What is CNC Machine?
A CNC machine is an automatic power tool with computer controlled for turning, milling, engraving, cutting, drilling, grinding, welding, spinning, winding in modern industrial manufacturing. A CNC machine works with CAD/CAM software and G code for automated machining. The most common types of CNC machine include CNC Mills, CNC Machining Centers, CNC Lathe Machines, CNC Drilling Machines, CNC Boring Machines, EDM Machines, CNC Punching Machine, CNC Routers, Water Jet, CNC Laser Machines, CNC Grinders, CNC Welding Machines, CNC Benders, CNC Winding Machines, CNC Spinning Machines, and CNC Plasma Cutters.
We have ranked the top 10 world’s best CNC machine manufacturers & brands by researching data from Google based on business sizes, technical capabilities, revenues, customer reviews and ratings, including Mazak, Trumpf, DMG MORI, MAG, Haas, Hardinge, AMADA, Okuma, Makino, EMAG, which are located in Japan, Germany and the United States.
#1 Yamazaki Mazak (Japan)
Yamazaki Mazak is the largest world’s best CNC machine manufacturer & maker from Japan, Mazak is a world-renowned brand of CNC machines founded in 1919, and its market share ranks first all year round in the world. Its manufacturing ranges CNC lathes, CNC turning centers, CNC systems, multi-tasking machines, CNC milling machines, horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, CNC laser machines, FMS (Flexible Manufacturing System), CAD/CAM software and control systems. All products are well known for their intelligence, automation, high speed and high precision in various machinery industries. Customers are distributed in machinery, automobile, aviation, energy, electronics, medical and so on.
CNC systems, multi-tasking machines, CNC turning centers, horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, CNC laser machines, FMS (Flexible Manufacturing System), and CAD/CAM software system.
Yamazaki Mazak is the leader in global CNC manufacturing with 10 plants around the world, including Yamazaki Mazak Manufacturing Corporation Minokamo Plant 1 (Japan), Yamazaki Mazak Manufacturing Corporation Minokamo Plant 2 (Japan), Yamazaki Mazak Manufacturing Corporation Inabe Plant (Japan), Yamazaki Mazak Corporation Oguchi Plant (Japan), Yamazaki Mazak Manufacturing Corporation Seiko Plant (Japan), Yamazaki Mazak U.K. Ltd (UK manufacturing plant), Mazak Corporation (US manufacturing plant), Yamazaki Mazak Singapore Pte., Ltd (Singapore manufacturing plant), Yamazaki Mazak Machine Tool (Liaoning) Co,Ltd.(China manufacturing plant), Ningxia Little Giant Machine Tool Co., Ltd (China manufacturing plant). In addition, Yamazaki Mazak has set up 38 Technology Centers. Together with 49 Mazak Technical Centers, Yamazaki Mazak has established 87 customer support bases around the world.
In the assembly workshop, the main feature of Mazak's intelligence lies in the transparency of the assembly process. Every worker in the assembly workshop holds a tablet computer and records the assembly progress, quality and other data of each piece of equipment in a timely manner. Through the assembly production kanban, workers can timely understand the equipment layout diagram, assembly Gantt chart and equipment assembly status in the assembly workshop, and reflect in real time. The status of each machine tool and the production progress and status of the order;
In terms of quality management of Mazak, the automatic detection of manufacturing accuracy is fully realized. It is worth mentioning that the manufacturing process is bound to the worker code. If there is a quality problem with the machine tool, the operator can be traced.
Every processing equipment, logistics equipment and automated warehouse in Mazak manufacturing plant have been connected to the Internet, and 12.3 million pieces of data of various equipment can be collected every day through Smart BOX. To the key process parameters of the machine tool, such as feed rate, etc., and use different colors to represent different equipment states, it is possible to know the daily/monthly operation of each machine tool very clearly, so as to achieve fine control of each machine tool. ;Especially after an alarm occurs in the production site machine tool, it can be notified through PDA, alarm and other forms.
After an alarm occurs on the machine tool, it is important to analyze it in depth and find out the cause of the alarm, such as whether the tool life has expired, and reduce downtime by replacing it in time. Through the real-time monitoring of the equipment, the unplanned downtime of Mazak manufacturing plant is shortened every year. As early as June 2016 to May 2017, Mazak Japan monitored and processed the equipment in a timely manner, which was greatly reduced compared to 2015. 55%. The application of the Mazak iSMART Factory solution in Mazak manufacturing plant has realized the digitalization of all production activities. Through visualization and data analysis and utilization, it can shorten the production cycle, improve the quality, strengthen the tracking management, and reduce the management workload.
