FlexBEAM Machining Center

April 16, 2019
FlexBEAM Machining Center

FlexCNC introduces the Beam Line – the latest addition to its lineup of machining centers for large or long parts, like structural steel beam, in a single setup. With an open-bed design that measures 40-feet by 2-feet, this new model can machine parts up to 40 feet in length. 

Alternately, the long open bed, coupled with the movable safety light curtain, allows multiple setups, so that while the FlexBEAM is machining one part, another can be loaded (or offloaded). This dramatically increases productivity of the machine’s uptime. The open design provides unrestricted access which makes loading and unloading easier and faster. In addition to structural steel beams, FlexBEAM machines are suitable for the machining long products like tube or pipe and cutting keyways.

The FlexBEAM has a monoblock welded steel frame with high rigidity and a T-slot machine bed. It features 3-axis interpolation, scribing, automatic hydraulic workholding and automatic tool touch-off. In addition, a laser zero detector is standard, as is 6 x ATC, a hand pendant, and network with ethernet cable. All of these standard features are available at a list price of $149,995.  Delivery, installation, training and two-year warranty are available for $9,500.

Standard unit runs on 480V and includes mobile light-curtain safety barriers, frame with chip conveyor and T-slotted table, flood coolant pump and tank, and automatic tool calibrator. The 12” color touch screen is water-resistant and durable enough to provide years of service. Oversized double hung precision linear guideways ensure smooth and precise movement on all axes. All moving parts are self-lubricating on all axes. A programmable servomotor drives the spindle, while a 10-compartment automatic toolchanger ensures capacity for virtually any application.

Control on the FlexBEAM is simple yet powerful, with conversational and ISO G- and M-code programming for versatile 3-axis CNC machining along with an optional 4th axis. Equipped with a color touch screen control, 40 GB of program storage and 50 programmable zero points. Programs can be loaded through USB or through and Ethernet connection. Extensive training is provided, both in-plant and on-site.

Related Glossary Terms

  • M-code programming

    M-code programming

    Miscellaneous, or auxiliary, functions constitute on/off type commands. Used to control actions such as starting and stopping of motors, turning coolant on and off, changing tools, and clamping and unclamping workpieces.

  • automatic toolchanger

    automatic toolchanger

    Mechanism typically included in a machining center that, on the appropriate command, removes one cutting tool from the spindle nose and replaces it with another. The changer restores the used tool to the magazine and selects and withdraws the next desired tool from the storage magazine. The changer is controlled by a set of prerecorded/predetermined instructions associated with the part(s) to be produced.

  • centers


    Cone-shaped pins that support a workpiece by one or two ends during machining. The centers fit into holes drilled in the workpiece ends. Centers that turn with the workpiece are called “live” centers; those that do not are called “dead” centers.

  • computer numerical control ( CNC)

    computer numerical control ( CNC)

    Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.

  • coolant


    Fluid that reduces temperature buildup at the tool/workpiece interface during machining. Normally takes the form of a liquid such as soluble or chemical mixtures (semisynthetic, synthetic) but can be pressurized air or other gas. Because of water’s ability to absorb great quantities of heat, it is widely used as a coolant and vehicle for various cutting compounds, with the water-to-compound ratio varying with the machining task. See cutting fluid; semisynthetic cutting fluid; soluble-oil cutting fluid; synthetic cutting fluid.

  • interpolation


    Process of generating a sufficient number of positioning commands for the servomotors driving the machine tool so the path of the tool closely approximates the ideal path. See CNC, computer numerical control; NC, numerical control.

  • toolchanger


    Carriage or drum attached to a machining center that holds tools until needed; when a tool is needed, the toolchanger inserts the tool into the machine spindle. See automatic toolchanger.