Helios Gear Products LLC (North Haven, CT) introduces YG Tech’s Helios Hera 150 to North American manufacturers. The CNC machine provides compact vertical hobbing for gears up to 6 inches (150 mm) in diameter, ideal for job shops, aerospace, automotive, agriculture, power tool, motion control, and medical manufacturers.
The gear cutter features six CNC axes (seven with automation); 3.5 module (7.3 DP) pitch rating; 2,500 rpm maximum hob speed; Fanuc 0i-MF control; X-axis linear scale for accurate and repeatable control of size, work, and cutter spindles with direct-drive torque motors; automatic retraction of X-axis in the event of power failure.
Radial travel of 7.086 in (180 mm) from 0.590 in (15 mm) to 7.677 in (195 mm) center distance between the work and hob axes allows for a range of part sizes. For long cutting tools, the machine offers hob shifting up to 7.087 in (180 mm). Maximum tailstock position of 23.622 in (600 mm) and total axial travel of 9.842 in (250 mm) round out the machine’s versatility.
Base package provides friendly dialog programming with visual examples to accelerate operator training. Operators enter data on a large color touchscreen panel for cutting one or two gears on a single workpiece using single- or two-cut cycles with any combination of radial, axial, climb, or conventional hobbing. Crowning and automatic shifting over a damaged hob section is included.
The machine’s compact enclosure is 10.50 ft (3.200 m) wide, 7.19 ft (2.190 m) deep, and 8.14 ft (2.480 m) high. Safety features include electromechanical interlock and splash guard door. Cast iron base provides superior dampening and stability.
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