Vertical Machining Center - VMC425

Vertical Machining Center

Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Main View
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Front View with Operator
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Work Table, Vise, Telescoping Stainless Steel Way Covers
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Rotary Table
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - 10 Tool Automatic Tool Change System and 8000 RPM Servo Driven spindle
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - End View of Work Table Through Left End Access Door
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Coolant Collection System
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Electrical Control Panel and Axis Servo Drives
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Tri-Color Work Light and Top of Spindle
Additional Options:
  • · Advanced 808D Upgrade $2,850
  • · Precision 5" Rotary Table $2,879
  • · Siemens Drive & Motor for
  •   Rotary Table - $2,200 
  • · 10 HP Servo Spindle Drive  
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Warranty:
- 18 months on the VMC425
- 3 years total (2+1) on Siemens 808D Control

Vertical Machining Center

VMC425, 7.5 HP Servo Spindle

Full Production Capacity - Small Footprint

The VMC425 is a compact, full production vertical machining center that has power, speed and performance - and it won't break the bank.
The VMC425 Vertical Machining Center has a Full "safety assured" machine enclosure, with customer recommended ergonomic package that is designed with all-day operation in mind.
This small vertical machining center is built for and used in full production operations.  Also, chosen by Siemens as a featured machine in it's new "Siemens Educational Initiative".  A small vertical machining center that fits well in educational settings.
Unique VMC425 features include:
  • 1) Closed Loop System/Servos:  Industrial level of power, precision and performance.
  • 2) Siemens 808D CNC Control: Industrial grade CNC control with conversational programming and on-screen help guide.
  • 3) 7.5 HP Servo Spindle Motor:  High torque, even at low RPMs - constant torque rise through speed range.  Allows for rigid tapping and spindle positioning.
  • 4) 50-8000 RPM Spindle:  Ramp up from lowest to highest speed at the push of a button.
  • 5) 10 Tool Automatic Tool Change System:  Automated milling operations with precision BT30 10-tool ATC. Change tools by hand fast with pnuematic "push-button" tool change.
  • 6) High Quality Linear Guides and Ball Screws:  Increased precision and higher speed operations.  Allows for 1000 IPM feed rates.
  • 7) Full Enclosure:  Full "Safety-Lock" enclosure keeps operator safe - contains coolant and chips during long production runs.  
  • 8) Heavy Base and Machine Castings:  Optimal vibration damping, assuring consistent precision and excellant repeatability.
Order the VMC425 Vertical Machining Center
And Get These FREE Bonus Items:
VMC425 Small VMC Machine:
Siemens Control System (with Registration):
  • Additional 1 Year In-Field Warranty from Siemens USA
  • FREE Permanent Copy of Siemens 808D Simulator
  • FREE Access to Siemens USA Webinar Training Series
Fusion 360 CAD/CAM Program:
Price: $28,329.00
VMC425 Small VMC
Power - Speed - Performance
Designed and built for full-production -- its small size and footprint allows it to fit in limited space applications.
7.5 HP Servo spindle drive provides power to match the machine size. 50-8000 RPM spindle speed permits a wide range of milling applications.
Generous sized work cube:  Means this stout, but nimble VMC is a hard working partner that gives you the versatility needed to fit your CNC milling requirements.
The VMC425 provides the capabilities of larger, more expensive machines in a small but robust package. Used in a variety of production and educational applications.
Performance Details:
  • Siemens 808D CNC Control
  • Servos/Drives on All Axes
  • Closed Loop System
  • 7.5 HP Servo Spindle
  • 50-8000 RPM Servo Spindle
  • 1000 IPM Feed Rate
  • BT30 Tooling System
  • 10 Tool Automatic Tool Changer
  • Full Safety Grade Enclosure
  • Schneider Electrical Components
  • PMI Ball Screws
  • Auto Lube and Coolant Control
  • Heavy Castings with Cast Base
Warranty Details:
  • 18 Months on VMC425
  • 3 Years Total (2+1) on Siemens 808D Control
New Videos:
VMC425 Walk Around: Experienced AutoMate CNC technician walks around the VMC425 and points out the features and benefits of this vertical machining center.
Review of Small VMC for Production and Education: Tutorial on how to setup tools and tool length offsets using the 828D Seimens Controller.

