The Benefits of Horizontal Machining –
Why MIKCO can deliver advanced components fast….
1. Shorter processing time per part.
There are many reasons the time per part is shorter on these machines, says our Founder Michael Boissy. With a horizontals’, (HMC) high speed spindles, lightening fast rapid speeds and ability to swap pallets, there is no significant delay between machining cycles for job change-over. Plus, on the tombstone fixture, various pieces can be completed in a single cycle.
2. Lower prices.
Both machining time and labor time are lower for parts run on the HMCs. Thus, even though the shop rate on the HMCs is higher, the machines have brought down the overall price per part quoted to customers.
3. Three-side machining.
With the 4th, B axis, the HMC can reach three faces of the part in one cycle. Features that relate to one another often can be machined in the same cycle to assure accuracy, rock solid true positions and minimize human error. In addition, by reaching three sides of a component multiple operations are reduced to 1 - this equals big savings for all.
4. Ability to machine complex parts.
Mikco bids on parts that would have been too complex for many vertical milling shops. An example is airfoils and or laser aperature internals. These parts could justify a five-axis machine, but Mikco gets enough contouring ability on its four-axis HMC to be able to produce the parts very effectively in one and sometimes two setups a piece.
5. Platform for advanced tooling.
The Okuma high speed HMCs can take advantage of the latest cutting tool technology, this translates directly to the price of components. The more Mikco can leverage the latest in high speed cutting innovation the faster beautiful parts come of the machine and the lower the price.
6. Serve customers simultaneously.
Alternating the jobs run on alternate pallets—that is, loading job A while job B runs, then loading job B while job A runs, and so on—lets the shop use one machine to fill the orders for two, three or more customers in the same shift.
7. On-machine deburring.
The shop’s largest HMC has enough tool capacity that the shop can even keep various deburring tools in the magazine. Meanwhile, the horizontal orientation facilitates on-machine deburring because the removed burrs fall away. Replacing manual deburring with on-machine deburring saves labor and expense translating to lower prices.
8. Cleaner shop.
The horizontals keep chips more contained and therefore help keep the shop cleaner. This contributes to the original aim of developing and making use of a changing workforce. A cleaner shop attracts a more quality-conscious employee.