Vertical Machining Centers (VMCs)

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Published: 10/5/2011

What Makes for an Effective, Production-Oriented VMC?
Extended VMC cycle times due to modest spindle performance and slow non-cutting functions can increase costs for high-volume applications. However, new VMC offerings can minimize cycle times while maximizing competitiveness for production work.

Published: 9/15/2011

Otherworldly Precision
A contract shop produces critical parts for the Curiosity rover that will soon depart for Mars.

Published: 8/26/2011

Transforming Industrial Robots into Precision Machine Tools
Robots fitted with an adaptive control system get real-time course corrections throughout the machining cycle.

Published: 7/19/2011

Doosan Makes a Power Play
The South Korean builder is directing its focus toward rigid machine platforms capable of heavy cuts in tough materials.

Published: 6/3/2011

The In-House Advantage
A shop that introduced its own product realizes the advantages of designing and machining a part under the same roof.

Published: 4/14/2011

Micromachining Powder Metal on a VMC
By refining its micromachining process for powder metal tool steels, this shop has reduced production costs, lead times and secondary bench work for complex tooling components.

Published: 1/28/2011

The 400° Difference
Cryogenic machining achieves dramatic tool life gains not by flooding the cut, but by refrigerating the tool.

Published: 12/22/2010

Easily Upgrade Machines with Hexapods
If you are like me, you’ve never heard of a hexapod until recently (or now), but I put two and two together to figure out that it was a machining apparatus with six legs.

Published: 12/21/2010

Standard Software Addresses Common Machining Challenges
These low-cost VMCs come standard with a number of software features that enable them to compensate for machining’s inherent physical and thermal challenges.

Published: 12/15/2010

The Online Optimizer
Coming soon: The Machine Tool Genome Project promises to let almost any machine shop use its machining centers more productively. Shops will benefit from tap-test findings without personally tapping any of their own machines or tools.