Makino Establishes Aerospace Engine Technology Group

Mason, Ohio – April 18, 2013 – Makino is pleased to announce the establishment of its aerospace engine technology group, which has been formed to support customers’ grinding, EDM and machining of exotic aerospace alloys for the jet engine market.
This group will deliver the machines, processes and engineering solutions necessary to produce complex jet engine and turbo machinery components at the highest quality and lowest cost.
Billy Grobe will serve as manager of the new aerospace engine technology group. He has spent 25 of his last 33 years in the machining industry at Makino, most recently managing the process research and development group. For the last six years, Grobe has focused on aerospace grinding applications, and has been involved in the development of many Makino aerospace process solutions.
“The industry demands accuracy, repeatability and increased productivity,” said Tom Clark, vice president at Makino. “Grobe and his team of applications and process development engineers will create innovative machining techniques to produce jet engine components faster—satisfying the demand for engines based on the huge backlog of aircraft orders and new engine technologies necessary to meet the fuel efficiency requirements of newer aircraft designs.
The group will coordinate aerospace engine projects, including grinding, 5-axis milling and EDM processes using new and innovative technologies and processes such as the G-Series 5-axis horizontal machining and grinding center, and the new EDBV3 EDM machine designed specifically to produce cooling holes and diffuser shapes in turbine blades.
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A world leader in advanced CNC machining centers, Makino is committed to providing high-performance, leading-edge machining technologies and innovative engineered process solutions that enable manufacturers to focus on making what matters. Makino offers 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. Makino’s flexible automation solutions provide reduced labor costs and increased throughput in a variety of production volumes and designs. Makino Engineering Services 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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