Heckert X40 enters Factory of the Future

A Starrag Heckert five-axis horizontal machining centre has joined a series of other multi-axis machines in a Starrag-dedicated machining area at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Factory of the Future. Previously applied to a dedicated machining project in another AMRC building in Rotherham, the Heckert X40 now complements Starrag STC 1250 and Ecospeed machining centres, as well as a multi-axis Bumotec s191 turn-mill/machining centre and an NB251 high-speed blisk machining centre in the Factory of the Future, ready to tackle various machining and manufacturing projects.

Established in 2008, the Factory of the Future houses an array of manufacturing equipment that enables partner companies and project sponsors to develop and trial new technologies and processes. The AMRC works closely with its customers and project sponsors to select the ideal machines and manufacturing technologies required to fulfil each project’s individual demands.

“The X40 will undoubtedly prove just as successful alongside the STC and Ecospeed,” says Phil Kirkland, head of the machining group at the AMRC. “And that will likely include extending its initial project work, which embraced the machining of aluminium housings.”

Kirkland adds: “Our partnership with Starrag has been built over a number of years and this addition to the Factory of the Future portfolio further cements our co-operation; we expect the strengths of the Heckert X40 to be fully utilised. Forthcoming projects for the machine will no doubt illustrate how a wide range of components can be produced effectively and efficiently, while the X40 technology will also enable our operators and engineers to upskill on a continuous basis.”

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