Machine tool builder DMG/Mori Seiki has opened a manufacturing plant in Davis, Calif., representing its first foray into North American machine tool building two years after the partnership between the companies was announced, American Machinist (AM) reports.
DMG/Mori Seiki, a partnership to co-develop and co-market Mori Seiki and Gildemeister machine tools, invested $50 million in the 70,000-square-foot factory, which is next to Mori Seiki’s Digital Technology Laboratory. The factory will produce NHX series milling machines, including the NHX4000, NHX5000 and NHX5500 horizontal machines, at an initial rate of 80 machines per month. The factory is highly automated, manufacturing with three NHX10000 machines and two NH6300 machines .
According to AM, the facility has two Toshiba MPC-B Series 5-face machines for large machining, which allows the production cell “capacity for up to 180 tools and up to 44,092 pounds, controlled by the LPS III software” produced by the Digital Technology Laboratory on the same campus.
Currently, the NHX machines produced at the facility use casings, spindles and ball screws sourced from Mori Seiki suppliers in Japan, while about 40 percent of components come from domestic sources. “Domestic content will continue to be increased in the future, as additional suppliers are secured,” the company told AM.