Vertical Machining Centers

Flying High: Aerospace Machine Tools

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.
Vertical Machining Centers: Articles

Getting Better All the Time

The PS95 vertical machining center can handle tight-tolerance holes and slots at ±0.0002 in with great repeatability. (first view)
The eye-opening story of how one vertical machining center renovated a small machine shop that makes prototypes and runs small batches for electronics, aerospace, glass and industrial printing applications.

Before You Buy That VMC

A vertical machining center should have a robust spindle design with exceptional horsepower, superior torque and wide-ranging spindle speed that cuts a wide variety of materials in reduced cycle times.
When investing in a new production vertical machining center, take time to evaluate these seven critical features that have the greatest impact on the productivity and profitability of that machine tool.

All-Vertical Shaft Machining

All soft machining – from cutting to size and centering through to deep drilling and multi-axis turning (up to 4 axes possible) – is performed on VTC 250 DUO machines.
Chang'an Automobile decided to handle the comprehensive turning, drilling and grinding work required for this critical engine part with a multi-stage production line from EMAG that performs all of the machining processes vertically, a process that offers many benefits.

Corporate Profile: Makino

An overview of the company and its organization, products, services and capabilities.

Factors You Must Consider When Purchasing a New VMC

In a typical production machine shop, the processing capabilities required can vary greatly between applications: some value power and torque over rpm, others value spindle speed more than torque or power. To ensure the highest level of productivity in all cases, all of these factors must be evaluated when considering a new investment in a vertical machining center.


Vertical Machining Centers: Industry News

John Force Racing and Hurco Announce Multi-Year Deal

(l-r) David Plank; Cory Miller, the general manager of Hurco North America; and John Force, the chief executive officer of John Force Racing Inc. 
and 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion.
The five-year agreement enhances the development and production capabilities of JFR and their Force American Made machine shop with Hurco equipment.

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.

Okuma Donates CNC Machines to Community College

They donate a MC-V4020 CNC vertical machining center and an ES-L8II CNC Lathe to the engineering technology programs at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte.


Vertical Machining Centers: Products

Machining Suspension Brackets, Engine Parts, Gears

The VCU-500A/5X vertical machining center from Mazak can productively process complex parts up to 19.68 in diameter and 12 in high. The machine’s trunnion-style rotary/tilt table and new Mazatrol SmoothX CNC allow for the cost-effective production of shifter knobs.
Mazak offers a diverse selection of machine tools for machining basic suspension brackets or processing complex engine parts, ready for any shop requirement and reducing cycle time to boost productivity.

Honing and More With Vertical Machining Centers

The VMX42i vertical machining center from Hurco can perform honing operations that eliminate the need for dedicated CNC honing machines.
Hurco eliminates the need for dedicated CNC honing machines with the VMX42i vertical machining center, does head porting and head machining with the VMX42SWi vertical machining center, and machines damper parts and more with the TMM8i slant-bed lathe.

Metal Cutting Showcase

Equipped with a T-Rex spindle that delivers 1,918 ft-lb torque or a five-axis high-torque tilt spindle with continuous torque of 856 ft-lb, the Giddings & Lewis HMC 1600 from Fives couples a potent 9,500 lb cutting thrust with excellent stiffness and vibration damping to produce extreme metal removal rates on large parts of hard-to-machine titanium, Inconel, and Carpenter 465 for aerospace, energy and heavy equipment manufacturers. 
Here are some of the latest machine tools to help your shop become more competitive.