Baker Industries Purchases Automated HERMLE Machining Center, Bolstering Lights-Out Production Capabilities

MACOMB, Mich., May 23, 2024 – Baker Industries (the “Company”), a Lincoln Electric company, proudly announces the purchase of a state-of-the-art HERMLE® Performance-Line Machining Center C 650 U, coupled with the HS-flex heavy Pallet Changer. This investment marks the Company’s first step into automated machining operations, a significant milestone in its commitment to advanced manufacturing solutions and adaptability to provide solutions to customers’ ever-evolving needs.

The HERMLE C 650 U and HS-flex heavy Pallet Changer will allow unattended production-level machining of flight hardware and other high-precision components. (Courtesy of Maschinenfabrik Berthold HERMLE AG)

The C 650 U, chosen for its exceptional precision and versatility, is capable of handling complex 5-axis machining tasks with high accuracy. With a work envelope of about 41 x 35 x 24 inches (X/Y/Z), a Heidenhain TNC7 control, a tool spindle capable of operating at three rotational speeds (15,000 / 16,000 / 20,000 RPM), and a swiveling rotary table that can support up to 6,600 pounds, this machine is designed to tackle the most demanding machining tasks, including those involving superalloys such as Inconel® and titanium and other hard-to-machine materials.

The addition of the pallet changer enhances the system’s efficiency by automating the loading and unloading of workpieces, allowing for continuous, unattended operation. The pallet changer can handle up to 2,650 pounds per pallet, ensuring seamless integration with the machining center for high-volume production runs.

The Company’s decision to embrace automated machining was driven by increased production-level manufacturing of flight hardware, shipboard and nuclear components, and other high-precision, low-volume products for critical applications. These types of projects often require intricate 5-axis machining operations and extremely high precision, making the C 650 U an ideal choice.

“This new machining center aligns with our strategic goal of expanding our capabilities to meet the evolving needs of our customers,” said Brian Baker, General Manager at Baker Industries. “Integrating automated systems will enhance our efficiency, reduce lead times, and maintain the stringent quality standards our customers expect.”

The new equipment is expected to be up and running in quarter two of 2024. To learn more about the Company’s CNC machining capabilities, visit the Company’s CNC Machining Services website page. To speak with a subject matter expert, request a quote, or reserve future capacity on the new machines, please fill out the form on the Company’s Contact Us website page.

About Baker Industries, a Lincoln Electric Company

Baker Industries, a Lincoln Electric company based in Michigan, is an industry-leading supplier of tooling, flight hardware, prototyping, CNC machining, fabrication, additive manufacturing, assembly, finishing, quality inspection, and design & engineering services to OEM and Tier 1 manufacturers in the world’s most demanding industries. For more information, visit

About Lincoln Electric

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the engineering, design, and manufacturing of advanced arc welding solutions, automated joining, assembly and cutting systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment, and has a leading global position in brazing and soldering alloys. Lincoln is recognized as the Welding Expert™ for its leading materials science, software development, automation engineering, and application expertise, which advance customers’ fabrication capabilities to help them build a better world. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 71 manufacturing locations in 20 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices serving customers in over 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the Company’s website at

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Baker Industries, a Lincoln Electric Company
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