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Horizontal Machining Centers

Ideal for automation and uninterrupted, unattended production operations, a horizontal machining center (HMC) uses a horizontally-oriented spindle, parallel to the ground floor, with tools that stick out of the side of the toolholder and cut across the surfaces of a workpiece, allowing chips to fall away without having to be cleared from the table. A two-pallet workchanger used with an HMC saves time because work can be loaded on one pallet while machining takes place on the other pallet.

In It for Life

Facing shorter product lifecycles, demands for faster production startups and the need for higher flexibility in machining, more shops are looking for “life partners” who plan and coordinate machine tool installations, deliver faster commissioning and startup, and provide extensive portfolios of remedies, repair and support for the entire service life of the system.

Horizontal Machining Centers: Articles

In It for Life

Facing shorter product lifecycles, demands for faster production startups and the need for higher flexibility in machining, more shops are looking for “life partners” who plan and coordinate machine tool installations, deliver faster commissioning and startup, and provide extensive portfolios of remedies, repair and support for the entire service life of the system.

Facing shorter product lifecycles, demands for faster production startups and the need...

Acquiring Complex Machined Parts in the “No Bid Zone”

Pharmaceutical equipment builders demand machined components with such ultra-high tolerances and complexity that many precision shops must pass on jobs that are simply too difficult or beyond their capability. Who can they turn to?

Pharmaceutical equipment builders demand machined components with such ultra-high tolerances and complexity...

When Bigger Really is Better

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This machine shop took an unconventional approach to growing into one of the most dependable parts suppliers for a major manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, and now they enjoy a niche that most shops are unable to compete against.

This machine shop took an unconventional approach to growing into one of...

Under the Hood: Automotive Machining

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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? 

New powertrain components. More sensors and electronics parts. Increasing part complexity. Difficult...

Flying High: Aerospace Machine Tools

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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.

Competition can be brutal in the aerospace supply chain. To help your...
Horizontal Machining Centers: Products

Methods Machine Tools Introduces Its Own Line of VMCs

Methods Machine Tools is offering four 3-axis vertical machining centers (VMCs) and a 5-axis bridge-type machining center made by Taiwanese tool builder Litz Hitech. Equipped with Fanuc controls, they provide an accurate and reliable mid-range machining solution.

Methods Machine Tools is offering four 3-axis vertical machining centers (VMCs) and...

Stationary Workholding Virtually Eliminates Setup Time

Accessories and adapters for SMW Autoblok’s manual APS and WPS stationary workholding systems ensure flexible clamping of nearly every geometry without interfering with machining or contours, making them ideal for 5-axis machining. Zero-point clamping reduces setup time up to 90%.

Accessories and adapters for SMW Autoblok’s manual APS and WPS stationary workholding...

Next Steps in Lean Horizontal Machining

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The compact Kiwa KH-4500kai horizontal machining center from Methods Machine Tools eliminates all possible wasted space, provides one of the largest work envelopes in its class, and is the fastest in its machine class.

The compact Kiwa KH-4500kai horizontal machining center from Methods Machine Tools eliminates...
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