Makino Introduces New Member to the MAG Family


Makino’s MAG series of five-axis horizontal machining centers are specifically suited to meet the just-in-time manufacturing needs of the aerospace industry. The newest offering in this series is the MAG1, a five-axis machining center designed to handle quick, high precision aluminum production of parts up to 1500 mm. See this and other new technologies in Makino’s booths A-8301 and D-4101 (EDM) at IMTS in Chicago Sept. 8-12, 2008.

The MAG1 is positioned to produce structural parts such as ribs, leading edges, and trailing edges of aircraft wing structures. The X-, Y-, and Z-axis travels of 1520 mm x 1100 mm x 1350 mm allow for part sizes up to 1500 mm x 1500 mm and 1300 kg. The MAG1’s construction features a three-point support system that eliminates leveling maintenance and reduces the cost of installation, and a 60-position automatic tool changer (up to 120 available), allowing continuous, uninterrupted machining.

The machine is equipped with a 33,000-RPM, 107 HP HSK80 spindle designed to easily access deep pockets that most other machines cannot reach. The A-axis rotates between +100 degrees and -110 degrees to provide full five-axis roughing and finishing. Makino’s patented spindle cooling technology is also included to ensure longer spindle life during extended machining times. The B-axis resides on the machine side (NCRT), allowing the spindle to access the front and rear of the part and allows for four-sided fixture strategies.

The MAG1 also features Super Geometric Intelligence v.4 (SGI.4) control technology to allow for high feed machining without losing accuracy, and monitoring software for users to keep constant watch on bearing temperature and vibration during cutting. The standard coolant system includes spindle head and terrace washing, ceiling showers, and table washing, which enable the MAG1 to maintain part accuracies during long machining periods. A center trough chip removal system assists high metal removal operation. The automatic pallet transfer and storage system of the MAG1 integrates with Makino’s MMC2 system. Makino’s Continuous Pressure Hydraulics (CPH) system is also included to interface with hydraulic fixtures. For part sizes beyond 1500mm, Makino offers the MAG3 and MAG7.

Makino is a global provider of advanced machining technology and application support for the metalcutting and die/mold industries, dedicated to driving out more costs from your manufacturing operation than any other competitive machine tool manufacturer. Makino manufacturing and service centers are located in the United States, Japan, Germany, Singapore, Italy, France, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, China, Mexico, Brazil, and India, and are supported by a worldwide distributor network.

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