Mazak adopts fixed-point assembly in the assembly process. They say it is very difficult to fully automate the assembly process. Because it does not only need the size of the drawing for the processing of parts, it can be done automatically by the equipment. The assembly process relies on the experience of the workers. Therefore, the work rhythm of the personnel in the assembly process is not busy. But Mazak's production schedule is very distinctive: Mazak's factory has a movable trolley with a piece of A3 paper on top: the first row is the country - each country has different product standards; the second row is Customer name; the third line is the machine number, each number is unique, and the number represents the instrument. The next sign is the work schedule, which represents the date and work plan 16T-18T. In practice, circles are used to represent 16T, 17T, and 18T. The completed ones use blue magnets, and those in progress use yellow magnets.
Mazak's building process code: for example, from T1 to 51T, which represent different building stages - mechanical assembly, electrical assembly, mechanical assembly, electrical inspection, debugging, packaging, and out of warehouse. The machining center is air-conditioned, the precision machining center is 25 degrees +_2 degrees, and the testing room is 20 degrees +-2 degrees. The assembly workshop is also air-conditioned to reduce temperature fluctuations. The assembly process is divided into two sub-processes: the first is rack assembly and the second is component assembly. After the rack is assembled, it is lifted and transported to the parts assembly area with a flatbed truck. Now Mazak is converting that cart sign into an electronic sign. In this way, the position of each machine can be automatically positioned by the system, so that the AGV trolley can automatically transport the parts to the corresponding machine position. Now, Mazak's AGV car no longer needs to use underground induction lines, but navigates through three-point positioning. Mazak produces 12 million pieces of data every day. How to use this data is still a challenge, and Mazak is still exploring.
In addition, Mazak previously launched a new generation of multi-tasking machine INTEGREX i-500. It not only has the turning, milling and 5-axis machining capabilities of composite machining equipment, but also integrates the capabilities of special machine tools such as gear forming, hobbing, and long drill machining. It can complete everything from blank to finished product in one clamping to improving the industrial manufacturing efficiency.
#2 Trumpf (Germany)
Trumpf is the second world’s best CNC machine manufacturer & brand, which is one of the leading makers in the field of global manufacturing technology founded in 1923, and it is one of the initiators of German Industry 4.0. It is a powerful global high-tech enterprise. Headquartered in Ditzingen near Stuttgart, Germany. TRUMPF Group is a technology and market leader in the field of industrial laser machines and laser systems.
Mr. Christian Trumpf, the founder of TRUMPF Group, opened a flexible shaft company in Stuttgart, Germany in 1923, which became the predecessor of TRUMPF Group. In the 1960s, the TRUMPF Group began to get involved in the laser field, and in the 1980s created an industry-leading laser. Trumpf Group once invested 296.2 million euros in research and development, an increase of 11.7% year-on-year to maintain its technological leadership. Trumpf Group ranks first in the world in the field of laser machining, and it is also the third largest CNC machine manufacturer in the world.
With the visit to the Trumpf Group, we can meet Trumpf's laser cutting machines, punching machine tools, bending machines and automatic loading and unloading devices, especially the efficiency and accuracy are shocking, which make us experience the world's most advanced CNC machining technology..
Trumpf's laser generators include high-power carbon dioxide lasers and solid-state lasers, of which solid-state lasers include disk lasers, fiber lasers, diode lasers, and pulsed lasers.
Trumpf Group's machine tools include flatbed laser cutting machines, punching machines, punching laser composite processing, bending machines, etc. It is worth mentioning that the processing efficiency of Trumpf's high-end laser cutting machines is more than three times that of ordinary mechanical cutting tools, which can realize high-speed and high-precision laser machining and punching, bending, engraving, etching, and marking. The laser source can be shared by multiple devices and realize three-dimensional laser cutting and welding. The blanking machine of Trumpf can complete all the processing procedures of the part on one machine tool. Therefore, it is capable of complex 3D sheet metal machining, and also provides supporting automatic loading and unloading equipment.
It is worth mentioning that Trumpf’s laser metal 3D printing technology is also a global industry leader. The LMF (Laser Metal Fusion) system of the TruPrint product series mainly irradiates the powder layer through a 200-watt laser, while the build chamber sinks. The excess powder is poured into an overflow powder receiver, all in an enclosed space with only 0.1% oxygen to prevent oxidation and possible fire; while the TruPrint product line LMD (Laser Metal Deposition) The technology enables 3D printing of new metal structures on existing parts by laser cladding, creating a molten pool on the surface of the part, and simultaneously depositing molten metal powder onto the object. Combining two complementary metal 3D printing technologies, LMD and LMF, TRUMPF claims that it can meet various metal 3D printing needs of customers.
