Should Your Next VMC Be an HMC?

You might need a new machining center, but what kind should you buy? Jason Schumacher of machine tool distributor Hartwig argues that it may well be time for a horizontal machining center.

 
You might need a new machining center, but what kind should you buy? Jason Schumacher of machine tool distributor Hartwig argues that it may well be time for a horizontal machining center. Many shops equipped with only VMCs are overdue to introduce an HMC into the mix. Among the advantages that Mr. Schumacher cites are higher spindle utilization and shorter setup times. Read more. For the right family of parts, he says, one HMC could deliver throughput equal to three VMCs.
 

For more on HMCs vs. VMCs, read about a shop that implemented its first HMC, as well as a shop unable to hold tolerances on a VMC that used an HMC instead