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Exploring the: Horizontal Machining Centers (HMCs) Zone
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HMC Saves Floor Space, Increases Production Capacity

When Calmotion LLC's production capacity fell behind demand for its rotary products, it added horizontal machining with the SMTCL HMC80 for reduced operations and setup times.


Automated Five-Axis Cell Streamlines Production

Abipa Canada made its move into automation leveraging a fixture plate distribution system and an HMC, minimizing setup time and lowering part production costs.


HMCs Help Bow Manufacturer Improve Technology, Productivity

By incorporating a Makino a51nx horizontal machining center into its production process, Mathews Inc. was able to increase its efficiency and keep bow production in-house.


Multi-Pallet HMCs Reduce Setup Time

Incorporating Kiwa horizontal machining centers from Methods Machine Tools helped Baum Precision Machining Inc. reduce setup time and improve productivity.


Flexible Manufacturing System Shortens Lead Times

A Makino MMC cell and a81 machines provide a flexible production environment that helped Roush Industries take on a wider variety of work with shortened lead times.


Automated HMC Cell Powers Rod Production Flexibility

To quickly change rod connector types, automotive manufacturer Metaldyne installed a fully automated HMC cell of standalone Mazak HMCs and a FANUC robot.


HMC Provides Quality Needed for Medical Manufacturing

Big River Engineering and Manufacturing purchased a high-precision Makino a51 HMC to meet FDA regulations and gain customers in the medical device manufacturing industry.


Shop Uses HMC to Become Serious Contender

By investing in horizontal machining centers, L.B.G. Machine was able to increase the productivity necessary to take on high-precision work.


Large Travel Size Increases Shop Productivity

By purchasing a Feeler bridge mill with a large travel size, Elite Tool increased productivity by reducing setups and doing more work in-house.


Live-Monitoring Software Maximizes Automation Investment

By implementing its own shop management software, Lynar Corporation was able to increase productivity by 15 percent.


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