Counter Plate Milling including stainless steel counter plates and phenolic counter plates on a DATRON milling machine with vacuum table workholding

Counter Plate Milling


DATRON offers turn-key solutions designed specifically for the counter plate industry. Efficient machining of stainless steel and phenolic: DATRON high-speed machining centers with integrated vacuum-table workholding allow for quick set up of 106, 145 and 162 cm (45“ x 63“) machine sizes. From dust extraction to tooling: DATRON offers everything the counter plate industry demands — from dust extraction for phenolic to tooling optimized for milling counter plates. Leverage DATRON‘s 20 years of experience in high-speed machining! DATRON high speed CNC machining centers offer the following advantages:


  • High Speed Spindles (up to 60,000 RPM) - The high spindle speed reduces the chip load which reduces the forces between the tool and the material. High-speed/low-force machining yields less heat, reduces tool deflection, and allows machining of thinner walled work pieces. This all results in cooler machining, superior surface quality and better accuracy.
  • CleanCut Chip/Dust Removal - a non-contact suction system removes debris from the surface of phenolic counter plates and stainless steel sheet material during milling. This eliminates time consuming clean up and maximizes the quality of your counter plates.
  • Probing / Surface Scanning - scans surface, recognizes irregular work-piece topography and compensates for it dynamically
  • Automatic Tool Changer - up to 45 tool stations depending on machine model, includes tool-length and breakage detection
  • Vacuum Table Workholding - vacuum tables from 12" x 18" up to 24" x 36" provide quick setup of sheet material
  • Pneumatic Clamping Systems - pneumatic, shortstroke clamps that minimize setup times for redundant processes
  • 5-Axis Capability - integrated trunnion-style rotary axis for multisided milling of aluminum (watch video)


LEARN MORE: View our Counter Plate Milling Showcase (at the bottom of the page) and download our Counter Plate Milling Brochures (below):


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Milling machines for counter plate production - While nearly all DATRON machines can be utilized for counter plate milling, here are a few specific models that you may want to look at: M8Cube, M10Pro and MLCube (see page bottom for reasons).


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Contact Us About Counter Plate Milling:

DATRON Dynamics is the North American distributor of DATRON CNC equipment. We are responsible for selling, maintaining and servicing our fleet of milling machines. We are not a contract manufacturer for these applications you are reviewing.

Counter Plate Milling Showcase (Sample Photos):

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Milling Machines for Counter Plates:
While all DATRON milling machines are designed for precise machining of stainless steel and phenolic used for counter plate production, there are some differentiators that may help you to narrow your search. The M8Cube offers an ample 40" x 32" work area for milling sheets of stainless or phenolic.

For milling counter plates that are a bit larger or require the highest quality, the M10Pro is best suited. This is our fastest and most precise CNC machining center. It features a 41" x 35" bed. Its solid granite machining table adds rigidity and accuracy. HSK-25E tool holders yield less than 3 micron runout.

Now, if an extremely large work area is required, as is the case when milling large sheet material for counter plates, the MLCube features a 60" x 40" work area. This can also benefit manufacturers who wish to batch machine phenolic counter plates. Due to features like automatic tool change, batch machining can be run unattended or during lights-out production as a means of cost reduction.