Japan-based machine manufacturer Matsuura showcases its UK best-selling machines at Mach, each defining the pinnacle of three decades of unmanned machining technology laced with experience and know-how.
The introduction of Matsuura's MAM72 series of five-axis machines, more than 20 years ago, marked the design and definition of the concept of tower-pallet automation for the company.
Today, the latest of this series, the MAM72-35V, is equipped with 32 pallets as standard and can accommodate up to 520 tools. It will be presented at Mach 2018 and is said to be the solution for long periods of unmanned five-axis simultaneous production. The company claims that there is no other machine on the market that offers such a competitive edge – including reliable and unmanned shifts for their production, resulting in increased profits.
Another machine, the MX-520 PC4, which was launched in 2017, is a four-pallet automated version of the MX-520 single table, five-axis vertical machining centre. Among the numerous plus points this model offers are the ease of use and reliable five-axis machining, dynamic machining versatility, high accuracy as well as good cost performance.
According to the manufacturer, there are currently over 70 Matsuura MX-520 machines in successful and profitable service in the UK alone.
At Mach, a single-table version of the MX-520 will be demonstrated at Renishaw’s booth in Hall 19, Booth 430.
Live demonstrations, more than just a machine
Also on show is the MX-330 PC10 – configured with ten pallets and 90 tools. This model is the only high-quality, entry-level five-axis machine on the market with OEM automation integrated within the machine at its inception, Matsuura says. The machine allows for companies to have five-axis Matsuura automation within the reach of all budgets. A strong performer, the MX-330 PC10 shares the same Sandvik Coromant Capto P6 pallet-clamping system as the MAM72-35V.
The company's twin-spindle turning machine Muratec Murata MT200 with three turrets will also be presented. It is offered with an optional gantry loader and, according to Matsuura, has proven to be a good choice for UK facilities running complex parts and various part types through one machine. All configurations of the MT200 can accommodate bar, billet or chuck-loaded operations. With flexible upper and lower turrets, all tool stations are live and possess Y axes.
At the manufacturing technologies event, Matsuura's booth is in the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Zone in Hall 6, Booth 762. Here, the company will also focus on its hybrid 3D metal printing and CNC milling machine, Lumex.
Roger Howkins, managing director at Matsuura Machinery UK comments: “We’ve selected machines that continue to push the boundaries in terms of capability, quality, precision and of course deliver a great return for our customers. There will be a range of solutions for everyone at our booth, regardless of budget. Our team of application engineers will be busy creating new and exclusive machining and turning demonstrations to showcase the capabilities of both machines.”
Today, Matsuura has offices spread over three continents in the UK, Germany, the USA, Canada and Taiwan, not forgetting Japan.