Custom Horizontal Machining Centers

A horizontal machining center (HMC) is a machining center with its spindle in a horizontal position. This machining center design favors uninterrupted production work. One reason for this is that the horizontal position encourages chips to fall away, so they don’t have to be cleared from the table. More significantly, the horizontal design allows a two-pallet machine to be incorporated into a space-efficient machine. To save time, work can be loaded on one pallet of a horizontal machining center while machining occurs on the other pallet.

Horizontal Machining Center Applications

There are many benefits associated with horizontal machining, some of which include:

  • Shorter processing time per part - With horizontals’ ability to swap pallets, there is no significant delay between machining cycles for job change-over. Plus, on the tombstone fixtures, various pieces can be completed in a single cycle.
  • Lower prices – Horizontal machining has brought down the overall price per part quoted to customers.
  • Three-side machining – The B axis allows three faces of the part to be reached in one cycle. Parts with similar features can also be machined in the same cycle to ensure accuracy.
  • Complex part machining - Complex parts can now be machined more quickly and cost-effectively than ever before.
  • Advanced tooling platform – Horizontal machining centers take advantage of the latest in cutting tool technology.
  • Multi-customer Response – The ability to run multiple jobs on alternating pallets of the same machine allows use to fill orders for two customers in the same shift.

Horizontal Machining Center Applications

Depending on the job we offer a variety of diverse types of horizontal workholding to fit all your machining needs.

HMC Applications Examples - Tombstones

Custom Kurt Vise & Tombstone

Kurt Product: Kurt Vise/Tombstone

Machine: 630mm HMC

Customer: Machine Equipment Manufacturer

Comment: 9 pallet FMS, all Kurt Workholding, 8XLPT vises on two faces, 2" x 2" grid on two faces for Kurt ML35.


Custom engineered tombstones

Kurt Product: Kurt Vise/Tombstone

Machine: 630mm HMC

Customer: Machine Equipment Manufacturer

Comment: 9 pallet FMS, all Kurt Workholding, DL640 and 6XLPT Vises for large variety of work pieces.


Custom 4-sided tombstone

Kurt Product: Custom Tombstones

Machine: Seven Pallet HMC

Customer: Manufacturer-Microprocessor Inspection Equipment

Comment: Four sided column accommodates a variety of parts and operations.


Custom 3-sided tombstone

Kurt Product: DL430 Three Sided Tombstone

Machine: HMC

Customer: Hydraulics Component Manufacturer

Comment: Unique triangular shape allows large parts to be clamped without exceeding the work envelope


HMC Applications Examples - Special Vise Tombstone

Custom engineered vise and tombstone

Kurt Product: 5 ea. DL640 & 5 ea. DLU4 Specialty Vise Tombstone

Machine: HMC

Customer: Automotive Tool Products Company

Comments:

  • Hard jaw vises for rectangular parts and machinable jaw vises for irregular parts.

  • Large parts on one side, small parts on the other. Hydraulically actuated for operator efficiency


Specialty vises and tombstone

Kurt Product: Specialty Vise Tombstone W/ 2 ea. 6XLPT & 1 ea. 8XLPT Vises

Machine: HMC

Customer: Mold Shop

Comments: Large mold bases in 8XL and small mold bases held in the 6XL allows a large variety of parts.


Specialty Vise Tombstone

Kurt Product: Specialty Vise Tombstone W/ Four D810’s

Machine: 630mm HMC

Customer: Mold Shop

Comments: Allows clamping for four 10” x 12” mold bases


Custom tombstone with six double MoveLock vises

Kurt Product: Specialty Vise Tombstone W/ Six Double MoveLock Vises

Machine: HMC

Customer: Job Shop

Comments: Allows clamping of 12 parts up to 12" x 4" or 2 parts 12" x 26". Very flexible minimal set up time.


Custom tombstone with extra large vises

Kurt Product: Specialty Vise Tombstone W/ Eight Double 8XLPT Vises

Machine: HMC

Customer: Manufacturer-Microprocessor Inspection Equipment

Comment: This configuration will hold one part 21" x 24" per face or two 21" x 12" parts per face.


HMC Applications Examples - Back to Back

back to back hydraulic vises

Kurt Product: DLH600 & 8XLPTH Hydraulic Vise, Back to Back

Machine: HMC

Customer: Job Shop


HMC Applications Examples - ClusterTower

cluster towers for multi-pallet HMC

Kurt Product: CT640 ClusterTowers

Machine: 20 Pallet HMC

Customer: Job Shop

Comment: Job shop environment requires many jobs to be set up and ready to go.

Customized CarvLock ClusterTower

Kurt Product: CTU6 CarvLock ClusterTower

Machine: 10 Pallet HMC

Customer: Hydraulic Manifold Manufacturer

Comment: Unique combination of steps to clamp a wide variety of sizes.


HMC Applications Examples - Hydraulic

Tombstone with hydraulic vises

Kurt Product: Tombstone w/MLH35

Machine: 400mm HMC

Customer: OEM Machinery Builder

Comment: Two double MLH35/face. Stationary and movable jaws were carved to nest part. Vektek pallet disconnect and valve system.


Custom tombstone with hydraulic clamping

Kurt Product: Tombstone with hydraulic clamping

Machine: 400mm HMC

Customer: Tier One Automotive Supplier

Comment: Dedicated fixture for throttle body. Spring loaded tapered pins locate the part, hydraulic swing clamps secure part. Faceplates for each face are removable for flexibility, all hydraulic passages are internal, rotary coupling for hydraulic on top. Total of 14 fixtures built.


Tombstone with hydraulic clamping

Kurt Product: Tombstone with hydraulic clamping

Machine: 400mm HMC

Customer: Major Hydraulic Component Supplier

Comment: Dedicated fixture for valve body, four parts "A" load and four parts "B" load. Spring loaded tapered pins locate the part, hydraulic cylinders secure part. Parts are preloaded by wave washers, all hydraulic passages are internal, includes pallet disconnect valve on each face. Total of 8 fixtures built.


Custom engineered tombstone

Kurt Product: Tombstone with hydraulic clamping

Machine: 400mm HMC

Customer: Major Marine Supplier

Comment: Dedicated fixture for aluminum die casting, 3 parts per side with access for 4-sided machining. Machining access provided through the column. Hydraulically activated workstop swings away to allow machining.


HMC Applications Examples - SeraLock

Custom SeraLock Tower

Kurt Product: SeraLock Tower w/ML35

Machine: 400mm HMC

Customer: Large Job Shop

Comment: 3 parts/face, movable and stationary jaws index on .0625" serrations.


Multiple custom SeraLock towers

Kurt Product: SeraLock Tower w/ML35

Machine: 400mm HMC

Customer: Hydraulic Component Manufacturer

Comment: 4 parts/face, movable and stationary jaws index on .0625" serrations. Parts are separated by carbide coated spacers clamped to tower after vise is clamped.


HMC Applications Examples - WedgeLock

Customized SeraLock Towers with 2 inch WedgeLock

Kurt Product: SeraLock Tower w/2" WedgeLock

Machine: 400mm HMC

Customer: Hydraulic Parts Manufacturer

Comment: 3 parts/face, movable and stationary jaws index on .0625" serrations. Two WedgeLocks are used sided by side. Movable jaw "double"-clamps both ways.


2 inch WedgeLock

Kurt Product: 2" WedgeLock

Machine: 2" wide, 1.625" high, built in step. Mounts in 11/16 t-slot with 1/2-13 SHCS. Indexes on .0625" serration. Movable clamps both ways (two parts), stationary jaw has built in step and also works two ways (part on two sides).

 

 

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