While general-purpose horizontal machining centers are capable of machining near-net-shape aluminum die-cast parts, competitive pressures and OEM demands for reduced per-piece costs are rapidly driving the need for a new solution. The a40 horizontal machining center is purpose-built to optimize the production of near-net-shape die-cast components. Makino understands that one of the largest drivers of per-piece costs is cycle time. That is why the a40 horizontal machining center features Makino's intelligent ROI design that slashes unproductive non-cut times from your part process. The design encompasses innovative technologies such as a responsive #40 spindle, and inertia active control to evaluate fixture and tool weights to optimize acceleration performance of multiple machine systems.