#15 Building a highly efficient and compact production line through process integration and loader-based system automation!


“We want to enhance our competitiveness by introducing a more productive production line.”

Points of the problem faced by the customer⚡

[1] Currently, two lathes and one machining center were operated by a worker. Therefore, work efficiency was poor and the operating rate did not increase as expected, causing a concern about lack of the company’s competitiveness.
[2] Since odd-shaped workpiece requires multiple processes, multiple processing machines mentioned above are used. However, this production method indicated poor time balance and took up a large floor space. To enhance the competitiveness, it needs to be automated but the best way to efficiently automate the process for odd-shaped workpieces is unknown.


💡What we can do for the customer💡

Using Muratec’s flexible gantry loader to compactly integrate the current production line! Minimizing human intervention to build a highly productive line!

Our proposals to solve the customer’s problems are as follows.


- First of all, we started reviewing the conventional machining processes performed by the “2 lathes and 1 machining center.” In order to integrate several machining processes into one machine, we proposed a plan to use an index chuck that allows four surfaces to be machined in one chucking. Although the cycle time per spindle became longer due to the above process integration, the line takt-time has been shortened as much as possible by using the twin-spindle turning machine to perform the same machining operations with two spindles.

- In the automatic production of odd-shaped workpieces, it is generally difficult for the loader to handle the workpieces, but our “twin-jaw chuck loader” enables smooth handling.

- Moreover, for ensuring stable operations, a high-pressure coolant pump has been employed to solve the problem of “chip disposal,” which is one of the biggest impediments to unattended operations.

Effects after introduction

✨Higher Productivity

- The loader-based production system has allowed for more stable operations than the conventional manual handling line. Errors caused by workers and quality variation due to re-chucking of workpieces between processes have been eliminated, resulting in a significant improvement in productivity.

- Initially, the customer had a plan to connect the previous three machining units with robots. However, our system has enabled to save the floor space by as much as 50% compared to that plan. As a result, the productivity per unit area has increased significantly.


Company Name Murata Machinery, Ltd. 
Japanese Name : Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
Established July 1935
Main office 136, Takeda-Mukaishiro-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8418 Japan
Branch office (Japan) Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya
Factories (Japan) Inuyama, Kaga, Ryuo, Oita, Ise, Gifu
President Daisuke Murata
Products Textile Machinery, Machine Tools, Sheet Metal Machinery,
Automated Systems, Clean FA Systems,
Communication Equipment
Capital JPY 900 million
Sales Consolidated: 391,800 million yen
Non-Consolidated: 304,300 million yen
(as of March 31, 2022)
Employees 3700 [Group; 8100 ](as of April, 2022)
©️ 2021 Murata Machinery, Ltd.