Horizontal Machining Centers (HMCs)

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Published: 10/21/2014

A Production Line Takes Shape
Although Pointe Precision built its reputation on low-volume, high-complexity aerospace and medical parts, its expansive high-volume production line may be its biggest success to date. Sound decision-making and attention to details at every step are...

Published: 9/23/2014

Adopting a 24/7 Mindset
This shop considered a number of factors before establishing an effective process to run an HMC cell around the clock for applications in aerospace, oilfield and other industries.

Published: 6/18/2014

The Costs and Benefits of Horizontal Machining
The shift from vertical to horizontal machining was even more expensive than this shop anticipated. It was also more valuable. Most of the shop’s machining centers are HMCs now—here’s why.

Published: 12/13/2013

Expanded Possibilities for Cryogenic Machining
The technology for liquid nitrogen cooling is now available for machining applications in various industries on any brand of machine tool.

Published: 6/17/2013

What it Takes to Tackle Tungsten
When this aerospace job shop settled on machining tungsten alloys and other heavy metals as its specialty, it had to have a machine tool, cutting tools, workholding and process know-how to succeed.

Published: 1/17/2013

Worth Three Machines
A shop that closely tracks machining performance says its new horizontal machining center delivers productivity comparable to three verticals.

Published: 10/17/2012

More Demanding Than Production
The challenges of prototyping have dramatically increased. This company reinvented itself to specialize in the tight-leadtime process development that prototyping now entails.

Published: 10/8/2012

On Display at “Technology Days”
The Nanoslide cylinder bore coating process and the MC20 horizontal machining module received a lot of attention at Heller Machine Tools' "Technology Days" open house event.

Published: 1/11/2012

Small Engine Precision Fuels Fifth-Axis Production Workholding Concept
The challenge holding tight tolerances for its billet RC helicopter engine components drove this company to develop an innovative fifth-axis tombstone device to complete multiple parts on an HMC in one setup.

Published: 9/15/2011

A Model Machine for Titanium
Researchers develop a machine tool that controls vibration to mill titanium more productively. The machine relies on guideway systems delivering stiffness that is literally infinite.