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Horizontal Machining Centers (HMCs)
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A horizontal machining center (HMC) is a machining center with its spindle in a horizontal orientation. This machining center design favors uninterrupted production work. One reason for this is that the horizontal orientation encourages chips to fall away, so they don’t have to be cleared from the table. More significantly, the horizontal design allows a two-pallet workchanger to be incorporated into a space-efficient machine. To save time, work can be loaded on one pallet of an horizontal machining center while machining occurs on the other pallet.

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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.

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.

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 the keys to this success.

Enshu GE590H horizontal machining center

HMC Accurately Machines Large Parts

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
The GE590H, Enshu’s largest horizontal machining center, is designed for large-part applications that demand both high-volume metal removal as well as precision.

Methods Machine Tools KMH-300

Compact HMC Features Integrated Rotary B Axis

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Methods Machine Tools offers the compact, direct-drive KMH-300 horizontal machining center as an addition to its Kiwa line.

Mazak HCN-5000/50 HMC

Updated HMC Optimizes Performance for Heavy Parts Production

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Mazak has redesigned its HCN-5000/50 horizontal machining center to include the Smooth Technology platform and Mazatrol SmoothG CNC, augmenting productivity and performance in heavy-parts production.

Enshu GE590H

December 2015 Product Spotlight Slideshow: Machining Centers

By: Jedd Cole
This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on machining centers.

Heller H series

Machining Center Can Hone Cylindrical Bores in Single Setup

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Heller’s H-series machining center is said to reduce tooling and machine costs by machining cylindrical bores complete from raw part to precise, controllable tolerances in a single setup.

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