VMC425 Small Vertical Machining Center - Features

Milling Machine Features
Full Enclosure - Assures Safe & Clean Work EnvironmentFull enclosure with door safety locks. Keeps coolant and chips contained. Assures a safe environment for the operator and attendants, and helps keep a cleaner work area.
PMI Ball ScrewsWorld-class standard ball screws - efficiently transmit rotary motion to linear motion, allowing for high-speed, highly accurate axis movements. Accurate ball circle diameters throughout length of ball screw assures consistent drag torque and low noise.
Precision Hiwin Linear Guideways with Telescoping CoversHiwin linear motion guideways come standard on the VMC425. Stainless steel telescoping guards provide maximum protection of guideways from chips and coolant.
10 Tool Automatic Tool Change SystemReduces cycle times by automatically changing tools between cuts without the need of an operator. Reduces operator set-up errors and maximizes productive operator and machine hours.
BT-30 Tool Holding SystemIndustry standard CNC tool holding system - the other being the CAT system. Tooling is cheaper with the BT system. We selected the BT system because our customers have said they want a quality standard CNC tooling system - and value pricing.
Large Table and Work CubePrecision ground work table and generous work cube dimensions. Big enough for real production work.

Heavy Machine Castings, PLUS a Heavy Cast Base

3800 lbs. heavy duty, vibration damping castings turns this small VMC into a full duty production machine. High weight-to-work cube ratio assures high rigidity and advanced accuracy. Sturdy cast stand has built-in coolant recycling tank.
Counter Weight Balanced Mill HeadReduces stress on Z-axis motor and ball screw at higher RPMs. Increases accuracy and extends life of Z-axis components. A counter balanced mill head will not crash in the event of a control failure.
Drive System Features
7.5 HP Servo Spindle DrivePlenty of power to match the size of machine. Servo drive on spindle adds to functionality and reliability. High torque, even at low RPMS. Constant toque rise throughout speed range - capable of rigid tapping and spindle alignment.
Schneider Electrical ComponentsOne reason we can offer an 18-month machine warranty is because of the recognized quality and reliability of Schneider Electrical components. Highest reliability rating - highly efficient design reduces power usage.
50-8000 RPM Spindle SpeedServo driven spindle provides rapid speed changes, from 50-8000 RPMs in a few seconds - in a single speed range. No need for changing gears or belts. Constant torque rise, even at low RPM are assured with the servo drive.
1000 IPM Feed RatesFaster speeds equals higher production rates. The Siemens industrial control, axis servo drive system and linear ways provide the power and control that allows for higher speeds - many times faster than competitive systems.
Safety Operation Features
Automatic Lubrication SystemLubricates all wear points during machine operation at continuous time intervals. Benefits include reduced labor and material costs and significant extension of bearing life.
Programmable Coolant SystemControl coolant flow at the control panel using standard M-Codes. Cycle times can be significantly reduced, while feed and cutting speeds can be significantly increased. Proper cooling extends life of cutting tools.
Work LightFocused lighting elements increase operator efficiency and reduce fatigue. This light is flicker resistant, waterproof, and resistant to both cooling and lubricants. It is also resitant to impacts and vibrations.
Tri-Color Warning LightTurns on when control recognizes a machining error or machine malfunction. An operator standing away from the machine is visually alerted by the activated alarm light when machining cycle is finished or mahine aerrors out.
Siemens 808D CNC Control Features
Closed Loop SystemSystem directly monitors motor position and velocity in real time. The system then automatically makes corrections to assure correct tool positioning. High accuracy and maximum parts quality ensures a minimal rejection rate. Also assures smoother surface finishes.
