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Mazak North America Showroom

Jun 10, 2023

8025 Production Dr. PO Box 970 Florence, KY 41042 US 800-231-1456 | 859-342-1700 [email protected]

Leaders in the manufacture of advanced technology solutions including Multi-Tasking, HYBRID Multi-Tasking, 5-axis, milling, turning, CNC controls and automation.

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Aerospace machining is a demanding and competitive sector of manufacturing, but this shop demonstrates five ways to find aerospace success.

Discover 2023 will feature live machine tool demonstrations and highlight automation and advanced digital solutions designed to give manufacturers a competitive advantage.

Mazak MegaStir will provide tooling specifically developed for the Meld process that incorporates the use of friction as part of its solid deposition process.

Dan Janka, an AMT member since 2005, last served as chairman in 2010.

This tutorial reviews some of the built-in boring cycles in the MAZATROL programming system.

This tutorial describes how to face a part in a MAZATROL 3-axis mill.

Mazak VC-Ez 32 roughing and semi-finishing on 4140 steel.

VC-Ez 16X deburring.

This tutorial reviews some of the built-in boring cycles in the MAZATROL programming system.

This tutorial describes how to face a part in a MAZATROL 3-axis mill.

Mazak VC-Ez 32 roughing and semi-finishing on 4140 steel.

VC-Ez 16X deburring.

The experimental mindset that benefited BDE Manufacturing Technologies as a prototype job shop has given it an adaptable edge as a production facility.

Simulation software and careful attention to tooling parameters have enabled Major Tool to take on ambitious projects with its complex machinery.

Pioneer Machine Sales and longtime Mazak distributor A.W. Miller Technical Sales Inc. will expand the company’s territory.

The QT-Ez Series comes equiped with optional spindles, chuck sizes and tailstocks.

Astro Machine Works’ ESOP rewards all employees when the shop does well, inspiring many toward continuous improvement as Astro expands its capabilities.

Known as one of the largest machine tool trade shows in the world, the Japan International Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF) has a reputation for being a machining technology show more than a machine tool sales event. And this year’s show in Tokyo — the first in-person Japanese machine tool trade show in four years — did not disappoint.

Mazak’s QT-Ez 12MY uses a large A2-8 spindle nose with 3,300 rpm, 22 kW (30 hp) and 285 ft-lbs of torque, as well as a 3.0" (76 mm) bar capacity.

Coastal Machine is an oil and gas shop that pivoted to aerospace manufacturing with the help of an ERP system that made the certification process simple.

The Integrex i-100HS multitasking machine combines the abilities of a full-function machining center and a high-powered turning center to produce small- and medium-sized workpieces in single setups.

The new facility combines engineering, production and applications support for the company’s recently launched Syncrex series of Swiss-style machine tools.

Mazak currently employs a total of 87 veterans within departments ranging from field service and parts to production and purchasing.

Moving from hydraulic to magnetic fixtures enabled this shop to reduce setup time, improve rigidity and eliminate manual operations. As a result, productivity doubled.

The newly announced additive manufacturing show, Formnext Chicago, will take place at McCormick Place in spring 2025.

The prestigious award recognizes exceptional individuals who have had significant influence and responsibility for improving the productivity and efficiency of manufacturing operations.

Automating challenging parts for full-weekend automation requires substantial process refinements that can significantly boost throughput.

The advance toward increasingly automated machining can be seen in the ways tooling, workholding, gaging and integration all support unattended production. This is the area of innovation I found most compelling at the recent International Manufacturing Technology Show.

In its quest to become the Fox Valley’s best-in-class employer, A to Z Machine has adopted an ESOP, expanded benefits and invested in apprenticeships.

Mazak HR Director William Weier was named to two northern Kentucky workforce advisory boards. In these roles, he assists with regional employment policies and aligns education to employer needs.

IMTS 2022 - The International Manufacturing Technology Show will feature more than the latest metalworking technologies. It will provide a strong case to American manufacturers that now is the time to bring production back home to the United States.

Mazak's Syncrex Swiss-Style series is designed for higher volume, small precision-machined parts.

HEH Group subsidiary Motch & Eichele will provide sales and support for Mazak customers in Northern Ohio, while HEH Group subsidiary Crotts & Saunders will do so in the Carolinas, Southern West Virginia and Virginia.

A new approach to management propels expansion into Swiss-type and multitasking machining work.

Protolabs’ Mazak Integrex multitasking machines facilitate efficient automation of the prototyping company's high-mix, low-volume workload.

Mazak values veterans and continues to seek future employees from the ranks who have served.

Mazak has officially entered the Swiss-style market with its new line of Syncrex machines. Here’s what two of the company’s leaders had to say about the decision.

Throughout his career at Mazak, Papke has promoted, supported and expanded applications of machine tools and manufacturing technology.

For Major Tool & Machine in its 75th anniversary year, confronting the skills gap involves a systemized approach focused on automation, and developing and retaining talent.

Mazak’s Syncrex models feature seven-, eight- and nine-axis configurations and are optimized for high-production of small parts. The machines accommodate a maximum of 35 tools.

According to Mazak, both the HCN-6800 NEO and the Variaxis i-800 NEO include a fully redesigned enclosure and improvements that enable fast, optimal solutions for a wide range of part-production applications.

Jobs machining expensive materials mean Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing needs to be extremely cautious. The operations manager says Vericut not only prevents mistakes, it shortens cycle times.

Mazak’s Discover 2021 event will feature 20 machining systems – many designed and built in Kentucky – including global premieres and in-person debuts.

Multitasking machine performs multiple gear-cutting processes without the need for a dedicated hobbing machine, providing high-mix gear producers with improved flexibility.

Travis Kirby and Jesse Jones will ensure manufacturers receive applications and support to help their region keep pace with the industry’s surging production demands.

A new manufacturing cell at Mazak’s North American headquarters is one part machine tool production unit and one part demonstration facility. And it’s here to provide a lesson about how automation can tackle skilled-worker shortages and supply chain issues at the same time.

