CNC Horizontal Turning Centers

CNC Horizontal Turning Centers
CNC Horizontal Turning Centers2019-02-26T14:50:36-08:00

Full Line of CNC Horizontal Turning Centers

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CNC Turning Center Functions

A CNC lathe can perform many tasks but a turning center is capable of much more such as:

1. Facing. Removing the metal from the end of a workpiece (typically cylindrical) which produces a flat surface.
2. Threading. This is the process of making a screw thread used to fasten or connect items.
3. Knurling. A process of machining a pattern of angled or crossed lines rolled into the workpiece. A finished knurled piece allows hands to get a better grip on the object.
4. Drilling. Most often, drilling holes in a workpiece will need to be done on the lathe before other tasks can be completed, such as tapping, boring or reaming. It’s always best to spot or center-punch the area to be drilled so that the drilling will be correctly aligned.
5. Boring. This enlarges the hole in the workpiece that was already drilled, achieving greater accuracy of the diameter of the hole.
6. Reaming. Drilled holes in the workpiece are often not accurate (straight and cylindrical). Reaming finishes and sizes the drilled holes with a high degree of accuracy.
7. Taper Turning. A taper is a uniform change in the shape of a cylinder’s diameter when measured along its axis. It is created by angling the workpiece and cutting tool relative to each other as the tool travels along the workpiece surface, cutting deeper or shallower, thus creating a tapered surface.

Size Doesn’t Matter

Our broad range of horizontal turning centers offers a variety of bore sizes, bed lengths, and optional features. From basic 2-axis turning to sub-spindle and live turret turning models, there is a Kent CNC turning center to meet your needs.

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CNC Turning Uses and Applications

Kent CNC manufactures and sells more than its fair share of mill-turn CNC turning centers, machines that are increasingly indispensable to anyone supplying parts to the aerospace, medical, power generation, and other demanding industries. They reduce work-in-process, improve part quality, and if tooled properly, shorten overall setup times as well. But there are also many situations where a 2-axis CNC turning center is all you need.

Consider a simple job for several dozen washer-like spacers. Simple, right? But unless you enjoy boring repetitive work, that’s way too many parts for a manual lathe. It’s excessive to use a mill-turn machine for this application. This and countless other part examples fall into this category including flanges, adapters, fittings, bearing housings, and more. Even parts that have a couple cross-holes here or a pair of keyways there might be better suited for a two-axis CNC lathe, despite the fact that it will require a secondary operation and a fixture to hold them.

Live Tooling

Multitasking is the word that best describes live tooling. Live tooling allows a CNC turning lathe to mill, drill, bore, turn and tap workpieces. The benefit is it reduces work-process time which increases your productivity and profitability. Kent CNC offers CNC Turning Centers with Live Tooling that will fit the more complex applications.

Reliable Round the Clock

Kent CNC’s machine designs enable manufacturers to hold tight tolerances and eliminate the need for separate finishing or grinding operations. Kent CNC’s integration with Fanuc controls create production efficiency and ease of use. With having a distributor in nearly every state, you can find a local Kent CNC premium distributor who can assist you should you require any technical or service assistance.  To find your local Kent CNC dealer, contact our California sales office at +1-714-258-8526.

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