Automated Pallet Pool CNC Machining Centres in 5 axis and 4 axis configurations.

All our automated pallet pool machining solutions achieve more production throughput because they offer higher levels of spindle optimisation and machine utilisation. Across the entire Matsuura Machinery portfolio of optimised CNC milling machine tool products, there are tailorable multi-pallet and multi-tool options definable to your process and budget. From twin pallet stand-alone machines, to multi-pallet stand-alone production centres to fully integrated and automated FMS cells, we have the products, the engineering expertise and the proven project management history with UK installations to deliver maximum spindle utilisation into your production workflow, maximising your production throughput whilst minimising your company’s reliance on skilled or semi-skilled labour.

If you are thinking about how to achieve greater productivity in a cost down machine shop environment via pallletisation and automation, then talk to us - we'll help you rethink the way you work - and it's free. Get in touch - you'll be surprised at just what you can afford.

Automated Pallet Pool Machining Solutions from Matsuura, NIIGATA, and Toshulin

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MX-330 PC10

Affordable, reliable high quality 5 axis automation


MX-520

MX-520 single table and 4 pallet 5 axis CNC machining centre


MX-850

Delivering assured single table 5 axis CNC machining to large complex billets and components


MAM72-35V

For over 25 years, the MAM72-35V has achieved unrivaled market status for extended unmanned 5 axis machining production


MAM72-42V

Automated 5 axis machining of components in the Ø420 x H350 range, weighing up to 200kg


MAM72-63V

Multi-pallet, automated 5 axis CNC machining solution for components, billets and castings in the Ø720 x H450 range, weighing up to 350kg


MAM72-100H

Proven, multi-pallet large capacity automated 5 axis machining of billets, components and castings in the Ø1,000 x H770 range, weighing up to 800kg


LX-160

Ultra High Speed, automated, multi-pallet 5 axis machining


H.Plus-300

Best selling 4 axis multi-pallet horizontal, twin 300mm² pallets and a host of tailored, cost effective production enhancing options


H.Plus-400

Offering the largest working envelope in its class, the H.Plus-400 is a true 400mm² pallet production workhorse


H.Plus-405

Delivering production and profit to end users for over a decade - the world beating H.Plus-405


H.Plus-504

BT40 500mm² multi-pallet 4 axis horizontal with the largest capacity in its class


H.Plus-500

BT50 500mm2 multi-pallet 4 axis horizontal delivering effortless torque and high metal removal rates


H.Plus-630

Best in class for 630mm² pallet horizontal machining centres, largest working envelope and processing capacity


H.Plus-800

Offering the same robust performance dimensions as the H.Plus-630, the H.Plus-800 comes equipped with twin 800mm² pallets


CUBLEX-63

5 axis milling and turning on a proven multi-pallet automated platform

Automated Pallet Pools / Automatic Tool Changer / Automated Pallet Changer Machining for blue chip OEMs, SME's and smaller engineering companies

Focused on increased machine utilisation and throughput, Matsuura Machinery automated pallet pool / tool machining centres deliver reduced cycle times, with less manned intervention, operator dependency and increased profitability. The MAM72, MX and H.Plus series of automated CNC machining centres are a factory cell in themselves, and offer 90%+ uptime in machining. 

Horizontal Machining versus Vertical Machining?

A manned 3 axis vertical cannot match the productivity or spindle utilisation rates of a 4 axis or 5 axis multi-pallet horizontal machine tool. The spindle on a vertical, at best, is only cutting for 30% of the productive day with the available manned shift hours. By comparison, a horizontal CNC machine tool from Matsuura achieves upwards of 90% - sometimes even higher. Replacing several manned vertical cnc machining centres with just one automated and unmanned Matsuura H.Plus Series horizontal is something we do in the UK on a regular basis for UK manufacturers looking for reduced operator dependency & cost per part, whilst increasing productivity and profit. Watch this video for more information.

Automated Pallet Pool Machining configured by Matsuura Machinery to maximise process efficiency for your specific workload

Supporting your growth means solutions designed within your budget, resources and space which deliver exceptional returns on investment. That’s why Matsuura Machinery focus upon engineering solutions to deliver you a competitive edge. Our innovative engineers are experts in optimising manufacturing processes and automated pallet tool machining, because they have access to a ‘best in class brand portfolio’. This is backed by world class customer support, 'on the shelf' spares and outstanding maintenance engineers.

We can help you rethink the way you work - and it's free. Get in touch - you'll be surprised at just what you can afford.

What is automated pallet pool machining?

Automated Pallet Pool machining takes a standard single table or pallet CNC machine tool and integrates an automated system for feeding pallets into the machine for the purpose of running that machine unmanned. Reducing operator dependency, pallets within the automated pallet pool system can be set up with billets or components ready for machining offline, so the machine can carry on machining whilst the next pallets to be processed can be readied in advance, often running this work "lights out" throughout the night with no operator intervention.

What is the difference between an Automated Pallet Pool, a Multi-Pallet Pool, a Pallet Stocker, Flexible Manufacturing System and a Automatic Pallet Changer?