TRUMPF's capital investment in R&D has even reached 9.5% of its turnover, and about 2,100 people have conquered the research and development of new products. What many people can't think of is that TRUMPF also has a huge contribution to the important process equipment in the world's top chip field - the Netherlands ASML EUV lithography machine. As we all know, semiconductors have been able to achieve an integration density of 100 million transistors in 1 square millimeter, and the size of semiconductor structures is getting closer and closer to the atomic level. It is worth mentioning that TRUMPF has worked closely with the world's largest lithography system manufacturer, ASML of the Netherlands, and lens manufacturer Zeiss, to develop a world-unique CO2 laser system that can process more than 100 wafers per second. The TRUMPF high-power laser amplifier plays a key role in the manufacture of chips: it generates a luminescent plasma that provides extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light for exposing the wafer. Therefore, TRUMPF's components drive the lithography process enough for the mass production applications that are being prepared by several chipmakers around the world.
#3 DMG MORI (Germany + Japan)
DMG MORI is the third world’s best CNC machine manufactuer & brand, which is a joint venture between Germany's Demag and Japan's Mori Seiki. The DMG MORI brand integrates the advantages of MORISEIKI 65 years and DMG 143 years. Demagesen precision machine tools have a very high reputation in China and the world, and are an important equipment manufacturer in the high-end manufacturing industry. The vertical machining, horizontal machining, three-axis, four-axis, five-axis, turning and milling compound machining centers, and ultrasonic/laser machining centers produced by Demagesen Seiki represent the development direction and the highest technical level of the machine tool industry at home and abroad. DMG has become the largest machine tool group in Europe, especially the integration of Germany's DMG and Japan's Mori Seiki Co., Ltd., the combination of German manufacturing (DMG 143 years) + Japanese manufacturing (MORI SEIKI 65 years), forming a new global CNC machine leader - DMG MORI.
DMG MORI machines are very well made and look stunning. The LaserTec 65 hybrid machining center from DMG MORI is the only hybrid machine to date that integrates generative laser surfacing technology into a fully functional 5-axis milling machine. It integrates additive manufacturing and machining (subtractive manufacturing), and can quickly manufacture blanks through the additive manufacturing process of laser surfacing, becoming a new highly complex and personalized production method.
It is worth mentioning that in an era of shorter product life cycles, more complex and more personalized components, generative manufacturing processes enable the production of complex geometries and complex parts. The unique composite technology of Demagesen Precision Machinery's laser surfacing and milling through powder nozzles provides users with new application and geometry possibilities. With the LaserTec65 additive manufacturing process, it is possible to form up to 20 times faster than in a powder bed.
DMG MORI is one of the largest machine tool manufacturers in Europe and one of the innovation leaders in the machine tool industry, constantly developing trend-setting products. DMG MORI brings innovative technologies in various fields such as aerospace, automotive and additive manufacturing, and also presents a wealth of digital solutions, covering the whole process of mission planning and preparation to production and monitoring.
The strengths of certain machines from DMG MORI stand out. The first is a three-year warranty, which is rare in the machine tool industry. The long warranty period also stems from the confidence of DMG MORI. The second is to allow users to make their own apps based on their own experience, and call the home-made apps as macro programs, which greatly improves production efficiency. Third, some machine tools have a touch screen operation interface. The screen is extremely resistant to oil pollution and allows users to operate with gloves, which reflects the humanization that DMG MORI pays attention to in human-machine collaboration.
DMG MORI once claimed that they have all the production technology in the aerospace field. "Without the machining of the parts by DMG MORI, our planes would not be able to take off". In fact, DMG MORI offers its customers numerous high-tech and high-performance machine tools in the aerospace sector, cooperating with them to develop pioneering production processes and complete turnkey solutions. As a comprehensive supplier, DMG MORI's complete line of machine tools meets the machining requirements of the most advanced and complex parts in the aerospace industry. For example, many aircraft landing gears, engines, blisks, blades are machined by DMG MORI. The materials of these parts are titanium alloys or high-temperature alloys, and the torque and power requirements of the machine are particularly high.
