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Makino Strengthens Presence In Vietnam With New Technology Centre

Makino Strengthens Presence In Vietnam With New Technology Centre

Machine tools and solutions provider Makino recently opened its Ho Chi Minh City Technology Centre in Vietnam. Located in the Saigon High Tech Park over an area of 4,700 square metres, the two-storey technology centre houses a showroom, training facility, parts centre and offices.

Neo Eng Chong, CEO and President of Makino Asia, said, “Opening the Makino Vietnam Technology Centre supports Makino’s strategy and our commitment to strengthen our support to customers, both before and after sales,  and share our expertise to the precision engineering industry with turnkey solutions and technology knowledge transfer.”

The Makino Vietnam Technical Centre boasts machines with high-speed milling and EDM applications to bring technology closer to customers in Vietnam. The new centre will support technology and knowledge transfer, training facility, local service support and application engineering solution.

Nguyen Thanh Hoa, Country Manager of Makino Vietnam, said, “Makino’s pride is always on quality and service, to provide a holistic customer experience to all customers. The Makino Vietnam Technical Centre serves to demonstrate the latest machining technology and solutions from Makino, as well as from our technology partners.  Customers will benefit from our one-stop solution for every size and industry.”

 

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Makino Asia’s Smart Factory Meets Sophisticated Precision Engineering Capabilities

Makino Asia’s Smart Factory Meets Sophisticated Precision Engineering Capabilities

Makino Asia, a leading provider of machine tools used across various industries including automotive, aerospace, medical, semiconductor and electronics, has recently showcased its smart factory at its regional headquarters in Singapore. The facility is designed to meet the growing demand for high-quality products and sophisticated precision engineering capabilities in Asia by adopting Industry 4.0 and the principles of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The smart factory consists of an assembly factory and state-of-the-art machining factory, leveraging seamless automation and digital technologies to achieve high levels of productivity and connectivity between its robots, machines and other peripheral systems.

The combined facility is expected to increase machine production capacity to almost double its previous capacity. The new machining factory and existing assembly factory are connected by a link bridge for staff, and a canopy area for the transfer of materials between the two factories using automated guided forklifts (AGF).

The facility is also fitted with energy-saving and efficient solutions: green energy from installed solar panels within the compound helps to generate about 2,400 megawatt hours of energy annually. This is equivalent to taking 200 cars off the road, avoiding 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions over the same period. In the machining factory, a chilled ceiling system is used to ensure maximum energy efficiency of its air-conditioning system while maintaining high quality, reliability and optimum performance of Makino Asia’s manufacturing operations.

Neo Eng Chong, CEO and President of Makino Asia said, “Makino strives for a ‘Quality First’ mindset across the organisation, from the manufacturing of our products to the development of our people and the business. We are extremely proud of our expanded smart facility in Singapore that will enable Makino Asia to better support our Customers in the region and Singapore’s vision to become a global Advanced Manufacturing hub.”

He added, “The automation and digitalisation of the entire facility serves as a way for us to achieve increased productivity, capacity or energy efficiency. More importantly, it embodies our vision to provide more than just machines for our Customers, by providing the most effective and efficient solutions that meet their needs. The establishment of the IoT Centre to provide real-time support is another milestone to enrich partnerships with our valued Customers.”

The monitoring and tracking of machine conditions in real-time enables Makino Asia to provide proactive and predictive services to Customers. This ensures optimum machine performance at all times so that Customers are able to consistently deliver high quality products.

Lim Swee Nian, Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board said, “Global precision engineering manufacturing leaders are accelerating the adoption and deployment of Advanced Manufacturing technologies from Singapore, to better serve the evolving needs of their Customers. We are pleased that Makino will be deepening its 45-year presence in Singapore through the launch of its digital transformation journey. As Makino Asia focuses on building its Industry 4.0 capabilities to develop and scale new solutions, we are confident that it will create value-added roles and upskilling opportunities for Singapore to succeed in the digital manufacturing economy.”

Makino Asia embarked on its digital transformation journey in 2016 with a plan to invest around S$100 million over five years to expand and boost the capabilities of its facility in Singapore. The company also established two new departments focused on automation and digitalisation to catalyse digital transformation in the company.

Besides having “smart” machines and solutions, Makino is committed to upskilling all its employees to keep up with fast and ever-changing developments in the manufacturing landscape. Makino Asia’s new and current employees undergo a Workforce Transformation program focused on equipping them with automation skills, digital literacy skills and safety skillsets. The courses are mandatory for all employees to keep abreast of the digital technologies being used to manage automated equipment.

The manufacturing sector in Singapore remains a key pillar of Singapore’s economy. It accounts for around 21 percent of Singapore’s nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 14 percent of the total workforce. Rapid technological advancements and digitalisation are changing the face of manufacturing. Developments in Advanced Manufacturing presents opportunities for companies to leverage on new technologies to drive productivity and growth.

