CNC Machines: A Manufacturing Revolution

What is a CNC Machine?  It is a machine used in manufacturing of machined parts usually mass manufacturing.  What does the acronym CNC stand for?  CNC means Computer Numerical Control and CNC machines have been used in manufacturing from the early 1970's.  The precursor to CNC machines was a similar machine called an NC machine, which stood for Numerical Control, e.g., it did not have the computer to program and store the machines movements.

If you are working in manufacturing, then you most likely will be dealing with a CNC machine on a regular basis.  CNC machines are used in almost every step of the manufacturing process; from drilling holes, turning, winding, milling, grinding, cutting and other fabrication processes.  Where to find CNC machines or equipment?  Superior Machinery buys and sells new and used CNC machinery on a regular basis.

The primary advantage of a CNC machine is that it is computer controlled.  No matter how many iterations used in the machining process, it is all programmed and controlled by its computer eliminating most if not all of the manual work otherwise associated with conventional machines.  CNC machines have several advantages:

  • more efficient (reduces manual labor)
  • produces consistent quality (reduces mistakes or scrap)
  • is more productive (reduces time to manufacture parts)
  • and many other advantages not listed

CNC machines come in many forms

CNC is involved is almost every facet of manufacturing where the machining processes have been improved or enhanced through the use of CNC technology.  Below is a list of some CNC machines used for manufacturing and most of these are available through Superior Machinery as used and new equipment:

  • CNC Turning Centers include all kinds of turning operations like facing, boring, turning, grooving, knurling, and threading.
  • CNC Machining Centers which can be CNC Horizontals / CNC Verticals include all kinds of milling (face milling, contour milling, slot milling, etc.), drilling, tapping, reaming, boring, and counter boring.
  • CNC Milling Machines, CNC Drill and Tap Centers, and CNC lathes are variations of the CNC Turning Centers and CNC Machining Centers.
  • CNC grinders perform a variety of grinding operations like outside diameter (OD) grinding and internal diameter (ID) grinding and Contour grinding.
  • CNC Electrical discharge machining (EDM) or CNC EDM is the process of removing metal through the use of electrical sparks which burn away the metal.

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Featured Machines

Machine 6398, Haas VF4SSAPC, Super Speed VF4, 2007, Pallet Shuttle, 12,000 RPM Spindle, 24 Pocket Side Mount Tool Changer, High Speed Tool Changer, Programmable Coolant Nozzle, Visual Quick Code Programming System
Haas VF4SSAPC, Super Speed VF4, 2007, Pallet Shuttle, 12,000 RPM Spindle, 24 Pocket Side Mount Tool Changer, High Speed Tool Changer, Programmable Coolant Nozzle, Visual Quick Code Programming System

Machine 6624, Okuma LB 4000EX-II/1500 CNC Universal Lathe, OSP P300L, 2015, Like New Condition
Okuma LB 4000EX-II/1500 CNC Universal Lathe, OSP P300L, 2015, Like New Condition

Machine 6615, Schmid T630 Cold Forming Press, 2002, 900 Short Tons Total Force
Schmid T630 Cold Forming Press, 2002, 900 Short Tons Total Force

Machine 6634, Cincinnati-Milacron T-40 CNC Horizontal Machining Center, 1989, Full 4th Axis, 90 ATC, 60" x 60" x 58"
Cincinnati-Milacron T-40 CNC Horizontal Machining Center, 1989, Full 4th Axis, 90 ATC, 60" x 60" x 58"

Machine 6733, Lanson GT2-LS280B Plastic Injection Molding Presss 2015, TECH1_Q8M Controller, Variable displacement pump, 1 x Core puller, 4 x Air blast
Lanson GT2-LS280B Plastic Injection Molding Presss 2015, TECH1_Q8M Controller, Variable displacement pump, 1 x Core puller, 4 x Air blast

Machine 6730, Lodge & Shipley 2XE 3220W, 1976, 32" x 72", 50 HP, 2.56" Spindle Hole, Steady Rest, 4-Way Rapid Traverse, Taper Attachment, DRO, Tailstock
Lodge & Shipley 2XE 3220W, 1976, 32" x 72", 50 HP, 2.56" Spindle Hole, Steady Rest, 4-Way Rapid Traverse, Taper Attachment, DRO, Tailstock

Machine 6731, Makino A77, 1999, HSK 100 Spindle, 18K RPM, 90 ATC
Makino A77, 1999, HSK 100 Spindle, 18K RPM, 90 ATC

Machine 6240, Lehmann Oil Field Lathe, Double Chucked, 30" Swing, 360" CC, 9.57" Spindle Bore, 24"/21" Chucks, Taper attachment, Tailstock, Soft bed in very good condition
Lehmann Oil Field Lathe, Double Chucked, 30" Swing, 360" CC, 9.57" Spindle Bore, 24"/21" Chucks, Taper attachment, Tailstock, Soft bed in very good condition

Machine 6741, Deckel-Maho DMC 100 U DuoBlock, 2005, Heidenhain Mill Plus IT V600, 1100 x 910 mm pallet, 10K RPM, 120 ATC
Deckel-Maho DMC 100 U DuoBlock, 2005, Heidenhain Mill Plus IT V600, 1100 x 910 mm pallet, 10K RPM, 120 ATC

Machine 6703, Mori-Seiki RL2500 Dual Spindle 4-Axis Chuckers, 2005, Gantry Loaders, MSX-501 Controls, Chip Conveyors, Expanding Madrels, Two (2) Available
Mori-Seiki RL2500 Dual Spindle 4-Axis Chuckers, 2005, Gantry Loaders, MSX-501 Controls, Chip Conveyors, Expanding Madrels, Two (2) Available

Machine 6711, Fadal VMC-4020 HT, 2004, Fadal 32MP Control, Cool Power
Fadal VMC-4020 HT, 2004, Fadal 32MP Control, Cool Power

Machine 6713, Craven 127" x 360" Heavy Duty CNC Lathe, Rebuilt in 2015, Fanuc 0iTC, 4 way Bed Construction, 2 Carriages, 75 HP Main Drive
Craven 127" x 360" Heavy Duty CNC Lathe, Rebuilt in 2015, Fanuc 0iTC, 4 way Bed Construction, 2 Carriages, 75 HP Main Drive

Machine 6706, Gardner SDG-2-20-23 Double Disk Grinder, Upgraded to handle 23" Wheels, 20 HP, Capacity for 4" parts
Gardner SDG-2-20-23 Double Disk Grinder, Upgraded to handle 23" Wheels, 20 HP, Capacity for 4" parts

Machine 6710, CAE Ransohoff Rotary Parts Washer, 1999
CAE Ransohoff Rotary Parts Washer, 1999