Horizontal Boring Mills - Increased Productivity through CNC Controls

Horizontal Boring Mills - Increased Productivity through CNC Controls

Horizontal boring mills are perfect for heavy duty machining of medium and large parts. Technological innovations have optimized the productivity of these mills over the past couple of decades. Today, if a boring mill is equipped with the right accessories, it can handle boring, milling, drilling, and threading. Computer numerical control (CNC) technology has transformed the process of machining in virtually every manufacturing supply chain. Programming now allows boring mills to produce parts faster and more accurately, minimizing the possibility of human error. CNC controls the axes of the machine, as well as the peripheral tools like the rotary table and the milling head. As the movements of the axes become faster and more precise because of the programming, parts are produced much faster.

New generation of horizontal boring mills have a heavier and more accurate linear guide that enables them to take deeper and heavier cuts on large parts. Less force is now needed in positioning the machine’s axes. As a result, less energy is spent and better positioning accuracy can be achieved. Automatic head changers are also becoming more common in horizontal boring mills, enabling the performance of different operations on a part without the need to drag it across to different machines to perform the correct procedure. These technological advances make machining more efficient.

If a machine shop uses CNC technology on their horizontal boring mill, it is crucial to have a competent programmer on staff. If the machine is not programmed correctly for speed changes, feed rates, and tool offsets, the results can be catastrophic. Most machining tasks are programmed offline and then transmitted through a wireless network. The programs need to be checked carefully, however, before implementation.


can you provide examples of the "new generation" of horizontal boring mills?
Posted by: Peter P | August 26, 2016, 4:27 pm
CNC is way more popular though i'd imagine some shops still use older machines.
Posted by: dainar | July 25, 2016, 1:43 pm
Is conventional boring still used or it's all CNC now?
Posted by: Millie | July 16, 2016, 12:40 pm
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