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Experience how close maximum mechanical accuracy comes to perfection. From portal milling machines in classic design to 5- and 6-axis gantry milling machines and horizontal machining centres, all Zimmermann milling solutions guarantee the highest quality and precision.

Modularity

Our milling solutions make use of the optimum drive for the machine concept in question. The extremely dynamic and particularly low-maintenance rack-and-pinion drive provides excellent performance at a reasonable cost. All imaginable axis lengths are possible and cover an extremely wide range of applications. The classic among the drive designs is the ball screw drive. It is characterized by its high precision, low cost and outstanding economic efficiency. The linear motor is the ideal solution for applications involving largely stationary masses.

Drives

Our milling solutions make use of the optimum drive for the machine concept in question. The extremely dynamic and particularly low-maintenance rack-and-pinion drive provides excellent performance at a reasonable cost. All imaginable axis lengths are possible and cover an extremely wide range of applications. The classic among the drive designs is the ball screw drive. It is characterized by its high precision, low cost and outstanding economic efficiency. The linear motor is the ideal solution for applications involving largely stationary masses.

Safety

To protect them against contamination, the guide components as well as the drive and measurement systems on the Y- and Z-axis are covered by dust-proof bellows. The X-axis is equipped with lamella covers. The side walls form the machine housing. Sliding doors or folding doors with generously sized windows are mounted at the front. An optional cover for the working area prevents the escape of removed material as well as of coolants and lubricants. At the back, the machines are sealed off  by either a fully enclosed tool changer or a second door.

Measuring systems

The three linear axes in Zimmermann milling machines have direct Heidenhain linear encoders with glass scales. These measuring systems have a compressed-air barrier to protect them against contamination. The A and C rotation axes are equipped with high-resolution angular measurement systems depending on machine type.

Clamping technology

Zimmermann’s milling solutions benefit from the most suitable clamping technology depending on the batch size, machining variance or retooling cycles. Flexible clamping solutions and specific mechanisms for individual components are both equally possible.

Control systems

Zimmermann’s milling solutions are available with different makes and types of controllers. Modern controllers off er many different functions for optimizing the milling trajectory. Measuring probes, tool measurement and measuring software are available as options. They make it possible to configure the Zimmermann milling solutions perfectly for the intended application.

Automation

The automation capabilities of all Zimmermann milling solutions help increase productivity and boost economic efficiency. From the unstaffed operation of multiple machines, through turnkey solutions and on to minimized setup times thanks to innovative handling solutions and intelligent clamping technologies – the automation capabilities of Zimmermann’s milling solutions help create a consistently more efficient milling process.

The upward traveling portal milling machines make it possible to create machine concepts with differently-sized operating ranges. The gantry construction with fixed side walls ensures constant weight distribution and consequently guarantees precise results.

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The reinforced, structurally rigid portal that travels upward ensures even more dynamic machining of the workpieces

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The high bending strength of the robust vertical slide permits considerable freedom of action in the Z working range

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Zero-play portal drives are mounted on either side outside of the protected area and have dual guides and an extended base for optimum stability

 

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Cast iron clamping table with T-slots, anchored to the machine base

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Full protective housing thanks to closed side walls, rear wall and front-mounted sliding door with generously sized windows

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Compound-filled, trapezoidal side columns with large seating area

Horizontal Machining Centres

Thanks to their maximized material removal rates, the horizontal machining centres are suitable first and foremost for the machining of pockets in a huge range of workpieces and large structural components. In addition to their innovative traveling column concept, the pallet handling capability, which is supplied as standard, is another great advantage of these solutions.

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Increased rigidity through the innovative, water-cooled traveling column concept

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Stepped drive guide for perfectly constant geometry along the Z axis

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Pallet handling as standard with area for setting up pallets during machine operation

Downward-Traveling Portal Milling Machines

Sophisticated, practical technology with a classical design: the downward-traveling portal milling machines permit access from all sides and are therefore ideal whenever space is limited.

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Weight-optimized portal that travels downwards for excellent dynamics and precision

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Reinforced portal ensures even greater stability and precision, thus making your milling operations even faster

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Enlarged Z-axis section with larger cross-slide plate

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Dustproof bellows in the Y- and Z-axis, telescopic steel covers in the X-axis

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Free-standing machine bed

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Optional: Wet machining


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Technology

Experience how close maximum mechanical accuracy comes to perfection. Our milling solutions guarantee the highest quality and precision.

Horizontal Machining Centers

FZH from Zimmermann has pioneering new developments and powerful milling spindles. This allows components to be manufactured from a wide variety of materials. In combination with our milling heads, the FZH enables a highly efficient milling process for machining aluminium and composites.

About F. Zimmermann

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Service

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