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Siemens Servos and DrivesAchieves rapid acceleration and higher speeds - Maintains high torque throughout speed range. Motor is highly efficient - and it stays cool. Quiet at high speeds and stays vibration free during operation.
Ideal for CNC BeginnersIdeal for entry level CNC users, the innovative integrative start-GUIDE from Siemens provides an on-line digital help function on every screen. Helpful instructions are available anytime - at the push of a button.
Simple & Intuitive InterfaceWell-designed conversational programming functions and Wizards from Siemens help streamline programming at the control panel. All Siemens 808D controls come standard with this SINUMERIK Operate BASIC functionality.
Compact and RobustIndustrial panel design with hardened features is ideal for harsh environments. Small compact design matches smaller machines tools like the AutoMate CNC line.
USB Connector - Easily Handles Large FilesThis unique Siemens function allows for the streaming of large program files direct from a USB. Large files are no longer a concern - other CNC systems lack this robust level of functionality.
Built-In HelpsSeveral Siemens provided “assists” help streamline programming functions. One example would be Hot Keys. With the Hot Key function, machine operators can easily access commonly used screens using operator defined hot keys.
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS - AUTOMATE CNC MILLING MACHINES
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Model NameMX200 Small CNC Bed MillMT300 PRO Small CNC Milling CenterVMC425 Vertical Milling Machine
Price$17,399$22,969$28,329
MILLING CAPACITIES
Spindle Nose to Table - Max18.5”17.5”19.5"
Spindle Nose - Min2.5”2.5”2"
Spindle Center to Column12”12”15"
Machine Repeatability.0004”.0003”.0002"
TRAVELS & FEED RATES
X Axis21”16”17"
Y Axis11.25”11”10"
Z Axis16”15”18"
X-Axis Rapids325 IPM600 IPM1000 IPM
Y-Axis Rapids325 IPM600 IPM1000 IPM
Z-Axis Rapids325 IPM600 IPM1000 IPM
Max. Cutting Speed100 IPM315 IPM315 IPM
TABLE
Length36”32”28"
Width9.5”9.5”12"
T-Slot Width5/8”5/8"5/8”
T-Slot Center Distance2.4”2.4”3.3"
Number of T-Slots333
Max Weight on Table350 lbs350 lbs550 lbs
SPINDLE
Spindle Power4 HP4 HP7.5 HP
RPM Range50-600050-600050-8000
Drive SystemServo/Direct BeltServo/Direct BeltServo/Direct Belt
TaperBT30BT30BT30
TOOL CHANGER
TypeN/ACarouselCarousel
CapacityN/A1210
Max. Tool DiameterN/A4"4”
Max. Tool WeightN/A12 Lbs7 Lbs
Tool-to-ToolN/A1.5 Sec.1.2 Sec.
Chip-to-ChipN/A3 Sec.2 Sec.
WEIGHTS/DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES
Machine Weight2150 Lbs2820 Lbs4400 Lbs
Machine Dimensions71” x 52” x 82”70” x 65” x 87”81" x 70" x 87"
Shipping Weight2310 Lbs3040 Lbs4620 Lbs
Air for Pneumatics90 PSI90 PSI90 PSI
Coolant Capacity3.75 Gal35 Gal35 Gal
Power (Standard)220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power
Amperage Required30 Amp30 Amp40 Amp
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS (Metric) - AUTOMATE CNC MILLING MACHINES
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Model NameMX200 Small CNC Bed MillMT300 PRO Small CNC Milling CenterVMC425 Vertical Machining Center
MILLING CAPACITIES
Spindle Nose to Table - Max470mm445mm500mm
Spindle Nose - Min64mm64mm50mm
Spindle Center to Column300mm300mm350mm
Machine Repeatability.01mm.007mm.005mm
TRAVELS & FEED RATES
X Axis530mm400mm425mm
Y Axis290mm280mm240mm
Z Axis410mm385mm450mm
X-Axis Rapids9m/m15m/m25m/m
Y-Axis Rapids9m/m15m/m25m/m
Z-Axis Rapids9m/m15m/m25m/m
Max. Cutting Speed2.5m/m8m/m25m/m
TABLE
Length900mm800mm700mm
Width240mm240mm300mm
T-Slot Width16mm16mm16mm
T-Slot Center Distance60mm60mm85mm
Number of T-Slots333
Max Weight on Table160 Kg160 Kg250 Kg
SPINDLE
Spindle Power3.0 kW3.0 kW5.5 kW
RPM Range50-600050-600050-8000
Drive SystemServo/Direct BeltServo/Direct BeltServo/Direct Belt
TaperBT30BT30BT30
TOOL CHANGER
TypeN/ACarouselCarousel
CapacityN/A1210
Max. Tool DiameterN/A100mm100mm
Max. Tool WeightN/A5.5 Kg3 Kg
Tool-to-ToolN/A1.5 Sec.1.5 Sec.
Chip-to-ChipN/A3 Sec.2 Sec.
WEIGHTS/DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES
Machine Weight900 Kg1000 Kg2000 Kg
Machine Dimensions140cm x 140cm x 200cm152cm x 152cm x 201cm206cm x 178cm x 221cm
Shipping Weight1000 Kg1100 Kg2100 Kg
Air for Pneumatics90 PSI90 PSI90 PSI
Coolant Capacity10 L132 L132 L
Power (Standard)220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power
Amperage Required30 Amp30 Amp40 Amp