Automatic door systems for stand-alone machine tools require periodic inspection and maintenance, but excel in environments with automation capability or frequent door use.

Mazak will be exhibiting in Booth #3083 at 2021’s Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS), highlighting its Ez Series.

Benchmarking data reveal how elite manufacturers make the most of more axes of motion.

Nick Shelton, owner of Shelton Machinery, was named benefactor for new engineering lab at Cathedral High School after making a significant donation.

Sharing accurate, timely and actionable data is the key to an effective, respectful relationship between a machining job shop and the subcontracting finishing shop. Software that streamlines the quoting process can make this happen.

Mazak’s VC-Ez 20 three-axis vertical machining center with onboard Mazatrol SmoothEz CNC offers an affordable, compact option for reliable, precise machining.

A new machine series aims to address the immediate and longer term requirements of job shops by lowering cost barriers to acquiring manufacturing technology without foregoing capability or compromising performance.

Mazak will debut its new line of Ez machines and its MAZATROL SmoothEz CNC system at an All Axes LIVE event on December 8.

Mazak Corporation has launched a 360-degree virtual tour allowing manufacturers to examine its production line and facilities from anywhere in the world.

Capability to generate something close to a true digital twin can significantly improve confidence in CAM program prove-outs.

Mazak’s All-Axes Live teleconference provides shop owners with the opportunity to have as close to a hands-on experience as social distancing will allow.

A Top Shops honors program winner strives to ensure every part crosses paths with a robot, cobot or pallet changer.

The new Technical Center will support customers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia specializing in industries including oil and gas, agriculture, maritime, aerospace, mining, and forestry.

The expanded department will keep upwards of 1,000 rebuilt spindles in stock and ready for exchange.

Choosing a single brand of machine tools enables Ketchie Inc.’s operators to be self-sufficient. They can quickly learn to set up and program virtually any machine in the shop.

When a company that specializes in rendering viruses and pathogens harmless via UV light looked to produce a portable disinfection device, it turned to its neighbor Mazak to move from design into production.

This development is an outgrowth of a collaborative partnership between DP Technology and Mazak Japan.

The three-pronged virtual outreach initiative is headlined by the All Axes LIVE series of virtual technology events to begin in August.

Mazak’s FJV-35/80 double-column VMC is designed to provide high precision over extended periods of operation with intelligent CNC functions and rigid construction.

By locking in on manifolds, investing in one HMC model and developing custom software used on iPads in every department, this shop has set itself up for continuous improvement and its new employees up for success.

Outsourcing machining for complex hub assemblies resulted in months-long lead times and lack of control. A Mazak multitasking machine allowed Whirlwind Propellers to bring production in house.

Mazak’s Mega Turn 900M vertical turning center is designed to combine turning and secondary machining operations for efficient processing of large cast iron and steel workpieces.

Episodes have brought on guests from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, FANUC and AMT.

A recent event at the company’s North American campus attended by more than 2,000 manufacturing professionals highlighted a wealth of new CNC machining technology.

Mazak offers the Quick Turn 200/250 series of multitasking turning centers configured with a GR100 gantry robot for “done in one” part processing and fully automated loading/unloading.

Working on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, ORNL and Mazak will further develop the use of hot wire deposition (HWD) for additive manufacturing.

By developing a more accurate machining process for mating helical rotors, this company’s superchargers can more efficiently force air into an engine for higher horsepower gains.

The robot show? Not quite that. But automation and the expectation of processes that can run unattended if needed are clearly core to manufacturing now.

A part of Mazak’s family of hybrid multitasking machining centers, the VTC-300C FSW combines milling capabilities with friction stir welding (FSW).

A market development agreement on a new finishing process, a conference on quick-response manufacturing, new robotics training centers in the United States, and other industry news.

Westec 2019: Mazak’s VTC-300 FSW Hybrid multitasking vertical machining center features friction stir welding (FSW) capabilities.

The “done-in-one” concept is easier than ever to accomplish with turning and machining centers that can finish complicated parts in a single setup. Mazak helps explain which level of Multi-Tasking is right for your parts.

Takashi Yamazaki will become Yamazaki Mazak’s new president on the company’s 100th anniversary.

The recent expansion of Mazak’s Spindle Rebuild Department further improves the company’s ability to deliver spindles and reduce customer downtime.

A part showcased at a recent industry event is based on a 3D scan of a real bone.

This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on machining centers of varying capacities and configurations.

A machine tool builder is using artificial intelligence technology to predict when a spindle problem might occur, so shops can better prepare for and schedule necessary maintenance.

With an expected third-quarter 2019 opening date, this announcement comes soon after Mazak’s new Technical Center in the San Francisco Bay/Silicon Valley area.

A dual-toolhead multitasking machine made coordination of tool paths difficult, if not impossible. A new post processor for use with Mastercam Mill-Turn resulted in smooth programming of tight-tolerance tool paths using both toolheads.

Orbex contains largest single-piece rocket engine to be made with additive manufacturing, Absolute Machine Tools is owned by the employees, and other industry news.

The event will also be the site of the Technology & Manufacturing Association’s Precision Machining Competition for Illinois high school students

Additive Manufacturing Conference issues call for speakers, Mazak makes big “smart factory” investment and other manufacturing industry news.

Adding a Form 2 desktop stereolithography 3D printer from Formlabs has enabled A&M Tool and Design to expedite workflows with 3D-printed prototypes, tooling and more.

Mazak Corp. has announced its intention to invest $8.5 million for a manufacturing technology cell, with four load/unload stations, that will incorporate three different models of machines, three different size work pallets and one new raw material/stocker system all in one cell.

Mazak Corp. has announced the opening of a Technical Center in Fremont, California that will provide education and development opportunities.

MegaStir, now Mazak MegaStir, will provide system advancements and evolve into an FSW technology center.

This pump manufacturer has integrated flexible multitasking machines and automation to maintain high production levels and flexibility.

Mazak’s VC-500A/5X AM HWD multitasking machine incorporates a “hot wire” additive manufacturing technology that applies sealing coatings or produces near-net shape part features while the workpiece has been mounted for machining.

