The Haco Q Series: be prepared for the 21st century punching process
Customer demands for shorter turnarounds, faster deliveries, higher part quality and lower costs have increased in the 21st century. They have driven manufacturers to rethink the whole punching process. With an innovative versatility in the latest punching technologies, fabricators can not only reduce punching costs but also reduce the price of the final product. That’s why HACO came up with the Q Series punching solution that could address these and other needs. Are you ready to do the same for your customers?
Why use a punching machine? What is the difference with technologies like plasma, laser and waterjet? The truth is that with a Q Series punching machine you can do so much more than just cut out shapes. In addition to cutting shapes, Haco’s cost-effective punching systems can tap, bend, roll and form 3D parts. These capabilities eliminate a secondary operation at another machine and help reclaim lost production time. There’s no harm in saying that these versatile and multifunctional punching machines are the most economical way to produce parts in the 21st century.
With the creation of the Q Series, Haco responds to the current shortage of qualified, experienced workers. To simplify operations, Haco incorporated the skill sets of skilled operators into its software and hardware. This way eliminating the need for skilled labour.
An easy setup of the Q Series punching machine is made possible by an automated system. Automation makes machines flexible, easy to program and allows a quick setup. By using advanced software, expensive setup costs are eliminated and wastage minimized. The intelligent software offers programming that can automatically optimize punching sequences and assign the proper tools for the job. Furthermore, the software supports the accuracy fabricators need to produce components.
Auto index rotating punching head
Fabricators want to be able to change tools with minimal downtime, but they also need equipment that allows them to adopt new tooling styles. With the production of the Q Series machine, Haco addressed these needs. These machines are equipped with a round automatic tool changer (ATC) and a single punching head. With a high-speed auto index rotating punching head, any size tool in any station can be indexed in just a few seconds. This way the number of tools for a job can be reduced with 40 up to 70% and flexible tool changes are increased.
Instead of purchasing additional tools to accommodate a redesigned part, an engineer can simply program a different tool angle. With the Haco Q Series punching machines fabricators can maximize sheet usage and reduce scrap material. Having a machine with an easy-to-load tool changer leads to tangible cost reductions at the end of the day.
Forming and bending capabilities
A high number of secondary bending operations can be eliminated by the exceptional forming and bending capabilities of the Haco Q5 punching machine.
With a bending height of 3.0 Inches (75mm) in a variety of angles and even on parts which are nested in other locations than 0° - 45° and 90° your punching machine becomes a multifunctional part processing machine.
What makes this so unique is the ability to form up, and or bend sheet metal 3” in a punching machine. With most conventional turret punch presses, you have a maximum height of between 3/8” to a ½” maximum. What this will enable shops to do, is possibly eliminate a bending operation, hence, punch and then bend or form the part and then drop it down the parts chute.
An important difference with conventional punching machines is that the single headed Q Series require less maintenance. This implies a reduction or elimination of the following: periodic alignment of the upper and lower turret, replacing the spring packs on the tooling with positive clamps and replacing the tool guiding bushings inside the turret. The automatic lubrication of the tools and regular regrinding increases the lifetime of the tool dramatically.
Helping fabricators reclaim production time and trim costs continues to be the objective behind our development of technological solutions. It is our duty to assess a fabricator’s requirements and help him understand how technology can take care of the details while they focus on the jobs coming through the door.