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Exploring the Types of Precision CNC Machining We Use

If you stepped into the modern manufacturing area on our 300,000 square foot campus in Agawam, it would be hard to miss the equipment we employ to deliver high-quality results to our customers. As a contract manufacturer specializing in medium to high volume production of precision machined components and electro-mechanical assembly products, we leverage 118 computer numerical control (CNC) machines (some operated by robots) for repeatable results. Read on to learn more about the types of precision CNC machining we use.

Types of CNC Machining

At DFF, we own 118 CNC machines, which can be split into two main categories: CNC machining centers and CNC turning centers.

CNC Machining Centers

Many CNC machining centers can provide some mix of milling, drilling, boring, tapping and reaming in a single system. These centers come with an automatic tool changer and a table that clamps down what’s being machined to minimize its movement. On this type of CNC machine, the tools move but the machined product does not. At DFF, we use 13 twin spindle vertical machining centers, 48 vertical machining centers and 35 horizontal machining centers. CNC milling is utilized in our facility for prototyping and modeling of materials like metal or plastic.

When it comes to the difference between these types of CNC machining centers, it all has to do with the direction of the machine’s spindle and the tool attached. For example, a horizontal milling machine has a spindle that is mounted horizontally. Vertical machining centers can be used for drilling and plunging cuts, while horizontal machining centers are usually used to create grooves on a machined piece.

CNC Turning Centers

Think of CNC turning centers like an automated lathe—while CNC machining centers use moving tools to machine a part that does not move, a CNC turning center works in essentially the opposite way by rotating the part instead—keeping the tools fixed. At DFF, we use 18 horizontal turning centers and four vertical turning centers on our manufacturing floor.

CNC turning centers are usually used to create cylindrical parts due to the way the machine operates. At our facility, we use CNC turning for mid to high volume runs of prototypes, spacers, shafts or bushings below 2.5”.

Our CNC Machining Sets Us Apart

All of the types of precision CNC machining that we use at DFF, whether they are machining or turning centers, help us to achieve the high quality of products that our customers have come to expect. We approach every project we undertake with the same end goal: to manufacture or assemble a product that is as near perfect as it can be—and our reliable CNC machinery helps get us there.

Our team is also able to keep production on schedule with our brand-new visual factory. A digital Fusion GEMBA board provides a real-time, automated indicator of safety, quality, delivery, cost and inventory (SQDCI). The board also measures development by tracking order progress, current performance and our ability to hit both quality and delivery targets with consistency. Employees in our production area and office suites can also see clear production indicators in real-time through the dozen large television screens we have installed.

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Are you looking for a contract manufacturer with more than 100 CNC machines that can provide high-quality precision machined components for your application at scale? Our experienced team is ready to start working on your project today. Reach out today to get started.

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