It’s not just about additive vs. subtractive manufacturing anymore. A new class of machine tool combines multitasking machining with laser metal deposition as well as welding processes and gear cutting too.

Mazak Corp.’s VC-500A/5X AM HWD multitasking machine reduces lead times and part costs, increases machining accuracy and part quality, and improves productivity, according to the company.

The company celebrated the completion of the initial construction phase of its sixth Japanese facility and 11th worldwide with an open house event attended by customers and distributors from across Japan.

Although the Smart Manufacturing Experience 2018 event in Boston may not have provided a simple, clear definition of “smart manufacturing,” it did provide a broad experience of what smart manufacturing can be like.

This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on a variety of vertical, horizontal and five-axis machining centers, some with dual spindles.

At the Ohio Manufacturing Summit, four panelists fielded a variety of questions. Each found good reason for manufacturing optimism.

Mazak Corp. has made several organizational changes among its sales team members.

Mazak’s HCR-5000S five-axis, single-table HMC is designed for efficient small- to mid-sized aluminum component processing.

The HCN-5000 horizontal machine center (HMC) from Mazak is now available with the company’s Multi-Pallet Pool (MPP) system.

Decisions about manufacturing processes are not the only business factors that can be improved by the insights derived from data collected by a machine-monitoring system. For this shop, using this information to strengthen and fine-tune its employee incentive program is a significant benefit, among many others.

Mazak machining centers reduced an Iowa shop’s setup and inspection times, enabling it to win an aerospace contract.

Mazak has released the Ultimate Die & Mold (UD) 400/5X vertical machining center, which provides precise five-axis machining for smaller workpieces.

The hybrid multitasking machine combines laser metal deposition with five-axis machining.

Event-goers can view technology demonstrations and attend presentations on industry trends given by Mazak partners DP Technology (Esprit), LNS America, Memex and Sandvik.

Mazak’s Variaxis i-300 simultaneous five-axis VMC includes a a high-capacity auto work changer (AWC) for flexibility and efficiency.

By switching from jaw chucks to face drivers, a manufacturer of large shaft components was able to reduce the number of setups, cutting cycle times on some parts from days to hours.

Smart Manufacturing Experience 2018: Mazak will exhibit its various Smooth Technology products in addition to live cutting demonstrations on its VC-500 AM and small-footprint Integrex i-100 Bartac-S machine tools.

Jim Rutan is tasked with managing Mazak’s sales and applications team in a booming region.

Mazak’s Quick Turn 200 is a two-axis turning center designed to efficiently process a range of part sizes and deliver high speed, performance and precision.

Mazak has developed the Mazatec SMS (Smart Manufacturing System) enabling unattended, lights-out manufacturing and high output, as well as Industrial Internet of Things connectivity.

In devising its hard-turning strategy, this die/mold shop has been able to speed the production of its new deep-draw round tooling offerings by turning them instead of grinding them after heat treating.

Gear Expo 2017: Mazak will demonstrate its multitasking equipped with the latest Mazatrol Smooth CNC and Mazak Smooth Gear Cutting Solutions for making precision gears of all shapes and sizes.

Mazak’s QTN 450M turning center with multitasking “Done In One” capabilities is said to boost productivity and reduce cycle times for large-diameter, shaft-type part manufacturing in industries such as oil and gas.

Over 250 high school students from Illinois submitted more than 300 parts for this year’s contest.

Hybrid combines five-axis subtractive capabilities with arc-welding head.

Mazak’s VC-500A/5X vertical machining center features a trunnion-style rotary/tilt table for precise, cost-effective five-axis machining of intricate work and a Mazatrol SmoothX CNC for easier programming and faster part cycle times.

PMTS 2017: Mazak will feature its VC-500A/5X vertical machining center capable of full five-axis machining with a trunnion-style rotary/tilt table that enables accurate cost-effective processing of small, complex parts.

While most shops are producing shorter aerospace parts on five-axis machines or larger parts on gantry-type equipment, this shop found its niche somewhere in the middle thanks to an advanced profiling machining system from Mazak.

Mazak introduces the UN series of high-speed vertical and horizontal machining centers with the UN-600/30V, a VMC, and the UN-600/30H, an HMC.

The recent Japan International Machine Tool Fair reflects the rapid move toward smart factories in which smart machines are fully networked.

Fort Walton Machining could only process smaller aerospace parts without investing in large, expensive-to-operate equipment. Mazak's Vortex 160 horizontal profiler increased the shop's part size capabilities.

Mazak’s Quick Turn-250MSY turning center offers several productivity-enhancing features including a direct-drive turret design, a higher-torque main spindle, a faster, more powerful milling spindle, and the Mazatrol SmoothG CNC.

The recent Japan International Machine Tool Fair reflects the rapid move toward smart factories in which smart machines are fully networked. Japanese providers of manufacturing technology have clearly embraced the concepts of the Industrial Internet of Things.

The new Mazak Dallas Technical Center is scheduled to open February 2017.

Mazak’s HCN-4000 automated, multitasking HMC features high-precision honing and orbital machining capabilities as well as Done-in-One processing, designed for producing pump and valve-type components.

LeanWerks uses innovative probing, tooling and workholding strategies to enable its turn-mill to machine castings complete, in effect turning it into a five-axis machining center.

The program is intended to foster technological collaboration.

.decimal Inc. needed to efficiently manufacture medical devices. Mazak's VCU 400A 5X machines met the company's need to precisely and reliably make devices quickly.

Cisco System’s Cisco Live event takes place July 10-14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Former president Brian Papke will now serve as chairman.

Later this month, Mazak Corp. will present the next phases of its Mazak SmartBox at Cisco System Inc.'s Cisco Live event in Las Vegas. In addition, notable organizational changes in the top management positions at Mazak will be apparent.

