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ken@kentusa.com

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Horizontal vs. Vertical Lathes: Which One is Right for My Shop?

By |2023-01-09T19:33:40-08:00January 9th, 2023|Categories: CNC Turning Centers|

Trying to choose between horizontal vs. vertical lathes for your machine shop? There’s more to the decision than spindle orientation. Workpiece size and shape plays a big role, with vertical turret lathes (VTLs) winning the prize for large diameter parts, provided they aren’t much longer than they are wide. Traditional “horizontal lathes,” on the other hand, [...]

Maximize Machining Center Output With a Pallet Changer

By |2023-01-09T17:43:28-08:00January 2nd, 2023|Categories: CNC Horizontal Machining Centers, CNC Tips|

The pallet changer has long been associated with high volume work on horizontal machining centers (HMCs). However, that paradigm is beginning to shift. Automakers and prototype shops alike find that machines such as Kent CNC’s KMH Auto Pallet HMC enjoy OEE levels (overall equipment effectiveness) much higher than those who swap parts by hand. Four-sided machining is possible, [...]

Slant Bed Lathe: More Capable Than Ever

By |2022-11-28T18:15:30-08:00November 28th, 2022|Categories: CNC Turning Centers|

The two-axis slant bed lathe has long been an indispensable piece of the manufacturing equation. Machine shops use them to turn shafts, bore rings, cut threads, and perform countless other turning operations. But what if you could cut keyways in those shafts? How about drilling cross holes? Better yet, what if the lathe had a sub [...]

Best of Both Worlds – Horizontal and Vertical

By |2021-06-30T12:00:29-08:00June 30th, 2021|Categories: CNC Horizontal Machining Centers, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Best of Both Worlds – Horizontal and Vertical Trying to decide between a vertical or horizontal machining center? This Southern California job shop ordered the combo Vertical machining center (VMC) proponents say it’s the flexibility and lower cost that brought them to purchase this most common of CNC machine tools. Those who favor a horizontal machining [...]

NEW Gang Style CNC Lathes

By |2021-06-08T13:44:43-08:00June 8th, 2021|Categories: CNC Turning Centers|

We would like to present our new line of Gang Style CNC Lathes which are designed for high precision and efficiency turning. Kent CNC GSL Series CNC Lathes feature a gang-type structure with an inclined bed structure design. These features effectively save tool-changing time. The GSL Series Lathes are equipped with a hydraulic six-station turret and have power-driven [...]

Vertical Milling Upgrade for High-Power Manufacturing

By |2021-03-29T14:07:48-08:00March 27th, 2021|Categories: CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Vertical Milling Upgrade for High-Power Manufacturing Northeastern United States manufacturing company gets a machine tool upgrade from Kent USA   Unless you’re a scientist or microwave engineer, you could probably care less about waveguides. In fact, most people would have a hard time describing one. Despite their esoteric nature, however, waveguides are both more important and [...]

Vertical Machining Centers: Two Important Options to Look For When Buying

By |2020-06-01T15:27:48-08:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Vertical Machining Centers: Two Important Options to Look For When Buying Walk into almost any machine shop and you’re sure to see a line of vertical machining centers (VMCs). You'll probably find that all of them have similar travels, similar controls, and similar features, regardless of the machine logo or paint color. Does that mean, then, [...]

5 Years and Millions of Parts with the KVR Machining Center

By |2020-03-03T11:02:26-08:00March 3rd, 2020|Categories: CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

5 Years and Millions of Parts with the KVR Machining Center Millions of parts later, the management team at this manufacturing company remain quite happy with their machine tool decision   Being a Tier III supplier to automotive and appliance OEMs is high-volume, extremely competitive work, where success depends in large part on fast, accurate, and [...]

A Productive Journey – Wisconsin job shop expands its capabilities with a new Kent USA Machining Center

By |2019-08-20T10:56:47-08:00November 15th, 2019|Categories: CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

A Productive Journey Wisconsin job shop expands its small part capabilities with a new CNC machining center from Kent USA   Every shop faces the same situation at one point or another. The machine tools are either too large and slow to be competitive on smaller parts, or too small and underpowered for the larger ones. [...]

Twin Turrets: Making Oilfield Lathes Twice as Productive

By |2019-11-07T13:34:24-08:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: CNC Turning Centers|

Twin Turrets: Making Oilfield Lathes Twice as Productive Twin turret. Dual turret Double turret. Whatever you call them, there’s no arguing that they increase productivity compared to traditional single turret CNC lathes. That's true no matter what you’re making, but especially so with very large or very long parts, like those produced by oil and gas [...]