Of course, DMG MORI is not just about technology. One-step service is the biggest pursuit of DMG MORI. For example, DMG MORI has a sales and service center, a team of more than 200 service engineers, 100 service vehicles, a sales and service team of 80 people, and a technical engineer and training team of 80 people, which is huge and complete. The configuration of the service team enables them to quickly respond to user needs and solve customer problems.
The person in charge of DMG MORI said that the technology fusion service and the wholehearted responsibility for the customer are the cornerstone of our success. This may be the enduring secret of DMG MORI around the world.
#4 MAG (USA)
MAG is the 4th world’s best CNC machine manufacturer & brand headquartered in Michigan, USA. MAG is a group company composed of many world-class machine tool manufacturing companies and control system companies. MAG Group's machine tool output value once reached 1.5 billion US dollars, ranking 6th in the world. As a machine tool and automation system company, MAG can provide users with complete tailor-made machining solutions, mainly serving the durable goods industry.
As the world's leading machine tool and automation system company, MAG can provide users with complete tailor-made machining solutions, mainly serving the durable goods industry. It owns many well-known brands such as Bingle, Cincinnati, Klaus Wheeler, Xero, Fado, Giddings Lewis, Hessup, Honsberg, Wheeler, and Wizsch Frank. As an outstanding supplier, MAG is known for perfect process technology and tailor-made production solutions based on it. It is widely used in aerospace, automobile, heavy machinery, oil field, rail transit, solar energy, fan production and general processing industries.
MAG has set up numerous production and technical support organizations around the world, with rich product lines and technologies, including turning, milling, gear hobbing, grinding, honing, system integration, composite material processing, maintenance, industrial control systems and software, tools and oil products, core components.
As a world-leading supplier of production line systems, MAG has always been committed to providing customers with complete machining solutions tailored to their needs for mass production of various engine components. Based on a detailed and in-depth analysis of the entire manufacturing process, we can provide a complete set of solutions to help customers improve overall productivity, improve efficiency and reduce overall production costs.
MAG has successfully supplied the world's largest cylinder head production line to Ford Motor. The line includes two agile machining systems with an annual output of 1.3 million aluminum cylinder heads (roughing and finishing). One set is composed of 54 SPECHT high-efficiency CNC machining centers, which complete the preliminary processing procedures including milling positioning surfaces, drilling for transportation, clamping and drilling of main oil passages. The second set consists of 172 SPECHT machining centers consisting of 4 sets of systems to complete the finishing. The connection between the machine tool and the processing unit adopts the truss manipulator and the raceway, and the assembly auxiliary machine, the cleaning machine and the measuring and inspection device are integrated in the flexible production.
#5 Haas (USA)
Haas Automation is the 5th world's best CNC machine manufacturer & maker founded by Gene Haas in 1983. The world's only production base is located in Oxnard, California, USA, with a plant area of more than 100,000 square meters. The annual output of Haas CNC machine tools has reached more than 12,500 units in 2006.
Haas Automation strives to provide our customers with a range of machine tools that are reasonably priced and durable. Today, Haas Automation is one of the best CNC machine brands in the Western Hemisphere, producing a range of CNC vertical and horizontal machining centers, CNC lathes, and rotary table products. The company also produces a series of special models, including 5-axis machining centers, mold machining centers, tool lathes and gantry machining centers. Haas machining centers and rotary table products have always adhered to the rigorous style of Mr. Gene Haas to create machine tools that are more accurate, repeatable and durable.
More than two-thirds of the nearly 300 machine tools used in the Haas plant are Haas machines, which fully proves the company's trust in its products. To increase productivity and machine performance, Haas continues to add new processing equipment. Thanks to this, Haas can fully increase productivity, lower product prices, and reduce customer costs.
Today, Haas operates four product categories including Vertical Machining Centers (VMCs), Horizontal Machining Centers (HMCs), CNC lathes and rotary tables, and a range of large 5-axis and specialty models. All Haas products are processed at the company's large facility in Oxnard, California.
When Mr. Gene Haas first introduced the Haas VF-1 vertical machining center, he set the industry standard for high-quality, high-value CNC processes. No matter what your needs are today, there is a Haas vertical machining center for you. The Haas line of machine tools spans from the small office mill to the large VS-3, with approximately 60 models to choose from.
Haas vertical machining centers feature high-performance vector-driven spindles, high-torque brushless servo motors in each axis, and robust casting construction. A wide range of machine configurations are available: 40- and 50-taper gear-driven models for high-torque, heavy-duty cutting, and SS models (with coaxial direct-drive spindles) for demanding high-speed machining.
