The Benefits and Suitability of CNC Horizontals

Summary: Milling machines are mainly categorized based on their orientation as being horizontal and vertical. Horizontal machines are known to be very sturdy, and can handle complex milling operations with ease.

Milling machine basics:

A milling machine is a tool that’s widely used in the metalworking industry. This machine performs the vital task of shaping a block of metal by cutting or drilling away unwanted parts to create a finished part or component. Other industries such as carpentry and plastic machining also make use of milling machines that are made especially for use with materials such as wood, stone or plastics.

Classification of milling machines:

In this article we shall dwell upon the uses of a milling machine in the context of the metalworking industry. Such machines are mainly categorized based on their orientation as being horizontal and vertical. Each of these two mill types has a unique advantage based on specific milling requirements. CNC horizontals have a spindle that is positioned horizontally in relation to the work-piece. These machines are known to be very sturdy, and can handle complex milling operations with ease. In most cases, users that do not need exceedingly high levels of accuracy might choose to opt for horizontal milling machine.

Suitability of a horizontal machine:

Each CNC horizontal machine comes with a variety of tools that are held in an automatic tool changer that can be utilized for achieving varied results. CNC horizontal machines have tool changers that can hold as few as forty tools to as many as 250 on the larger models.  This feature of CNC horizontals greatly expands the type of work that can be done by the machine because the operator does not need to be manually change tools for each operation.

In the case of a horizontal CNC milling machine, one of the simplest ways to cut a metal part is by attaching it to a square block of steel called a “tombstone”.  When the CNC horizontal machine is done cutting the parts on one face of the “tombstone”, the machine rotates to the next face to continue the operation.  This method greatly increases the number of parts that can be cut per hour.  Due to this characteristic of CNC horizontals they have become quite popular amongst  companies that need to produce large volumes of parts.

Save money bypurchasing a used machine:

Today, purchasing used CNC horizontals has become a popular trend because it enables businesses to save money even as they purchase machines that are in top shape. However, it is important to purchase such a machine from a reputable firm that has a proven track record in selling used CNC milling machines at an international level like Superior Machinery.

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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