Hmm… have any you heard about this company named Makino? Well… I`m quite sure that those whose field is related with Mechanical Engineering or Manufacturing have heard about them. Its one of the well-known company for metal cutting and manufacturing technology. They produced machining tools like Milling, EDM, Wire EDM, manufacturing software, etc. Well, I have no intention at all to advertise on them (except it they are willing to pay for it… cough…coughhh…. :p )
So… what happen is, our lab members, along with other Tokodai Bachelor students, were having a chance to visit the company on Monday (2007/10/29). Well… Of course, I was also invited😀 I was really excited since its a good opportunity for me to see how they actually build the machine. Especially since I was using some of their machine during my study, and some of them were giving me troubles due to its complexity :p hehehhe…. So, thats why I was hoping that I can learn a lot during this visit🙂 Which I really did😀
So, on that fine Monday morning, I was surprisingly able to wake up early :p Thanks a lot to my anxiety, I woke up at 6 am, and directly went to my lovely bathtub :p fiuhhh… refreshed!!! After finishing my breakfast, I went out on 8 am. It was early for me since I usually left home at 9 am :p hehehe… So, After alighting at Shinjuku station, I transferred to Yamanote-line to go to Shibuya. Well… a bit lost over here for about 10 minutes😀 Then I managed to get the train, Toyoko-line, and alighted at Toritsu-Daigaku station🙂
I was there really early. The time was 8.46 am, while our meeting time with the other labmates was on 9.15 am. So, I stood there
while watching the high school co-gals passed by me and wait calmly😀 Finally, my labmates came. Starting from Hasan, See, Hibino-san, Namatame-san, and Uchida-san. Unfortunately, some of them didn`t show up since they`ve already did it last year😦 We talked for a while, and went to the Makino headquarter by foot. Unfortunately, none of us has gone to that place yet so we have to rely on the map printed by See. Hmm… it reminded me of my childhood games, treasure hunt :p
And then, we made it😀 safe and sound…. After entering the building, we were guided to the seminar room where other students and our sensei were waiting. It seemed that they are going to begin the opening ceremony🙂 So.. we sat on the chairs and waited for further instruction from the Makino representatives.
Finally, the opening ceremony was started. They started by giving a brief review on the company. Bla..bla…bla… yada…yada…yada… well… all the time i just said… `hmmm…. wakarimashita…hmm….hai…hai…..` I got no clues at all about what he was saying. Its all in Japanese😦 hiks…hiks…. `Well… ok.. lets get this one over with… fast!!` I said to myself :p hehehhe….
Finally… it was over😀 Yay!!!…. They told us to go downstair to see their display of the equipments and product samples. Wow… this is the interesting part😀 We went down, and bammm…. we were amazed by what they have in store for us….. Ck..ck…ckk…. It was simply amazing…!!! I really wished that our campus in Indonesia can get these kind of equipments so that we can get things done quickly :p hehheheh….
Vertical Machining Center
Giant Vertical Machining Center
Well…. how about the product samples?? Check this out, dude….
Engine cover processed by Radius End Mill
High accuracy (~1 um) Milling results
Die casting die
Direct milling of forging die
Big Makino`s symbol wave
Balance cutting of copper electrodes
Steel-car made by milling
Wow… all of them were amazing😀 After satisfied with these view, we were told to go outside and wait for the company Bus. We were continuing our visit to the Makino`s factory. This is the place where they design, fabricate, and build their machines. Since the factory is outside of Tokyo city, we have to take the bus to get there🙂 So… we spent one and half hours in the bus before we finally arrived at the factory. And then, they started the next session with my favorite acitivity, lunch!!!😀 They have prepared a bento for each of us😀 it was delicious :p hehehhee…. not only since its free… but also due to the taste😀
After that, they started to give us another briefing, mostly for the safety precaution inside the factory. As expected, taking pictures in the factory is prohibited😦 sighh…. and telling the story about it might give me some troubles later. So, I can only say that we went in…. having some fun… and went back to Tokyo :p hehhehehehe…….
Notes: All the pictures shown are taken with permission during the industrial visit.