Horizontal Machining Centers

Under the Hood: Automotive Machining

New powertrain components. More sensors and electronics parts. Increasing part complexity. Difficult to cut materials. Faster delivery. How do automotive suppliers navigate to profitability through this stormy sea of lightweighting and driverless cars? 
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Horizontal Machining Centers: Articles

Flying High: Aerospace Machine Tools

Supplemented by optional rotary axes with direct drive technology, the MFZ 4-2W horizontal machining center from SAMAG is equipped with two independent Z-axis spindle units with a clearance of 450 mm for five-sided or five-axis simultaneous machining of aerospace parts. This is the fastest two-spindle horizontal machining center in its class for highly productive horizontal complete machining of cube-shaped parts made of steel, cast iron or aluminum.
Competition can be brutal in the aerospace supply chain. To help your shop stay competitive on job bidding, these new machines can hit your bottom line by saving more time and labor, processing ever more complex parts quicker and more accurately – and doing it all with less of that extremely expensive material.

Horizontal Machining vs. Vertical Machining: Rethinking Your Operation

A horizontal machining center provides additional access to the part. Since multiple faces of a workpiece can be machined in a single setup, a part that takes six operations on a vertical machine can be completed in just two on a horizontal. This means better quality parts, reduced setups, handling and machining time – all of which are ideal for low-volume, repeat work.  
If the manufacturer is able to move past the sticker price and examine the dollars spent making the part, or the cost per part, a multitude of qualities can factor into the machine tool’s return on investment. Here are some reasons why a less expensive piece of equipment is not always the obvious choice.

High Speed Horizontal Machining of Largest Parts in Class

The HMC500 can reach cutting speeds of 15,000 rpm in a mere 1.7 seconds (with 50 hp) for faster machining of a variety of tough materials, including 1018 steel.
The HMC500 from OKK is built for speed and faster cycle times, with exceptionally fast automatic pallet and tool changers and the ability to complete deep boring operations without rotating the pallet.

Flexible Automation for Global Competition

The automated material handling system links Makino horizontal machining centers, pallet loaders and operators by using a servo-controlled, rail-guided vehicle to transport material to and from machines, with little, if any, operator intervention.(Click on top two photos to enlarge them)
The MMC2 flexible manufacturing system from Makino helps shops reduce costs, increase throughput and improve quality while adapting quickly to a constantly shifting production schedule.

Adopting a Nuclear Option

Wisconsin job shop Lindquist Machine adapts to the changing economy by increasing its presence in the nuclear energy market and adding wind energy customers with the help of an FT 3500 horizontal boring mill.

 

Horizontal Machining Centers: Industry News

Okuma Earns ISO Certification

They are the first CNC machine tool builder to be ISO 9001:2015 certified.

Mazak Adds New Technical Center in Texas

The Dallas facility will serve the defense, aerospace, medical, automotive, energy and construction industries.

Two Promotions at Matsuura Machinery USA

Shawn Buboltz (left) has been promoted to national service manager and Roger Breeggemann (right) has been promoted to service coordinator at Matsuura Machinery USA..
Shawn Buboltz is their new national service manager and Roger Breeggemann is their new service coordinator.

 

Horizontal Machining Centers: Products

Medical Machining: Machine Tools

The F-Series vertical machining center from Makino provides stiffness and rigidity for chatter-free cutting, agility for high-speed /hard-milling and accuracies for tight tolerance blends and matches typical of complex, 3D contoured geometry associated with medical production.
Take a closer look at some of the newest equipment that can help contract manufacturers meet the machining, micro machining, and laser processing demands for smaller and more complex surgical implants, orthotic devices and medical instruments that are being made from newer materials – and still hold their costs down.

Next Generation Small Part 5-Axis Medical Machining

The F-Series vertical machining center from Makino provides stiffness and rigidity for chatter-free cutting, agility for high-speed /hard-milling and accuracies for tight tolerance blends and matches typical of complex, 3D contoured geometry associated with medical production.
The a51nx-5XU 5-axis horizontal machining center from Makino enables manufacturers of complex medical parts to obtain the highest levels of utilization and efficiency.

Flexible Machining Center Configures to Wide Range of Applications

Booth S-8129: The compact Hüller Hille NBH P 80 machining center from FFG allows flexible configuration for a wide range of applications, includes a pallet changer with an ergonomic 90 deg indexable setup station, and has a service-friendly drive unit mounted on top of the machine.
The compact Hüller Hille NBH P 80 from FFG has a choice of spindles, highly precise and dynamic rotary tables, and CNC controls that allow for flexible configuration. Its chain-type magazine has 60 locations that can be manually loaded during machine operation.