Mazak Smooth Technology machine control platform incorporates capability for advanced manufacturing cells and systems that are revolutionizing part manufacturing processes through smart machines, big data, sophisticated analytics and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Mazak’s Variaxis i-800T is a multi-function machine that features full five-axis milling and turning capabilities along with integrated liquid nitrogen cryogenics technology.

U.S. shop owners and managers comment on the plants they visited, automation and culture, and the value of getting to see manufacturers far away in the company of other shop leaders.

Mazak’s compact Tooltech tool magazine is designed to store big, heavy and large-diameter tools in a small space on the shop floor.

A familiar concept is now gaining serious traction, enabling manufacturers to develop closed-loop cells that automatically match the finished product to design concept goals.

A panel discussion captured on video addresses this question.

Among the new leaders of the board are executives from Hardinge, Mazak and AME.

This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on horizontal, vertical and five-axis machining centers.

The new plant in Inabe City will gradually replace operations in the current Mie Prefecture plant.

The Discover More With Mazak event May 3 and 4 will be followed by an event for students aimed at exposing them to advanced manufacturing technology.

The Mazak HCN-6800 heavy-duty HMC is designed to deliver the power and versatility needed for productive and precise large-part machining.

Mazak’s open-protocol, MTConnect-compliant SmartBox is intended to be a platform for secure entrance into the Industrial Internet of Things, designed to facilitate connectivity of machines and devices and enhance monitoring and analytical capabilities.

After leaving Fives Machining Systems, Daniel Janka has been appointed executive vice president at Mazak.

Billed as “The Drive Technology Show,” this year’s event featured new machine designs and cutting tools, heat-treat processes, and materials and hardening processes for hybrid transmission applications.

Mazak has redesigned its HCN-5000/50 horizontal machining center to include the Smooth Technology platform and Mazatrol SmoothG CNC, augmenting productivity and performance in heavy-parts production.

This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on machining centers.

The two distributors, Shelton Machinery and Concept Technical Sales, together serve customers in Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas and Western Missouri.

Hanna Cylinders needed to shorten production lead times and speed deliveries. Replacing several of its legacy machines with Mazak machine tools helped to increase jobs shipped per month and brought production in-house, even with fewer overall machines.

The Mazak SmartBox was showcased at this machine tool builder's Discover 2015 event. The company wants it to be the smartest (and securest) way to connect machine tools to the Industrial Internet of Things.

Memex’s Merlin shopfloor communications platform is a fundamental part of Mazak’s iSmart Factory concept.

A multitasking machine enabled this small shop to bid competitively against larger operations by eliminating setups and reducing cycle times, but it first had to learn what jobs work best using turn-mill equipment.

Unbridled Technologies, based in Florida, will help Mazak supply that region’s machine tool market.

Multitasking machines provide an excellent point of entry for machine shops interested in adding gear manufacturing to their list of capabilities, including power skiving.

The best endorsement for choosing advanced manufacturing as a career path may well come from those who have already entered the field and are now reaping the rewards.

Mazak’s Integrex i-200ST multitasking machine features the company’s Mazatrol SmoothX CNC for machining complex parts.

A recent open house at Mazak’s Chicago-area facility included not just various machines but also various ideas for thinking differently about machining.

The racing company uses nine Mazak machines in its two North Carolina facilities.

Turn-mill technology enables this company to minimize lead times and handling for its large machined castings.

The three-day event in May includes a full day for local students.

This machine tool builder is getting the most from its machine monitoring system. Making data about machine utilization very visible is helping operators make better decisions about shopfloor activities.

Mazak will showcase its Quick Turn Universal (QTU) 250MSY turning center designed for shops focused on small parts production.

The machine tool builder’s Kansas-based distributor has a new facility.

Designed for high productivity, Mazak’s Vertical Center Universal (VCU) 500A is a small-footprint, three-axis machining center capable of processing workpieces ranging to 19.68" × 19.68" × 9.84".

Mazak’s Variaxis i-700 vertical machining center accurately processes long parts as well as those with complex profiled surfaces in single setups.

The Mazak iSmart Factory concept focuses on digital integration to achieve free-flow data sharing for process control and operation monitoring. This machine tool builder is implementing this vision in its factories now.

Smooth Technology is the umbrella term Mazak (Florence, Kentucky) is using to describe its new concept for the programming and control of complex, multi-axis machine tools.

Mazak's Integrex e-1550V/10 multitasking five-axis machining center suits the production of large gears.

A "done-in-one" manufacturing cell for large part production consisting of an Orbitec 20 machine, an Integrex multitasking machine and a Palletech automation system is now available from Mazak.

The June 17 event is designed for attendees seeking to purchase new machines or learn how to maximize utilization on existing equipment.

Mazak will host a June webinar on MTConnect technology.

When Mazak implemented an MTConnect-enabled machine monitoring system at its machine-tool factory in Florence, Kentucky, the data yielded some surprising results when analyzed. Read about what was discovered here.

To quickly change rod connector types, automotive manufacturer Metaldyne installed a fully automated HMC cell of standalone Mazak HMCs and a FANUC robot.

Mazak’s Integrex e-420H II multitasking machine offers high-powered turning and full-function machining capabilities suitable for a range of industries, including construction machinery, marine and energy.

Mazak’s heavy-duty Slant Turn Nexus 550 turning center is capable of turning large workpieces such as oilfield pipes, pipeline control valves and power-generating components for the aerospace, oil and gas, coal, and nuclear industries.

The time I spent at the Discover More with Mazak Midwest event in Schaumburg, Ill. was designed to help attendees discover new tools and techniques for staying ahead of the manufacturing curve. Here are four good ideas that caught my attention.

The company will host one leg of the VMA tour at its North American headquarters.

“We thought we knew what our utilization was, but now we know for sure.

This slideshow features the machining centers we cover in the Modern Equipment Review Spotlight section in our March issue.

The company will merge a former distributor’s resources into its own.

The March open house will highlight complete machining systems including machining centers, automation equipment and cutting tools.

Designed for use in the aerospace industry, Mazak’s Variaxis j-500 5X vertical machining center offers simultaneous five-axis and multitasking capabilities.

