SPACE: Machine tools are big and heavy, and once in place, they aren’t easy to move around. A Machine Layout Drawing is available for all Haas machines, which includes all of the necessary exterior and interior dimensions of the machine. Use this to help lay out your shop and decide machine placement. The general rule of thumb is to make sure you have about 3 feet of space behind the machine, and at least 4 feet of space on all other sides. The space behind the machine is critical, so that the electrical cabinet can be opened fully. This is also the location for the incoming power. Your electrician will need to know this location to properly run the electrical supply to the machine. The location of the chip discharge will vary by machine. You definitely want to take this into consideration for machine placement.
Other things to consider for machine placement are the locations of the doorways into your shop. Most machine shops have large roll-up doors to the outside. Be careful where your machine is placed in relation to these doors, as they can allow large temperature swings in the shop. While the Haas machine has built-in thermal compensation to adjust for normal temperature effects, large thermal changes are not easily compensated for.
If your machine accommodates large workpieces, you’ll need to consider a location with additional space for loading material into and out of the machine. A lift device, such as the Haas Shop Lift or a fork lift, may be necessary to load and unload the machine.
Tip: Use tape marks on the floor to “see” how different machine locations and orientations will work in your shop.*