St. Paul, MN (May 19, 2022) — Success in today’s world of manufacturing hinges on adapting processes to be profitable for years to come by using new technologies and techniques that are secure and scalable for the long-term.
During times of uncertainty, manufacturers must address current challenges while planning for the unexpected. A recent state of manufacturing survey found that 89% of manufacturers were negatively impacted by the pandemic (e.g., revenue decreases, price increases, supply chain issues, etc.). However, many manufacturers found new opportunities during the pandemic and continue to Future-Proof their manufacturing processes.
Successful shops are implementing 5-sided machining and palletized solutions to reduce setup time and gain unmanned machine time. Matsuura has delivered these solutions for over 30 years.
Matsuura’s automation capabilities and automatic tool change abilities can simplify the production process, reduce cycle time, provide unmanned machining, and seamlessly integrate profitable automation into your business.
According to Matsuura’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Billy Bogue, with all 5-axis machines there are inherent reasons to support the ROI for 5-axis machining decision:
- *Improved efficiencies through set up reduction.
- *Decreased overall part production via part feature accessibility in one operation.
- *Better part quality and improved accuracies translates to less scrap or waste.
- *Increased overall shop capabilities for existing and future work creates inherent productivity gains.
- *Overall reduction in work holding investment. 5-axis vises and alike are much less expensive than comparable custom machining work holding found on 3-axis and 4-axis VMC and HMC.
Reacting swiftly to market demand for a smaller automated MX Series 5-axis platform, Matsuura introduced the MX-330 PC10 – configured with 10 pallets and 90 tools for assured, affordable and reliable unmanned 5 axis production. Hand-built in the same factory in Japan as Matsuura’s legendary MAM72 multi-pallet 5 axis machines, the MX-330 PC10 delivers excellent cost performance, maximum productivity, extended unmanned operation and a fast return on investment.
Specific benefits of the Matsuura MX-330 PC10 5-axis pallet machining center:
- *Lights out machining, which is perhaps the greatest benefit a shop can encounter. Production accomplished in the absence of paid employees.
- *The 10 pallet system affords the customer the ability to manage a higher mix with a lower volume part manufacturing strategy.
- *A greater need for fewer skilled machinists while producing more overall production.
- *The PC10 allows for setup changes and part loading while the machine remains in continuous operation, which means little to no downtime between jobs.
- *Tremendous gain in floor space utilization while maximizing spindle utilization. The PC10 fits in a space requiring only 6.1ft x 10 ft.
“Each time the machine spindle stops to change a part, or a setup, is an opportunity for lost revenue for any shop owner,” Bogue explained.
The Matsuura MX330-PC10 allows companies to schedule high-mix/low-volume parts with moderate to longer lead-times and exploit the automatic pallet changer with limited employee involvement.
“A decisive additional advantage of the MX330-PC10 is the factory built and installed automatic pallet changer. Most 5-axis machine builders rely on a third-party pallet system to integrate with their automation offered. For more than 30 years, Matsuura has developed and honed our very own automatic pallet system. The automatic pallet system is an integral part of the overall Matsuura 5-axis machining center,” Bogue added.
The coronavirus pandemic has devastated many businesses, but Matsuura is busy — demand has skyrocketed for 5-axis unmanned automation solutions that allow manufacturers the ability to respond swiftly to customers’ needs and run unmanned in the evening and on weekends.
Few machine tool builders have perfected this level of automation and the organizations incorporating the technology have tremendous competitive advantages. Matsuura is an innovator in the development of high-speed machining and the manufacture of automated, unmanned high accuracy CNC machine tools builds machines from the ground up to run unattended.
These savvy Matsuura manufacturers have learned how to improve product quality, machine utilization, and reduce unplanned downtime, all of which contribute to a Future-proofed operation.
“The machine side of the MX330-PC10 and our automatic pallet system is truly one-of-a-kind offering the same reliability, dependability, accuracy, and overall consistency our customers and our market demand and expects,” Bogue concluded.
Justifying new technology is a multi-step process that requires a thorough assessment of factors at work in your manufacturing operation. Matsuura can help you learn how to understand and evaluate the benefits and payback of our latest 5-axis technology.
Matsuura Machinery’s exclusive distributor network works alongside Matsuura to define the ideal manufacturing method and automation solutions. We oversee the complete project – from concept to production, from training to after sales technical and service support.
Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc., located in St. Paul, MN is the U.S. subsidiary of Matsuura Machinery Corporation in Japan. Since 1935, Matsuura has been the forerunner in designing innovative technology and manufacturing solutions to a variety of industries around the globe. Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. delivers unmatched excellence in 5-axis, vertical, horizontal, linear motor, multi-tasking CNC machine tools and machines with a powder bed metal AM platform with machining capability. Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. provides the service, applications and technical field support that have always been the Matsuura standard for business.