The first North American manufacturing plant for the DMG / Mori Seiki partnership is in operation now in Davis, Calif., less than two years after the project was revealed.  In a ribbon-cutting message recently, Mori Seiki Co. Ltd. president Dr. Masahiko Mori described the opening as an indicator of the machine tool builder’s continuing prosperity and its expanding role as a collaborator for U.S. manufacturers.

Speaking to an audience at IMTS 2012, Dr. Mori and his counterpart Dr. Rüdiger Kapitza, of Gildemeister AG, were enthusiastic about the flexibility and efficiency of their new operation, which has been in start-up mode since July. Mori Seiki and Gildemeister have a cross-shareholding arrangement and co-develop and co-market their machine tool technologies worldwide. The two companies have a consolidated U.S. business, DMG / Mori Seiki USA.

The $50-million, 70,000-sq.ft. project was built adjacent to the design center and Digital Technology Laboratory that Mori Seiki began developing 12 years ago.  Together, the machine tool factory and the R&D center cover 291,000 sq. ft., over 19.2 acres.

The California plant’s current capacity is 80 machines per month, according to DMG / Mori Seiki USA.

The factory is producing a series of Mori Seiki horizontal machines, the NHX4000, NHX5000 and NHX5500. Column and medium-part machining is done on three NHX10000 machines installed with a linear pallet pool (LPP) system with 60 pallets. The high level of automation also includes two NH6300 machines with 40 pallets that machines pallets and small castings.

The large machining area also has two Toshiba MPC‐B Series 5‐face, high‐performance machines. This production cell has a capacity for up to 180 tools and up to 44,092 lb., controlled by the LPS III software developed by the Digital Technology Laboratory, and able to process large NHX Series castings efficiently. After machining, these castings are cleaned by air-blow robots.