MAL Manufacturing Automation Laboratories Inc. creates the best virtual machining and optimization solutions worldwide.
The mission of MAL Inc. is to create the best virtual machining and optimization solutions worldwide. In the world of machining, safety of employees and equipment, along with high production efficiency are top priorities. Our software products embed in-house scientific theory, paired with hardware sensors and modern user interface design. This combination of science, sensors and software, allow customers to virtually machine parts, then change the process as needed. Machining is optimized without ever having to operate machinery, cut material, scrap parts, break tools, crash spindle bearings, create machine downtimes and more.
Our Areas of Expertise
- Measurements of machine tool dynamic stiffness
- Optimization of feeds/speeds/depths of cut for a given machine/cutter/work material
- Chatter vibration prediction and avoidance
- Spindle design, analysis and virtual testing
- Experimental modal analysis
- Virtual CNC systems simulation and design
Vision Of The Company
“To be the best producer of the most advanced science-based and industry-friendly machining simulation and optimization software, serving the long term needs of our customers.” – Dr. Yusuf Altintas (Founder)
MAL Manufacturing Automation Laboratories, Inc. (MAL Inc.) was founded in 1996 by Professor Yusuf Altintas, a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Yusuf directs his research group, Manufacturing Automation Laboratory (MAL), at the University of British Columbia. MAL creates the foundation of machining simulation and analysis research, which is then transferred to his company, MAL Inc. This was done in order to disseminate the research algorithms and knowledge to the machining industry, which is in the form of software packages. To this day, the relationship between MAL Inc. and MAL are crucial driving forces in the industry of machining simulation and analysis. Yusuf continues to create new research with MAL, including research partners, and currently holds the highest citation record in the entire machining industry.
In his view, the area of machine tools, metal cutting, computer numerically controlled (CNC), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and sensor-assisted intelligent machining are quite wide; each requires academic and engineering experience to understand a manufacturing operation that uses all of these areas in an integrated fashion. In terms of metal cutting, one of the most widely used manufacturing processes to produce the final shape of products is machining. Its technology continues to advance in parallel with development in materials, computers and sensors. A blank is converted into a final product by cutting extra material away with turning, drilling, milling, broaching, boring and grinding operations conducted on Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools.
The result of Professor Altintas’ work is embedded in several machining science software masterpieces which include but aren’t limited to: CutPro® and ShopPro®. These software packages feature advanced machining process simulation, open CNC machine tool & robot control, and sensor based machining process control & monitoring programs. Here, mathematics, physics, computers, software packages and instrumentation become useful integration tools in analyzing or designing machine tools and machining processes.