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Video: The Impact of a Horizontal Machining Center

A small shop describes the efficiency gains it is seeing now that it has a horizontal machining center instead of solely verticals. One of the shop’s leaders talks through processing of parts then and now.

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Tri-State Tool Grinding is a Cincinnati, Ohio, shop that, along with the tool grinding in its name, also does general CNC machining. For this latter work, the shop recently made a move many small shops contemplate: the jump from vertical to horizontal machining.

For the shop’s first HMC, it invested in an a61nx from Makino. In the video above, Quality Manager Michael Newcomb describes parts that were formerly machined using verticals, and how those same parts are now machined more efficiently (thanks to fewer setups) on the horizontal machine. He also describes the shop’s use of Mastercam for programming these jobs.

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