Latest in Horizontal Machining Centers

July 27, 2006

Tim Jones, HMC product manager, discusses advancements in HMCs, allowing improvements in manufacturing processes operations, cutting down on part processing time, and reducing costs. Some of the advances discussed include spindle technology, parallel processing, reduction of non-cut time, new and larger machines built to handle heavy-duty machining, new methods to reduce scrap, the advantages of high-pressure coolant, new methods of part-holding and fixturing, multipurpose machines, and the importance of precision and training. In addition, the significance of maintainability and reliability is discussed. Features and machine design characteristics are discussed to improve on these two vital areas of machining centers.

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