Vertical Machining Centers (VMCs)

CNC vertical machining centers (VMCs) remain machine shop staples. These milling machines have vertically oriented spindles that approach workpieces mounted on their table from above and commonly perform 2.5- or 3-axis machining operations. They are less costly than horizontal machining centers (HMCs), which makes them attractive to small job shops as well as larger machining operations. In addition, the performance of these machines has increased over the years, leveraging technologies such as high-speed spindles and advanced CNC capabilities (including conversational control programming). Ancillary equipment is also available to increase the flexibility and capability of these machines, including spindle speeders, angle heads, tool- and part-probes, quick-change workholding devices, and rotary indexers to enable four- or five-axis machining work.

Darin Sewell speaks to another employee near a knee mill in the toolroom-turned-captive-machine shop at Ace Stamping & Machine Co. in Racine, Wisconsin.

Fabricator's Toolroom Becomes Captive CNC Machine Shop

Toolroom problem-solving yields high-production profit when a sheet metal fabricating business accepts a difficult machining contract.

May 2019 Product Spotlight: Machining Centers

This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on machining centers of varying capacities and configurations.
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Milltronics Introduces Largest XP-Series VMC

Milltronics USA’s VM8434XP vertical machining center is built with linear cross roller guides for rigidity, direct-coupled ballscrews for faster response, and a dual-wound spindle motor for faster acceleration/deceleration as well as added torque.



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Milltronics' VM8434XP VMC with Linear Cross Roller Guides

The VM8434​​​​​​​XP is built with direct-coupled ballscrews and a dual-wound spindle motor for faster acceleration/deceleration and more torque.

Overcoming a VMC Limitation

Devised as a shopfloor solution, this material handling and loading system enables unattended operation for a VMC. 

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