#18 Realizing a compact automated production system by consolidating four manually-operated machines into one machine equipped with a loader!



“We would like to introduce an automated production line by renewing four  very old machines, but purchasing four automated machines would be over budget.”

Points of the problem faced by the customer⚡

(1) The four manually operated machines were severely getting older and were subject to renewal, but it was difficult to replace the four old machines with new ones at once in terms of budget.

(2)When renewing the old machines, the customer wanted to “increase worker’s productivity” by not simply replacing the old manually-operated machines, but by automating the production method.


💡What we can do for the customer💡

Process integration with one machine equipped with a flexible gantry loader and compact turnaround unit to perform two processes with the machine! That has realized a space-saving and efficient production!


- First, we examined the customer’s four separate machining processes to integrate them into two processes.

For that purpose, we proposed redesigning the shape of the spindle jaw so that both the 1st and 2nd processes can be performed with the same jaw.

- Then, we proposed installation of a compact turnaround unit, which has many proven track records at Muratec, outside the machine.

This was because the turnaround operation performed outside the machine could shorten the loading time for changing workpieces as much as possible, greatly increasing production efficiency.

50% floor space saving!

Effects after introduction

✨Higher Productivity

- By consolidating the previous machining processes into one machine and automating the operation with the loader, now the operators need to do is check quality and supply workpieces.

⇒ As a result, they have more time to do other tasks, and the worker’s productivity has been increased accordingly.

Related page

#17 By replacing a long-used single-spindle lathe and robot system with Muratec’s gantry loader system, the productivity per floor space has been significantly improved.

Products page

The product in the case study introduced here is the CNC Shaft Turning Machine 「ML400」.



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)
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