An advanced training machine designed to raise the skill level of horizontal machining centre operators away from the shopfloor has been introduced by Heller Machine Tools.
Available for demonstration in the new customer area at the company’s Redditch factory, the latest CNC ProfiTrainer builds on the capabilities of an existing 4-axis version with rotary table by offering the option of an additional +30/-120° A-axis.
The fully configured, functional machine, which is powered by a single-phase electrical supply, is likely to be of interest to industrial training establishments, colleges and schools, especially as it is small enough to be transported between different educational centres if necessary. Larger OEMs and subcontractors may also choose to adopt the machine for operator training.
The realistic simulator is fitted with a full version of the Siemens 840D sl control and is now also available with Fanuc and Heidenhain equivalents. Having 200mm linear travels driven by servomotors at up to 15m/min over linear rails, the machine is designed to mimic realistically the operation of a full-size Heller machine tool. However, it can also be used to provide training for any make of prismatic machining equipment in a safe environment.