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HORIZONTAL MACHINING CENTERS


Industry 4.0 software is the latest technology that DMG Mori is leveraging on all of its machining platforms, not just HMCs.


The ‘Big Bucks’ Chase Latest HMC Technology


Dynamic machining, automation, software help match machine choice to applications


Jim Lorincz Senior Editor


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hop owners are pretty careful when it comes to spend- ing their dollars on the latest machine tool technology. In the past that has often meant fi lling their shop fl oors with machines requiring the least initial investment and


overpowering their demand requirement with numbers of indi- vidual machines. A lot of machines, typically vertical machining centers, handled a wide variety of jobs on dedicated machines. Today, advances in horizontal machining center technology have changed the numbers game. Examples of new HMC tech- nology include high-torque and high-speed spindles, automation with integral twin pallets, pallet pools, FMS stockers, robots, and gantry loaders and unloaders. Shops can also add in software that can optimize scheduling for cellular automation, capture data for self-diagnosing maintenance, and monitor machine


August 2017 | AdvancedManufacturing.org 57


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