Frequently asked questions

Multi-Spindle Machines – FAQs

What is the function of a CNC Multi-Spindle Machine?
The function of a Multi-Spindle CNC machine is to return the fastest possible cycle times by splitting each cutting process across multiple spindles that are processed simultaneously.
What is a Multi-Spindle automatic lathe?
A Multi-Spindle lathe is a lathe that typically has six or more spindles. This allows the cutting processes to be distributed across the spindles, decreasing the total cycle time.
What are single spindle machines?
A single spindle lathe typically has one spindle and one turret; each cutting process is done sequentially on the same spindle.
What is a multiple spindle drill press?
A multiple spindle drilling press is a machine that drills several holes in one process instead of one at a time.
How many spindles does a lathe have?
A standard lathe has one spindle. But, it is common for lathes to have two spindles to process operations simultaneously.
What are spindles?
A lathe spindle holds your part as it is rotated and machined with cutting tools.
How does a CNC spindle work?
Spindles are powered with either a drive belt using a spindle motor or a built-in motor that rotates the spindle directly without any drive belts.
How many spindles does a milling machine have?
A milling machine typically has one spindle, but milling machines are available with two or more spindles.
How can a spindle be used?
The spindle holds your workpiece as it is rotated and machined with cutting tools.
Are Multi-Spindle machines complicated to use?
With so much activity inside one machine, it’s understandable to think Multi-Spindle machining is complex, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Put simply, each spindle is served by one or two tool slides, and on each slide, there are one or two tools. Each tool path has its own unique CNC programme, so collision is minimal. All of these operations happen simultaneously, as opposed to sequentially, meaning you get a much higher machining output and production rate, in much less time. We explore the user-friendliness of Multi-Spindle machining in our free guide - written exclusively by Product Manager, Andy Young. Download your copy here.
Is Multi-Spindle machining expensive?
Not when you factor in the considerable savings you’ll soon be making. Investing in Multi-Spindle technology is arguably the single most important purchase you can make to grow your business and unleash its production potential. Multi-Spindle machines enable you to dramatically slash costs per part, increase your capacity per square metre, and shrink machine and employee downtime. This enables your business to escalate your parts production and maximise turnover by selling parts for less than the competition.
Are Multi-Spindle machined parts lower quality?
The short answer is no. Far from it. In the manufacturing industry, quality is non-negotiable and therefore paramount to the success of your operation. You can be confident that a Multi-Spindle machine will not only produce parts faster and cheaper, but to the same exacting quality standards you require and expect.
Are Multi-Spindle machines only useful for high-volume orders?
Multi-Spindle machines provide a future-proofed, cost-effective method regardless of volume or batch size. Having access to additional machining capacity enables you to undercut your competition by up to 30%, as your machining cost per part is significantly decreased. With this in mind, soon enough, your order volume will match the capacity that your Multi-Spindle affords you.
Are Multi-Spindle machines reliable?
The fact of the matter is this: Multi-Spindle machines are incredibly sophisticated and are built to an enormously high standard. Manufactured with the future in mind, they are specifically designed to provide your business with a reliable, repeatable machining process for years to come. They run at an uptime of over 90%, meaning you can count on them to deliver the premium quality parts you need, in a fraction of the time and cost.
Do Multi-Spindle machines impact tool life?
They do, but for the better. A Multi-Spindle machine's unique and intricate construction actually improves tool life - meaning even more ways to maximise your initial investment. As each tool path is uniquely programmed, it only performs the designated task assigned. This means lower impact on the tool over time, increasing its longevity and retaining its performance potential.
How much floor space do I need for a Multi-Spindle machine?
A fraction of what several single sliding lathes would require. With workshop space at a premium in today’s economy, a Multi-Spindle machine vastly increases your profitability per M₂ - machining parts between four-to-five the output compared to a traditional sliding lathe. In short, a Multi-Spindle machine produces the same parts - to the same exacting quality - in less space, time, and at a lower cost.
Why should I Multi-Spindle my business with Kingsbury?
We’re engineers first, and have been for over 60 years. Our wealth of machining knowledge and expertise means we can confidently create unique solutions for your requirements - pairing your business with its optimal Multi-Spindle solution. Plus, by choosing Kingsbury for your Multi-Spindle acquisition, you’ll benefit from our outstanding full technical setup and aftercare that keeps your production line moving.