Makomar CNC Verspaning’s core business is in the market of prototypes and single units. And yet Wim Martens, manager and owner of the Brabant-based bespoke machining company, has chosen to invest in a BMO Automation robot cell. Makomar is now able to offer clients small product series, manufactured quickly and efficiently. Makomar’s robot cell is a second crew in itself.
Wim Martens: “Automation has allowed us to compete in small series manufacturing with regard to price.”
Makomar’s core business is in the field of precision components: bespoke single units and prototypes. Complex products are manufactured through highly precise milling and turning. The company has an in-house suite of technological solutions to keep turn-around times short. Solutions ranging from 3- to 5-axis milling machines, a Y-axis turning centre, power tools to wire sparking machines. Makomar works with one team. “We’re too small of an operation to work with two shifts”, says Martens, who founded the company with his wife in 1993. Yet Martens has found that it has become increasingly difficult to attract competent skilled workers in Brabant. Over the last few years he has also frequently lost attractive orders. “Small series productions. 10 units, 20 units, and sometimes 40 or 50 for existing clients. We lose the orders because we can’t offer them a good price.” Martens’ investment in a BMO Automation robot cell serves precisely to snatch up those extra orders. The Pt20F robot cell is set up near a Hurco VMX30t 3-axis milling machine, to which a 4th and 5th axis were added previously.