In 2006 leadership at Alumalloy attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) with the goal of identifying a new horizontal machining center supplier. The team was impressed by the processing capabilities and engineering expertise that Makino demonstrated at the show. The following year, Alumalloy purchased its first Makino a81 horizontal machining center. Since then, the company has added four more a81 machines and five Makino a61nx horizontal machining centers.
The a81 and a61nx machines have enabled Alumalloy to maintain the reliability needed to meet demand for annual production quantities of up to 50,000 parts per order. The company has not had to replace a way cover, and chip removal is not an issue.
The company runs one extended shift for its more than 100 part numbers with short runs. It puts its most important jobs on the a81 and a61nx machines because of their reliability.
Today the company is able to offer a complete casting and secondary machining operation, ensuring high quality and on-time delivery, no matter the part size or quantity. The ability to offer the whole process—from raw materials to finished parts—is what sets Alumalloy apart from its competitors, which might offer only foundry or machining services. With the machines, the company can produce repeatable tolerances as tight as 15 microns on some parts, and it consistently meets deadlines in a demanding production environment. As a result of these investments, Alumalloy has won back orders for 18 parts that had previously gone to overseas competitors.