Metal Cutting

Exploring the: Horizontal Machining Centers (HMCs) Zone
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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.


Cramming for Competitiveness

Low-profile clamps contribute to the high-density fixturing this shop needs to make the most of an equipment configuration that is increasingly renowned for reducing setups and keeping the spindle turning.


Machines Make Light of High-Tech Production

Productivity and flexibility are key reasons this company standardized on Haas machines for in-house production of high-tech photonics equipment.


Cell’s Benefits Derive From Sum of Its Parts

This shop’s experience with implementing a cell consisting of four robot-fed HMCS demonstrates that success depends on more than automation alone.


Rigid, Reliable Machines Aid In-House Production

This plastics industry manufacturer relies on machines from Toyoda to produce twin-screw extruders and other production equipment in-house. This strategy saves the company money and enables it to respond flexibly to changing market conditions, among...


Cell Works the Night Shift

At this aerospace and medical component manufacturer, a Doosan HMC paired with a flexible pallet magazine and cell controller from Fastems has increased production and part quality while eliminating variation throughout the production chain.


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