Machine Technology: Maker of monster machines

Machine Technology: Maker of monster machines

(Cutting Tool Engineering, 5/26/17)

It’s safe to say that most people would call a 20′-long (6.1m), 65-ton milling machine “big.” Such a machine was recently installed at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), East Hartford, Conn. But those working for machine tool builder Zimmermann may not describe it that way.

The CCAT machine “is not the largest we have. In fact, it’s one of our smallest,” said Yves Klein, sales and project manager for Zimmermann Inc., Wixom, Mich., the U.S. arm of Neuhausen, Germany-headquartered Zimmermann GmbH.

As you may have guessed, Zimmermann specializes in very large machine tool installations. The company offers milling machines with working ranges from 2.5m to 30m (8.2′ to 98.4′) along the X-axis and from 3m to 6m (9.8′ to 19.7′) along the Y-axis.

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