Hermle’s 2024 Open House proves to be an engineering spectacle

The Kingsbury team were delighted to return to Hermle’s latest Open House – an event dedicated to the manufacturing advances made by Hermle and over 40 exhibiting partners.

Over four days, the event welcomed over 2,500 visitors from more than 30 countries to explore the theme of ‘technology transfer’.

Generation 2 took centre stage

Hermle took their Open House as the perfect venue to debut their first three Generation 2 models from the medium machining segment:

  • C 650
  • C 32
  • C 42

During this change process, the mechanics, which is fundamental to the precision and long-term accuracy of Hermle products, was not altered. The key values of the machine remain exceptionally high, thereby clearly reaffirming its dominance in the field of 5-axis technology.

Update highlights:

The machine lineup is changing: Over the next 18 months, all machine models will be converted to the GEN2 architecture as part of a planned development process.

Energy efficiency is up: Each GEN2 machine features an overall improved efficiency. Plus, cooling lubricant management has been modified. This optimisation improves filtration, enhancing its cleanliness and longevity.

Software and hardware improvements: A number of software and hardware parts now feature cutting-edge technology. For example, the entire electrical architecture has been revamped, while a significant number of the sensors have been converted to IO-Link (international standard). 

GEN2 machines will be available with both Heidenhain TNC7 and Siemens Sinumerik ONE controls: The drive network of Heidenhain machines has been revised and equipped with the latest generation of converters.

Hermle also announced a new, compact additional magazine

The ZM 30, compatible with the C 650, 32 and 42 is Hermle’s newly designed compact additional magazine for GEN2 models.

Impressively, the magazine increases tool capacity by 30 tools in half the space of conventional additional magazines. 

  • Adapts to the existing magazine loading station.
  • Seamlessly integrates into the machine enclosure.
  • Simple and easy to commission.

What else did the Open House cover?

Automation continues to be a major focus for Hermle and the industry as a whole

Hermle revealed that over 50% of its products are now equipped with automated solutions, a shocking number that proves just how pivotal automation is for our sector.

The range of robot systems, storage solutions, and gripping/clamping options on display proved Herme’s prowess and leadership in CNC automation. 

Technology solutions and showstoppers drew attention

Hermle took specific components to illustrate how a range of technologies can work together to create integrated and optimised processes.

Visitors saw how power skiving, grinding/dressing, contour smoothing, reverse countersinking, diamond smoothing, simultaneous deburring, interpolation, probes, and turning can work together in complete solutions.

And, as usual, Hermle took the opportunity to wow guests with a machining masterclass. This year, two globe halves measuring 800 mm in diameter were milled and turned. A stainless steel/aluminium spaetzle press was also a head turner.

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