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Machining Centers & Milling Machines

The term “machining center” describes almost any CNC milling and drilling machine that includes an automatic toolchanger and a table that clamps the workpiece in place. On a machining center, the tool rotates, but the work does not. The orientation of the spindle is the most fundamental defining characteristic of a machining center. Vertical machining centers generally favor precision while horizontal machining centers generally favor production—but these are loose generalizations, and plenty of machining centers break out of them. Another common machining center type is the five-axis machining center, which is able to pivot the tool and/or the part in order to mill and drill at various orientations.

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KMH Series Horizontal Machining Centers Offer an Integrated Full Rotary B Axis

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Methods Machine Tools Inc. has expanded its line of KIWA HMCs.

The Foundry's Way Forward

By: Peter Zelinski
An established supplier of short-run castings just opened and staffed a new, fully equipped, in-house CNC machine shop. Taking ownership of machining will improve the company’s range of services to customers as well as its quality control.

Methods Machine Tools Twin RoboDrill JobShop Cell

Robot-Tended VMC Cell Changes Multiple Workpieces Simultaneously

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Available from Methods Machine Tools, the Twin RoboDrill JobShop Cell features two FANUC D21 RoboDrill vertical machining centers serviced by a single articulating FANUC LR Mate 200iD robot.

Spotlight Slideshow: Machining Centers

By: Stephanie Monsanty
Automatic pallet changers and support for automation are some popular features of recently released machining centers. View the December slideshow for more on these machines.

DMG MORI NHX 4000 2nd Generation horizontal machining center

December 2014 Product Spotlight Slideshow: Machining Centers

By: Stephanie Monsanty
View the December slideshow to see some of the latest vertical, horizontal and five-axis machining centers.


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