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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.



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.

Sharp Industries manual vertical knee mill

Manual Vertical Knee Mills for Job Shops, Tool Rooms

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Sharp Industries’ manual vertical knee mills are equipped with a 3-hp R-8 spindle, precision spindle bearings and Meehanite castings.

Mazak Variaxis i-700 VMC

VMC Enables Unattended Operations

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Mazak’s Variaxis i-700 vertical machining center accurately processes long parts as well as those with complex profiled surfaces in single setups.


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