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.

Flying S machine shop with several of its Haas machines
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The Benefits of Being a One-Brand Shop

This shop finds advantages in having CNC machines from a single builder, but the general strategy has benefits that can be applied to any startup shop.

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Manufacturing News of Note: August 2018

Shop tours during IMTS, a pre-show tool grinding contest and other industry news. 
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VMC Capable of Heavy, Difficult Cuts without Sacrificing Accuracy

IMTS 2018: Long known for high-speed, high accuracy vertical machining centers, Chiron has developed a new range of VMCs, in twin and single spindle versions, that add extreme stiffness and greater stability to the package, allowing the machines to take heavy cuts in difficult material while maintaining accuracy.



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