The common types of horizonal mills are:
Plain, Bed-type, Boring, and HMCS.
Plain Horizontal Milling Machines
Also known as horizontal knee-and-column milling machines, Horizontal Milling Machines are the most basic type of horizontal machines. They have a horizontally oriented spindle and a worktable that can move in both longitudinal and transverse directions. The worktable is typically mounted on a saddle, which can be moved vertically.
Horizontal Bed-Type Milling Machines
Featuring the worktable mounted directly on the bed, Horizontal Bed-Type Milling Machines providing increased stability and rigidity. The bed can move longitudinally, while the saddle moves vertically, and the spindle remains fixed. Bed-type milling machines are known for their robust construction and are commonly used for heavy-duty machining operations.
Horizontal Boring Mills
Designed specifically for boring large holes in workpieces, Horizontal Boring Mills typically feature a spindle that can be adjusted vertically and horizontally, allowing for precise positioning of the cutting tool. Horizontal boring mills are often used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, and construction, where deep and precise bores are required.
Horizontal Machining Centers
HMCs are highly automated milling machines that combine horizontal milling capabilities with the advantages of CNC technology. Horizontal Machining Centers feature a horizontally oriented spindle, a worktable that can move in multiple axes, and an automatic tool changer. They are equipped with advanced control systems, allowing for high-speed and high-precision machining operations. HMCs are commonly used for complex machining tasks, such as multi-sided part machining and simultaneous operations.