IMTS 2016: Makino Matches Human Ingenuity with Automation

June 29, 2016
With abundant opportunities for growth in the North American manufacturing market, Makino is set to demonstrate the latest machining and automation solutions to keep businesses thriving at the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), Sept. 12-17, at McCormick Place in Chicago. In booth S-8700 of the South Hall, attendees can experience how Makino’s latest machining centers and engineering solutions merge to create adaptive automation systems for any market or production demand, including automotive, die/mold, aerospace, medical and general production markets. During IMTS 2016, Makino plans to unveil a variety of all-new machine technologies. The new versions of the a51nx and a61nx horizontal machining centers provide expanded machining capacity through several productivity-enhancing features, including vision broken tool detection, enhanced levels of inertia active control and Geometric Intelligence technologies. Expanding capability and productivity for midsize part applications, IMTS 2016 will also mark the introduction of the new a71nx, a high-speed 50 taper, 500mm horizontal machining center with a standard direct-drive NC rotary table and other nx-Series next-generation technologies. Makino is prepared to demonstrate several new vertical machining platforms as well. The L2 vertical machining center provides high-volume, small-part production capability using a minimal footprint, while the processing speeds of the new DA300 5-axis vertical machining center reduce manufacturing time and the pallet pool system helps shrink setups and keep work flowing across the spindle quickly and efficiently. In addition, some of Makino’s proven technologies such as the EDAF3 sinker EDM machine with Hyper-i control shows faster servo speeds in multi-axis machining and features an on-board Alicona measuring system. The U6 H.E.A.T. wire EDM machine is set to demonstrate its on-board CAM software and easy part setup using offline part loading and a manual shuttle system. The EDBV8 EDM hole drill is going to be on hand to showcase fast hole-drilling for blade and vane machining. Finally, the aerospace theater is streaming video of the T-series 5-axis horizontal machining centers built for titanium aerospace machining. Synova laser demonstrations are also on tap in the theater.

Booth S-8700

On Display:

  • A Makino Machining Complex (MMC2) pallet-handling system with an a61nx-5E 5-axis horizontal machining center showcases high-mix, low-volume production with improved machine utilization and exceptionally high material-removal rates.

  • The a51nx-5xu 5-axis horizontal machining center, designed with a unique work-holding magazine and large-tool magazine, can perform continuous 5-axis machining unattended for extended hours in both high-mix, low-volume and low-mix, high-volume production environments.

  • A custom, automated system includes the newly updated a51nx horizontal machine with 60-tool magazine and EROWA robot multi-ERM system.

  • The J3 horizontal machining center with stacked axes design enables it to be easily and reliably integrated into high-volume automation concepts. Two machines are included in this cell to demonstrate serial processing of repetitive, high-volume parts.

  • A die/mold automation cell featuring an EDNC6 sinker EDM and V33i-5XB 5-axis vertical machining center with an EROWA ERC is set up to demonstrate low-volume, high-mix production of mold components while achieving utilization rates approaching 85 percent.

  • The a40 high-performance horizontal machining center with overhead gantry system performs high-volume, parallel processing of small, nonferrous, die-cast parts.