Submitted by john@wdhearn.co.za on Mon, 06/03/2019 - 14:58

In May 2019 WD Hearn successfully installed a Fermat WFT11 Table Type Boring Mill at Bell Equipment in Richards Bay in the Western Cape.

Bell Equipment is a leading global manufacturer, distributor and exporter of a wide range of articulated vehicles and heavy equipment for the construction, mining, quarrying, sugar, forestry and waste handling industries worldwide. The company is listed on the JSE under the Engineering & Machinery sector.

Fermat WFT11 Table Type Boring Mill

From an article in the FERMAT online magazine: 'Along with the other advantages of FERMAT’s most popular line of table-type horizontal boring mills, this particular machine’s accessories include FERMAT Speed Clamps.  Thanks to these, while one workpiece is machined on a pallet firmly clamped onto the table top by means of the zero-point system, another workpiece can be prepared and mounted on a separate pallet.  Once the first workpiece is finished, the pallets are quickly and easily swapped out, and manufacturing continues at a fine clip, eliminating wasteful downtime.

Another specialty of FERMAT’s innovation team enhancing this WFT 11 CNC is FERMAT’s robotic tool storage system designed for the optimum performance of its KUKA robot tool changer.  This new zigzag configuration allows for 96 tools, many longer and heavier, to be exchanged even faster than before.

A smaller version of FERMAT’s best-selling WFT 13 CNC, WFT 11 CNC is a rugged and solidly-built table-type horizontal boring mill ideal for machining workpieces weighing up to 10 metric tons.  This machine comes equipped with a FANUC control system, 730 mm spindle travel, and all the power and precision of FERMAT machine tools.'


Spindle Diameter   110mm
Spindle Taper ISO50, BT-50, CAT-50
Spindle RPM   10-3 000min-1
Spindle Motor Power S1/S6   22/27kW
Horizontal Table Travel X  2500mm
Vertical Headstock Travel Y  1700, 2000, 2500mm
Column Travel Z  1600mm
Spindle Travel W  550mm
Feed Rate All Axes X, Y, Z, W  1-6000mm/min-1
Rapid Travel X, Y, Z       10000, 8000*mm.min-1
Rapid Travel W  8000mm.min-1
Rapid Travel B   2min-1
Min. Height of Spindle above Table 55mm
Max. Table Load  8000kg
Table Dimensions  1200x1200, 1200x1400, 1400x1600, 1600x1600,  1600x1800mm
T-Slots Size  22H8mm
T-Slots Distance  125mm
Number of T-Slots   9, 9,11,13 


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