New CNC Machines Unveiled by Makino at IMTS 2016

With abundant opportunities for growth in the North American manufacturing market, Makino demonstrated the latest machining and automation solutions to keep businesses thriving at the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show. In the South Hall, attendees experienced 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 unveiled 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 also marked 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 demonstrated several new vertical machining platforms as well. The L2 VMC provides high-volume, small-part production capability using a minimal footprint, while the processing speeds of the new DA300 5-axis VMC 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 demonstrated its on-board CAM software and easy part setup using offline part loading and a manual shuttle system. The EDBV8 EDM hole drill was also on hand to showcase fast hole-drilling for blade and vane machining.

Makino’s booth demonstrated a variety of automation systems, as detailed below:

  • The a51nx-5xu 5-axis HMC, 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.
  • The J3 HMC 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 VMC 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 HMC with overhead gantry system performs high-volume, parallel processing of small, nonferrous, die-cast parts.


Manufacturers are certainly using these automation tools to improve productivity, reduce costs and produce quality parts, but there is potential to deliver even better efficiency through an enterprise connected by the Internet of Things (IoT).

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