and cost.

Now Haas customers can take another leap in productivity with the new high-capacity “shelf magazine.” On the Multigrind® CB grinding machine, the new Haas shelf magazine (2,000 × 2,400 × 3,200 mm, L × W × H) offers space for 65 grinding wheels of up to 300 mm diameter. On the Multigrind® CA grinding machine, the shelf magazine can be equipped with up to 70 grinding wheels of up to 250 mm diameter. The magazine can also hold up to 20 coolant nozzles.

The new high-capacity magazine enables customers to add more operations on a single part and to dramatically reduce changeover time between different parts by loading wheels and tools for multiple part numbers in the magazine.  

The Haas Horizon programming system maintains locations, dimensions, and life information of all wheels and tools in the magazine in addition to programming the machine’s grinding and automation functions.

Even with much more wheel capacity, company officials say tool change time on the new shelf magazine is only 10 seconds. “We’re not aware of any other tool magazine that offers as much space and flexibility,” said Dirk Wember, Haas Multigrind’s president.

The system was first unveiled to the general public in April 2017 at Haas’s GrindDate, their in-house trade fair. Strong interest was created in June when it was presented at the Paris Airshow.