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CNC Vertical Machining Centers

CNC Vertical Machining Centers

Three Ways Additional Travel Improves Productivity in Traveling Column Machines

By |2019-07-01T15:17:20-08:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Traveling Column Machines: Three Ways Additional Travel Improves Productivity I’ve always been intrigued by traveling column machines. That's because a vertical machining center able to mill both ends of a sleeper sofa or carry parts that weigh more than the recently-resurrected Ford Ranger (there’s a yellow 2003 in my driveway) raises a lot of possibilities. This [...]

Job Shops – Searching for the Best Vertical Machining Center

By |2019-05-06T12:08:28-08:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Four Things Job Shops Should Know When Searching for the Best Vertical Machining Center VMCs are the workhorses of any job shop. They’re able to machine a huge variety of parts. The tooling is widely available, as are machine operators. VMCs are also less expensive than a comparably-sized horizontal or five-axis machining center. Finding the best [...]

Quick-Change Tooling: Four Off-the-Shelf Solutions to Cut Downtime on CNC Machine Tools

By |2019-04-09T13:52:59-08:00April 9th, 2019|Categories: CNC Tips, CNC Turning Centers, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Quick-Change Tooling: Four Off-the-Shelf Solutions to Cut Downtime on CNC Machine Tools Spending a few hours or even an entire shift setting up a CNC machine tool was once considered no big deal. Not anymore. With job quantities dropping and shops under increased pressure to reduce costs, setup time is critical. Of all the continuous improvement [...]

High-Speed Machining: Four Ways to Increase Productivity and Cut Costs

By |2019-03-26T10:47:59-08:00March 26th, 2019|Categories: CNC Tips, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

High-Speed Machining: Four Ways to Increase Productivity and Cut Costs Hogging with a high-speed steel corncob cutter was once considered the best way to remove lots of material quickly. No longer. The techniques that work well on a manual knee mill have no place on CNC machining centers. Instead, machinists should apply lighter radial depths of [...]

Machining Center Selection: Three Things to Know

By |2019-03-19T13:49:06-08:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: CNC Tips, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Machining Center Selection: Three Things to Know Let's face it: if you're shopping for a CNC machining center, there are a number of good choices out there. And just like picking out your next car or a vacation home, there’s a lot to consider before buying one. Kent CNC recognizes this. We encourage our customers to [...]

5 Things To Know About High-Pressure Coolant Systems

By |2019-03-26T11:33:29-08:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: CNC Tips, CNC Turning Centers, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Keep Cool: 5 Things You Should Know About High-Pressure Coolant Systems If you’ve purchased a new end mill or slotting cutter lately, chances are good that it’s riddled with coolant holes. There’s an excellent reason for this. Unless you’re machining gray cast iron, high-carbon or hardened steels, or using ceramic cutting tools—cutting dry, in other words—you’ll [...]

Five Tips for Keeping Cutting Fluids in Tip-Top Shape

By |2019-03-26T11:41:27-08:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: CNC Horizontal Machining Centers, CNC Tips, CNC Turning Centers, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Five Tips for Keeping Cutting Fluids in Tip-Top Shape Nobody likes a stinky machine tool. When cutting fluids are poorly maintained, anaerobic bacteria blossoms, feeding on the way lube and other unavoidable contaminants that collect within any machine sump. This is why Kent CNC’s KVR-series vertical machining centers are equipped with automatic coolant tank skimmers and [...]

3 Chip Management Tips for CNC Machine Operators

By |2019-03-26T12:29:38-08:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: CNC Horizontal Machining Centers, CNC Tips, CNC Turning Centers, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

3 Chip Management Tips for CNC Machine Operators There’s one basic rule of shop floor economics that everyone should know: if the machines aren’t making chips, the business is losing money. But the shape of those chips and their removal from the work area is every bit as important as producing them in the first place. [...]

Which Way? Linear or Box Way Vertical Machining Centers?

By |2019-03-26T12:15:20-08:00October 22nd, 2018|Categories: CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Which Way? Linear or Box Way Vertical Machining Centers? Ask any machinist which is better, box ways or linear guideway machining centers, and you might receive a heated response, similar to asking them which sports team is best, or how they voted in the last election. Most have their favorite, and how it became that way [...]

I’ll Take the Combo – Dual Spindle Machining Center

By |2019-03-26T13:00:53-08:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: CNC Horizontal Machining Centers, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

I'll Take the Combo – Dual Spindle Machining Center Life is full of choices. From deciding what color to paint your bathroom, which combo meal to order at your favorite fast food restaurant, or whether to name your kid Bob or Jim, each of us is faced each day with decisions big and small. Machine shop [...]