Makino a81 HMC Reduces Costs and Enhances Productivity

a81 HMC Employs 50 Taper Spindle and 630 mm Pallet

MASON, OH-September 2008-Makino’s a81 horizontal machining center (HMC) features the largest pallet available in the popular 1-Series line. It provides unparalleled productivity and reliability, and helps customers reduce costs from their manufacturing operations.

The Makino a81 is loaded with features that help manufacturers increase productivity and decrease operational costs, including swift axis movement and faster spindle acceleration/deceleration than other comparable HMCs. Out-of-cut time is diminished because of the machine’s standard ring-type, 40-tool magazine with short seek times. This is complemented by a quick automatic tool changer that has a fast tool-to-tool (1.7 seconds) time and chip-to-chip (3.5 seconds) time.

Makino’s a81 is the largest of the 1-Series line. It is capable of handling a payload of 2,640 pounds (1,200 kg) and an X-, Y-, Z-axis travel of 35.4 x 31.5 x 40.2 inches (900 x 800 x 1020 mm). The a81 is capable of simultaneous B-axis movement with tool change

It is fitted with a 24.8-inch (630-mm) pallet and a standard 50 taper, 10,000-rpm spindle with exceptional acceleration characteristics and minimal vibration. The spindle is equipped with a 300-psi through-spindle coolant system. Rapid traverse and cutting feedrate of the a81 are 1,968 ipm (50 m/min).

The a81’s footprint is 138 x 215 inches (3,460 x 5,370 mm), which is more compact than competitive machines and designed for easy maintenance access around the entire perimeter. High-volume chip evacuation is facilitated by a wide-center trough with a standard rear discharge lift up chip conveyor that includes a coolant leakage protection design.

Other features include an automatic pallet changer with safety guard, a standard three-point support system, an ergonomic swing operator control panel, a safety-designed four-layer protective operator door window and flood coolant and overhead shower coolant.

The a81 comes standard with Makino's proprietary, next generation Geometric Intelligence (GI) servo control with Radical Mode. GI helps provide the lowest cycle times achievable, while maintaining accuracy and meeting the customer’s Cpk requirements.

About Makino
A world leader in advanced CNC machining centers, Makino provides a wide range of high-precision metal-cutting and EDM machinery, including horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, 5-axis machining centers, graphite machining centers, and wire and Ram EDMs. Our flexible automation solutions provide reduced labor costs and increased throughput in a variety of production volumes and designs. With Makino engineering services, we offer industry leading expertise for even the most challenging applications across all industries. For more information call 1.800.552.3288, or visit

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