CNC Machining Centers: how to take a technological leap and face the change

The world of Machine Tools has always been dominated by 2 main categories of machinery.

On the one hand, the Machining Centers, very flexible machines, which help companies manage small production batches.

On the other hand, the Transfer machines, designed to drastically increase productivity and meet the growing demand for supplies of large lots.

These models, that are complete opposites, have played a fundamental role in the productive development of industrialized countries.

In particular, the Machining Centers have literally taken up the production departments, giving rise to the phenomenon of “Machining Centers in battery”.

A real business model that for decades, since the early 1980s, has dominated the market and the working method of manufacturing companies.

Machining Centers are the perfect tool for those who need to manage small production batches and to increase productivity, without sacrificing the FLEXIBILITY of production changeover and the lean model, so dear to most companies.

Yet the world is changing and we are facing an evolution in the way of working and the tools that each production department must have to better deal with this change.

So the question is: how to manage this revolution?


A technological leap to deal with change


As I said, today we are facing a new industrial revolution, the fourth revolution, also called “4.0 revolution”.

Facing a new production context with the same tools used in the past is not always the best choice and indeed, in many cases, it can lead to a decrease in company productivity.

It is therefore necessary to identify new tools and technologies that help companies face change in the best possible way.

For fans of Machining Centers, I have bad news: this business model can be less efficient than it seems in many cases.


Let’s start with 2 main problems that are affecting most of the companies:

  1. the increase in costs;
  2. the shortage of specialized personnel.



It is clear and undeniable that basic costs, such as energy consumption, are increasing and this is partly due to the actions of the institutions, which require companies to “innovate”, developing increasingly sustainable and efficient business models.

This is the basis of Political Economy. Those who innovate are rewarded by the market, however, those who continue to pursue “the old way” will have to face big problems, which often lead to irreversible situations.



Another burning and delicate issue concerns specialized personnel, which today seems impossible to find, so much so that production companies, for some time now, have been struggling to get key figures to be included in their team.

But this process leads to another problem, which is that qualified labor, in addition to being scarce, is becoming more and more expensive.


Therefore, in the face of these 2 problems, we can easily understand that the model of Machining Centers in battery makes these obstacles, at times insurmountable, even harder.


MORE Machining Centers means:

  1. MORE space occupied.

  2. MORE energy consumption.

  3. MORE specialized personnel working on the machines.


So what can we do?

Is there a valid alternative to help production companies that use Machine Tools for metalworking in milling, better face the company INNOVATION PROCESS with new tools?

If so, which could be the perfect tool?

Here is the answer …


PORTACENTER: a technological leap to help companies innovate

Data are clear: the best tool to face the change are undoubtedly the 3-spindle Machine Tools, leaded by the PORTACENTER.

Probably in these years of disseminating industry contents, you have heard me say several times that the 3-spindle machines, and in particular the PORTACENTER, represent a technological leap compared to common Machining Centers in battery.

But let’s find out why…

The PORTACENTER is similar to a Machining Center in terms of use and working principles, but it is HIGH PRODUCTIVE.

For this reason it is replacing the common Machining Centers in battery with an average age of 10 years.

The older a Machining Center is, the more expensive its functioning becomes, as maintenance costs increase more than proportionally with respect to the time axis.

The technology of the PORTACENTER allows to produce the same quantities with fewer machines installed.


Fewer machines installed means LESS COSTS.


The PORTACENTER is the first Machine Tool based on the 3-spindle philosophy and designed to drastically affect the mathematical calculation of the cost per piece, thus making you more competitive!


Here are the 5 WINNING ADVANTAGES that allow you to make a real technological leap:

1) LABOR: fewer machines means less need for specialized labor, which is more and more rare and expensive today. The difficulty of companies to find specialized personnel is becoming an increasingly marked trend.

2) EQUIPMENT: on the PORTACENTER the equipment is very simplified, with a significant cost reduction. Companies very often buy a machine on the basis of the purchase price, without considering the equipment, which in many cases largely affects the final cost.

3) ENERGY CONSUMPTION: 1/3 of installed power compared to common Machining Centers. The need for more plants involves considerable energy consumption. The PORTACENTER allows you to develop a sustainable and scalable business model.

4) PRECISION: one single process with 3 independent spindles, for a level of precision never seen before. Multiple processes return multiple levels of CPK. Centralizing this aspect allows to drastically reduce the margin of error and improve the level of CPK.

5) OCCUPIED AREA: 65% less space than Machining Centers in battery. Less occupied area means less costs. A technological leap should increase the overall company productivity, without extension efforts that exceed the real production capacity. And all this is possible with the PORTACENTER.


All the above-mentioned elements are real advantages, which allow your company to develop an incredible competitive advantage.

These are elements that support the technological leap and are just some of the items that make up the TCO, Total Cost of Ownership, the total and real cost of the service life of a machine.

Knowing how to calculate this data is essential.

Choosing the right machine that helps you to better manage and contain costs is necessary to obtain better results in production.


The PORTA Production Method is a step-by-step process, which allows you to identify all these issues, solve them and maximize the results of each project.

In this process you will be guided by a highly experienced Technical Tutor, who will help you better face the change.

Thanks to the strong specialization gained over the years in the construction of 3-spindle Machine Tools, today PORTASOLUTIONS has achieved the fourth generation of PORTACENTER Machines.

The fifth-generation PORTACENTER will be presented soon, with important technical innovations for even more complex processes.

Having developed such an important know-how over the years makes this machine a real technological improvement compared to common Machining Centers.

A set of distinctive product features that help many companies adopt new production strategies.


Produce 3 times faster than your Machining Center with:

✔️ less space

✔️ less labor

✔️ less costs for equipment

✔️ less energy consumption

✔️ more PROFIT



Do you think that it’s time for your company to take that technological leap too? Then you need the right tools to ensure your production department the success it deserves.

Become a leader of change thanks to the PORTA Production Method.



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To your results,
Maurizio Porta