The Haas TM series CNC tool milling machines are reasonably priced and are the first choice for the transition from manual to CNC machining. Standard on the series includes the Haas-patented intuitive programming system that makes setup, machining, and more easy, even without knowledge of G-code.
Every Haas machine provides the features and performance you need, so it will be your best investment, giving you unimaginable availability, flexibility, and productivity.
#6 Hardinge (USA)
Hardinge is the 6th world's best CNC machine manufacturer & brand founded in 1890, which is located in Elmera, New York, USA. The headquarters of Hardinge Company covers an area of 815,000 square feet. The company designs, produces and manufactures high-precision, high-reliability metal cutting machine tools and related tool accessories, which have won a reputation in the world market for more than 100 years. Today, the Hardinge name and Hardinge's ultra-precision are synonymous with high-precision machining equipment.
Hardinge is a world-renowned leader in machine tool manufacturing, providing customers with a broad and reliable range of solutions for turning, milling, grinding and tooling applications. Hardinge's products and solutions can be seen in the aerospace, automotive, medical, energy, transportation construction, agriculture, mold, and 3C industries.
Hardinge has a total of eight brands with lathes and fixtures as its main products, and has many technical patents. Hardinge acquired the Swiss KELLENBERGER in 1995, followed by the Swiss HTT (HAUSER, TRIPET, TSCHUDIN) brand in 2000, the British grinding machine brand JONES&SHIPMAN in 2010, the American USACH grinding machine brand in 2013, and the internal cylindrical grinding machine brand VOUMARD in 2014. . Hardinge Group has now become an expert in the provision of manufacturing and process complete solutions for ultra-precision turning, milling, and high-precision grinding products, and in 2013, the Hardinge Jiaxing plant began to assemble and produce HG series high-precision universal internal and external cylindrical grinding machines to provide users with faster, more convenient and high-quality services.
In the past 10 years, Hardinge has developed rapidly in scale and product categories, and has become a multinational company with several companies in Europe and Asia. In 1995, Hardinge's stock was publicly listed on NASDAQ. In the same year, it acquired 100% of KELLENBERGER, a world-renowned grinding machine manufacturer with a history of 80 years. KELLENBERGER combines Hardinge's technical advantages in the field of grinding machines. Strong strength makes this product more brilliant. In 1996, a wholly-owned company was established in Shanghai - Hardinge Machine Tool (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., which is also Hardinge's demonstration, training and maintenance center in China. In 1999, Hardinge Taiwan Co., Ltd. was established in Taiwan. In 2000, Hardinge successfully completed 100% acquisition of three famous Swiss grinding machine manufacturers HAUSER (coordinate grinding, coordinate boring), TRIPET (internal hole grinding), TSCHUDIN (universal grinding). In 2004, it acquired the British Bridge Castle, which expanded Hardinge's machining center product range.
Hardinge invested millions of dollars to establish a 6,000-square-meter manufacturing plant, machine tool demonstration and training and maintenance center in Kangqiao, Pudong, Shanghai, China. Several machine tools were displayed in the demonstration center, covering the current launch of Hardinge in the Chinese market. most of the products. The demonstration center has the ability to provide users with part process analysis and pre-sale and after-sale trial cutting capabilities, and hold various technical exchange lectures and operation, programming, and maintenance training from time to time. And has its own wearing parts, accessories bonded warehouse.
For more than 100 years, Hardinge has occupied 80% of the market of small and medium-sized ultra-precision turning in the United States and Europe with its unique advantages. In addition to the existing advantages of lathes, Hardinge has become synonymous with ultra-precision machining, and has unshakable advantages in the fields of military industry and aerospace.
Hardinge products are widely used in military, aerospace, medical, optics, communications, automotive, electronics and other high-tech fields because of their precision, cutting-edge, and high-efficiency quality.
#7 AMADA (Japan)
AMADA (Japan Amada Co., Ltd.) is the 7th world’s best CNC machine manufacturer & brand founded by Amada Isamu in 1946, initially engaged in the business of sheet metal fabrication machine tools. In 1955, a band saw disk called contour was developed and manufactured, and it began to be sold in 1956. In 1965, it bought out the Torc-Pac brand in the United States and the Promecam brand in France, and sold it under the name of Amada. As a result, "Amada" has entered a period of rapid development and has become a world-class brand in the sheet metal business. It enjoys a high reputation in developed countries such as Japan, the United States or Europe. It is a world leader in sheet metal processing machinery and equipment. It is also a professional manufacturer of sheet metal equipment with the largest market share in the world.
