HPM 1200 HD

May 01, 2010

GF AgieCharmilles' HPM 1200 HD is a dynamic, three axis machining center that offers high performance milling and spindle speeds up to 20,000 rpm. The new machining center's high dynamics combined with StepTec spindle technology allow it to deliver high-quality 3-D surfacing results and exceptional chip removal rates, according to the company. This vector controlled inline motor spindle permits full torque even in the low speed range. The HPM 1200 HD features a polymer concrete, cube-shaped machine base to efficiently cut materials like alloyed steels and aluminum. The machining center also ensures automatic production with the integration of a cost-effective pallet changer that increases flexibility and efficiency by allowing repetitive machining without interruption. GF AgieCharmilles equipped the HPM 1200 HD with heavily ribbed, cast iron worktable with axially arranged T-slots to ensure simple, manual loading of diverse workpieces. HPM 1200 HD also features a dual drive in the Y-axis for increased stability. Additional features include two light, waist-high doors that provide free access to the working area, as well as scratchproof windows that allow a clear view of the machining area. The HPM 1200 HD also includes a 60-position integrated tool magazine and a double arm gripper that allows tool changes in 2 seconds. Operators also benefit from the inclusion of the latest generation Heidenhain iTNC 530 digital control system, which offers an Ethernet connection for fast CAM data flow, free contour and parallel programming, advanced high-speed functions and an optional mobile hand wheel that brings you close to the cutting point if required.

Related Glossary Terms

  • 3-D


    Way of displaying real-world objects in a natural way by showing depth, height and width. This system uses the X, Y and Z axes.

  • computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)

    computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)

    Use of computers to control machining and manufacturing processes.

  • gang cutting ( milling)

    gang cutting ( milling)

    Machining with several cutters mounted on a single arbor, generally for simultaneous cutting.

  • machining center

    machining center

    CNC machine tool capable of drilling, reaming, tapping, milling and boring. Normally comes with an automatic toolchanger. See automatic toolchanger.

  • milling


    Machining operation in which metal or other material is removed by applying power to a rotating cutter. In vertical milling, the cutting tool is mounted vertically on the spindle. In horizontal milling, the cutting tool is mounted horizontally, either directly on the spindle or on an arbor. Horizontal milling is further broken down into conventional milling, where the cutter rotates opposite the direction of feed, or “up” into the workpiece; and climb milling, where the cutter rotates in the direction of feed, or “down” into the workpiece. Milling operations include plane or surface milling, endmilling, facemilling, angle milling, form milling and profiling.

  • parallel


    Strip or block of precision-ground stock used to elevate a workpiece, while keeping it parallel to the worktable, to prevent cutter/table contact.