YIH KUAN / 04. 01. 2022

Different Types of Milling Machines

Milling machines come in many different types with a variety of functions based on certain standard specifications. Some of the most commonly used machines are the following: column, turret, C-frame, horizontal, bed type, planer-style, and tracer controlled.


Milling machines facilitate in removing metal pieces through a rotating cutter. The rotation of the cutter takes place at high speed, which helps it cut through metal efficiently. Furthermore, these cutters have cutting edges that play a vital role in cutting materials.


Manufacturers often name the different machines according to the kind of control, types of milling head, number of axis present, orientation of the spindle, size of the tool, its purpose, and source of power. While there are several varieties of milling machines available today, they essentially serve the same functions but use different terminologies. Below is the common list of seven types of milling machines.


♦Column Milling Machine

This is the most common milling machine, which has 5 basic components that are the work table, saddle, head, knee, and over arm. Considered as the simplest machine type, its cutting device is vertically suspended to allow drilling of metals. This is typically used when creating car parts because it is small and handy.


♦Turret Milling Machine

The turret is also known as the Bridgeport-type and can be repositioned anytime you want making this machine very functional. Its versatility makes it more practical since a variety of products can be made in addition to car parts.


♦C-frame Milling Machine

Because it is sturdier than a turret, this type is popular in industrial settings. It comes with a hydraulic motor, which makes it very powerful.


♦Horizontal type Milling Machine

This machine runs parallel to the ground. The table from which the object to be worked on is placed moves sideways while the cutting device goes up and down.


♦Bed type Milling Machine

The worktable cannot be raised ad lowered, but can be moved longitudinally and laterally along the guide rail of the bed  base, and the milling head or column can be moved vertically.


♦Planer-style Milling Machine

This machine type is basically the same as the bed mill. However, the planner-style includes cutters and heads that allow for a wider range of milling actions.


♦Tracer controlled Milling Machine

This type of machine has the ability to reproduce parts based on a master model. Most of the industrial sectors, especially the automotive industry, choose this type of machine because it makes production and specialization of machine parts easier. With the vast classifications of milling machines, you need to choose the one you need according to how you intend to use it. However if you find it's difficult to decide, do not hesitate to seek the help of a specialist who can help you select the one that will give you maximum benefits.


Now you know the main types of milling machines that you will find in almost every industrial sector for cutting materials and shaping them. One of the most important components of milling machine is milling head. If you are looking for a reliable milling head manufacturer for all your mechanical needs, YIH KUAN can definitely help.

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