Three Ways to Increase Spindle Utilization with Vertical Machining Centers

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Getting more hours a day out of your spindle can be a matter of automation, but there are other aspects of machine design that also have an impact. Here are a few ways to get more out of a vertical machining center.

Getting more hours a day out of your spindle can be a matter of automation, but there are other aspects of machine design that also have an impact:

Tool Access – On some VMCs, you can access the tool magazine while the machine is in cycle. This allows regular tool maintenance such as replacing worn tools, loading tools for the next job, and so on with minimal disruption to the machining cycle.

Chip and Coolant Management – How often do your operators stop the machining cycle to clear chips off the workpiece or fixture, or to sweep chips down into the chip auger? How do you handle chips once they’re out of the machine? With properly designed sloped interior surfaces combined with an overhead flood coolant system, the need for manual chip management inside the machine is reduced.

User-Friendly Ergonomics – While it may sound trite to some, the ease with which an operator can perform frequent tasks can have a major impact…READ MORE.