AMADA is a large multinational company specializing in the production of sheet metal processing machinery. From the aspects of market size, product structure, product technical performance and comprehensive management system, it has gradually formed a product development, design, manufacturing, education, training and after-sales service. A group listed company with integrated marketing network.
AMADA's machine tools include CNC punching machines, bending machines, shearing machines, laser cutting machines and other sheet metal processing machinery, as well as corresponding molds, spare parts, and cutting products.
AMADA has 83 branches on all continents of the world, and its products are sold in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. It produces a wide variety of sheet metal processing machinery (nearly 1,000 varieties) with excellent performance and advanced technology. Machinery industry leader. The 21st century intelligent automatic sheet metal processing center developed and manufactured by the company in the 1990s set a precedent for the intelligent processing of the sheet metal industry in the world, and won the highest technical invention award in Japan. AMADA's products have a comprehensive and reasonable mechanical structure; it can provide users with the best quality assurance; it has the characteristics of efficient and pollution-free operation, can create benefits for users, and provide a guarantee for safe use; it has advanced simulation automation technology to give The user provides the most perfect and simplified processing guarantee.
#8 Okuma (Japan)
Okuma (オークマ) is the 8th world's best CNC machine manufacturer & brand founded in 1898, located in Oguchi, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. In addition Okuma supplies factory automation products and servo motors. Japan's largest machine tool production gantry machining center manufacturer, with a hundred years of machine tool manufacturing experience. Okuma Co., Ltd. is one of the Japanese and CNC machine tool manufacturers. It has a history of more than 100 years. It produces various CNC lathes, turning centers, vertical, horizontal, gantry (pentahedron) machining centers, and CNC grinders. The output exceeds more than 7,000 units (the sales in 2006 were 170 billion yen, about 1.5 billion US dollars), of which about 50% are exported. The outstanding features of Japan's Okuma products: good rigidity, high cutting efficiency, high precision, long life, It is famous for its convenient operation and has won praise from users all over the world.
As early as 1937, Okuma's machine tool products (output value) ranked first in Japan. In 1963, we independently developed the numerical control system (OSP) of absolute position detection method. Become the only comprehensive enterprise in Japan that produces machine tools and CNC systems. In 1966, it began to produce LA-N CNC lathes and MDB gantry machining centers. In 1987, Okuma Machine Tool Company was established in the United States. In 1991, the company name was changed to Okuma Co., Ltd. In 1995, Okuma America Corporation was established in the United States.
#9 Makino (Japan)
Makino is the 9th world’s best CNC machine manufacturer & brand founded in 1937 by Tsunezo Makino in Japan. Makino developed Japan's first CNC milling machine in 1958, and successfully developed Japan's first CNC machining center in 1966.
In 1981, Makino Milling Machine Co., Ltd. acquired a majority stake in the American LeBLond Machine Tool Company. To reflect Makino's participation, the company's name was changed to LeBLond Makino Asia Limited. With the expansion of new business, the company officially changed its name to Makino Asia Co., Ltd. on June 16, 1992.
In 1937, it was founded by Tsunezo Makino, and at the same time successfully developed Japan's first lift-table vertical milling machine.
In 1953, the ultra-precision universal tool grinder was successfully developed.
In 1958, the first CNC vertical milling machine in Japan was successfully developed.
In 1966, the No. 1 CNC machining center in Japan was successfully developed and exhibited at the 3rd Japan International Machine Tool Exhibition.
In 1970, successfully developed an adaptive control machining center, which was exhibited at the 5th Japan International Machine Tool Exhibition.
In 1972, in order to popularize the new machine tools of the Machinery Promotion Association and promote the development of the enterprise, a multi-station continuous automatic machining center adapted to control was successfully developed.
In 1979, he won the award at the 14th Machinery Promotion Conference for the development of a multi-process continuous control copy milling machine.
In 1980, Makino developed the first CNC EDM and DMS commercial automatic mold processing system and put it on the market.
In 1981, Makino Milling Machine Co., Ltd. acquired a majority stake in the American LeBLond Machine Tool Company. To reflect Makino's participation, the company's name was changed to LeBLond Makino Asia Limited. With the expansion of new business, the company officially changed its name to Makino Asia Co., Ltd. on June 16, 1992.
In 1983, because of the release of the automatic mold processing system DMS, it won the 1982 Nihon Keizai Shimbun and the 1982 Nikkei Annual Best Product Award. Won the 13th Machining Center MC1210-A60 Industrial Machinery Design Award. In 1983, it won the 1983 Machinery Promotion Association Association Award for H series copy control of abrasive tool machining center.
