Issue: Apr 2013


KERN Precision Announces the KERN Micro 5-axis Machine Tool



New Compact, Ultra-Precision vertical machining center combines automation with nano-precision

by James Hilton

KERN Precision, Inc. announced the availability of the KERN Micro, a new compact 5-axis vertical machining center. The KERN Micro is the ideal machine for manufacturers with ultra-precision requirements and a wide range of production needs for nanoscale to large sized parts. The machine tool can accommodate large workpieces up to 350mm in diameter and 220mm in height, yet takes extraordinarily little space on the shop floor. The Micro offers precise machining with accuracy down to ±0.5 microns, with achievable part accuracy down to ±2 microns. The product delivers high repeatability for reliable and productive operation.

Besides a small footprint, the Micro offers all the high end capabilities expected from KERN. The new product offers a tool cabinet with quick-change pallet for more than 200 tools. The system also includes a workpiece palletization system using a System 3R Macro Magnum or Erowa Power automatic chuck as a pallet receiver. Other key features include an automatic laser tool measuring system, a workpiece probing system, and an advanced temperature control system for maintaining and ensuring the highest possible accuracies expected from a KERN machine tool.

“The KERN Micro raises the bar in 4 - and 5-axis machine tools when it comes to precision, accuracy and performance. Its affordable price point makes it very attractive to companies who desire the superior quality of German engineering in the high-end machine tool industry,” Gary Zurek, President of Kern Precision USA. “To maintain superior quality in the KERN product line, the company is DIN EN ISO 9001 certified and eco-managed according to DIN EN ISO 14001 standards for the continuous improvement of their products, processes and organization.”

About KERN Precision, Inc.

Kern Precision Inc. is the US subsidiary of KERN Micro und Feinwerktechnik GmbH & Co. (Eschenlohe, Germany), a pioneer in micro- and ultra-precision machine tools. The renowned machine tool builder has a 30-year track record of delivering state-of-the-art machining centers to manufacturers all over the world. The KERN product line includes four multi-axis machining centers designed to provide positioning accuracies down to 0.3 microns, and machine a variety of materials from aluminum to titanium. For more information, contact KERN Precision at 508-943-7202, email: info@kernprecision.com, or visit their web site at www.kernprecision.com

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