Horizontal Machining Centers (HMCs)

A horizontal machining center (HMC) is a machining center with its spindle in a horizontal orientation. This machining center design favors uninterrupted production work. One reason for this is that the horizontal orientation encourages chips to fall away, so they don’t have to be cleared from the table. More significantly, the horizontal design allows a two-pallet workchanger to be incorporated into a space-efficient machine. To save time, work can be loaded on one pallet of an horizontal machining center while machining occurs on the other pallet.

Employee using a FANUC RoboDrill Plus-K automation

Multi-Pallet Machines Help Shop Produce Ventilator Components

NRL & Associates’ business plan relies on using multi-pallet machines for unattended machining, so when two of its customers increased production of ventilators, the shop quickly brought in a new multi-pallet machine and automation system to meet the demand.

New Business Plan Enables Shop to Increase Ventilator Part Production

KrisDee and Associates was able to increase production of a ventilator manifold from 90 parts per week to 780 parts per week thanks to changes the company started making months earlier.

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