Siemens Control

AutoMate and Siemens 808D
Small CNC Control Leadership
Detroit Machine Tools - AutoMate is leading the way in the development and support of the Siemens 808D CNC control matched with small industrial machine tools.
DMT has technicians and CNC programmers who are trained and proficient in operating the 808D control. DMT offers training classes and individualized training for AutoMate owners and Siemens 808D operators.
Experienced technicians are available to answer questions and offer technical support for your AutoMate machine with Siemens 808D control.
You can purchase an AutoMate CNC lathe or mill with confidence - knowing you will have the support of an organization with relevant depth and experience. DMT technicians are knowledgeable and commited to your machining success.
SINUMERIK 808D - INTRODUCTION
Features and Facts - Advantages of Siemens 808D
DOWNLOADABLE OFFLINE SIEMENS 808D SIMULATOR
Familiarize yourself with the 808D control.
Proof out existing part files.
Create programs away from the machine.
SIEMENS 808D - TRAINING CLASSES
Training Classes in Ann Arbor, MI


Siemens Webinars
SIEMENS 808D - TRAINING MANUALS
The Sinumerik 808D Programming and Operations Manual
3 YEAR WARRANTY - on the SINUMERIK 808D

AutoDesk Fusion 360 and AutoMate CNC

AutoDesk Fusion 360 and AutoMate CNC

Autodesk Fusion 360 provides the CAD/CAM program that best fits the AutoMate CNC line of CNC lathes and milling machines. And, Fusion 360 is the CAD/CAM program that best fits our customer requirements.

Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE platform for product development. It combines industrial and mechanical design, simulation, collaboration, and machining in a single package.

AutoMate CNC has custom post processors for Fusion 360 - From concept to parts production, machining program file management has never been easier!

Fusion 360 - Design

Free Form Sculpting

Within Fusion’s sculpting environment you have the ability to start with, and modify predefined primitive shapes right alongside mechanical workflow.

Apply symmetrical strategies and manipulate edges/faces to transform primitive designs into organic shapes that are not only eye pleasing but meet technical parameters as well.

Parametric Modeling

Fusion 360 gives designers, engineers, and machinists the ability to create designs that meet manufacturing criteria involving precise tolerances. This type of modeling lends itself well to part families that require slight variations to a specific feature, or designs that require iterations on a regular basis.

Parametric modeling is a structured process where users create designs/assemblies with constrained sketch(s). Edits are typically indirect and can be accessed through the history tree, or chain. Parts and assemblies have fully defined parent/child relationships.

Key Benefits of Parametric Modeling:

  • The model design is automatically updated as changes/iterations are made
  • It is easier to predict how models/assemblies will interact with parameters as changes are made within the data tree
  • Easy to define and create families of parts
  • Manufacturing processes are streamlined - resulting in decreased production time

Solid Modeling - Direct Modeling

Solid modeling is a more flexible design process that allows the part geometry itself to be the master in determining design process and flow. There are times, most often in the concept phase of a part design, when a designer/machinist does not want a fully defined part drawing. Direct modeling does not rely on a linear “parent/child” relationship. Editing to the design model is accomplished within the part geometry itself. Not on the part’s design history chain.

Key Benefits of Direct Modeling:

  • 3D designs are quickly created
  • Edits are quick with geometry changes directly on the model
  • Very flexible within the design stage
  • Short learning curve
  • Smaller file size

Libraries

Common hardware and CAD files can be directly imported into the modeling environment. With a few clicks of the mouse products from popular vendors can be added. Design details, like part number, quantity, and CAD data are automatically populated.

Fusion 360 - Design

Use Fusion 360 to create toolpaths for existing solid models, or models created directly within Fusion. Take advantage of the rapid prototyping environment with the built in 3D printing utility.

Post Processors: AutoMate CNC has already done the hard work - custom post processors for Fusion 360 are built-in. Having an intuitive, easy-to-use CAD/CAM program like Fusion 360 is a great help to the time-conscious machinist/programmer. With some practice and experience you will realize how much Fusion 360 can simplify your machine programming journey - from concept, to print, to finished part.

Good Match: Fusion 360 is a great match for AutoMate CNC machine tools. One strength of Fusion 360 is that it can take advantage of AutoMate CNC’s high spindle speed, AND, the machine’s high rapid feed rates, and cutting feed rates.

Efficient and Accurate Operations: Fusion 360 offers options for both 2D and 3D adaptive tool paths. These toolpath strategies generally have a higher material removal rate. They also assure longer tool life. Using Fusion 360 CAM to develop efficient machining programs offers the smoothest operation of your machine - improving efficiency and accuracy. AND, assuring easier operation and longer machine life.

VMC425 - Vertical Machining Center - FAQ

What’s the difference between the VMC425 and the smaller AutoMate CNC mills?

