How to reduce stock thanks to flexible machines

A revolution is already contained in the title. This is an example of how a simple sentence can mean revolutionizing a company from top to bottom.

The article comes from a recent survey launched to customers and potential customers to whom I asked the following two questions:

1) Which is the most important item when evaluating the purchase of a machine tool?

This question allows you to focus on the right item or main feature you are looking for, so you can direct your choice immediately on the category of machines suitable for you.

The key points that everyone consider as most important can be numerous, it is not always the same for everyone.

For example, for some production departments the most important item may be the price of the machine, while for others the most important item is the cycle time or the change of production.

There is no rule, everyone chooses according to the needs of his company.

Ironically, some companies do not care much about the price of the machine, because for them the most important thing is to understand how many benefits this machine will give to their production.

In particular, just from a chat with one of my historical customers, a fantastic concept was revealed to me and left me speechless.

In fact, for him, it is not important the cost of the machine, but the important data is the EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization) and how much the purchase of the machine itself will affect positively on this data.

The basic idea is: “Transform direct costs into EBITDA”.

The choice of the Multicenter is first of all the comparison between automation and productivity. It’s not the productivity of the part I’m interested in, but the automation you need to set up.

And, as we all know, for 3 machining centers it is much superior to manage.

With the machining centers you have 1 robot for each machine, while the Multicenter makes about 3 / 3.5 times more by low-cost fixtures.

It is winning in flexibility to get a few cost to produce pieces.

Politics is “I do not want production direct personnel”.

The most important data that interests me is the automation-productivity ratio that is 3 / 3.5 times more than the machining centers.

The direct cost of production.

Turning direct costs into EBITDA.

P.S .: if in the first question your answer was “the price” I have excellent news for you. The MULTICENTER has the lowest price in the “Flexible Machines” category.

P.P.S .: since 2012, thanks to mass production, we have frozen the prices of MULTICENTER improving the features from year to year, so every year that passes we become increasingly competitive!

For the next few years we have already planned purchases to build more MULTICENTER and, already from now, I can confirm that even the prices will be frozen!

Returning to us … the second question is:

2) Why this item you have chosen is so important for you when choosing to buy a machine tool? 

You must always be clear about “why” you consider important a specific item for your production compared to another. You cannot just choose, you must also know exactly why.

Yes I know, sometimes I seem meticulous. But it is exactly my precise being that brings extraordinary results to my customers!!!

Here’s what I collected in the media …


Simplicity in the use of machinery, to be able to quickly change the article and allow an increase in efficiency (OEE), reducing stock (JIT)


This sentence concretely represents the “MULTICENTER THINKING”, i.e. the idea for which this machine was born, on the one hand Flexible and on the other hand Productive.

For years we have run, perhaps too much, towards a single factor, PRODUCTIVITY.

Faster and faster machines, related to the large quantities to be produced. These were the times when, year by year, records were being made to produce millions of pieces and the problem was how to produce more!

Then, like a nuclear bomb, the crisis of big numbers exploded and all rushed towards FLEXIBILITY. So, from high-production rigid machines (TRANSFER) we threw ourselves towards super flexible machines (MACHINING CENTERS), falling from the frying pan into the fire.

Since with the MACHINING CENTERS we find flexibility, but we automatically lose productivity, pushing to increase stock levels so that we can respond to customers quickly.

As you already know, warehouse stocks, in LEAN MANUFACTURING, and not only, are considered waste money (MUDA) that occupy physical space and important capital until they are sold and with the risk that they are in storage for a long time.

The solution, for most companies that want to make the leap in quality and are making intelligent investments for the future, is therefore, without a doubt,  the Flexible Machines.

These are the new machine tools that are replacing many of the Transfer machines and Machining Centers in circulation.

Therefore, aspire to use machine tools that are flexible, but that can also offer the right productivity to remain competitive.

The Flexible Machines are the perfect solution to be able to manage orders that are less constant, both in quantity and in timing.

In fact, having machines capable of optimizing the productivity and flexibility ratio is the new market challenge.

The small/medium lots are the key to avoid being trapped in a rigid productivity.

The market, as we know, is becoming increasingly demanding and competitive.

But let’s go back to our investigation and read again the key concept carefully …..

Simplicity in the use of machinery, to be able to quickly change the article and allow an increase in efficiency (OEE), reducing stock (JIT)

….I have automatically recognized the various testimonies received from customers who use the method FLEXIBLE PRODUCTION by adopting the MULTICENTER.

If you want to read the testimonies of who is using Multicenter click here


When I decided to create the first flexible machine and to focus all my efforts on becoming the best expert in flexible production, everyone thought I was crazy.

According to the old way of thinking of machine tool manufacturers, it was unthinkable to create a machine capable of making better than Transfer machines and Machining Centers.

But fortunately I never gave up and I continued to develop my idea, towards a new business model able to let my customers get positive results.

So I created the Multicenter, the flexible machine par excellence, the first flexible machine built in series.

And you? From where can you start your revolution to let your results become extraordinary and make the leap in your production?


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To your results!

Maurizio Porta