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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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Global Shop Solutions Offers Website Redesign, Management Service

By: Jedd Cole
The Websites Plus service redesigns manufacturers’ websites and integrates them with the company’s ERP software for order status, shipping and other functions.

GF Machining Solutions Announces Three New U.S. Distributors

By: Jedd Cole
Ellison Technologies, D&R Machinery and Hartwig Inc. now serve GF customers throughout the Northwest and West.

Video: What the Heck Is “Dengeling?”

By: Derek Korn
Turns out it is a process that enables a five-axis machine to finish turbine blades after milling. Watch the video.

FFG MAG Specht 800

High-Performance HMC

By: Jedd Cole
FFG MAG’s Specht 800 and 800+ are high-performance horizontal machining centers featuring many of the same precision components used on existing Specht machines, including MAG motorized or gear box spindles, rotary B- and A-axis components, and high-speed tool changing systems.

So You’re in the Market for a Machine Tool—Start Your Search by Asking “Why”

By: Jedd Cole
There’s nothing worse than buying a new machine that ends up neglected in the corner because it’s the wrong one for the job. Some key questions at the beginning of your search can help you avoid that.


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