Vertical Machining Centers

Before You Buy That VMC

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.
Vertical Machining Centers: Articles

Advanced Machining Allows Subsea Valves To Handle the Pressure

Operating a DMG / Mori Seiki NL2500 at BEL Valves.
BEL Valves uses a variety of DMG / MORI SEIKI machine tools to meet its paramount need for reliability during production. 

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

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

Factors You Must Consider When Purchasing a New VMC

Evaluate the construction of a VMC and be wary of thin frames, structures with overhangs and unsupported components or motion because these components can face distortion, deflection, inaccuracy and vibration dampening when machining. Pay attention to the weight and mass of the VMC and how the machine is configured for stiffness, rigidity and accuracy. Lack of rigidity and stiffness can result in lower positioning accuracy and repeatability. (click on photo to enlarge it)
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

GF Machining Solutions Helps Lotus F1 Team

Each of the six identical 5-axis Mikron HPM 450U machine tools has a compact footprint, integrated automation features, performance value and reliability to effectively cut through a wide range of materials, from aluminum, steel, and stainless steel to extremely difficult-to-machine materials.
The Lotus F1 Team invested in six high-performance, cost-effective Mikron HPM 450U 5-axis machine tools with integrated automation to produce its precision, complex F1 car parts in low quantities. These replaced 3-axis milling machines that were not performing at the desired productivity levels.

Sweden is Home to Latest Haas Milestone – 150,000th Haas Machine

The 150,000th machine – a DS-30SSY dual-spindle turning center with Y axis – rolled off the Haas production line January 19, 2014,

Hwacheon Names Nedler Vice President

Nedler was previously product manager – milling at Hwacheon. He has been with the company since 2012.
Hwacheon Machinery America has appointed Robert Nedler to the position of vice president of sales.


Vertical Machining Centers: Products

High Speed Ultra Precision Machining

The concrete mono-block frame on the Ultra Precision EVO CNC Machining Center absorbs forces and vibrations that occur during fast acceleration, high feed rates and spindle speeds up to 50,000 rpm. 
The Ultra Precision EVO CNC Machining center from KERN Precision is equipped for 3-5 axis nano-precision machining of medium to large production lot sizes.

Low Cost Machining of Exotic Materials

The VMC850E has travels of 33 in X, 19 in Y, and 21 in Z. The machine comes standard with an 8,000 rpm 40 taper spindle, 24 position automatic tool changer, coolant through the spindle, 4th axis preparation, air-conditioned electrical cabinet and a chip conveyor. The machine is controlled by the powerful and reliable FANUC 0i-MD control with a 10 in screen and USB, PCMIA, and Ethernet interfaces.
The small, reliable, and rugged VMC850E vertical machining center from SMTCL is ideal for North American job shops competing in the world market.

Versatile 5-Face Bridgeport VMCs for the Job Shop

Bridgeport 5-Face (4+1) Machining Centers feature an integrated 5-axis robust rotary table supported by large bearings to allow heavy horizontal and vertical cutting loads with smooth and accurate rotation at all times. Bridgeport incorporates heavy-duty linear guideways and oversized double-nut ballscrews that are pre-tensioned to provide superior accuracy and repeatability.
Two new 4+1 axis vertical machining centers from Hardinge are designed to achieve maximum capacity and performance in the job shop, OEM, aerospace, medical, electronic, defense, automotive and power generation industries, as well as many other manufacturing sectors.