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The Difference Between Multi-Spindle and Single-Spindle Machining


One of the biggest differences between various machines in manufacturing is the number of spindles a machine has. Broadly, machines can be separated into single-spindle and multi-spindle varieties, and each of these types of machine has its own strengths and weaknesses, performing better in certain environments. At Muller, we work with all kinds of machines but with a focus on high-volume machining.

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What Is A Multi-Spindle Machine?

A multi-spindle machine is, as its name might suggest, a machine with multiple spindles. Typically fitted with six spindles, multi-spindle machines are often used for the production of precision parts as well as for high volume orders. Multi-spindle machines can machine 5 components simultaneously, which massively increases the rate of production.

What Is A Single-Spindle Machine?

A single-spindle machine is, of course, a machine with a single spindle, which is often used for lower volume batches. Single-spindle machines are less expensive and more appropriate for very small operations, but for larger operation and high-volume projects, they are less competitive.

Multi-Spindle vs Single-Spindle Machines

When choosing whether a multi-spindle or single-spindle machine is right for your project, it’s important to consider your requirements and decide on the basis of which type of machine is more suited to your operation. Multi-spindle machines are 4-6x faster than single-spindle machines, making them a better choice for high-volume orders and emergency orders. Not only do multi-spindle machines help to ensure an efficient production speed but they’re also ideal in situations where a fast turnaround is necessary.

On the other hand, multi-spindle machines can be unnecessary for smaller operations, and large single-spindle machines with high speeds and large feed rates can still be appropriate in some specific large scale operations. The specifics of any single project must always be considered before machining decisions are made; production rate, turnaround time, and component complexity all need to be taken into consideration when weighing up the pros and cons of single and multi-spindle machines.

Machining With Muller

At Muller, we run multi-spindle machines at multiple sites across the UK, working with businesses across a range of sectors to deliver efficient, cost-effective results. Our multi-spindle machines are perfect for businesses looking for a fast turnaround time even on high volume orders. Call us today to find out more about our machining services or to discuss your project’s requirements in more detail.

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