Vertical VS Horizontal Machining Centers
June 5, 2013
Many CNC machine shops are looking for new markets to serve, new parts to make and new opportunities to grow their business. However, much of these opportunities hinge on the shop’s ability to perform increasingly more precise and complex machining operations at competitive prices. Additionally, many customers require shorter runs, the ability to handle large part families and the flexibility to produce a variety of parts. For machine shops that have long relied on vertical machining centers (VMC), it may be time to consider the advantages of a horizontal machining center (HMC).
Although VMCs often carry a lower initial price tag, the overall reduced cost of operation and the ability to compete for more sophisticated machining business makes investing in a HMC a logical choice. Studies conducted by The University of Michigan find that the average spindle run time for a VMC is just 25%. A HMC, on the other hand, has an average spindle time of 85%, largely due to its ability to process a multi-sided part in one place and, often, with just one setup. Conversely, the same part might require the use of 3 – 4 VMCs.
There are other advantages to a horizontal machining center, including:
If it makes sense that investing in a horizontal machining center will help you grow your business and improve overall productivity, be sure to consult with the experts at Gosiger, Inc. They can help you select the HMC that best matches your requirements, whether for general machining, heavy machining or high-volume. The experienced Gosiger technical specialists can also advise you on the more challenging applications you can address with these versatile machines. And Gosiger technical service and customer support comes with every HMC they install.