Horizontal Machining Center has pallet change time of 7 sec.

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Utilizing out-of-cut technology to reduce part cycle times, model a61 has X-, Y-, and Z-axis travel of 28.7 x 25.6 x 28.7 in. and work zone of 32 x 36 in. Pallet size is 19.7 in., max load capacity is rated at 1,540 lbs, and rapid traverse and feedrate are 1,970 ipm. Using Geometric Intelligence servo control with Radical Mode, unit comes equipped with tool monitoring capabilities; 40-taper, 12,000 rpm spindle; and ring-type, 40-tool magazine standard.

Original Press Release:

Makino a61 Horizontal Machining Center

Provides High-Speed Productivity and Reliability at a Competitive Price

MASON, OH-June, 2003-The new a61 horizontal machining center (HMC) continues to broaden the scope of the popular 1-series production machinery line from Makino. The competitively priced a61 is ideal for manufacturing applications that require maximum throughput and reliability.

Like other machines in the 1-series line, the a61 is a compact and versatile workhorse with streamlined options and features, and fewer moving parts than larger Makino machines. It contains many of the standard Makino horizontal machine features that are necessary to provide the performance and reliability required in today's production manufacturing environments.

The Makino advantages include superior out-of-cut technology to reduce part cycle times and built-in reliability that minimizes or even eliminates traditional maintenance costs.

Medium- to high-volume production shops, first- and second-tier automotive parts suppliers and general contract machining operations are perfect markets for the a61. Makino's industry-recognized leadership in turnkey engineering and systems integration makes this cost-effective production solution even easier to obtain.

a61 Features and Benefits

The Makino a61 has an exceptional travel capacity and work zone for a machine in this class. With an X-, Y-, Z-axis travel of 28.7 x 25.6 x 28.7 inches (730 x 650 x 730 mm), the a61 has a work zone size of 32 x 36 inches (800 x 900 mm).

The pallet size is 19.7 inches (500 mm), with a maximum load capacity of up to 1,540 pounds (700 kg). The rapid traverse and the feedrate of the a61 are 1970 ipm (50 mn/min.). A host of tool monitoring capabilities, all equipped as standard features, allows users to achieve extended machining hours with no labor costs.

The a61 comes with a 40-taper, 12,000-rpm spindle standard, that has exceptional acceleration characteristics, minimal vibration and a high-powered spindle option. It also has a ring-type 40-tool magazine standard, with larger magazines from 60 to 313 tools optional.

Makino's proprietary, next generation Geometric Intelligence (GI) servo control with Radical Mode is a standard feature on all 1-Series machines. GI with Radical Mode helps provide the lowest cycle times achievable while maintaining superior accuracy and meeting the customer's Cpk requirements.

The a61 has an automatic pallet changer with safety guards and two pallets, for a fast pallet change time of 7 seconds. And, it offers a tool-to-tool change time of 0.9 seconds with a chip-to-chip time of 2.5 seconds.

Other features include a chip conveyor and filtration system, through spindle coolant (300 psi), a standard three-point support system, an ergonomic swing, operator control panel, a safety-designed four-layer protective operator door window and an overhead shower coolant.

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. For more information call 1.800.552.3288, or visit Makino on the Web at www.makino.com.

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