At Quality Machine we have strived to always be equipped with the best technology and machinery.
We have focused on being diverse in regard to machinery and capabilities so our customers only need to go to one place to do their whole part. We have also built great relationships with other shops that provide other services like anodizing, powder coating, sheet metal fabrication, welding, etc. This way our customers can focus on what they’re good at and let us deal with the rest.
Horizontal machining is something that we focused on early to implement in our company before it was a popular way to mill parts. We are equipped with a Makino A51 Horizontal mill and it has been such a blessing on Quality Machine and our customers. Our favorite part about this machine is how rigid it is. There isn’t a metal on the planet that this machine couldn’t machine and machine it well. It cuts through tool steel like its butter. Something else the machine offers is it helps us be more effective. Something that you deal with as a machinist is load time. When you’re machining with a 3 axis milling center you’re taking a lot of time out of your day just loading and unloading parts. In our Makino we have a turntable with two different pallets on each side. While your parts are running on one side you can have a different setup or the same set up on the other and can be loading parts while the machine is running the other parts. This makes for no-load time machining. It only takes a couple of minutes more or less to load parts but after doing it hundreds of times throughout the day all that time adds up. Another thing that’s great about this machine is it has a 4th axis. This is a huge time saver because it steers you clear of having to use a ball end mill to hit angles and that can save you hours. Plus it makes doing complicated parts a lot more simple. In the past, this machine has allowed us to do whole assemblies for companies and get them done quickly. For example, we used it to create a whole snowmaking gun that is used in Park City and around the world all the way over to Japan. Another thing that’s important about our Horizontal is the tombstone the parts sit on. On a tombstone, there are usually 4 sides sometimes more. On each side, we can install two vises. This makes it possible to do around 16 parts at a time. Then if you make custom fixture plates for each side you can do way more parts than that.
9 Axis Machining
One thing that gives us an advantage over our competitors is our 9 axis machining capabilities. We own a Quick Tech 9 axis turn/mill. When you think of everything this machine can do your head starts to hurt. You can use it as a regular lathe or you can do complex milling on it. The trick to doing square parts is in the type of chuck you have. To do this you need a two jaw chuck on the sub-spindle at least. If you have a three-jaw chuck on the main spindle you need to machine the part with the round stock. The advantage with this is if the part is small enough you can bar feed a square part which is unheard of.