Reducing Labor Costs
Of recent concern to North American manufacturers is a lack of skilled labor, especially as companies attempt to add to production capacity in order to combat an aging population. Today’s advanced manufacturing technologies provide a solution to mitigate these concerns by managing labor requirements and giving companies the ability to improve operations and efficiencies by applying their most skilled employees in areas of high value.
With this has come a growing trend toward fully automated manufacturing systems. Manufacturers have recognized that automation helps improve productivity and lowers labor costs to the point where these manufacturers can better take on the overseas competition. The scopes of these automation systems range dynamically, from simple pallet magazines to pallet handling systems and robotic part distribution. With a variety of options available, manufacturers are able to identify a unique automation system suited for their specific production demands.
Considerations for automation and unattended reliability are at the heart of all Makino equipment. Its machining centers have been designed to eliminate as much manual intervention as possible in order to reduce part costs and improve part quality. The majority of Makino machines have been built for seamless integration into automation systems. This includes pallet pools, automatic pallet transfer and storage systems such as the Makino Machining Complex (MMC2), mounted and rail-guided floor robots, gantry-style robots and more. By automating Makino machines, manufacturers can expect utilization rates of up to 95 percent, and reliable, fully unattended operation over nights and weekends.