Haas Automation

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Haas Automation, Inc.
IndustryCNC Machine Tools, Manufacturing
FounderGene Haas
Number of locations
Area served
  • CNC vertical machining centers
  • CNC horizontal machining centers
  • CNC lathes/turning centers
  • CNC rotary products and indexers
  • 5-axis machining centers
  • Mold making machining centers
  • Toolroom machines
  • Gantry routers
OwnerGene Haas
Number of employees
1,500 (worldwide, 2013)

Haas Automation, Inc is an American machine tool builder headquartered in Oxnard, California, that designs and manufactures lower cost machine tools and specialized accessory tooling, mostly computer numerically controlled (CNC), such as vertical machining centers and horizontal machining centers, lathes/turning centers, and rotary tables and indexers. Most of its production and manufacturing process occurs at the company's main facility in Oxnard.

Haas is one of the largest machine tool builders in the world by total unit volume.[1][2][3]


Gene Haas founded Haas Automation in 1983[4] to manufacture machine tool accessory tooling. The company entered the machine tool industry with the first fully automatic, programmable collet indexer.[citation needed] Over the next four years, the company expanded its product line to include fully programmable rotary tables, rotary indexers, and machine tool accessories.[citation needed]

In 1987, Haas Automation began developing its first vertical machining center (VMC), the VF-1, a machine designed to perform operations such as milling, drilling, tapping, and boring. The first VF-1 prototypes were completed in 1988,[citation needed] and introduced at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS '88) in Chicago, Illinois.[5]


Small CNC Turning Center

The company manufactures several lines of CNC machine tools for the metalworking industry.

  • Vertical Machining Centers (VMCs)
  • Horizontal Machining Centers (HMCs)
  • Turning Centers (CNC Lathes)
  • Rotary Tables and Indexers


Haas Automation is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. All machine tools carry the ETL Listed mark, certifying that they conform to the NFPA 79 Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery and the Canadian equivalent, CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 73.[citation needed] The company has completed the certification process that is required to affix the CE mark to its products.[citation needed]


Products are distributed worldwide through a network of independently owned franchised local "factory outlet" businesses that provide sales, service, and applications support for Haas machine tools. Introduced in 1999, with the first outlet established in Torrance, California, then applied to the company's existing worldwide network,[7] and then expanded to Europe.[8]

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  1. ^ "Haas's 2006 production makes it world leader". Tooling & production. Nelson Publishing. 1 March 2007.
  2. ^ "2007 was good to Haas". Modern Applications News. Nelson Publishing. 1 April 2008.
  3. ^ Michael P Collins (1 February 2008). "Behind the Haas phenomenon: the philosophy of California company has redefined what's successful in a new manufacturing century". Tooling & Production. Nelson Publishing.
  4. ^ "Inside the future of a machine tool builder". Tooling & Production. Nelson Publishing. 1 April 2000.
  5. ^ Stanley J Modic (1 December 1991). "Gene Haas keeps entrepreneurial spirit alive". Tooling & Production. Nelson Publishing.
  6. ^ "Ground broken in Oxnard for $20 million Haas headquarters; private-public teamwork cited". Business Wire. 20 March 1996.
  7. ^ "Haas Expands `Factory Outlet' Concept". Metalworking Insider's Report. Gardner Publications, Inc. 7 October 1999.
  8. ^ "Haas sets sights on Europe". Nelson Publishing. Retrieved 8 May 2013.