When Geater Machining and Manufacturing Co began its search for a precision machining cell, it selected a highly automated Mazak machining cell to produce parts for electronic communication and aviation components and assemblies. Its objective was to integrate its business processes with flexible automation to enhance its competitive position for precision-machining markets. Their goal was to find and implement an automated cell that was truly capable of precision machining of multiple parts on multiple machines simultaneously-scheduling the job, starting and finishing it, and limiting the number of active jobs and WIP explains Joe Meier, GMM's operations manager. GMM selected dual HCN 5000-II Machining Centers from Mazak Corp with a 32-pallet, two-loading-station Hi-Rise Palletech Manufacturing System. The Mazak Palletech Manufacturing System, which was installed in July 2009, is credited with a 20% increase in production and increasing GMM's machining capacity by 15,000 hr annually to date. Scrap parts have been virtually eliminated says Meier.