A mill/turn machine is a hybrid CNC device that combines the functionality of milling and a turning tool into one quick, strong, and adaptable machine that can carry out complex operations more quickly and accurately than standard machining techniques. While most machines only carry out a single task, mill/turn machines may carry out up to four tasks simultaneously.
Because they are a more recent invention than conventional milling and turning machines, mill/turn machines are far less prevalent in machine shops. However, compared to conventional machines, combined mill/turn technology offers a wide range of advantages, such as:
Machining more complicated pieces are possible. Without the need to move the part from one machine to another, mill/turn machines may produce more elaborate and sophisticated parts. This presents numerous opportunities. Due in part to our advanced machinery, UMC is able to accept more complicated and precise work that other shops would reject.
Faster operations. The overall time required to produce each part is greatly decreased because a mill/turn may do 4 processes simultaneously. Mill/turns can be set up more rapidly than other machines and can machine the parts more quickly than other machines. The majority of these time savings are attributable to the fact that raw materials only need to be set up once to carry out all the various procedures; the part doesn’t need to be changed or relocated to a separate machine after each operation.
Higher accuracy. Mill/turn machining introduces less margin for error from parts being altered regularly or being set up several times because parts can be machined with a single setup. Even Exᴛʀᴇᴍᴇʟʏ little modifications during precision machining can cause a product to deviate from the desired tolerance. For instance, it is frequently necessary to ᴍᴀɴufacture items with tolerances as ᴄʟᴏsᴇ as.0002 inches. In the end, reducing the need to reposition tools and parts yields more accurate output, which also lowers scrap and material waste from out-of-spec products.
Automation of menial tasks. Since they are often more recent than traditional machining tools, mill/turn machines have greater built-in automation. Automatic processes do operations like loading material, probing, and removing pieces, giving the machinist more time to work on more engaging projects that provide value.
UMC’s Mill/Turn Capabilities
UMC invested in cutting-edge machinery, including numerous 9-axis machines and a pair of triple-turret machines, and was an early adopter of mill/turn machining. One perk of working at UMC is our ongoing investment in the equipment needed to do the task at hand. Working with some of the greatest and most advanced machines in the business is a benefit of becoming a machinist.
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