Makino's MMC2 Automated Pallet System Improves Spindle Utilization
IMTS Spark: Makino’s MMC2 modular, automated material handling system Increases Production without adding staff or equipment.
Makino’s Machining Complex (MMC2) automated pallet system is designed to take four- and five-axis performance to the next level with its mix of speed and flexibility. The company’s horizontal machining centers are built specifically for high-efficiency machining of high-mix and high-volume complex components. However, when paired with the MMC2, productivity is improved with enhanced quality, reduced costs and increased throughput.
The MMC2 is a modular, automated material handling system that links Makino HMCs, pallet loaders and operators. A servo-controlled, rail-guided vehicle (RGV) transports material to and from machines, with little, if any, operator intervention. Each system is completely flexible and can be designed to fit a manufacturer's facility using standard components. According to the company, users of the MMC2 frequently report spindle utilization rates of up to 95%, leading to increases in production without adding staff or equipment.
While a stand-alone machine is typically equipped with two pallets, the MMC2 accommodates as many as 200 pallets capable of going into any machine in the MMC2 system. With this pool of pallets and the machines running, setup time can be eliminated, the company says. This means that no single job is dependent on one machine or one pallet for production operation, offering flexible production management.
MMC2’s ability to reduce setup allows quality products to get to market faster. Additionally, it reduces non-value-add costs and improves profitability with a constant flow of parts that keeps the spindles cutting. According to the company, operators can easily shift between jobs without delays thanks to the setup operations, tools and programs available in the MMC2 system.