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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. According to the company, the machine easily incorporates Mazak’s Palletech system now controlled with the company’s Smooth PMC software. The machine is equipped with a 40-taper, 12,000-rpm spindle and 1 G acceleration in all axes. Mazak also offers 14,000-, 18,000- or 30,000-rpm spindles. With a direct-drive rotary table design, the machine requires fewer moving parts, improving positioning accuracy as well as indexing time.
The SmoothG CNC with Smooth Orbiturn function supports the honing process and orbital machining. Orbital machining techniques enable the HMC to turn round and eccentric features on large, oddly-shaped parts such as valves and manifolds while the components remain stationary. Using standard tooling, the machine is said to be a solution for performing milling and turning operations in a single setup.
The company’s Palletech configures into one, two or three levels for completely automated and continuous production cells. The Smooth PMC cell control software manages and maximizes Palletech system operations. The software enables users to look ahead with production simulations to forecast tools needed, machine loads and output levels for as much as a week’s worth of scheduled cell workflow. The software also supports Palletech cell connectivity, analytics and performance data outputs in graphical formats via smartphone.
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