Essentially, these all describe different variants of the same concept; a mechanism that tranports a pallet into the machining enclosure for processing and CNC machining and returning it to the storage location afterwards. Automated pallet pool machining comes in a diverse array of machines and systems. Matsuura automated pallet pool machines span our entire range of horizontal, vertical, 4 axis, 5 axis, linear motor machines, and our combined multi-tasking milling and turning CNC machine tools. 

Is it cost effective to add automation to a stand alone CNC machine?

Adding automation to a CNC machine tool, CNC lathe or CNC machining centre that is designed to have an operative in attendance for the majority of its cutting time cannot compare or compete with the performance of a dedicated and designed automation system or concept that has been defined from the ground up at the design stage of the CNC machine tool. Yes, you can add CNC automation to a stand alone CNC machine tool, but the issues with integrating third party hardware & software, low speed of operation and interface reliability issues are major stumbling blocks to pursuing successful and reliable automated CNC machining processes via this route - and the performance and productivity of such an ad hoc solution will never out-perform a dedicated and designed automated CNC machine tool. Extracting CNC machine tool performance data, spindle utilisation statistics, scheduling of work and monitoring pallets and tool life are also major benefits of investing in a dedicated automated pallet pool CNC machine tool from Matsuura, utilising our OEM RIMMs software (Remote Intelligent Machine Monitoring - RIMMS). This invaluable data stream cannot be acquired very easily with a third party bolt-on automation system for your stand alone CNC machine tool.

Does CNC Machining Automation Costs Jobs?

Not necessarily. Manual loading jobs and less technical machine operator types of employment are certainly affected by CNC automation, a trend that will accelerate, but most setters, operators and loaders of CNC machine tools have a variety of Engineering skills that can be deployed to more value added tasks within a CNC machining business. 

What does CNC stand for? How do CNC machine tools work?

CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. 

Numerical control (also computer numerical control, and commonly shortened to CNC) is the automated control of machining tools (such as drills, lathes, mills, cutting lasers) and 3D printers by means of a computer. A CNC machine processes a piece of material (metal, plastic, wood, ceramic, or composite) to meet specifications by following a coded programmed instruction and without a manual operator directly controlling and directing the machining operation and traverse of the cutting tool.

A CNC machine is a multi-axes (at least 2) motorised maneuverable tool and often a motorized maneuverable platform, which are both controlled by a computer, according to specific input instructions. Instructions are delivered to a CNC machine in the form of a sequential program of machine control instructions such as G-code and M-code, then executed. The program can be written by a person or, far more often, generated by graphical computer-aided design (CAD) software and/or computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software. In the case of 3D printers, the part to be printed is "sliced", before the instructions (or the program) is generated. 3D printers also use G-Code.

CNC is a vast improvement over non-computerized machining that must be manually controlled (e.g. using devices such as hand wheels or levers) or mechanically controlled by pre-fabricated pattern guides (cams). In modern CNC systems, the design of a mechanical part and its manufacturing program is highly automated. The part's mechanical dimensions are defined using CAD software and then translated into manufacturing directives by computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software. The resulting directives are transformed (by "post processor" software) into the specific commands necessary for a particular machine to produce the component, and then are loaded into the CNC machine.

Since any particular component might require the use of a number of different tools – drills, saws, etc. – modern machines often combine multiple tools into a single "cell", with billets and castings to be machined automatically transferred into and out of the machining enclosure. In other installations, a number of different machines are used with an external controller and human or robotic operators that move the component from machine to machine. In either case, the series of steps needed to produce any part is highly automated and produces a part that closely matches the original CAD.

What are the advantages of CNC machining over manual machining?

CNC machining is an automated, repeatable process delivering exact components, within a given tolerance, everytime. Conventional manual machining cannot match the speed, accuracy or repeatability of a CNC machine. In Western CNC machining businesses now, there is a strong commercial necessity to become less operator dependent and automate the machining process with the utilisation of large automated pallet pools, multi pallet pools, pallet stockers, Flexible Manufacturing Systems and automatic pallet changers, eliminating costly manpower wages for manual low skilled work, enabling employers to re-skill their workforce and task them with more value added activities.

What are G-Codes?

G-Code is the common name for the most widely used computer numerical control (CNC) programming language. It is used mainly in computer-aided manufacturing to control automated machine tools.

G-Code is a language in which people tell computerised multi-axes machine tools how to make something. The "how" is defined by G-code instructions provided to a machine controller (industrial computer) that tells the motors where to move, how fast to move, and what path to follow. The two most common situations are that, within a machine tool such as a lathe or mill, a cutting tool is moved according to these instructions through a toolpath cutting away material to leave only the finished workpiece and/or, an unfinished workpiece is precisely positioned in any of up to nine axes[1] around the three dimensions relative to a toolpath and, either or both can move relative to each other. The same concept also extends to noncutting tools such as forming or burnishing tools, photoplotting, additive methods such as 3D printing, and measuring instruments.

What are M-Codes?

M-Codes are a complimentary partner to G Codes. CNC M Codes direct the auxiliary functions of a CNC machine, such as coolant and spindle speed control.

On a FANUC NC, what does MDI stand for?

On a FANUC NC, MDI stands for "Manual Data Input". Matsuura machines run a customised variation of FANUC NC, incorporating our own software and functionality into the control, tailoring and refining our customers requirements whilst matching the NC to the performance of the hand-built Matsuura CNC machining centre range.

 

 

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