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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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Automated machining processes enable this maker of high-performance mountain bike parts to manufacture efficiently with minimal staff.



From Media to Manufacturing

From Media to Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski
Video producers with no previous knowledge of CNC discover the power and possibilities of modern machine tool technology. Their example says something about where manufacturing talent might come from, and also about the importance of manufacturing as a whole.

Flexible Manufacturing System Shortens Lead Times

By: Edited by: Emily Probst
A Makino MMC cell and a81 machines provide a flexible production environment that helped Roush Industries take on a wider variety of work with shortened lead times.

Twin-Spindle Machining Center for Small- to Medium-Sized Workpieces

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
With the Licon LiFLEX II 444 twin-spindle machining center, German machine manufacturer Licon mt is appealing to new markets for the processing of small and medium-sized workpieces.

Starrag Heckert HEC 800 X5 MT

Five-Axis Machine Offers High Dynamics for Complex Workpieces

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
The Heckert HEC 800 X5 MT five-axis machining center, available from Starrag, provides productivity, process reliability and precise cutting in a single clamping.

Starrag Dorries Scharmann Technology Ecospeed

Machines Offer Parallel Kinematics for Aluminum Components

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Dörries Scharmann Technology (DST), a subsidiary of Starrag Group, extends its Ecospeed range of parallel kinematics machines for productive machining of aluminum structural components in the aerospace industry.


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