Milling Machines

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? 
Milling Machines: 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.

How to Win at Titanium Machining

Profiling in action. Whether profiling on large gantry machines or milling on smaller machining centers, processing tough material like titanium is a constant challenge. Machining hard alloys while adding the pressure of improving production efficiencies means maximizing metal removal in the face of low cutting speeds and significant cutting forces. 
Machine builder Fives Cincinnati discovers how an innovative spindle connection key can achieve new levels of metal removal on industry-leading “super-profiler” operations.

Boring Mill Fuels Energy Sector Expansion for Machine Shop

The dual-pallet, rotary table Giddings & Lewis MC 1600 horizontal boring mill (HBM) from Fives is designed for multi-axis contour milling, precision boring, drilling and tapping. It will produce a variety of large parts for Milwaukee Machine Works, including wind turbine gearbox housings and fluid end manifolds for the oil/gas industry.
Milwaukee Machine Works expands its energy sector business into wind turbine gearbox housings, fluid end manifolds for the oil/gas industry, and other oversized components up to 10 ft long and weighing up to 7,000 lb with a new large capacity dual-pallet Giddings & Lewis MC 1600 from Fives.

Panel Builder Achieves 50 Percent Savings in Time-To-First-Hole Machining

The Steinhauer eCAB WorkCenter machine tool uses a Siemens 802D solution line CNC and Sinamics S120 drives package to produce enclosures and cabinets fabricated from steel, aluminum, stainless, galvanized and fiberglass.
Haewa's use of the Steinhauer eCAB WorkCenter has resulted in more than a 50 percent savings in that critical “time to first hole in the workpiece” scenario, allowing a substantial increase in the production at the company.

An Insatiable Appetite for Mega Machining

The insatiable global demand for infrastructure is driving the increased size of mining, mineral and aggregates processing equipment.


Milling Machines: Industry News

GF Machining Solutions to Acquire Microlution

This enlarges their technology portfolio to meet the needs of aerospace, medical, and other targeted industry segments. 

Soraluce Receives Machine Tool Design Award

Their FXR milling boring machine wins the Red Dot Product Design 2016 Award for innovation.

Fidia Moves Into New North American Facility

Dr. Giuseppe Morfino, the chief executive officer of Fidia, stands in front of their new facility in Rochester Hills that expands their North American operation to over 20 employees.
The new 14,000 sq ft operation in Rochester Hills, MI, will expand their sales, engineering and service support.


Milling Machines: Products

A Wide Range of Advanced Machining Technologies

Booth S-8754: The new AgieCharmilles CUT 2000 X advanced wire EDM from GF Machining eliminates pitch and positioning errors that would otherwise result in scrapped parts and increased production costs. Using its precise positioning capabilities, shops can easily achieve ± 1.5 μm pitch accuracy over 340 mm x 240 mm and the same for M-shape form accuracy.
GF Machining Solutions will display their new AgieCharmilles CUT 2000 X advanced wire EDM, full 5-axis additions within the Mikron MILL S and X product line, advanced automation systems, additive manufacturing, System 3R automated laser texturing, and die sinking and wire EDM machine technologies that target the aerospace, medical and die/mold industries.

Agile Production of Crankshafts, Cylinder Blocks

Cylinder blocks with adapter plate being machined on a two-spindle SPECHT 500 DUO 5-axis horizontal machining center from MAG.
MAG offers the Boehringer 221/226 Cx that is ideal for milling, turn broaching and turning new generation crankshafts, and SPECHT horizontal machining centers with integrated honing technology for boring cyllinder blocks.

Drill/Tap/Mill Centers

The compact DT-1 from Haas is a lean-style machining center that is now available with a 20,000 rpm inline direct-drive spindle for running higher feedrates with small tools and high-speed machining operations.
These high-speed, lean-style machining centers from Haas provide high acceleration rates, fast axis speeds, and short tool change times inside compact footprints that can be placed side-by-side for efficient use of floor space.