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The Heart of the Machine

Why, when a manufacturer buys a Makino machine, immediately, he is being recognized as an "elite" manufacturer?

What makes Makino such a special manufacturer?

Makino machines are highly dedicated pieces of equipment, every market has different requirements. The same machine structure, the same spindle cannot be optimal for all applications at the same time, doesn't mean it won't work, but it won't be the best process for the part, it won't help the manufacturer becoming a mastercrafter of his field of expertise.

Makino focus on the requirements of the market, as an example:
  • Large aluminium aerospace structural components - High material removal rate, high feedrate and higher jerk - Makino's MAG3.EX
 
  • Automotive aluminium die casting market - Low tak time, minimum non cutting times, maximum machine stability - Makino's J series
 
  • Pump manufacturer - High machine rigidity, highest concentricity between holes, high cutting torque - Makino's a1 series
 
  • Lens manufacturer - Nanometre surface quality, highest machine stability - IQ series
 
What makes Makino such a special manufacturer?

The heart of the machining centre

For Makino employees, it is crystal clear what makes Makino machines so special, what is indeed the heart of the machine, this component is the spindle.

Everyone who has ever used a Makino machine knows their spindles are special. When you compare a spindle made by Makino with a "catalogue" spindle with similar specifications you feel there is a difference, the machine feels the difference, less power consumption, better surface quality and less vibrations are normally the first symptoms the end-user feel when using for the first time a Makino machine.
The heart of the machining centre

Why is Makino producing his own spindles?

The answer is very simple. Our R&D team, design the machines starting from the component to be produced.In order to produce this part on the optimal way, we investigate the requirement of the process. Do we need a high torque spindle or a high power spindle? Should we focus on vibration dampening, on increasing the rigidity or should it be a compromise between both things? Do we need a small spindle to access the most complicate features of the parts or can we have a bigger spindle?

This very first choice for designing a machine is the critical step which will determine the future performance of the machine. Selecting from a catalogue of spindles, will limit our choices, will limit the future of the machine and will limit how we design the machine.

While other manufacturers design the machine around the spindle, Makino design the machine around the part, modifying the structure to meet the component requirements.
Why is Makino producing his own spindles?

Spindle production

Makino understood the necessity to deliver the best possible solution to customers, so decided to build up the spindles, but this is not an easy task.

Makino has decades of experience in building up spindles, and has developed the complete process of producing the spindle in-house. But to be able to have the spindles the customer require, we needed to build up a special building, our spindle centre in Atsugi. Inside the building we have installed all needed machines, from circular grinders to Makino machines specially modified to perform machining process with a quality that market could not deliver.

This last point is one of the things which is surprising more to the people who are visiting our production facilities, how Makino is able to construct special machines to deliver the impossible qualities the machine will later need.

As everyone knows, "a machine is as precise as the machine which will produce it", to produce our highest precision IQ machine, we need to have a machine even more precise than an IQ in extremely controlled environments and processes.
Spindle production

Mastercrafted spindles

Dedicated machines with dedicated spindles. Every each of them produced to have the best performance possible on the application.

This is our design philosophy and our way to help our customers become the best manufacturers on their field and be able to deliver the parts at the minimum cost per part and with the machine highest availability.

Something could not be made without "The Heart of the Machining Centre"
Mastercrafted spindles