In 1984, successfully developed a 5-axis linkage machining center, an ultra-high-speed machining center, and a graphite electrode processing machine, which were exhibited at the 12th Japan International Machine Tool Exhibition.
In 1986, the graphite electrode processing machine SNC86 won the 21st Machinery Promotion Association Award.
In 1991, a large-scale machine tool with a double-table specification capable of loading 15 tons of workpieces was invented - the mold machining center HNC3016-2T.
In 1992, the auxiliary (edge) cavity of large molds and the high-efficiency processing system of small shapes won the 92-year Machinery Promotion Association Award. Nikkan Industry Top 10 New Product Award. Invented a high-efficiency machining center with 40,000 revolutions, a three-dimensional pallet library, and a rotary table. Exhibited at the 16th Japan International Machine Tool Exhibition.
In 1993, the large-scale machining center MCF series and the wire-cut electric discharge machine UPH-1 were invented.
In 1994, the simple CNC milling machine KE-559 won the Machinery Development Award for promoting the development of small and medium-sized enterprises to automation in 1993.
In 1995, the high-speed underwater wire EDM machine U32, U53, and the micron FF machine HYPER5 were successfully developed. The wire-cut EDM UPH-1 for fine machining has won the 1994 Machinery Development Award for promoting the development of small and medium-sized enterprises towards automation.
In 1996, successfully developed vertical machining center V55, high-speed underwater wire cutting EDM machine U32K, U35K, high-speed gloss processing machine EDNCS series, mold 3D CAD/CAM UNIGRPHICS/EYE. High-speed water cutting EDM U32, U35 won the 26th Industrial Machinery Design Award. Horizontal machining center A55 Type D won the 31st Machinery Promotion Association Award.
In 1997, the horizontal machining center A99 was developed. Micron FF processing machine HYPER5 won the 16th Precision Industry Society Technology Award.
In 1999, V33/SG2.3 was successfully developed and became a new standard for high-speed machining.
In 2001, the Hyper 2 ultra-fine electric processing machine was introduced to the market; the 5-axis linear guideway high-speed machining center MAG4 for the aviation industry was successfully launched.
In 2003, successfully developed the world's first 0.02mm automatic wire threading ultra-precision wire cutting machine.
In 2006, the company developed High Energy Application Technology (HEAT) for wire EDMs to increase the speed of wire EDM and released the EDAC1 miniature EDM punch. Makino is also the sole manufacturer of the UPJ-2 horizontal wire EDM. Makino introduced Surface WIZARD wire EDM technology in 2007, which was designed to eliminate witness lines in stepped parts. Makino created ADVANTiGE™ technology for titanium machining in 2010, which was recognized as the winner of Aviation Week's 2012 Innovation Challenge.
In 2018, Makino launched Makino's voice-activated technology ATHENA, specially designed for machine tool users. It aims to enable people to translate, absorb and analyze the impact of big data more efficiently.
#10 EMAG (Germany)
EMAG is the 10th world’s best CNC machine manufacturer & brand founded in 1867 headquartered in Salah, near Stuttgart, Germany. EMAG Group is the "hidden champion" of the typical German machine tool industry. The company has rich experience in machine tool manufacturing. EMAG Group's business is mainly distributed in automobile manufacturing and supporting industries, machinery manufacturing industry and aerospace industry, renewable energy, power and petroleum industries. EMAG is the world's foremost manufacturer of CNC inverted machines.
The origins of EMAG go back to 1867. Originally a cast iron and machine tool factory in Bauzen, Saxony. The company was rebuilt in 1952, and the site was located between the cities of Stuttgart and Ulm, not far from Salah, where the company is today. The company was rebuilt and began to manufacture lathes.
In the 1980s, EMAG was very successful in the manufacture of highly automated CNC lathe cells. In 1992, EMAG introduced the inverted lathe as the world's machine tool manufacturer. The feature of this lathe is that the main shaft completes loading and unloading, and the main shaft travels while the tool rest is fixed. In other words, EMAG subverts traditional lathes.