Mazak’s Quick Turn Nexus 250-II multitasking turning center features milling, Y-axis capability, and main and second spindles for done-in-one operations on medium- and large-sized components.

A January Discover More with Mazak event will focus on the production of large parts for industries including oil and gas.

Mazak’s Variaxis i-700 is designed to efficiently process long workpieces and those requiring precision-machined, complex curved surfaces in single setups.

Mazak’s Megaturn Nexus 900M combines turning and secondary machining operations to efficiently cut large cast iron and steel workpieces such as those used in jet engine manufacturing, and construction and industrial machinery.

Next year, Mazak will celebrate 40 years of manufacturing in Kentucky. In time for that anniversary, the company will complete the latest expansion of its Kentucky manufacturing facilities—an expansion that is currently underway, and that aims at increasing the production capacity at this site from 140 machines per month to as many as 200.

The two companies will collaborate on R&D and integration.

Mazak’s Quick Turn Nexus 250-II MSY multitasking turning center is said to handle virtually all gear production processes from raw material input through final machining.

Mazak’s Integrex i-200S multitasking machine is designed to efficiently and accurately process mid-size complex components from raw material to finished workpieces in single setups.

Mazak’s Florence, Kentucky machine tool plant will use the MTConnect open communications protocol for equipment monitoring and other applications.

The Esprit creator will join Mazak’s VIP program.

This shop has developed various time-saving tool components by creating them internally, including one tooling solution now being used by other shops as well.

Mazak’s Integrex i-630V multitasking machine performs heavy-duty five-axis cutting via high-torque turning and milling spindles, including B- and C-axis capabilities.

Using multitasking machines, Hartman Enterprises was able to increase its part-processing capabilities by taking on more jobs involving larger sized multitasking work.

The regional event will focus on decreasing costs while increasing productivity.

Mazak has been presenting a series of “Discover More With Mazak” customer events at its tech centers in select locations around the country. I attended the one in Schaumburg, Illinois (Chicago area). Here’s what I found.

The “Discover More With Mazak” Midwest event included demos in the Schaumburg tech center’s spacious showroom.

When it comes to multitasking equipment, one size by no means fits all. Mazak helps shops sort it out in their Multitasking Knowledge Center here on MMS Online.

The company will host a series of regional events.

Certain jobs require a processing strategy that strikes a balance between the needs of high-volume production and low-quantity toolroom work. Reorganizing material flows and investing in machining centers designed specifically for small lots helped this manufacturer find that middle ground.

Mazak’s Hyper Quadrex 150MSY multitasking turning center employs a twin-turret and twin-spindle configuration to provide productivity and precision.

The Integrex j-200 multitasking machine features Mazak’s Matrix Nexus CNC to optimize multitasking programming.

The company has completed the second of three major expansions.

The annual tournament benefits a local community college.

The Technology Center marks the third expansion at the company's Florence, Kentucky campus.

The rigid Mega-8800 HMC from Mazak is designed to efficiently machine tough materials such as Inconel and titanium.

Mazak Corporation (Florence, Kentucky) a technical sponsor of Penske Racing, congratulated owner Roger Penske, driver Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Team on a winning season and on earning Penske Racing’s first-ever Cup series title. On November 18, Mr.

We present here some of the interesting and visually appealing snapshots from JIMTOF 2012.

The MEGA-8800 HMC from Mazak is designed for heavy-duty machining of tough materials such as Inconel and titanium.

Shop owner Chris Nachtmann has established a close relationship with one of his biggest customers. In fact, he moved his operation inside that customer’s facility a couple years ago. Now, he’s making greater strides to invest in and grow his business.

Technology and application support from cutting tool supplier Seco Tools has played a key role in various process improvements at this manufacturer of transmission and torque converter components.

On November 14 at 2 p.m.

Mazak offers its versatile Variaxis i-800 machining center with full, simultaneous five-axis capabilities.

Implementing a done-in-one approach to production has to be managed carefully. This shop seems to have made all the right moves in what has turned out to be a truly transformative experience.

The United States is a great place to design and build world-class machine tools. That’s one of the messages Mazak Corp. hopes visitors to its Booth S-8300 will take home with them.

A high school in Wisconsin runs its manufacturing vocational program as a business. Students make parts for paying customers. The program is thriving, cash flow is strong, and local manufacturers can now hire recent graduates who already have experience in meeting customer demands.

Learn about the machine tool builder’s expanded facility in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Machine tool builder Mazak has announced expansions to its North American manufacturing plant, its National Technology Center and Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence, and its North American Parts Center.

Machine tool builder Mazak has completed an approximately $1 million expansion to its North Amercian Parts Center at its Florence, Kentucky campus.

The Variaxis i-700 from Mazak is a simultaneous five-axis, multitasking VMC.

Attendees will view medical and dental machining demonstrations employing Mazak machine tools programmed with Delcam software.

Designed for complex, mid-sized components, the Mazak Integrex i-200ST multitasking machine features a compact design, twin spindles, a lower turret and milling spindle for done-in-one productivity.

Mazak (Florence, Kentucky) says its new series of Webinars can help customers stay abreast of technology developments during the time between live “Discover More With Mazak” events at the machine tool builder’s eight regional facilities throughout North America.

The Mazak Integrex j-400 provides multitasking capabilities for processing large and complex components.

For this shop, eliminating the need for reboring is the most important benefit of QJR quick-change chucks from Kitagawa-Northtech.

Machine tool builder Mazak (Florence, Kentucky) will host a “Discover More With Mazak” event at its Northeast Technology Center in Windsor Locks, Connecticut May 8, 9 and 10 to support the growth of aerospace and medical manufacturing in that region.

The Mazak Vertical Center Nexus Compact is a space-saving, high-speed, VMC designed for small, complex medical parts.

At this Chicago-area manufacturer, quick-change chucks from Kitagawa added to the benefits of moving from multiple setups on multiple machines to producing parts in a single setup on Mazak turn-mills.

