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Maier Machine Works (Wehingen, Germany; www.maier-swiss.com)—a German manufacturer of precision, Swiss-type turning centers—has formed a subsidiary, Maier USA (Webster, MA; www.maierusa.us). The offshoot operation opened its doors in March and now serves as the company’s North American headquarters and warehouse.
The facility in Webster features a technology center stocked with Maier machines for sales purposes, customer application testing, and customer training. Distributor training, user seminars, machine support, and full spare-parts inventory are also available at the plant, which is located an hour from both Boston and Providence, RI.
A solid polymer concrete base weighing 8500 lb is the cornerstone of Maier’s machining technology. It is designed to eliminate vibration and ensures accuracy to within ±0.0001 in., according to the company. Seven different series of the company’s machines are available, and each can be supplied with a number of end-use-specific options. Ranging from units with 4 axes and 11 tool stations for processing simple parts to machines with 15 axes and 38 tool stations for complex production work, the company’s equipment has been installed in 26 countries since being made commercially available less than a decade ago.
“Maier machines feature a unique modular design that allows us to create the most optimal machining solution for each customer,” says Jim Kucharski, Maier USA’s national sales director. “Building a machine this way—using plug-and-play components—is efficient, and customers pay only for the features their specific applications require.”
Maier USA is in the process of expanding its network of distributors in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. All machines are designed, built, and certified to quality standards at the Maier Machine Works headquarters in Germany.