And One More Makes Ten – The HTEC Dream-Team Grows

The Haas Technical Education Centre (HTEC) list of official partners has grown to ten with the recent addition of Air Turbine Technology, Inc., manufacturer and supplier of low-vibration, high-speed spindles.


At HAE’s invitation, Air Turbine Technology has joined what Chairman Mr. Simon Shane calls ‘the visionary (HTEC) program.’


“We will contribute to the HTEC program by supplying schools and technical colleges with our patented, governed direct-drive spindle technology operating at constant 25,000 to 90,000 rpm,’ says Mr. Shane, ‘as well as videos, test programs and didactic material to help to train the teachers.”


Haas Automation and its ten strategic partners are helping technical schools all over Europe to acquire and use the best precision engineering equipment for modern CNC education.


“Without our HTEC partners the program would be considerably less effective’, says Mr. Bert Maes, HTEC coordinator at Haas Europe. ‘Between us, we can help prepare the next generation of manufacturing technologists in Europe – and they’ll be better trained than any that came before.”


The other nine members of the HTEC partner program are:

– KELLER: The global leader in didactic software designed to teach the principles of CNC machining and graphic programming systems for production.
– ESPRIT: A high-performance, full-spectrum CAM system for a full range of machine tool applications.
– MASTERCAM: The world’s most widely used CAM software.
– SANDVIK COROMANT: The world’s leading manufacturer of cutting tools for the metalworking industry.
– RENISHAW: The leading manufacturer of industrial measuring products and probing systems.
– BLASER: The biggest Swiss-quality coolant specialist for the metal cutting industry.
– CHICK: Designing and manufacturing innovative work-holding solutions for more than 20 years
– SCHUNK: The leading manufacturer of work-holding and automation
– URMA: Swiss manufacturer of high-performance precision tools and tool-pre-setters

Mr. Maes says, ‘Before the advent of the HTEC program, limited budgets meant many of these technologies were simply unaffordable for schools. Not any more.’ 

Haas Factory Outlets (HFO) operate as the hubs where the HTEC program partners can meet and work together to support local schools and colleges. An individual HFO can, therefore, provide turnkey, support tailored to the needs of each HTEC.

“Technical schools across Europe are being transformed into “centres of excellence”,’ concludes Mr Maes, ‘providing their local economies with much-needed, highly skilled CNC technologists”


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