To mark the occasion of its 25th anniversary, dgs Marketing Engineers hosted a mid-November educational event that exposed 25 Indianapolis-area high school students—one for each year the manufacturing-industry communications agency has been in business—to potentially lucrative manufacturing careers. Titled “Connect with Manufacturing,” the event took place at Shelton Machinery, a Mazak distributor in Fishers, Indiana.

Mazak has taken a lead in implementing and supporting MTConnect, the standardized communication protocol for machine tools and other production equipment. An exclusive interview with Mazak President Brian Papke reveals the company’s thinking behind this stance.

Mazak has taken strides to support MTConnect. I spoke with Brian Papke, president of Mazak, to find out why.

Mazak’s recent “Tomorrow’s Technology Today” event in Florence, Kentucky showcased a broad range of new machine models, as well as machining processes engineered around challenging parts.


Teruyuki Yamazaki, son of Yamazaki Mazak Corp. founder, was considered an industry leader and visionary. Mr. Yamazaki passed away September 15 at the age of 82.

An MTConnect-enabled monitoring system gives this shop a clear and simple picture of machine tool usage.

An innovative approach to automated gaging helps deal with a fundamental challenge inherent to a flexible, multi-machine environment: Many machines with many operations multiply the chances for error.

The Quick Turn Nexus 450-II MY is the largest of the company’s Nexus series of turning and multitasking machines developed for the oil and gas services and construction machinery industries.

Machine tool builder Mazak recently welcomed Penske NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing Team drivers Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski to its Florence, Kentucky production plant.

This editor’s first article for Modern Machine Shop about machine rebuilds still has legs.

Check out video of this interesting valve production machine.

Die-hard NASCAR fans seem to know all there is to know about the sport. But do they know where the race actually begins?

Mazak offers its Orbitec 20 for manufacturers of valves and similar large components.

Machine tool builder Mazak will host the largest event yet in its Discover series is this fall at its Florence, Kentucky campus.The two-week event, dubbed Discover Mazak—Tomorrow’s Technology Today, is scheduled for October 17 to 27.

The machine tool builder, located in Houston for 30 years, has opened a new, larger Southwest Technology Center to reaffirm its commitment to that area’s machining businesses.

This shop has a plan for dramatically expanding its contract machining business in high-value markets.

Different levels of multitasking machine tools address different types of parts.

Does it make sense to replace a series of separate machine tools with a single multitasking machine that performs turning, milling and drilling all in one cycle?

Machine tool builder Mazak (Florence, Kentucky) says the continued upswing in business in the Midwest has spurred plans to expand its Midwest headquarters and technology center in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Having experienced a steady increase in demand during the past nine months, machine tool builder Mazak projects the monthly output of its Florence, Kentucky plant to reach 130 machine tools per month by the close of Q2 2011.

The format and focus of Mazak’s “Discover” series of events exemplifies how supplier-customer relationships have evolved over the years.

Despite last week’s horrendous disaster, Japan will carry on.

The company that made the rock drills used to free the Chilean miners last year is exploring the right level of multitask machining.

Designed for high-volume production of small parts, the Hyper Quadrex 200MSY includes twin opposed turning spindles that deliver 30 hp and 5,000 rpm each.

Machine tool builder Mazak says a new format for its Discover Mazak series of events incorporates several interactive and customizable options that will help guests get the most out of their visit.

This company had expanded its facility, implemented Lean practices and taken other steps to improve efficiency, but breaking into new sectors such as wind energy would require new technology. Two turn/mill machines and two HMCs from Mazak enabled the company to take on new jobs and win suppliers’ confidence for more opportunities in the future.

A “Discover Mazak” event at the machine tool builder’s Southwest Technology Center in Houston, Texas will focus on new machines, technologies and services for manufacturers serving the energy industry.

It would be impossible to cover all of the key exhibitors at IMTS 2010—even if every booth got merely a quick glance. However, the editors of MMS did get glimpses of some interesting technologies exhibited at the show...

Machine tool builder Mazak (Florence, Kentucky) has expanded the online portion of its comprehensive Progressive Learning program to include four Mazak-specific programming classes, which are offered in partnership with

Like many machine tool builders, Mazak touts the flexibility and efficiency of its equipment as aids to adopting “lean” manufacturing processes. However, in this case, this isn’t just a sales pitch.

The Megaturn Nexus 900 is a new generation CNC vertical turning center that is suited for heavy-duty cutting of large cast iron and steel workpieces found in the construction machinery, industrial machinery and jet engine industries.

Mazak (Florence, Kentucky) has started construction on a new facility to house its Southwest Technology Center & Regional Headquarters in Houston, Texas.

Custom engineered workholding fixtures are key to the effectiveness of an unusual Automated Production System (APS) recently installed at Kurt Manufacturing. It helps that one of this company’s specialties is custom engineered workholding fixtures.

Mazak’s slant-turn Nexus 550M CNC turning center is designed for large parts such as oil field pipes, pipeline control valves, turbine wheels, aircraft and off-road parts.

Kennametal (Latrobe, Pennsylvania) and Mazak (Florence, Kentucky) will showcase the latest developments in multi-tasking machine tools and cutting tools for aerospace industry manufacturers.

Mazak’s Quick Turn Smart series of two-axis lathes is designed for high-productivity job shop environments.

Mazak’s Nexus VCN 700D/40-II HS VMC is designed to maximize efficiency in high speed machining operations.

Mazak (Florence, Kentucky) has announced a two-day R3 event at its Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Video shows a multitasking machine milling a turbine blade in a cycle that few machining centers could replicate.

Manual loading of heavy housings was this manufacturer’s prime bottleneck. It had limited experience with automated cells, but decided to install a big one. A look at the manufacturer’s $13 million cell reveals an intriguing layout and blend of technologies.

Mazak’s Hyper Quadrex200MSY features two high-performance spindles and upper and lower turrets to target balanced cutting for medium- to high-volume unattended applications.

To remain competitive, manufacturers continually strive for shorter production lead times and reduced inventory, a trend that makes efficient equipment utilization important to the bottom line.