 

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Makino: EDF Series Sinker Machine

Makino: EDF Series Sinker Machine

The EDAF2 sinker EDM machine offers an ideal mix of high-speed machining, high accuracy and surface finish capability to efficiently tackle any job.

Makino’s EDF sinker machines now come in a new design with feed rates up to 5,000 mm per min in the X and Y axis. The Z axis also has a jump speed of 20 m per min, and the machines also have 80 A peak current in standard.

Operators can also program flushing pressure, fine flow rate adjustment, an inverter controlled pump, and an accurate pressure gauge. The operator panel also has flick, pan, pinch, spread and swipe functionality in smartphone and tablet style.

Technical Specifications

The EDAF2 is loaded with machining technologies that deliver optimum productivity for every application. Makino’s proprietary generator and adaptive power control technologies ensure efficient machining while achieving the highest level of accuracy and surface integrity. Dedicated settings such as HyperCut, SuperSpark™ IV and ArcFree empower the operator with practical tools to accomplish a wide variety of work. The powerful yet user-friendly Hyper-i control system complements and elevates the capability of the EDAF2 into a streamlined package that delivers a paradigm shift in efficiency and productivity to all operations.

Table: 550 × 350 mm
X: 350 mm Y: 250 mm Z: 250 mm

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Tank Size  –  700 x 500 x 300 mm

Max Electrode Weight  –  75 kgs

 

 

Makino: A120nx Horizontal Machining Centre

Makino: a120nx Horizontal Machining Centre

The a120nx is Makino’s largest machining platform within the nx-series, and is built to for oversized structural components for industrial equipment, diesel engines and semiconductor manufacturing.

It has X, Y and Z axis travels of 1,900 mm, 1,600 mm and 1,700 mm, respectively, and the machine’s standard large pallet size of one m by one m provides capacity for parts weighing up to 5,000 kg. The machine’s automatic pallet changer switches from one pallet to the next in 37 seconds.

Capable of storing up to 204 tools of wide-ranging sizes and designs in an automatic tool changer, it accommodates tools up to 90 cm, 35 cm in diameter, and weighing up to 35 kg.

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Makino: D300 5-axis Vertical Machining Centre

Makino: D300 5-axis Vertical Machining Centre

This 5-axis machining centre is designed specifically for small, complex, 3-D contouring of high-quality part production as typically seen in aerospace machining, medical manufacturing, high-end job shop and die/mould applications.

The D300 worktable offers a work area diameter of 300mm, accommodating workpiece sizes up to 450mm by 270mm and 120kg. The machine provides X-, Y- and Z-axis travels of 300mm, 500mm and 350mm, respectively, at feed rates of up to 60,000mm per minute. Rotary table axes offer rotational motion of 240 degrees (± 120 degrees) on the A-axis and a full 360-degree (continuous rotation) on the C-axis.

The machine comes equipped with a 15,000-rpm HSK-A63 spindle with 120Nm (42Nm continuous) of torque for flexible, high-speed machining of various workpiece materials including steel, aluminium and titanium. Optional spindle configurations include a 20,000-rpm HSK-A63 spindle and 30,000-rpm HSK-F63 spindle.

Makino uses direct-drive motor technology in the D300’s C-axis rotary table and A-axis trunnion for positioning accuracy and repeatability. The ultra-high-torque direct-drive motors also provide quality acceleration and rotary speed characteristics that can reduce cycle times of complex 5-axis simultaneous machining applications by up to 60 percent.

The D300 axis configuration is designed to deliver added precision performance. The length of the trunnion assembly runs parallel to the X-axis motion only, making the trunnion assembly deflection-free during quick axis motion for greater accuracy than traditional 5-axis configurations.

The machine features roller linear guides across all linear axes for rigidity and stiffness while maintaining productive rapid and feed rates. Y- and Z-axes are located above the worktable, with the X-axis located under the table to ensure a cantilever-free design and high positioning accuracies.

It employs the Makino Professional 5 Control, which provides a Windows CE graphical user interface (GUI) with touch-screen access, and the networking and storage capabilities of a data centre. This data centre features a flexible, user-friendly program and data management for quick, seamless changes from one setup to the next. Its built-in Ethernet networking capability offers ready integration to off-machine program storage.

Also featured in the D300 is the next-generation Super Geometric Intelligence (SGI.4) software developed specifically for high feed rate, tight-tolerance machining of complex, 3-D contoured shapes involving continuous tiny blocks of NC data that ensures production rates faster than standard CNC systems, while maintaining high accuracy. SGI.4 helps deliver the lowest cycle times and costs achievable by reducing machining cycle times on dies, complex cavities, and cores and medical parts by as much as 40 percent when compared to most other control technologies.

The tool centre point (TCP) control allows programming based on the tool tip so that tool-compensation features can be applied. Further TCP developments also improve the cutter path to achieve greater surface quality. Dedicated user-friendly screens simplify the overall application of 5-axis machining, and easy-to-apply functions prevent interference between the spindle and trunnion during automatic operation to improve risk-free production.

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