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CNC Horizontal Machining

CNC Horizontal Machining is a manufacturing technique that uses computers to precisely control cutting horizontal tools. First developed in the 1940s, CNC Horizontal Machining technology has been used for over half a century. The CNC milling machines generally fall under two categories, vertical and horizontal machining. The horizontal CNC machine can create numerous materials we see every day, including bars, rods, tubes, shafts, and more. Horizontal machining has grown into a standard component of modern manufacturing.

Protech Machine Tool Sales sells in-demand CNC machines of the highest quality. We guarantee excellence by ensuring each CNC horizontal machine meet all recommended safety and performance standards before putting them up for sale. Although all CNC machines work with most materials, there may be a specific model that best fits your needs based on your purpose. Protech Machine Tool Sales can cover all your CNC milling machine needs regardless of your CNC project type.

What Is A CNC Horizontal Machining Center?

A CNC horizontal machining center is a milling machine where the main spindle is mounted horizontally to the worktable. This type of machining is commonly used for the mass production of all metal components in all kinds of industries today.

Modern machine tools have significant modifications. They are equipped with rapid tool cycles, high cutting axes efficiency, and high precision chips performance. These machines are used in machining parts and sub-assemblies of large and small-scale production.

Compared with the most common CNC machines, the main difference is that these machines allow for increased processing speed and accuracy. The speed increases their ability to machine larger workpieces within a short time.

As discussed above, these horizontal CNC machining centers are designed to operate horizontally, enabling the operator and machine components to move horizontally while carrying out machining operations. Also, the workpiece can be rotated during the operation to be machined from different angles. The workpiece is confined to a single angle for a vertical machine center.

How To Purchase A Horizontal Machining Center?

Horizontal CNC machines are an investment. As such, there are crucial factors that should be considered prior to your purchase. Here are a few:

The Size Of The Machine

You'll want to purchase a machine that can handle the volume of work you produce. You'll also want to make sure that it can take the weight of your workpiece. The weight and size are usually determined by the material used for the machining operation.

Type Of Materials Processed

The type of materials you will be processing will also determine the machine best suited to your operation. If your operation primarily cuts softer materials like plastics, you'll want to purchase a machine that can cut both soft and hard materials. Additionally, you will want to find a model with components within the correct sizes not to be too large or too small for your operation.

The workpiece is an essential aspect of every machining operation. You will want your machine to handle whatever material you feed it comfortably. If you are machining plastic, your machine needs not to be the strongest, but if you are machining steel, you will need one of the most powerful machines available.

As with all production models, you'll want to ensure that your machine can cut a variety of materials correctly because you may not be able to change out these components quickly or easily once the machine is in use.

Production Capacity

Production and tool capacity will affect the speed and efficiency of your production process.

You will want to make sure you measure the length and width of your workpiece so you can purchase a suitable machine for your production.

The amount of work you will have to perform on your workpiece dictates the cutting speed you should look to buy. The more work you need to complete, the more powerful the machine needs to be in its cutting power and motion control. You will also want to look at how much time you spend on your machine for each machining operation.

Speed Of Production

Most of the machines in this category will be either high speed or low speed but will usually come with various rates within the same model. Some models are designed to handle slower production processes, while others are designed for faster production processes.

Cost

You will want to make sure the machine you choose has the features you need at a reasonable price. Cost is an essential aspect of every manufacturing firm. It is crucial to make a profit, but it is even more important not to spend too much money on the wrong product. Although every model will have a different price tag, make sure to find a high-quality machine with the latest technology at an affordable price.

Power Requirements And Maintenance 

You'll want to make sure the machine you choose will always have the power you need and can be maintained. The power requirements will depend on your workpiece's size and material type. Most machines will require a range of 150 watts to 250 watts of electricity, depending on the type of material. 

Using the CNC horizontal machine center will increase your production output and save money on each piece you produce. These machines are very efficient and effective when cutting metal, plastics, aluminum sheets, and more. 

Our utmost priority at Protech Machine Tool Sales is to make certain the CNC machines we offer are top-notch and fully operational. Our seasoned technicians guarantee no less than the best. Each of the Horizontal CNC machines in our selection went through thorough inspection and tests for any defect and goes through manufacturer-recommended preventative maintenance measures.

What Is A Horizontal CNC Machine?

Horizontal CNC machines utilize a horizontal spindle tool orientation for their machining operations. These CNC machines have a CNC control that drives the rotating tool to perform machining operations. Using horizontal machining can cut away large material areas at once because these machines have a ticker tool and increased speeds, increasing project productivity.

Also, these machines allow for higher accuracy levels due to their horizontal nature. In a typical vertical machine, the cutting tool can only cut material at a certain distance. In a horizontal machine, the cutting tool may cut up to a maximum of six inches away from the axis of rotation.

A horizontal machine is made with linear guideways designed for heavy-duty operation. This configuration guarantees excellent performance and longevity. Additionally, these machines are the most advanced and easiest to use in the market. They have a new revolution gearbox that offers a different movement, giving the machinist a completely new feeling of control.

Another reason why horizontal CNC machines are widely used in the metals industry is they have fewer machine requirements and significantly lower material consumption than vertical machining. Lower costs are due to the horizontal nature of their CNC system. Most of them are very lightweight because they do not have heavy tools like most vertical machines. Being lighter makes them more accurate and easier to use.

What Is A Horizontal Mill?

Horizontal mills are found in CNC milling. CNC milling is a machining process in which computerized controls and rotating cutting tools remove material from a workpiece to produce a pre-designed product. A horizontal mill is essentially a horizontal CNC milling machine.

It is similar in configuration and operation to a horizontal machining center, only that this one is a milling machine.

This type of machine is excellent for cutting aluminum and other types of metals. The horizontally oriented tooling allows easy access to the table and its working surface. Like in lathes, a horizontal milling machine is more robust than its vertical counterparts, hence used in more complex machining operations and manufacturing in general.

What Is The Difference Between A Horizontal And Vertical Machining Center?

Horizontal CNC machines are better capable of performing deeper cuts than vertical CNC machines. This capability is primarily due to their short and thick cutting tool. Here are a few more differences between vertical and horizontal milling machines:

Spindle Orientation

Vertical CNC machines have a vertical spindle orientation, while the spindle orientation is horizontal in the horizontal CNC. In simpler words, horizontal CNC has the cutting tool mounted on horizontal spindles. Thus, they have the feature to remove material from a stationary workpiece selectively.

Cutting Tools And Capabilities

Horizontal CNC machines have better cutting tools and properties. Vertical milling machines have long, thin cutting tools. Horizontal machines have shorter, thicker cutting tools. This shorter and thicker part benefits them to have better cutting properties. Due to these advantages, manufacturing companies use horizontal CNC machines the most.

High-Quality CNC Horizontal Machining Equipment

At Protech Machine Tool Sales, all our machines underwent an extensive assessment to ensure quality control. We offer a wide selection of horizontal machine equipment from numerous esteemed manufacturers. For all your CNC Horizontal Machining needs, Protech Machine Tools has got you covered. 

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