Milling machines2022-12-16T15:30:40+00:00

Milling machines

HEIDENHAIN provides machine tool builders with a complete range of high-end solutions for highly accurate and dynamic motion control.

These solutions include versatile, user-friendly TNC controls for milling machines, milling-turning machines, and machining centers, along with digital readouts for manually operated machine tools. Linear and angle encoders from HEIDENHAIN handle direct motion measurement within closed loop control systems.

The new Gen 3 drives are also ideal for milling machines, offering state-of-the-art interface technology, excellent performance specs, and very high controller performance. Motors are available from HEIDENHAIN and ETEL.

TNC controls enable shop-friendly conversational language programming for numerous machining tasks, making them the go-to choice for machine tool users. Touch probes, camera systems, and electronic handwheels are also practical aids for reducing setup times and increasing process reliability. Programming stations let users of HEIDENHAIN controls create, test, and optimize their NC programs in the office away from shopfloor distractions.

Controls and related products

TNC controls2022-07-27T15:15:55+00:00

Controls for milling machines, milling-turning machines, and machining centers

From the simple TNC 128 straight-cut control to the TNC 640 high-end control for milling, turning, and grinding, HEIDENHAIN offers a comprehensive product line for all common machine types. TNC controls exhibit practicality, versatility, and high performance, facilitating productive machining and easy installation.

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Digital readouts2022-11-10T20:53:34+00:00

Manually operated machines made easy

Digital readouts for manually operated machine tools increase productivity. They also save time, increase part dimensional accuracy, and boost convenience. In conjunction with linear encoders for machine tools, digital readouts measure axis motion directly, bypassing the effects of transmission components such as the lead screws, gear racks, or gear systems.

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Power modules and inverters2022-07-27T15:17:33+00:00

Digital motor control

The new HEIDENHAIN Gen 3 drives are a perfectly matched system solution based on highly innovative and forward-thinking technologies. Machine manufacturers and users benefit from their cutting-edge interface technology, improved performance specifications, and increased control capability. The new compact inverters, featuring optimal performance with a tiny footprint, bring the Gen 3 benefits to smaller machines.

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Touch probes and camera systems2022-07-24T22:55:16+00:00

Tool and workpiece measurement

Touch probes and camera systems help reduce setup times, increase machine utilization, and improve the dimensional accuracy of finished workpieces. Setup, measurement, and monitoring tasks can be performed manually or, in conjunction with most CNC controls, be executed by the program. You benefit from high probing reproducibility, high probing speeds, and wear-free measurements.

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Fine manual axis control

Electronic handwheels from HEIDENHAIN give you delicate control of the feed motors to move the axis slides. Axis keys and certain function keys are built into the handwheel housing. Portable handwheels let you switch between axes or set up the machine regardless of where you happen to be. Panel-mounted handwheels can be attached to any location on the machine.

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Programming stations2022-09-19T16:16:47+00:00

A copy of the control in your office

Away from the noisy shop floor, a programming station lets you create, test, and optimize NC programs in the office just as you would at the machine. Program verification and keyboard layout are the same as on the control. These characteristics also make the programming station ideal for vocational training. And with a Digital Twin, you can leverage an exact model of your machine, including its actual kinematics, parameters, and functions.

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Gen 3 drives: control technology that moves intelligently

Products for the spindle

Sealed linear encoders

The LC and LS sealed linear encoder series from HEIDENHAIN are ideal for precise spindle positioning. Their slimline scale housing permits optimal integration into the machine. For larger installation spaces, HEIDENHAIN also offers encoders with a full-size scale housing.

Modular magnetic encoders

The ERM modular angle encoders with magnetic scanning are available with either the TTR ERM 2×04 or the TTR ERM 2×05 scale drum for spindle applications. These drums are available with different graduation periods based on the required speed and accuracy of the given machine tool.

Asynchronous motors

For its controls and drives, HEIDENHAIN also provides main spindle motors. The QAN asynchronous motors feature maintenance-free bearings. They can also absorb strong lateral forces and permit high spindle speeds, which are measured by an integrated HEIDENHAIN rotary encoder.

The new LC generation: optimized optics reduce your system costs

Products for the table

Absolute angle encoders

The RCN optical angle encoders from HEIDENHAIN, featuring an integral bearing and stator coupling, are designed specifically for machine tool applications. Because the encoder has its own integrated bearing, machine component bearings have no effect on the measuring accuracy. The new RCN generation offers even more improved performance and process reliability.

Available as an alternative are the absolute inductive angle encoders from AMO, with a measuring flange or scale ring, offering particularly flexible position measurement solutions for a rotary table.

Sealed linear encoders

The LC and LS sealed linear encoder series from HEIDENHAIN are the go-to encoders for precise machine table positioning in a closed loop control system. Using linear encoders eliminates thermal error, the main cause of position error in modern machine tools.

Synchronous motors

HEIDENHAIN also supplies motors for feed drives of controls and inverters. The QSY synchronous motors feature excellent running smoothness, a very good ratio of the rated torque to the stall torque, and a low torque ripple. HEIDENHAIN synchronous motors operate with sinusoidal commutation. An integrated rotary encoder from HEIDENHAIN measures the rotor position and shaft speed.

ETEL offers numerous variants of linear and torque motors for specialized applications.

The new RCN generation: exacter, faster, smarter

Further interesting topics for manufacturers and users of milling machines

Controls in medical technology

HEIDENHAIN controls offer many special functions for the fast, economical, reliable, and high-accuracy production of implants and surgical instruments.

Practical expertise

The proper use of encoders and reliable mastery of controls are requirements for optimal measurement and milling results.

Meeting point for expert know-how

The TNC Club is a special educational offer for control users. Membership in the club will make you more familiar with your control.

The HEIDENHAIN Automation Solution

The HEIDENHAIN Automation Solution is a modular system for universal tool and workpiece automation, featuring proven components and intuitive operation.