The origins of EMAG go back to 1867. Originally a cast iron and machine tool factory in Bauzen, Saxony. The company was rebuilt in 1952, and the site was located between the cities of Stuttgart and Ulm, not far from Salah, where the company is today. The company was rebuilt and began to manufacture lathes. In 1992, the first inverted lathe was born in EMAG. Unlike the general horizontal lathe, the inverted lathe grabs the part through the spindle, which subverts the traditional concept of automation in a revolutionary way. Compared with the traditional gantry truss manipulator or robot, this loading and unloading method has the advantage of low cost and reliable performance, and is especially suitable for the needs of high-precision mass production. Once launched, it has been favored by global customers represented by auto parts.
After 30 years of development, EMAG has evolved from a simple lathe into a compound machine tool capable of turning, drilling, boring, milling, grinding, gear hobbing and laser processing. The advantages are that the part is automatically loaded and unloaded, the processing and takt time is short, the part processing quality is high, the process chain is short, the process is reliable, and the single-piece processing cost is low. With the continuous improvement of production hardware and technical requirements for serial mass production, both final assembly manufacturers and component suppliers deeply feel that the multi-functional integrated production and processing center is a new development trend. At present, the products of the EMAG Group cover the machining of two-thirds of round and non-round parts in automotive components.
EMAG Group has become the global market leader in the field of inverted automatic loading and unloading turning machines, leading the industry trend. In addition to the three production sites in Germany, EMAG has 29 brand subsidiaries worldwide. The export share accounts for almost 69% of the company's total turnover.
#11 STYLECNC (China)
STYLECNC was founded in 2003 and headquartered in Jinan, China, which is focusing on the research and development, design, manufacturing and sales of CNC machines, it has gradually grown into one of the most well-known CNC brands in the world.
STYLECNC is one of the most powerful enterprises in the world with a total number of 1968 employees and 328 R&D personnel. With an annual sales of 480 million US dollars, STYLECNC currently has a monthly production capacity of more than 2,000 sets of CNC machines, and its products are sold to more than 150 countries in the world.
STYLECNC first launched the first 3 axis CNC router in August 2003, and it has been gradually upgraded in the following years to launch 4th rotary axis types, 4 axis types, 5 axis types, ATC types and robot types. In 2006, STYLECNC launched the CNC lathe machine for woodworking, which made wood turning automatically. In 2010, STYLECNC designed an automatic digital cutting system to cut flexible materials, which can be combined with a CNC router machine. In 2013, in order to support cabinet making and door making, STYLECNC launched CNC sanding machine, CNC drilling machine, automatic CNC edge banding machine. In 2017, in order to match the whole house custom furniture production line, STYLECNC launched a high-end six-sided drilling machine to replace the ordinary drilling machine.
While researching CNC machines, STYLECNC launched the 1064nm CO2 glass tube laser engraver cutter in 2006 to engrave and cut non-metallic materials, such as wood, MDF, plywood, acrylic, plastic, leather, and fabric. In 2007, the YAG laser cutting machine and the CNC plasma cutter were launched, which is used to cut sheet metal. In 2008, the YAG laser sheet & tube cutting machine and the sheet metal & tube plasma cutting table were launched. In 2009, STYLECNC launched the fiber laser marking machine and the CO2 laser marking machine, which surpassed CO2 glass tube laser engraving machine in speed and precision. The fiber laser marking machine is used for metal engraving, and the CO2 laser marking machine is used for non-metallic sculpture. In 2012, STYLECNC designed a high-precision 355nm UV laser marking machine, which is a cold laser for ultra-fine engraving plastic, glass and crystal. With the gradual maturity of fiber laser technology, in 2015, STYLECNC designed a 1064nm fiber laser cutter, which is used for sheet metal cutting. In 2017, the laser tube cutter and the sheet metal & tube laser cutting machine were launched for multipurpose. In 2018, the handheld fiber laser welder and the laser cutting robot were launched. In 2019, the automatic CNC laser welding machines and the laser welding robots were launched. In 2020, the portable handheld laser cleaner was launched for rust removal, stain removal, coating removal and paint removal. In 2021, the 3-in-1 laser welding, cleaning and cutting machine was launched. Moreover, STYLECNC's technological innovation is transforming the CNC laser machines at an accelerating pace.
STYLECNC is growing, evolving, and innovating every day. STYLECNC is on the way to the world's largest manufacturer and brand of CNC machines.
Things To Consider
In addition, there are some other world-renowned CNC machine manufacturers and brands, including Gleason, Hurco, Flow, Sunnen from the United States; Ingersoll Rand from the United Kingdom; JTEKT, Mitsubishi, Sodick from Japan; Grob, Gitmann, Siemens, Schuler, Schleifring, INDEX, ROFIN from Germany; SYMS, QCMT&T, HDCNC, SINOMACH from China.