Close to 3000 people attended the recent Haas Automation Inc. open house at the company’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Oxnard, CA.
The four-day event drew visitors from Canada, the US, and around the world, with attendees from 44 countries, including China, India, Korea, Latin America, the Middle East, and many European countries. In addition, more than 300 students – from regional high schools, colleges, and universities – attended the event.
Held April 9 – 12, HaasTec included machine demonstrations, extensive tours of Haas Automation’s 1-million-square-foot facility, a catered lunch, and 38 vendor booths with representatives from major CAD/CAM, tooling, and workholding manufacturers. As an added bonus, Tony Stewart’s #14 Chevrolet racecar was on display, courtesy of Stewart-Haas Racing. A high percentage of the racecar’s high-precision chassis and engine components are machined exclusively on Haas machines by Stewart-Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports.
Visitors to HaasTec often arrived in large groups, accompanied by representatives from their local Haas Factory Outlet (HFO). More than 30 HFOs worldwide arranged trips to the event to personally show customers and potential customers what goes into making a Haas.
There were 19 machines on display and running demos at HaasTec, including the brand-new UMC-750 universal machining center. Also on hand were the Haas ST and DS turning centers – including dual-spindle and Y-axis models – the DT-1 Drill/Tap Center, a wide array of Haas VMCs, and a pair of Haas horizontals. Attendees also got to see nearly 200 Haas machines in action on the factory floor, making parts for more Haas machines. Of the 268 chip-making machines in the Haas factory, nearly 75 percent are Haas machines.
In addition to the CNC machines, a number of Haas rotary products were also on display, including the new HRC210 roller cam rotary table. With a maximum speed of 830° per second, the HRC210 is more than eight times faster than the standard HRT210. The unit’s high speed and accuracy make it the perfect complement for Haas Automation’s line of Super Speed VMCs