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Hermle 5-axis milling machining cell

Combining the latest technology and engineering expertise to produce the perfect component.


What is CNC Milling?

CNC is short for 'Computer Numerical Control' and refers to the technology which allows us to connect high-tech computer design technology to a traditional milling machine.  The process of milling refers to the use of rotating cutting tools to remove material from the stationary, clamped workpiece to create the finished component.  This is sometimes called 'subtraction machining'.

Hemlock have a number of different CNC milling machines, each with unique tooling features which can be programmed to cut complex shapes to precision, cost effectively, time and time again.

Multi-Axis Milling

Multi-axis machines are CNC Machines that can perform multiple axes of movement and have more than three axes.  A traditional 3-axis machine allows cutting in three different directions (the X, Y and Z axes) whereas a multi-axis machine can have between four and twelve direction of movement axes.  At Hemlock we operate 3, 4 and 5-axis machines, meaning we can offer a cost effective service regardless of the complexity of the milled component required.  Most of our 3-axis milling machines are equipped with 4th axis units and multi-vice work-holding systems enabling us to clamp up to eight components in a single operation.  The ability to mill over several axes decreases manual interventions in the production process meaning we can achieve accuracy and consistency in the components we produce whilst allowing highly complex parts to be produced in a single machining cycle.  Our 5-axis machines can undertake high-speed, high-quality surfacing work (a benefit of the tangential movement capability of the tooling) and machine complex multi-axis operations which guarantee the relative geometry of all the features of the finished component.

ABB robotic loading arm

Continual Investment in the Latest Automation Technology

  • Robotic Automation for Competitive Pricing

  • Continual Investment in the Latest Technology

  • 5-Axis Machining Capability

  • Expertise in the Machining of Complex Components

  • ISO 9001:2015 Accredited

  • Capacity for High Volume Production

  • Lights-Out Production for Reduced Component Cost

  • Milling and Turning Capability for One-hit Production

  • In-cycle De-burring of Hard to Reach Areas for Quality and Precision Finish

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