The VMC425 is a machine that has full production capabilities. The VMC425 is built with full production quality components:

• PMI ball screws,
• Hiwin Linear Guideways,
• Schneider electrical components
• Heavy cast components
• Servo motors and drives on all three axes
• Servo driven spindle
• Full enclosure with safety lockouts.

The VMC425 is built for full, hard charging production and even has an 18 month warranty on the machine components.

Is the Siemens 808D well matched for the VMC425?

The Siemens 808D is a fully functional, industrial grade CNC control system that uses software based on that used in Siemens' larger industrial control systems. The difference is that the 808D is designed to be used on smaller machines, like the VMC420.

Machine tools with real production capabilities like AutoMate CNC machines, are best matched with a control system that has the power and functionality to do real production work – like the Siemens 808D.

All AutoMate CNC machines come standard with the Siemens 808D Basic control, which can be upgraded upon request. Other control options include the Siemens 808D Advanced and Siemens 828D controls. Those that prefer using a Fanuc system can order any of our lathes or mills with a Fanuc Oi Mate CNC Control.

This is a closed loop control system?

Yes, this mill control is a closed loop system. A servo-driven closed loop system is significantly more accurate than steppers. A closed loop system sends commands from the control out to the machine and then completes the communication process by sending data back that updates the control as to where the machining process is at any given time. The system directly monitors motor position and velocity in real time.

The system directly monitors motor position and velocity in real time. The system then automatically makes corrections to assure correct tool positioning. This assures high accuracy and maximum parts quality. PLUS, it ensures smoother finishes and a reduced reject rate.

What are the dimensions of this mill?

The VMC425 measures: 81”W X 70”D X 87”H

Will it machine steel, titanium, stainless, etc.?

Yes, the VMC425 will machine all these metals. An important consideration is the proper matching of cutting tool, depth of cut, feed rates, and the speed the spindle is set at. Charts that show the recommended “feeds and speeds” are available and should be considered valuable source material. Experience is the greatest teacher – it is important to be a little cautious as you get started. In time, as you gain experience and knowledge, you will be able to improve your operating efficiency and the quality of your results.

It says this mill has a servo driven 8000 RPM spindle. What’s the advantage, and is that a fully usable 8000 RPMs??

Yes, this mill has a servo driven spindle. The exact same type of spindle drive motors used on larger, high-production industrial CNC machine tools. A servo driven spindle provides much better torque, and assures constant torque throughout the speed range, even at low RPM.

Servo motors with an encoder are able to continually identify the exact radial location of the spindle shaft. This makes the servo driven spindle capable of rigid tapping, a function that most machine operators will eventually find a need for. The servo also allows for spindle positioning – an important consideration when using an automatic tool changer or performing rigid tapping on a mill.

Yes, because of the combination of quality spindle, servo drive and Siemens industrial control system, this mill will perform milling operations at a full speed of 8000 RPM. The servo driven spindle can be programmed to perform high torque operations at a low speed of 100 RPMs and then ramp up to full 8000 RPM – without any other required help or mechanical assistance by the operator.

This mill can rigid tap?

Yes, this mill can be easily programmed to do rigid tapping operations.

I read in the intro that this mill was chosen by Siemens for the “Siemens Educational Initiative” Program”. What does this mean?

This mill was introduced at the 2016 IMTS show and was featured in the Siemens booth at the show. Siemens has committed significant resources to the “Siemens Educational Initiative’ which is providing training and discounts on machine tools with Siemens controls to technical schools across the US. Vocational educators are eligible for free training. AutoMate CNC is partnering with Siemens to provide tools with Siemens controls to American educators.

Can I set this up myself? Do I need a rigger?

The VMC425 is a larger, bulky and heavy piece of machinery.  The decision to handle the moving of this large mill on your own should be considtered carefully.  If you have a forklift that has sufficient fork length and load capacity, in addtion to a safety minded and well-trained operator, you should be able to safely remove the mill from the truck it is shipped on and place it at its intended operating location. Some customers rent fork lifts and/or operaters to perform the task. 

Basic instructions for setting up the mill are included in the operations manual. Of course, you can always call us with questions you may have.

What’s the warranty? How does it work?

AutoMate CNC mills have an 18 month parts replacement warranty. AutoMate CNC will send you the proper replacements parts for parts that prove to be defective.

The Siemens 808D control has a three year (2+1) “in-field” warranty that is supported by Siemens USA.

How about service, can I do it myself?  What if I need technical support?

The expectation is that customers who purchase a CNC machine tool will have the adequate mechanical and electrical know-how to handle service questions as they arise. Naturally, you can call and talk to an AutoMate CNC technician with questions you have.

