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Exploring the: Horizontal Machining Centers (HMCs) Zone
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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.


HMCs, Turn/Mills Aid Diversification Strategy

This company had expanded its facility, implemented Lean practices and taken other steps to improve efficiency, but breaking into new sectors such as wind energy would require new technology. Two turn/mill machines and two HMCs from Mazak enabled th...


Precision Metrology Supplier Relies on HMC Accuracy

Global metrology supplier Quality Vision International produces critical measurement equipment components in-house to control quality and accuracy. HMCs from Makino enabled the company to not only achieve the precision required for components of one...


Milling, Turning Machine Line Supports Versatility

This shop relies almost exclusively on Milltronics machines for its milling and turning operations. The machines’ easy-to-use, conversational control, reliability and capacity for tight tolerances help support the versatility the shop needs to stay ...


New Fixture Multiplies Productivity Of Horizontal Machining Center

The setup for batch processing of each stem version and time expended in load/unload for the second operation created a production bottleneck that became more critical as market demand for the part took off.


Company Invests In HMC To Keep Pace With Growth

Since its installation, this HMC has dramatically reduced floor-to-floor times on the manufacture of precision reamers, which are used for expanding oil well bore holes during directional drilling operations.


Laser Toolsetter Solves Moldmaker's Quality And Productivity Challenges

Prior to toolsetter installation, Desenco personnel report that it was 'almost impossible' to attain accurate Z depths and repeatability in the Z axis.


Machining Center Expands EDM Business

As a supplier to leading parts manufacturers in such varied industries as appliances and automobiles, this shop was only initially handling the intricate and complex work on parts with its EDM machines. Outside companies would machine the base parts...


Linear Motors Shorten Production Time

Linear motors account for part of the reason why DaimlerChrysler's Stuttgart, Germany, manufacturing facility has been able to nearly double the productivity of machining centers producing automotive cylinder heads.


Three Steps To Succeed As A Minority Automotive Supplier

Some shops would measure a productivity improvement in terms of the extra capacity freed up on a given machine tool. Texas Arai measures its productivity gains in terms of the number of machines it no longer needs.


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