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Manufacturers to Install New 5-Axis Machining Center in Detroit Lightweighting Facility

Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT) and Heller Machine Tools have announced an investment in a $1,500,000-advanced 5-axis FP 6000 machining center at LIFT's lightweight innovation acceleration center in Detroit. The new high-tech equipment will be used to develop new machining strategies for lightweight materials across industries.

"Our work is all about lightweight innovation and that means smart minds and leading-edge equipment to bring transformative ideas to light," said Chris Conrardy, Interim Executive Director, LIFT. "Our premiere applied R&D center for metalworking benefits greatly through our important collaborations with organizations like Heller Machine Tools."

"The HELLER FP 6000 is capable of machining five sides of a workpiece, providing the highest available cutting capacity along with a quality machined part surface finish," said a Heller spokesperson. Leveraging the 5-axis motion of the tool for rapid positioning and the machining spindle, which can reach 8,000 RPM, the FP 6000 leads to reduced machining cycles on complex parts. Additionally, its versatility makes it suitable for many types of applications in oil & gas, aerospace, agriculture, construction, defense, automotive and all other metalcutting applications.

"Our partnership with LIFT provides us with the ability to not only showcase and demonstrate our technology, but also help other LIFT members achieve their lightweighting goals," said Steve Pegram, Vice President of Heller Machine Tools.

Equipped with a swivel-head unit and a pallet changer handling a 630 x 630 mm table, the FP 6000 has a pallet change time of 13 seconds, tool change time of 5.9 seconds chip-to-chip and acceleration of 4 m/s2-all of which helps minimize non-machining time. The machine can accommodate workpieces weighing up to 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs.) within a work area of 1,000 mm in X and Y axes, 1,300 mm in Z.

The FP 6000 machining center is expected to be installed at LIFT by fall 2018.

For more information contact:


1400 Rosa Parks Blvd.

Detroit, MI 48216


HELLER Machine Tools

1225 Equity Drive

Troy, MI 48084


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