Haas Launches HTEC Website

Zaventem, Belgium. March 1st, 2009: Haas Automation Europe is delighted to announce that its new HTEC (Haas Technical Education Centre) website goes live on March 2nd, 2009.

The HTEC website (www.HTECnetwork.eu) has been designed to support and inform existing HTECs with details of events, news, partner information and everything they need to know about the growing HTEC network. The site will also provide potential HTECs with details of why they should join what is arguably the most innovative CNC education program in the history of European manufacturing.

The new site will include dates of forthcoming HTEC launches and apprentice skills competitions and will give details of Haas machines used in typical HTECs, such as the SL-10 CNC turning centre and the Haas Mini Mill; the CNC machining centre that democratized precision metal cutting.

Another area of the site honours HTEC strategic technology partners working with Haas and its HFOs to make the HTEC vision a reality. Companies including Renishaw, KELLER, Blaser, Urma, Esprit, Chick. MasterCAM, Sandvik and Schunk are supporting HTECs by providing the best manufacturing technology and teaching material that the industry has to offer.

A link gives site visitors details of what it takes to establish an HTEC, including the standards and values applicant schools have to achieve. In the words of Bert Maes, HTEC coordinator at Haas Europe “The website is designed to help teachers and school directors build facilities that deliver relevant and high quality training. We want people to be inspired throughout all stages of an HTEC program,” he says, “from the moment they first visit our HTEC website, to the day-to-day business of running a fully-fledged, fully-equipped HTEC.”

The Haas Technical Education Centre initiative began in the USA and in just a few years has given rise to 794 CNC training facilities, with a current total of 2011 machines, across the North American continent. On the new Haas Europe HTEC website, visitors will be able to see how the program progresses on this side of the Atlantic.

“We are aiming to open 25 new HTECs in Europe by the end of 2009,” says Haas Europe managing director, Mr. Peter Hall, “bringing the total to 40. Our eventual aim is to have more than 200 HTECs in Europe and, given the positive response we are experiencing, I see that as eminently achievable.”

Whilst other machine tool companies are reducing education budgets Haas Automation is still investing, helping schools and colleges to offer the best CNC training programs. Despite such difficult trading conditions, Mr. Hall believes that the pressing needs of industry and society as a whole will guarantee the future of the HTEC program and its alumni.

“We are at the start of what’s being referred to as the third industrial revolution,” he says. “We all need to encourage and support the engineers of the future; the young people who will solve some of the greatest technological challenges ever faced by mankind. Everyone at Haas is very proud to be helping to train and educate those young people.”

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