If you need technical support beyond telephone, on-line or email support provided by AutoMate CNC technicians, we can help you find a local technician that is willing to travel to your location to provide assistance at your expense. We may already know of a technician in your area that we have worked with previously.

This mill uses three phase power. Why? Is there an advantage?

The simple answer is that larger horse power machines operate more efficiently when using three phase power.

The advantage of three phase power is that your machines will last longer and operate with higher energy efficiency. Three phase power does not use more electricity than machines using single phase power. This also applies when using a phase converter – The average 10 HP phase converter runs on around 7 cents per hour of electricity.

I don’t have three phase power in my shop, what am I going to do?

The best solution is to use a rotary phase converter, which plugs into a standard 220V plug and converts power from the wall into the three phase power used by the machine.

If you do not have a phase converter yourself, you can purchase a high quality American made phase converter from us for a discounted price.

This is a simple plug and perform solution for the small shop operator. Watch this video to learn more about setting up and using a phase converter:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJjCQqtEdFU

This video clip shows the Marton Brothers using phase converters to set up their new machine shop.

Siemens 808D CNC Control - FAQ

The Siemens 808D is a real deal industrial control?

The Siemens 808D is a fully functional, industrial grade CNC control system that uses software based on the same software used in Siemens' larger industrial control systems. The difference is that the 808D is designed to be used on smaller machines.

Machine tools with real production capabilities, like AutoMate CNC machines, are best matched with a control system that has the power and functionality to do real production work, just like the Siemens 808D.

(NOTE - PERSONAL CNC CONTROLS: Mach3 and other “personal CNC” control systems are limited and best applied to hobby applications. Personal CNC systems are not easier to use than an industry standard control system, like the Siemens 808D. Also, the application of personal CNC systems is limited).

All AutoMate CNC machines come standard with the Siemens 808D Basic control, which can be upgraded upon request. Other control options include the Siemens 808D Advanced and Siemens 828D controls. Those that prefer using a Fanuc system can order any of our lathes or mills with a Fanuc Oi Mate TD CNC Control.

It says AutoMate CNC machines have servos. Is that true, even at this low price?

Yes, this mill has servo motors and drives on all three axes. The biggest advantage of servo drives over steppers is the degree of accuracy and repeatability that can be accomplished. 

Other advantages of servos include: Rapid acceleration and higher speeds  2) High torque throughout the speed range 3) High efficiency  4)  Stay cool during long operations  5) Operate at very low noise levels – even at high speeds. Vibration free operation is one important reason for this.

PLUS, it has a closed loop control system?

Yes, this CNC control is a closed loop system. A servo-driven closed loop system is significantly more accurate than steppers. A closed loop system sends commands from the control out to the machine and then completes the communication process by sending data back that updates the control as to where the machining process is at any given time.

The system directly monitors motor position and velocity in real time. The system then automatically makes corrections to assure correct tool positioning. This assures high accuracy and maximum parts quality. PLUS, it assures smoother finishes and a reduced reject rate.

Does the control have conversational programming?

Yes, you can program standing at the control panel using fill-in-the-blank style forms. Each form has a graphic demonstration of the machining process you are programming. The control interface functions include standard programming patterns like bolt hole circles, linear rays, full-contour definition, peck drilling, tapping, etc.

Do AutoMate CNC lathes and mills have a servo driven spindle? What’s the advantage?

Yes, all AutoMate CNC machines have a servo driven spindle, similar to the type of spindle drive motors used on larger CNC machine tools. A servo driven spindle provides much better torque, and assures constant torque throughout the speed range, even at low RPM.

Servo motors with an encoder are able to continually identify the exact radial location of the spindle shaft. This makes the servo driven spindle capable of rigid tapping, a function that most machine operators will eventually find a need for. The servo also allows for spindle positioning – an important consideration when using live tooling.

So, the mills can rigid tap?

Yes, AutoMate CNC mills can be easily programmed to do rigid tapping operations.

Does the Siemens 808D handle larger programs well?

Siemens has a unique function that allows for the streaming of large program files direct from a USB. Machining large programs files is well within the capabilities of Siemens 808D Control.  Other CNC systems lack this robust level of functionality.

Will this CNC Control work with my CAD-CAM system?

Yes, the Siemens 808D control has post processors for all CAD-CAM systems. If you are having a problem we will work with Siemens USA to resolve the issue.

What about training?

