Flexibility, a compact and simple design, and ease of use are the hallmarks of the new five-axis Milling machine from GF AgieCharmilles

2013/03/08 13:00

HEM 500U: flexible, affordable, functional Milling solution

Flexibility, a compact and simple design, and ease of use are the hallmarks of the new five-axis Milling machine from GF AgieCharmilles. The universal HEM 500U is especially suitable for parts production in fields like aerospace and aeronautics and general machinery.

The HEM 500U underscores GF AgieCharmilles’ commitment to meeting customers’ needs for flexible, competitively priced and easy-to-use standard five-axis Milling solutions.

The HEM 500U with its new developed rotary tilting table persuades with competitive perform­ance in terms of stiffness and versatility in its class. It is the ergonomic answer for the stan­dard production of precision parts in prototyping up to series from five workpieces with wide-opening doors. The HEM 500U offers a good view of the machining process and easy loading and access to the work piece.

This functional and easy to use Milling solution comes with Heidenhain’s iTNC 530 control enabling production of highly accurate work piece contours while machining at high velocity.

 It matches perfectly with the machine, a reliable and sturdy five-axis Milling centre for all kinds of “3+2” Milling jobs. The control’s uniformly digital design ensures high accuracy and surface quality, as well as high traverse speeds.

Compact and stiff design and easy Automation accessibility

The machine is designed as a robust C-Frame structure supporting a cross-sledge for the transversal X- and Y- movements. All three linear axes are located on a sturdy block that houses the B-axis. The vertical Z-movement, housing an inline spindle, is mounted to the rigid Y-axis column.

The compact combination of spindle slides/machine columns absorbs the forces resulting from the machining process. The structure stiffness allows both rapid and precise displace­ment of the moving element. All the structural components are manufactured in cast iron. This material possesses very good vibration dampening characteristics. Set up of the machine takes place on the leveling elements also supplied. No special foundation is necessary. Customers considering future pallet Automation can choose a “preparation for Automation” option at order placement, and then later add the Automation system which is qualified for their needs.

Whether the customer is machining aluminium or steel, the HEM 500U represents accuracy, flexibility, affordability and ease of use across a wide range of applications. From machining structural parts for aircraft to components for electronics boxes, the HEM 500U is this stan­dard machining solution of choice from GF AgieCharmilles.

Customer Services

Like all GF AgieCharmilles products, the HEM 500U is supported by a continuum of Customer Services customizable to your particular needs. GF AgieCharmilles’ Customer Services offers the industry’s most comprehensive service package: preventive services, training, a dedicated Helpline, original wear parts and certified consumables, and a Privilege Club with special advantages available only to GF AgieCharmilles customers.

** 5-axis positioning Unit HEM 500U
B-axis[°]+65 / -110
Working spindle   
Drive type  
Maximum rpm[min-1]12’000
Spindle tool interfaceStandardISO / BT / CAT 40
Distance from table top to spindle[mm]150 – 550

Feed drives

Rapid traverse  X / Y / Z[m/min]30 / 30 / 30
Rapid speed  B / C[rpm]17 / 28


Tool changer Capacity[pcs]DT 30 / CT 60
Pallet automation *[pcs]

UPC 320/320 or 7 Dynafix 350/350

Work table   
T-slot table diameter[mm]500
Maximum payload on table **[kg]200
Number of T-slots 7
T-slot spacing[mm]63

T-slot dimension

[mm]14 0/ +0.02 7



Coolant tank

Machine weight   
Machine weight[kg]5700

Control units available

Supplier / Type Heidenhain / iTNC 530

Further information

Paul Thickett
Head of Design & Brand Communications
GF Machining Solutions
Rue du Pré-de-la-fontaine 8
1217 Meyrin

paul dot thickett #at# georgfischer dot com