New Makino S56-5XR Five-Axis Vertical Machining Center Blends Performance with Flexibility

Mason, Ohio - December 2009 - Makino's new S56-5XR vertical machining center blends high-performance, hardmilling with multi-axis capabilities for the perfect combination of accuracy, speed, flexibility and productivity. Similar to the S56, the S56-5XR is perfectly suited for applications requiring high spindle speeds, fine surface finishes and hardmilling. The machine's five-axis functionality delivers exacting accuracy in contoured parts, and enables five-face machining that eliminates set-ups, reduces lead times, improves quality, and cuts costs.

"The S56-5XR is designed to assist manufacturers looking to win high-tech, full five axis, contouring jobs in a variety of markets," says Bill Howard, Makino's vertical machining center product manager. "Whether running simultaneous or '2+3' programming, the machine provides the high speed and accuracy necessary to get the job done in the lowest cycle times possible with superb surface finishes and tight tolerances."

The S56-5XR is equipped with a 40 x 20 inches (1,000 x 500 mm) worktable, with associated travels of 36 x 20 x 18 inches (900 x 500 x 450 mm). Its table mounted tilt / trunion provides full, five-axis capability while the remaining table surface can be used for three axis work.
The machine's X-, Y- and Z-axis linear motion guides support rapid traverse and cutting feed rates of 1,575 ipm (40,000 mm/min). Its 40 taper, 13,000-rpm spindle provides the ideal combination of speed and rigidity to hardmill high quality surface finishes in demanding applications. As an option, the S56-5XR can be equipped with a 20,000-rpm spindle featuring Makino’s patented spindle technology for further productivity.

The machine is equipped with a standard 20-tool (30-tool optional) magazine and automatic tool changer to reduce setups and further maximize the machine's flexibility and utilization, through unattended machining capabilities.

Superior Control
The Makino Professional 5 Control provides a Windows CE graphical user interface (GUI) with touch-screen access, and the networking and storage capabilities of a data center. This data center provides flexible, user friendly program and data management for quick, seamless changes from one set-up to the next.  Its built-in Ethernet networking capability provides ready integration to off-machine program storage.

The S56-5XR also incorporates Makino’s Super Geometric Intelligence (SGI.4) servo control for exceptionally smooth surfaces, even in high-feedrate machining of complex shapes. SGI.4 software helps reduce cycle times in three dimensional parts by as much as 40 percent.

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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