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A horizontal machining center, or simply HMC, is a machining center with its spindle in a horizontal position. These machining center designs favor continuous part production. One main factor for this is the horizontal position actually encourages chips to fall away, thus removing the process of being cleared from the table later on. These machines are also offered with a pallet integrated into them to allow production to save time as work can be loaded onto one pallet of the machine while work occurs on the other.
Although horizontal machining centers seem similar to vertical machining centers, horizontal are beefy and rigid with the ability to handle hard materials and heavy duty cuts and work best with heavy workpieces that need machining on multiple sides. Whereas its counterpart, vertical machining centers, work best when Die sinking is needed. Horizontal centers were the first to appear with milling tables under its lathe-like headstocks. However, through the desire to change the angle of the horizontal mechanism, accessories such as add-on heads were created to convert the horizontal to vertical.
Shorter processing time.
Ability to machine complex parts.
Advanced tooling available.
Cleaner working space.
High volume of production.
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