Featured with the EDNC6 and v33i-5XB at IMTS.
The benefits of automation are no longer limited to the production machining market. Automation of die and mold processes is expanding across North America, enabling manufacturers to improve quality, increase utilization and reduce labor. Makino offers the machine technologies and engineering services necessary to implement various types of machine automation for die/mold applications, including hard milling, graphite milling, 5-axis machining, and sinker and wire EDMing. Working closely with third-party suppliers, such as EROWA, Makino is able to create complex and sophisticated material-handling cells to eliminate setups and prevent stack-up error, guaranteeing the highest levels of efficiency and precision. Here, the EROWA ERC is set up to shuttle both workpieces and electrodes between the EDNC6 sinker EDM and v33i 5-axis graphite vertical machining center. This equipment is ideal for the low-volume, high-mix nature of die/mold applications, where automation helps shops achieve utilization rates approaching 85 percent.