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What is a horizontal machining center?
A horizontal machining centre is a cutting machine used for wood, plastic and metal processing. A horizontal machining center can mill a desired contour and shapes out of a block of raw material.
Where are horizontal machining centers used?
A horizontal machine center in the metalworking industry is primarily used for machine construction. The workpieces that are produced using this machine are usually special components for complex machines. The series production of components using a forming process (die casting) is not economical due to the manufacturing technology, and the insufficient number of components. Therefore, they are usually produced individually on horizontal machining centres. In wood and plastic processing, a horizontal machining center is the only machine, which can produce complex contours on raw material. In addition to technical applications, horizontal machining centers, including horitontal CNC machining centers, are used to produce designer pieces.
How does a horizontal machining center work?
A horizontal machining center consists of a work table, upon which the workpiece is clamped. A milling tool with a quickly rotating spindle is used to mill out the desired contour on the workpiece. Horizontal machining centers differ from one another in their work axes. Three axes is usually the minimum configuration. 5 axis horizontal machining centers are the most frequently used machining centers. The number of work axes can be expanded with a swinging device on the spindle or a turning device on the worktable. Extensive machining processes can be undertaken on a horizontal machining centre with a tool changer. In addition to broaching and finishing, deburring and polishing are also possible on these machines. A CNC horizontal machining center is controlled via a programme. This is written directly into the machine or created on a computer and entered via an interface.
A high level of expertise is required for operating a used horizontal machining center. As a cutting machine, this machine produces a large amount of waste. Because the milling tool often cuts hard metal, the strain can lead to a high amount of wear and tear. Therefore, a horizontal machining center for sale needs to be regularly cleaned and controlled. With series components, it is important to continuously monitor the production tolerances. If detected early enough, the inserts can be replaced and the desired precision of the used CNC horizontal machining center can be restored.