A specially designed tooling package for honing operations, along with live, on-board gaging, allows critical honing operations to move to HMCs, thereby eliminating several separate steps on multiple dedicated machines.

Mazak’s Integrex e-1060V/8 II multitasking center provides full turning and milling capabilities. The milling spindle tilts to 150 degrees for both horizontal and vertical machining operations, including angle boring and milling on multiple faces.

Machine tool builder Mazak says more than 1,400 manufacturers from North and Central America attended its “Your Manufacturing Future? Refocus, Rediscover and Reinvent” event, which recently took place at its Florence, Kentucky headquarters. Also known as “R3,” the 3-day event introduced new technology and strategies designed to help American manufacturers achieve success.

Machine tool builder Mazak (Florence, Kentucky) says the establishment of its new World Research & Development center could reduce design-to-market time by three to five months for new products and units, including assembly, testing and evaluation. The center occupies 73,000 square feet of a new 167,000-square-foot facility in Oguchi, Japan.

Mazak (Florence, Kentucky) has launched its Virtual Technology Center (VTC), an online resource designed to bring the latest advancements in machining technology, product development, training, service and support to customers’ fingertips. The VTC features machine demonstrations, applications training, online Q&A sessions with company president Brian Papke and MazakTV, an online resource with channels for industry segment content, engineering insights and machine information.

Machine tool builder Mazak will host “Your Manufacturing Future? Refocus, Rediscover and Reinvent” (R3), a three-day event designed to help customers evaluate their positions in the marketplace and formulate plans to improve competitiveness as the economy rebounds. Scheduled for September 15-17 at the company’s National Technology Center in Florence, Kentucky, R3 will serve as the debut for more than a dozen machine tools incorporating new technologies.

This shop involves all of its employees in the daily exercise of analyzing just where time is being spent.

This company is embracing high-performance tooling on its turning centers. The "sticker shock" is no reason not to do this. In one case, though, the shop found a way to limit the cost of the tool and increase productivity at the same time.

Mazak’s versatile VTC-200G VMC is designed for part production of long, heavy workpieces. The 154.

Machine tool builder Mazak says it recently completed a significant expansion in size and capabilities at its manufacturing facility in Florence, Kentucky. In addition to adding 50,000 square feet of floor space to the 543,000-square-foot campus, the company has installed two Versatech V100N multiple-surface, double-column, five-axis machining centers. With a spindle head that can be configured for operation in the horizontal or vertical positions or any angle in between, these machines are said to be especially useful for large workpieces.

The i-150 multitasking machining center is said to combine versatility and accuracy for manufacturing small, complex components from barstock. The machine features a front-mounted, 36-tool changer; a single, horizontal main spindle with15 hp that is capable of speeds as fast as 5,000 rpm; and a C-axis control. The 6" through-hole chuck can accommodate bars as large as 2.

Implementing advanced manufacturing cells can help a shop improve productivity, but the cells themselves may be only part of the solution. That’s the case at Wilcox Industries, which combined advanced manufacturing capabilities of automated machining with the flexibility of Mastercam CAD/CAM software to keep up with continuing growth.

Shops that serve medical instrument and implant manufacturers face special challenges. Their customers typically want precisely machined parts plus the extras such as finishing, marking, assembly and expert handling of the regulatory paperwork. That’s why this shop is focused on providing more than just the machining.

Mazak Corporation has established Mazak Automation Systems, a new department at its North American headquarters in Florence, Kentucky. The company says the department will offer a comprehensive range of automation solutions and enable customers to benefit from the company's experience in manufacturing and machining technologies. Systems include process and software engineering, project management, application support, customer support and customer training.

This Florence, Kentucky-based machine tool builder uses its own equipment to produce machine tools. Here’s how they succeed at big-part machining on a large five-axis machining center.

To mill thin walls in aluminum using fast light cuts, machine on alternating sides of the wall all the way down, jumping the wall with each new pass.

This video demonstrates hole making. Hole making often involves sequential operations such as drill-then-tap. Combination tools that perform these operations simultaneously can eliminate tool changes, saving cycle time. Many combination tools call for helical interpolation. The video shows the same series of hole

Mazak’s HCN 8800-II HMC is built to meet the needs of high productivity for large parts production. It offers a 60-tool storage magazine and a 10,000-rpm, 50-hp integrated spindle/motor generating as much as 900-foot-pounds (1,218-Nm) of torque. Options include 8,000-rpm/50-hp and 16,000-rpm/50-hp spindles. The mac

The two divisions within this business machine complex parts for the medical and aerospace industries. So in that sense they’re shops. However, in order to grow with their customers, they realized they had to be more than just providers of good parts. They needed to serve as their customers’ manufacturing partners.

The Integrex i-150 shows how a multitasking machine for small precision parts can combine done-in-one process with a compact structure to reduce floor space requirements. Most multitasking machines for parts of this size use a second spindle for endworking of parts after cutoff. This machine uses a swing-away workholding device instead.

Despite hitting production goals, this shop had trouble meeting customer cost targets. It needed further automation. After purchasing Fanuc robots to service its flexible manufacturing system (FMS), the company has reduced costs enough to pay back its investment.

According to manufacturer Mazak, the Integrex i-150 provides enhanced, “done-in-one” processing for small, accurate and complex parts. With its compact footprint, the center is suited for medical appliance manufacturers and high-precision component machining involving round, square or angular features. Also, simultaneous five-axis surfacing is possible with minimum operator intervention, the company says.

Lean practices are not just for predictable production. Here are the common-sense ways this low-volume job shop has implemented a leaner process.

Instead of NC programs that are dedicated to particular parts and machines, this plant now uses macro programs that react to geometric variations across broad part families. The plant wrote these macros itself, and the return on this investment has been dramatically greater productivity.

Although CAM programming had been automated for many years within the Morton Grove, Illinois, facility of the John Crane Inc. (JCI) Seals Division, the shop here found a way to make the process even more efficient. It found a way to get new, complex, multi-axis turning centers into production quickly, and to maximize the productivity of these CNC machine tools in cellular manufacturing.

