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Benz rolls out Flex 5 series machining heads

Benz Inc., a producer of machining heads for wood and other industries, presents its new Flex 5 and Flex 5 Plus adjustable angle head systems for CNC routers.

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“These aggregates simply make CNC routers more versatile in milling, drilling and sawing operations. They allow a machine to do things it normally wouldn’t be able to do without requiring the purchase of a new machine,” sales manager Paul Roza says.

Compatible with any machine brand, the heads were an exclusive from Homag, but are now available from OEMs.

“These are well-proven heads that we have been building for many years. What makes the Benz Flex 5 and Flex 5 Plus unique is their ability to change the output angles using the C axis,” Roza says.

The heads have a sawing swivel range of 0 to 90 degrees and a routing swivel range of 0 to 100 degrees. The maximum blade diameter is 240mm and maximum rotation is 15,000 rpm, according to Benz. An optional automatic tool changer is available.

“In a nutshell, the Flex 5 Plus allows you to do an automatic tool change to the aggregate tool itself through the machine’s computer. Normally, an aggregate is picked out of a tool carousel, but here with the Flex 5 Plus you put a second carousel in and it holds smaller connectors that only fit into the end of the Flex 5,” Roza says.

The Benz Flex 5 and Flex 5 Plus cannot be retrofitted. Customers interested in outfitting a CNC router with the Benz Flex 5 or Flex 5 Plus should contact their OEM machine builder to ask for additional details and pricing.

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This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue.

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