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MCS On Site Machining SolutionsMachine Cutting Services was established in 1983 and since then we have undertaken numerous on-site machining operations at power stations, petro-chemical plants, heavy engineering plants, on mines and at offshore related ventures. We will develop a tool for specialist application and are well known for our innovative designs.
How Milling Machines Work?Milling machines are tools designed to machine metal, wood, and other solid materials. Often automated, milling machines can be positioned in either vertical or horizontal orientation to carve out materials based on a pre-existing design. These designs are often CAD directed, and many milling machines are CNC-operated, although manually and traditionally-automated milling devices are also common. Milling machines are capable of dynamic movement, both of the tool and the workpiece, and many milling machines can perform multi-axis machining.
Because of variations in orientation, operation and application, milling machines have varying functions and different operating principles.
Types of Milling MachinesMilling machines are categorized by their orientation to their workpiece and their degree of motion.
Knee-TypeKnee-Type milling machines employ a vertical workspace supported by a knee, which is an adjustable vertical casting. The knee supports a saddle and can be adjusted to allow for a customizable workspace.
Plain Vertical and HorizontalMilling machines with a standard work surface can either be oriented vertically or horizontally. The tooling assembly is generally affixed on a turret and swivel, typically positioned parallel to the workspace. The turret and swivel allow the tool to move freely around the workpiece to enforce tight tolerances.
Universal Horizontal Milling MachineA universal horizontal milling machine differs from the plain horizontal type because it has a table swivel housing, which allows the table to move out 45 degrees from the standard horizontal position. This workpiece movement allows for easier angular or helical milling operations.
Ram-Type and Universal Ram-Type Milling Machines
A ram-type machine is used to allow the tooling to position itself on a greater range of space with regards to the workpiece. The ram-type machine has a spindle on a movable housing, which can move within a set horizontal plane. The universal ram-type milling machine includes a swivel housing that increases the range of cutting movements.
Swivel Cutter Head Ram-Type Milling Machine
With a swivel cutter, a milling machine can rotate from a completely vertical to a completely horizontal position. The worktable also moves, providing the user with a very liberal degree of motion and orientation. Many swivel cutters include both automatic or hand driven settings, increasing operation options.