This job shop relies on its CNC programming software to unlock the productivity of its multi-axis, multi-tasking machine tools and CNC Swiss-type machines.

Holding 0.001-inch tolerances while machining and removing large amounts of material from a brass part is a challenging task when the job is run at 10,000 revolutions per minute with feed rate of 240 inches per minute.

A machine shop in a new cancer treatment center produces components to precisely guide proton radiation to eliminate its target—cancerous tumors.

This complex milling operation is performed effectively on a machine that does turning.

The Future of Machining - 2005 Add vision systems to robots, and fundamental aspects of the process deserve a second look.

Cla-Val is a 65-year-old manufacturer that designs and produces valves for fire protection, water works, aviation, ground fueling, marine, industrial waste and numerous other applications. Its valve sizes range from 3/8 inch to 24 inches. Most valve components are produced from precision castings delivered from its in-house foundry.

A stable customer relationship gave this shop the chance to fundamentally change its equipment.

Rethinking the mold machining process leads to concepts worth considering, even for applications outside mold making.

Using a new software system, custom 3D fixtures can be generated automatically. The software creates 2D fixture components that can be laser cut and assembled for a fraction of the cost and in significantly less time than other methods.

New models in the Mazak family expand the concept.

This company sees knowledge to be a vital production resource. Capturing and sharing information are now routine functions on the shop floor. Here are lessons the company learned.

This shop expedites 3D milling work by reducing its dependence on employees for all of the information-related tasks that occur before the machining center can start to cut.

A manufacturer of hermetic compressors proves out a new strategy based on multi-process machining.

Most of this company's work is machined to tight tolerances and super-high finishes. It builds, assembles, tests and then ships a complete product. The many multi-faceted parts being machined typically required several setups on different machines, often with cumbersome pallet and indexing devices.

A manufacturer of metal stampings bridges the gap between generations of hardware and software.

Imagine a single cutting toolholder that can be used to perform 12 distinct metalcutting operations without a tool change. That's the concept behind a new cutting tool innovation designed and built by Mazak.

Toronto aerospace shops improve productivity with faster five-axis machining centers.

In recent years, technological trends have taken the form of multi-process machines with sophisticated monitoring and control systems. The ultimate purpose of marrying advanced hardware and software is to achieve a fully automated and more reliable manufacturing process.

The complex shapes of the iron castings that make up the housings for this company's flow meters require machining on multiple faces. The castings undergo various types of machining operations, from drilling to helical thread milling.

One machine shop owner in old New England, not far from where Paul Revere made his famous ride, saw a tight labor market as a call to revolutionize his company.

Multi-tasking is a word typically associated with the consequences of ever-changing human job descriptions. For the people at Mazak Corporation, however, the word applies equally to metalworking machines.

This company modified its production process to cut not just metal, but also setup time, costs and the effects of the labor crunch.

Multitasking machines capable of completely machining complex, milled and turned parts in a single setup are powering this Chicago-area job shop's growth.

When Gary Malloy and Reggie Ball formed Sturgis Machining in February 1998, it was with the intent of becoming a premier minority machine shop to General Motors.

Thousands of contract manufacturing shops across North America that produce commodity parts such as shafts, arbors, bearing races, gear splines, and so on, have one problem in common: how to do it faster and less expensively.

This Canadian mold making shop, Unique Mould Makers, is aptly named. Virtually every multi-cavity injection mold set made for the manufacture of caps, closures, vials and other packaging applications is indeed unique. One might think that automation and standardization would not be of interest to such a shop. Think again!

The seventh key is that the profits often come later.

Mazatrol Fusion 640 is the name for a new machine control recently introduced by Mazak Corp. (Florence, Kentucky). The control is available on the company's full line of machine tools, including horizontal and vertical machining centers, turning centers and multi-tasking machines.

This company was growing at a rate of 25 to 40 percent per year since 1990 and needed to find a better way to produce turned parts. Now it produces from 40,000 to 60,000 parts per week.

Most shops are looking to reduce throughput time. One sensible method is to eliminate multiple part handlings and work-in-process time. Advances in machine tool capability and programmability enable more job shops and general-purpose manufacturers to take advantage of turn/mill machines. Here's a look at the state-of-the-art.

By adding an advanced multi-pallet HMC to their equipment, this company now has the ability to pursue work that it would never have been able to bid on before because of the machine's unmanned manufacturing capabilities and high productivity.

Read how the Arbor Department of this major manufacturer greatly reduced set-up time to deal with increased capacity.

Many job shops start in a garage with a used mill and a manual lathe. The owners of this Utah job shop took a different tack. Along the way to a very successful business, they've debunked a bunch of myths commonly held about job shops.

The addition of a specialty chuck can give a wide range of new capabilities to a CNC lathe. It may even make a lathe more efficient than a machining center for many complex jobs.

This company complements automatic machines with a versatile CNC turning center. The strategy provides many of the advantages of a fully flexible process.

Many people think flexible machining cells are for high production, but this shop finds just the opposite. Here's how they've grown their cell to meet the needs of their work.

Mazak Opens National Technology Center

During an auto race, where fractions of a second mean the difference between winning and losing, nobody wants to stop and examine the thread quality of a wheel stud. Yet wheel stud threads are extremely important, especially when you consider that the driver's safety and millions of dollars are at stake.

In today's manufacturing environment, it's survival of the fittest. This fab shop found that an automated fabricating cell was a natural selection. Continuing this process of evolution, a new species of job shop may emerge.

This California shop doesn't just consolidate operations, it consolidates machines--using a lathe that doubles as a cutoff saw and machining center.

A fourth axis, in this case a 'Y' axis, is said to come close to transforming this machining center into an almost universal metalcutting machine tool.

Many shops associate five-axis machining with complexity. While the five-axis process can and does produce some amazingly complex workpieces, there are real advantages in applying it to less severe geometries. Here's how one midwestern job shop is using a two-machine, five-axis manufacturing cell to simplify part production.

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