When you purchase an AutoMate CNC lathe or mill you receive free tuition (Value $299) to attend a day long basic programming and machine set-up class that we hold at our location in Ann Arbor, MI. Siemens USA also has many training webinars on their website.

I noticed that Siemens has a simulator for the 808C control. Is this helpful?

Yes, definitely. You should take the time to download the FREE Siemens 808D simulator on your computer. Spend some time getting to know the control system. Only with a little experience will you be able to see that the Siemens 808D control is as powerful and easy to use as other industrial CNC control systems on the market.

Many customers continue to use the simulator, even after they have their machines set up and making parts.  These machine owners us the simulator  to develop machining programs while at their computer, rather than at the control panel. Once programs have been written and tested they can be easily transferred to the machine control via USB drive.

Machine Shipping

Machine Shipping Information

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- Basic Shipping Info -

AutoMate CNC machines are large. bulky and can weigh up to 5000 lbs. The potential for damage to a machine or injury to shipping personnel or bystanders is significant. These machines require special attention throughout the transportation process.

Four Methods of CNC Machine Shipping Include:

1) Basic Truck Freight Delivery - Foam Protected and Wrapped Machine
2) Basic Truck Freight Delivery – Wooden Crate Protected Machine
3) Advanced Truck Freight Delivery – Separated Divider w/ Non-Stop Delivery
4) Flat Bed Truck Delivery – Direct delivery of protected and tarped machine

**All Trucks Used by AutoMate CNC to Deliver CNC Machines are Equipped with Air Ride Suspension Systems. We want to be sure your machine has as smooth a ride as possible.

**AutoMate CNC Recommended Machine Delivery Method: Our recommendation is that each customer use the Advanced Truck Freight Delivery – Separated Divider w/ Non-Stop Delivery for shipping of machines they purchase. This method is a little more expensive, but we can, and will provide assurance that the CNC machine will be delivered safely and without damage.

Customers who decide to use Basic Truck Freight Delivery can expect to receive their machine safely, but it requires more vigilance and responsibility on the part of the customer who is receiving the machine.

Determining Machine Weight and Dimensions:

Determining crated machine weight and dimensions is complicated. A number of factors go into this equation. Please allow us to help you determine the machine and shipping combination that work best for you. To get started, fill out the quote form on the website, and we’ll get back to you with a machine and shipping quote. Or, call us at 800.476.4849 – an Automate CNC technician would be happy to answer your questions.

- Fork Lift Requirements -

Fork Length:

In our warehouse operations we use forklifts with 6000 lb. lift capacity and 6’ forks. Six foot forks can be used safely with all of the AutoMate CNC Lathes and Mills, except the FTL400 Lathe. We have a set of extension we add to the 6’ forks for this lathe.

Max Lift Capacity:

The first step is to determine the weight of the crated CNC machine you are receiving from the machine specifications page. Next, check the stated lift capacity of the fork truck you intend to use. The lifting capacity of this machine must be greater than the weight of the machine you are purchasing. 

Machine Delivery Options:

You may prefer to use professional shippers and riggers to receive and set up your machine. Many larger organizations and government agencies are required to use a trained and registered machine tool rigger/mill wright.

Other Options:

If you do not have experience handling this size and type of machine we welcome a discussion about delivery options with you. Call us at 1-800-476-4849 and speak with one of our representatives to discuss the logistical solution best suited for you.

- International Shipping -

Shipping to Canada

We use a variety of transport companies for Canadian shipments. We do this to ensure you the best possible rates when going across the border. There are two different options you can consider for handling customs paperwork, duties and taxes going into Canada.

The first option is to act as your own servicing agent. We will sell you the machine, and contacting a broker and handling customs duties, taxes and fees is up to you.

The second option includes an all-inclusive package where we take care of everything for you. Your job will be to prepare to receive the machine when delivered.

Shipping to Other International Locations

For international shipments of AutoMate CNC lathes and mills we use Mid-America Overseas as our broker. We will quote and ship to the port nearest you. Forwarding of the machine from the port to your door will be your responsibility. Please provide valid contact information and a ship-to address when requesting a quote for shipment to a location outside the US and Canada.


Four Methods of Machine Delivery - Options

1. Basic Truck Freight Delivery – Foam Protected and Wrapped Machine

In general, AutoMate CNC Lathe and Mills are small enough to fit into standard sized freight trucks. Also, the weight of most machines is less than the maximum 5000 weight of an individual delivered item, as stated by most truck freight companies.

We have delivered tens of thousands of machine tools by truck freight through the years. So we know it can be done safely. We also know that the size and weight of these CNC machines brings additional risk of damage to package and/or person.

