Choosing the Right CNC Machine

With the latest machine controls and CNC software, manufacturers can improve factory productivity with the right CNC Machines

Competition in the manufacturing arena has been fierce over the past few decades. With an almost 10 fold decline in manufacturing companies in the USA over several industries in the past decade has made choosing the right production tools a necessity to keep your business viable. The key to most manufacturing facilities are the CNC software and hardware capabilities chosen for a particular manufacturing process. Efficiency, machine and tool life span, versatility, ease of setup and piece throughput are some of the key areas that affect a manufacturer.

Optimal CNC machines offer manufacturers a flexible system that can be easily programmed to handle parts on equipment from simple three-axis mills to much more elaborate multi-axis machine tools.

Make sure you know what type of results you are after. Machines such as CNC engraving, routing and milling have improved tremendously with extensive CAD software and specialty CNC machines. Often there are too many choices, so knowing what you want to accomplish will help narrow down which type of service and machine you are after.

Visit our Machine Inventory page for a list of various machines and machine types to choose from:

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Compound machines beget high-speed and high-precision machining, which has been gaining momentum among users of the high-end CNC machines. Trying to figure out how to get more out of the same machine, or buy one machine that can do the work of what two machines did in the past. This is a trend in the industry. Compound machines are becoming more common, for example, where you have a mill side and a lathe side and you've got multiple part programs running.

Software and CNC training enhancements help manufacturers operate at higher efficiencies.

Ease and efficiencies in programming are keys to improving plant productivity. The latest trends are for extremely functional conversational programming and very complex high-speed machining applications. Operators and machine shops need all the help they can get to remain competitive. Whether you're making a small batch of parts or millions, you need to maximize the capability of the system and consistently bring parts to QC that can be shipped and accepted. Many dealers in CNC systems are not taking the time to fully learn the nuances of each system and its capability, so the control practically has to be self-explanatory and extremely powerful.

For high-speed machining, the system must stage [buffer] all the servo activity so the relation between the cutter and material does not change. At speeds in excess of 3000 ipm [76 m/min], the control and servos have to be mated perfectly to make this happen.

Not sure what your needs are? You can email us for help and we’ll do our best to locate the correct machine for your needs.

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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 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

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 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 6750, CY 1530 SL 2.0KW Fiber Laser, 2012, 59" x 118", AIR 3000 Chiller, Farr Gold Series Packaged Dust Collector
CY 1530 SL 2.0KW Fiber Laser, 2012, 59" x 118", AIR 3000 Chiller, Farr Gold Series Packaged Dust Collector

Machine 6751, Edel 4030 5-Axis CNC Gantry Milling Machine, 2008, 157" x 118" x 45", Heidenhain TNC i530, Through Spindle Coolant
Edel 4030 5-Axis CNC Gantry Milling Machine, 2008, 157" x 118" x 45", Heidenhain TNC i530, Through Spindle Coolant

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