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

Matsuura Machinery Adds Engineers

Jonathan Sabata, Matsuura Machinery Has assumed his role as the new senior applications engineer.
Jonathan Sabata is their new senior applications engineer and Robert McClung is a new service engineer.

Single Source Technologies Acquires Automation Solutions

This deal expands their distribution and service network in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

L&R Precision Tooling Invests in FMS

Since installing the system, the shop more than doubled their warehouse space and increased their workforce by 45 percent.

 

Horizontal Machining Centers: Products

Gearmaking for Powertrains

Rasoma machining centers from GMTA include vertical turning centers, 4-axis shaft turning centers, end machining, double spindle and various special purpose machining centers with full automation that are ideal for gearmaking in automotive powertrain applications.
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GMTA offers a full line of Rasoma gear machines in a variety of configurations with full automation for milling, hobbing and shaping applications.

Reduce Processing Time of Large Mold Tooling, Die Cast Parts

The EDNC21 sinker electrical discharge machine from Makino uses dual heads and Hyper-i control, HyperCut technology, and a new HS-Rib high speed Z-Axis to provide an industry-changing advantage in improved productivity that lowers the tool build time for extra-large workpieces, such as automotive bumper and fascia molds.
The dual-head configuration of the EDNC21 from Makino enables shops to process multiple fine details in a part at the same time, reducing total processing time at the same level of accuracy and surface finish as sinker EDMs one-tenth its size.

Machining Cylinder Heads, Cylinder Blocks, Gearbox Housings

The Urane 25 horizontal machining center from Comau LLC is ideal for more complex machining processes of lightweight materials, including aluminum prismatic parts such as the cylinder head, cylinder block, and gearbox housing. It can also handle steel and cast-iron components within the limits of the machine specifications.
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The Urane 25 horizontal machining center from Comau handles the most demanding complex machining of lightweight materials, including aluminum prismatic parts.