Production machines are used in every industrial sector. But it is not often easy to choose the right production machine in front of a multitude of manufacturers. We have thus produced several buying guides with tips and recommendations to help you make the right purchasing decision.
Hicham Dhouibi, Vincent Vilarrasa, Monica Hutchings and Francesco D’Amore contributed to these buying guides.
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Cutting machines consist of a working table and a frame supporting the cutting head. They are used to cut plates, sheets, sections or panels of materials. Depending on the material to be cut and the production parameters, you can choose between several cutting technologies such as laser cutting, water-jet cutting, plasma cutting, etc.
- HOW TO CHOOSE A CUTTING MACHINE?
- WHAT ARE THE MAIN TYPES OF CUTTING TECHNOLOGY?
- WHEN SHOULD YOU CHOOSE A LASER CUTTING MACHINE?
- WHEN SHOULD YOU CHOOSE A PLASMA CUTTING MACHINE?
- WHEN SHOULD YOU CHOOSE A WATER-JET CUTTING MACHINE?
- WHEN SHOULD YOU CHOOSE AN OXYACETYLENE CUTTING MACHINE?
- WHEN SHOULD YOU CHOOSE AN EDM CUTTING MACHINE?
- WHEN SHOULD YOU CHOOSE A KNIFE CUTTING MACHINE?
A conventional milling machine, also called a manual milling machine, is a machine that can manufacture all kinds of parts. The table feed is manually controlled by an operator.
- HOW TO CHOOSE A MILLING MACHINE?
- HOW MANY AXES DO YOU NEED FOR YOUR MILLING MACHINE?
- A VERTICAL OR HORIZONTAL CONVENTIONAL MILLING MACHINE?
- WHAT OTHER CHARACTERISTICS ARE IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A MILLING MACHINE?
A machining center is an advanced machine tool that enables the machining of parts, usually metal, by material removal. In general we refer to milling or machining in a general way. This guide focuses on CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining centers and milling machines.
- HOW TO CHOOSE A MACHINING CENTER?
- HOW MANY AXES DO YOU NEED FOR A MACHINING CENTER?
- SHOULD YOU CHOOSE A VERTICAL OR HORIZONTAL MACHINING CENTER?
- WHAT DIFFERENT MATERIALS CAN BE MACHINED?
- WHAT ARE THE OTHER SELECTION CRITERIA?
- HOW TO CHOOSE THE SIZE OF A MACHINING CENTER?
- WHAT ARE THE LATEST TRENDS FOR MACHINING CENTERS?
A press brake is a machine tool used for bending metal parts and sheets up to 20 mm thick. It is composed of a V-shaped or U-shaped die and a punch. The material to be bent is placed on the die and pressed by the punch which then bends the sheet to the selected degree.
Press brakes are used in sheet metal work and production plants in many fields, such as the automotive and aeronautic sectors.
- HOW TO CHOOSE A PRESS BRAKE?
- WHICH TECHNOLOGY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR PRESS BRAKE?
- WHAT CONFIGURATION SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR MY PRESS BRAKE?
- WHAT TYPE OF BENDING SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?
- WHAT ARE THE OTHER SELECTION CRITERIA FOR A PRESS BRAKE?
Industrial presses are used in manufacturing plants to form or assemble products through the application of pressure. This buying guide presents the main types of presses used in industrial environments, their use and the criteria to be taken into account when choosing the most suitable one for your process.