The basic types of Horizontal Boring Equipment
Table-type – is more favorable for machine accuracy and versatility of material removal. In the table-type Horizontal Boring Equipment the workpiece is set on the machine table and is movable which is ideal for smaller workpieces. This type of Horizontal Boring Equipment is very versatile, hence it is considered for a variety of boring processes in a wide range of diameters that is usually required by most industries.
Floor-type – is the reverse of the table-type wherein the workpiece is fastened down into the floor plates and the spindle travels to the work. The floor-type is usually very large and has great boring capabilities. It can bore holes as large a five meters in diameter.
How to select Horizontal Boring Equipment
When making a choice for the Horizontal Boring Equipment, it is important to determine whether it will satisfy your production requirements and if it can turn out finished work for lower cost per minute when compared to other types of machine. Since the Horizontal Boring Equipment is an investment, it is critical to be familiar with the many capabilities and options that it can provide. Another important consideration is the inherent accuracy of the machine as well as the rigidity of construction and the durability of working parts since most of the materials that will require boring are made of metal. Basis for the selection of the Horizontal Boring Equipment will also depend on the following factors:
- Spindle – normally, the larger the spindle diameter, the stronger the twisting rigidity becomes for heavy duty cutting. When machining soft workpieces like aluminum, a high-speed quill spindle is recommended. In the table-type, the spindle must be parallel with the tabletop, saddle and the longitudinal travel while in the floor-type; the spindle must be parallel with the floor plate and aligned with the edge of the bed and the longitudinal travel.
- Workpiece weight and size – the workpiece that has to be machined must match the machine table size and the workpiece allowable mass. In order to achieve optimal machine performance, a bigger table size than expected must be chosen and not the exact size of workpiece for flexibility.
- Axis travel – varies depending upon the machining positions of the workpiece and the machining widths. The large the W-axis the deeper that the machine can cut. The larger the X-axis and Y-axis values, the wider and higher the workpiece can be.
Finally, the choice for the Horizontal Boring Equipment will depend on the type of work that they will handle and whether it will be incorporated with CNC systems for the purpose of automation.