DMG MORI Draws Big Crowd at JIMTOF 2012
With 2,340 m2 of leading-edge technology and plenty of expert staff on hand, the DMG MORI booth drew heavy crowds at the 26th Japan International Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF), held November 1-6, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. The DMG MORI booth was the largest at the show, and it was packed with 32 multi-function machine tools – including five “world premieres” and three “Japan premieres” – as well as a presentation theatre and a dual-level hospitality area. The booth also showcased the winning entries of the Cutting Dream Contest.
More than 690 exhibitors converged on the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight) for JIMTOF 2012, which drew nearly 118,000 visitors over the course of the event. The event’s theme – “Mono-Zukuri” Innovation – provided a fitting backdrop for the new capabilities being showcased at the DMG MORI booth. Since JIMTOF is only held every two years, the previous 2010 event was the first JIMTOF since the two companies launched their business collaboration; since then, DMG products have proven so popular in the Japanese market that half of the machines featured at JIMTOF 2012 this year were from the DMG line.
Machines Take Center Stage
The machines took center stage at this year’s event, and the stars of the show were the five World Premiere and three Japan Premiere offerings. Thirty-two machines were grouped by type throughout the booth, offering JIMTOF attendees from every industry the chance to compare capabilities and see each machine in action.
The full lineup of NLX high-precision CNC lathes was on display; JIMTOF 2012 marked the World Premiere for the NLX 1500Y/500, the NLX2000SY/500, and the NLX3000Y/700. These new offerings join the NLX2500 and NLX4000 to provide customers with an expanded range of sizes and capabilities. The NLX is already an extremely popular series with customers – more than 10,000 have been sold worldwide. The series’ BMT (Built-in Motor Turret) technology has evolved to achieve new maximum rotary tool spindle speed of 10,000 min-1, with the added benefit of increased energy efficiency.
There were six 5-axis machines on display, included the DMU 65 FD monoBLOCK® (a Japan Premiere) and the DMC 65 monoBLOCK® with the RS20 Pallet Changer (a World Premiere.) These two models are the latest additions to the popular monoBLOCK® series and have been specifically designed to meet customer demand. The DMU 65 monoBLOCK® FD includes a spindle with 18,000 min-1 and an integrated balancing sensor. For outstanding productivity and flexibility, the DMC 65 monoBLOCK® includes an automatic pallet changer housed in the machine’s open-space work area. This super-efficient design ensures that both the work area and setup station can be easily accessed, and that the machine can still be loaded from above with a crane.
Also featured was the MILLTAP 700, the first machine that is a joint development between MORI SEIKI and Gildemeister. This next-generation compact machining center offers a combination of high precision and high performance, with a small footprint, 4-axis machining, and improved energy efficiency. The MILLTAP 700 has a large work envelope and a powerful tool changer with 15 (optional 25) tool magazine pockets.
Press Conference Highlights
Journalists representing industry publications from around the world were on hand for an exclusive press conference featuring MORI SEIKI President Dr. Masahiko Mori and Dr. Rüdiger Kapitza, Chairman of the Executive Board of Gildemeister Aktiengesellschaft (DMG). They were pleased to report that, since the cooperative agreement between the two companies began in 2009, each year more countries have been added to the list of areas where DMG and MORI SEIKI cooperate to provide sales and service.
Dr. Mori reported that the new plant in Davis, California, USA is up and running, producing NHX4000 and NHX5000 machines (approximately 80 units per month.) Other new facilities planned or in progress include a plant in Seebach, Germany with an October 2012 startup; a new production facility currently under construction in Tianjin, China; and a planned production facility in Ulyanovsk, Russia, with startup targeted for the end of 2013.
Dr. Kapitza spoke about the three businesses that comprise Gildemeister’s new energy solutions: SunCarrier solar power technologies; WindCarrier, an innovative wind turbine for renewable energy production; and CellCube, a highly-efficient battery system for energy storage. “Many emerging markets such as India, China, and Russia do not have stable energy infrastructures,” Dr. Kapitza said. “These technologies will allow manufacturing facilities to generate, store, and use renewable energy.”
Spotlight on ‘Cutting Dream’
Visitors to the DMG MORI booth also had the opportunity to view the Cutting Dream Contest entries on display. Sponsored by MORI SEIKI Co., Ltd. and now in its ninth year, the Cutting Dream Contest is open to companies, schools and research institutions engaged in machining with machine tools in Japan, and rewards innovative design. This year’s contest drew about 100 entries, and showcased the skill and creativity flourishing in the modern machine tools industry.
A panel of five judges reviewed entries in several categories, including prototype and test cut machining, die and mold/free form machining, and micro machining. Winning entries received cash prizes and awards at a ceremony held during JIMTOF.
JIMTOF is one of Asia’s most comprehensive events for the manufacturing industry. Held biannually, JIMTOF is organized by the Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association, with support from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, as well as the cooperation of many other Japanese professional associations. The event slogan is “Mono-zukuri Innovation.” Combining the Japanese words “mono” (which means “thing”) and “zukuri” (i.e., the process of making,) the actual meaning of monozukuri extends far beyond its literal translation. It includes ideas such as craftsmanship, artistry, and a dedication to continuous improvement.