Makino T-Series 5-Axis HMCs Provide a Titanium Machining ADVANTiGE™

August 24, 2010 8:32 am

Makino announces the new T-series five-axis horizontal machining centers with ADVANTiGE™ technologies built specifically for titanium aerospace parts such as edge frames, pylons and bulkheads. These technologies can provide manufacturers with four times the productivity and double the tool life of conventional titanium machining operations.

“The T-series with ADVANTiGE technologies are a powerhouse for titanium machining, capable of reducing part production times by 75 percent while increasing tool life by 100 percent,” says Mark Larson, Makino’s Titanium Process R&D Manager. “We’ve created a line of machines that will change the way people think about titanium machining like our MAG-series did with aluminum aerospace structural parts.”

The first machines of Makino’s T-series include the T4 and T2 five-axis horizontal machining centers. The T4 provides X, Y and Z axis travels of 4,200mm, 2,000mm and 1,000mm respectively, and can hold workpieces up to 5,000kg. For smaller titanium parts, the T2 provides X, Y and Z axis travels of 2,000mm, 2,000mm and 1,800mm respectively, and can hold workpieces up to 5,000kg.

Compact Five-Axis Spindle
The T-series’ HSK-A125 spindle is Makino’s most powerful spindle to date, providing higher torque, horse power, and clamping force than all predecessors. Its compact design combines the latest induction motor with twin inverter drive technology for higher torque (740ft-lbs, 133HP continuous; 1,100ft-lbs, 200HP peak). The spindle is supported by roller bearings to ensure high rigidity, which keeps the energy loss to one-half that of conventional gear-driven spindles. The spindle delivers a maximum speed of 4,000RPM. The A and C-axes increase part accessibilitywith a ±110 degree A-axis rotation and a 360 degree continuous C-axis rotation.

ADVANTiGE Technologies

Makino’s ADVANTiGE™ technologies overcome the traditional challenges of low metal removal rates and limited tool life associated with Titanium machining. By improving spindle performance, coolant delivery, vibration damping, machine rigidity and cutting strategies, ADVANTiGE is capable of four times the productivity and double the tool life of conventional machining technologies.

ADVANTiGE technologies include Autonomic Spindle Technology that utilizes spindle sensors to measure displacement caused by excessive cutting forces; high pressure, high flow coolant for improved cooling, lubrication and chip evacuation; a vibration damping system to proactively reduce chatter and vibration; a Coolant Microsizer System that improves tool cooling and lubricity for extended tool life, and a rigid machine construction that suppresses vibration for reduced tool chipping and improved metal removal rates. Learn more about ADVANTiGE here.

Increased Productivity
The T-series machines include an automatic pallet changer system that provides continuous operation and eliminates costly downtime for part changeovers.

These machining centers can also be integrated with an automatic pallet transfer and storage system in a highly flexible Makino Machining Complex (MMC) for extended periods of unattended operation. This automation system assigns work and initiates operations automatically, maximizing spindle utilization for increased productivity.

See for Yourself
The T4 five-axis horizontal machining center with ADVANTIGE technology is currently on display at Makino’s Global Titanium R&D Center. Call 800-522-3288 to set up your appointment to see this technology in action.

About Makino

A world leader in advanced CNC machining centers, Makino provides a wide range of high-precision metal-cutting and EDM machinery, includinghorizontal 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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