Makino Technology Expo 2015 to Feature Speakers, Cutting Demonstrations and Techniques for Die and Mold Manufacturing Automation and Improvement in Machine Utilization

Biennial event to be held Sept. 16 and 17 at Makino’s Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Auburn Hills, Mich. – August 5, 2015 – Makino is pleased to announce the upcoming Makino Technology Expo 2015, a biennial exhibition highlighting new manufacturing processes, techniques, philosophies and strategies vital to transforming businesses for greater success in the global marketplace. The two-day event will take place Sept. 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Makino’s Die/Mold and EDM Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The event will include demonstrations of some of Makino’s latest high-precision machining technologies, including machines equipped with the new Professional 6 (Pro6) control, updated sinker EDM technologies with the new Hyper-i control, the D800Z 5-axis vertical machining center with pallet change system and U6 H.E.A.T. wire EDM. More than 20 machines will be under power with multiple demonstrations displaying state of the art machining process solutions. Presentations are scheduled to cover a wide variety of manufacturing solutions from automation systems to closed-loop processing techniques and flexible workholding solutions, plus a special featured guest presentation to provide attendees with an in-depth look at today’s tooling industry and the future of tool and die manufacturing.
“Once again, we are thrilled to invite tool, die, mold and EDM manufacturers to our facility so that they can continue to learn about the latest technologies available to grow their businesses, increase their productivity and bolster their bottom line,” said Mark Rentschler, Director of Marketing at Makino. “One-on-one consultations with Makino’s engineers, machine demonstrations and presentations from experts like Laurie Harbour of Harbour Results Inc. make the Makino Technology Expo an invaluable resource for manufacturers who are interested in learning more about industry issues, innovations and effective machining techniques and solutions.”
Featured Machines and Demonstrations
At the expo, manufacturers will have the opportunity to meet with Makino engineers for one-on-one consultations to identify machining solutions that best fit their needs. Attendees can also observe over 20 different machine demonstrations, expert presentations and customer testimonials, including:
-       Automotive Lens Mold Manufacturing: See the 6-axis MCC2013-VG horizontal machining center rough, semi-finish and finish machine an automotive lens mold in a single setup.
-       Die/Mold Automation Cell: Witness the cost savings and throughput enhancements of automated die/mold machining cells, intelligently designed with full integration of multiple manufacturing disciplines.
-       Precision 5-Axis Machining of 1.1 Ton Workpiece: Catch the D800Z 5-axis VMC configured with a pallet-changer and the new Pro6 control as it performs complex cutting processes in a variety of difficult 5-axis applications, including simultaneous 5-axis machining of a large 1.1 ton workpiece.
-       High-Accuracy Die-Cast Die Cutting with Pro6 Control: Learn about the new features, benefits and efficiencies of the Pro6 control on the high-precision V56i vertical machining center as it machines precision die cast die details.
-       Micromachining of Telecommunication Tooling: Learn about the unique wire threading capabilities of the ultra-precision UPN-01 horizontal wire EDM in the machining of a telecommunications tool.
-       U6 H.E.A.T. Wire EDM Machining: Learn about the U6 H.E.A.T. wire EDM and its WIZ programming system for exceptional straightness in tall workpieces.
-       High-Speed Rib Detail EDMing: See the new EDNC6 sinker EDM with high-speed rib head and HyperCut technology rapidly produce rib features with low electrode wear.
Additional presentations and demonstrations include: Makino’s High-Speed Rib sinker EDM technology, new Hyper-i control for Sinker EDMs, FCS clamping system, closed-loop fine-hole EDMing on the EDAF3-FH sinker EDM with on-board 3D scanning from Alicona Imaging, Millutensil spotting presses, high-performance horizontal machining of a press die application using Makino’s proprietary Super Geometric Intelligence 5 (SGI.5), high-speed roughing and finishing of a graphite scroll electrode on the F3 graphite VMC, simultaneous 5-axis machining of a titanium medical part on the F5-5XR, sub-micron tolerance machining on the iQ300, machining of stamping die details on the PS95, ±2.0 µm accuracy, machining of a precision die plate on the V33i, HyperCut 2-pass machining on the U3 Wire EDM, machining of precise 75-micron start holes on the EDFH1 fine hole sinker EDM, EDAF2 with Hyper-i Control Sinker EDM.
Guest Presenter
In addition to hearing from experts at Makino, attendees of the Technology Expo can look forward to an in-depth look at today’s tooling industry from Laurie Harbour, president and CEO of Harbour Results Inc. Laurie will discuss performance benchmarking, operational data, financial information, key industry trends and insights on what the future holds for tool and die manufacturers.
Harbour has over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, benchmarking, operational assessments, lean manufacturing and performance enhancement. She works closely with automotive and manufacturing companies on analyzing their strengths and weaknesses, identifying existing gaps and risks and developing a strategic transformation process to achieve sustainable improvements, ultimately mitigating risk and improving the health of organizations. Laurie assists companies, develops short- and long-term strategies, improves operations and reduces risks. She visits hundreds of manufacturing plants each year capturing best practices and driving results.
Makino’s Technology Center is located at 2600 Superior Court, Auburn Hills, Michigan, 48326. The building is at Superior and Lapeer roads (M-24), 1 mile from I-75 and M-24, off E. Walton Boulevard. It is 31 miles from the Greater Detroit Airport and is near The Palace at Auburn Hills, a major sports venue in the area.
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About Makino
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’s engineering services offers 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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