Loading Dock or Direct From Truck: The first consideration for Truck Freight delivery is availability of dock. The easiest way to unload a CNC machine direct from a common freight truck by using a loading dock with adjustable dock plate.

If you do not have a loading dock you can still receive a machine via truck freight delivery. In this case you must arrange with the AutoMate CNC technician to have the machine placed on the back of the truck for delivery. A forklift can drive up to the truck on the ground and lift the machine out of the back of the truck.

Fork Truck Requirements: (See Details Above).

If you're unsure of your personnel or fork lift's capabilities, please contact a local rigger for assistance.

Receiving the Machine: Prior to receiving your machine you will receive an email from with us with instructions and pictures of the machine just before it is loaded on the truck to leave our warehouse.

When the machine arrives you should compare these emailed pictures to the look of the machine packaging when it arrives. You must note any damage to the lathe or mill on the bill of lading before the trucker leaves in order to be able to hold the trucking company liable for damage before it arrives at your location.

It is similar to doing a walk around of a rental car before you sign to accept it. You must note any damage to the machine on the truck company’s bill of lading before signing for acceptance. It will be assumed that any damage that is noted to the machine at a later date will have happened after the machine arrived at your location.

2. Basic Truck Freight Delivery – Wooden Crate Protected Machine

There is a way to deliver a CNC machine by truck freight that entails less risk. A second option that carries greater assurance of safe delivery is to build a wooden cross-member crate around the machine before it ships. We charge $300-500 to build a crate around the CNC machine and pallet.

The terms of delivery for a machine with crate are the same as for a CNC machine that is foamed and wrapped. Be sure to read the section just above, to learn about shipping a CNC machine by Truck Frieght.

Receiving a CNC Lathe with Wooden Crate: The procedure for receiving a machine with crate is the same as if you had shipped the machine without a crate.

You will receive pictures of your machine as it sits in its crate on the delivery dock before leaving our location. You should compare the machine you receive with the pictures. It’s a good idea to take pictures of the machine as you receive it.

Any damage to the machine or crate must be noted on the trucker’s bill of lading before he leaves your location. It is assumed that any damage to the machine noticed after the machine is delivered to your location will have occurred after the machine was delivered.

3. Advanced Truck Freight Delivery – Separated Divider w/ Non-Stop Delivery

To assure safe delivery of your CNC machine, while still relying on standard Truck Freight Delivery, the best way to have your machine delivered is with “Separated Divider”. This shipping method is more expensive, but we can provide the assurance that your machine will arrive without damage.

Process of Shipping with Separated Divider: The actual process of preparing and shipping a CNC machine by this method is straight forward. We will negotiate a delivery quote from our shipping Company, ESTES TRUCKING for your machine delivery. Should you accept this delivery method we will prepare the machine for shipment with standard foam and plastic wrap protection.

Delivery of Separated Divider Shipment: When the machine is loaded on the truck at our location it will be placed in the front of the trailer, just behind the cab. After strapping the machine down the driver will place a set of metal bars – the secure divider system – between the two walls of the trailer.

No other freight will be able to make contact with your machine. Your machine will not be moved to another truck before it arrives at your location. It will be a direct shipment from our location to yours. It’s a bit expensive, but you can rest assured your machine will arrive safe and ready to go to work.

4. Flat Bed Delivery

Flat bed delivery makes the most sense when you don’t have a truck loading dock. Many of our customers in rural locations opt for delivery by flatbed truck.

Fork Lift and Unloading Area: The rules for having an adequate fork lift stated above in the Truck Freight Delivery apply for flatbed truck also. Be sure to read the section about fork truck requirements.

Fork Truck Rental: It is common for customers who don’t have a forklift to arrange for rental of a forklift on the day the machine will be delivered. Let us know if you need assistance in renting a forklift and driver, if you don’t have experience.

To receive a delivery by flatbed truck your location must be accessible by the truck and trailer tandem. The driver must have a path to drive through or turn around in while at your location. There must also be room for the fork truck to move in from the side of the trailer to lift and remove the machine tool.

One other note of caution: The ground must be hard enough to handle the weight of fork truck and machine. Soft dirt or gravel are not an adequate foundation for moving a machine tool and delivery vehicle.

Receiving/Inspection: The CNC machine will be covered by a tarp while it is traveling. The machine is well protected using this type of delivery, so you should not expect to have damage to your machine.

However, it is still the responsibility of the person receiving the machine to fully and carefully inspect the machine for damage. Any damage should be noted on the bill of lading before accepting the machine as being delivered.

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