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A Message from Mazak Corporation
As Seen In Modern Machine Shop
Mazak Expands in Northern Texas
The new Mazak Dallas Technical Center is scheduled to open February 2017.
HMC’s Control Enables High-Precision Honing, Orbital Turning
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.
Slideshow: Trends and Technology at IMTS 2016
The size and scope of a show like IMTS makes it impossible to cover everything of interest, but here's a taste of the technology and trends we were taking note of this year.
When a Turn-Mill Doesn’t Turn
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.
Data-Driven Manufacturing Is Driving Mazak
The Mazak SmartBox provides cyber security to give factory owners and IT departments confidence to digitally integrate their manufacturing operations.
CNC Software Inc. Enters Mazak’s VIP Program
The program is intended to foster technological collaboration.
Five-Axis Machine Produces Medical Parts without Wasted Capabilities
.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.
Mazak to Preview SmartBox Platform Developments at Cisco Conference
Cisco System’s Cisco Live event takes place July 10-14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mazak Appoints New President
Former president Brian Papke will now serve as chairman.
Mazak SmartBox at Cisco Live
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.
CNC Technology Platform Helps Implement the IIoT
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).
Multi-Function Machine Features Cryogenic Cooling
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.
NTMA Members Share Observations after Japan Manufacturing Tour
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.
Tool Magazine Stores 206 Large-Diameter Tools
Mazak’s compact Tooltech tool magazine is designed to store big, heavy and large-diameter tools in a small space on the shop floor.
Closed-Loop Gear Production
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.
Will Additive Manufacturing Subtract from Machining?
A panel discussion captured on video addresses this question.
AMT Elects Officers, Board of Directors for 2016-2017
Among the new leaders of the board are executives from Hardinge, Mazak and AME.
March 2016 Product Spotlight Slideshow: Machining Centers
This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on horizontal, vertical and five-axis machining centers.
Mazak to Build New Plant in Japan
The new plant in Inabe City will gradually replace operations in the current Mie Prefecture plant.
Mazak to Host Technology, Student Events in Northeast U.S.
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.
Mazak QTU-200MY Makes Multi-Tasking Easy for Shops of All Sizes
As a perfect entry into Multi-Tasking technology, Mazak’s QTU-200MY Turning Center offers shops of all sizes ease of use, cost-effectiveness and unmatched productivity. The space-saving machine features a main turning spindle, tool turret with rotary milling spindle, Mazak’s new MAZATROL SmoothC control and Y-axis off-centerline capabilities for high versatility paired with all the benefits of Multi-Tasking part processing.
The machine’s headstock incorporates Mazak’s (built-in) spindle/motor design that eliminates the need for belts or pulleys for zero backlash or any belt stick/slip. The A2-6, 20-hp (15 kW)(15% ED) main turning spindle provides speeds from 35 rpm up to 6,000 rpm with 90 ft-lb of torque for heavy-duty metal removal. Its spindle bore diameter of 2.4” (61 mm) accommodates a maximum bar diameter of 2” (42 mm).
The main turning spindle also serves as a full 360-degree C-axis that indexes in 0.001-degree increments. It is a full-function CNC programmable axis that accurately positions parts for complex and prismatic machining along with 3D contouring.
Additionally, the QTU-200MY is outfitted with a 12-position, integral-motor turret that uses a roller gear cam drive system for smooth, high-speed, high-accuracy digital indexing as well as expandability. The innovative turret eliminates the need for curvic/index couplings and with the use of tandem tooling, allows the number of tool positions to be expanded. This is possible because it indexes digitally to any position without changes to the turret housing. And once in position, an integral hydraulic clamping system ensures maximum rigidity.
The turret’s rotary tool spindle delivers 4,500 rpm (standard) and 6,000 rpm (optional) to perform milling, drilling and tapping operations. The standard mill spindle provides 34.7 ft-lb of torque, while the optional higher speed version generates 17 ft-lb.
Because it features Y-axis off-centerline machining capability, the QTU-200MY uses Mazak’s special high-gain servo-control turret/feed-axis motion. The double-slide configuration delivers rigid, high-speed, precise positioning as well as smooth axis acceleration/deceleration. The machine’s X-axis ballscrews work in tandem with the Y-axis ballscrews that are inclined at 30 degrees to move the turret 3.94” (100 mm) in the Y axis.
The machine also features an NC servo-driven tailstock to enable automated processes. The fully programmable tailstock utilizes its own AC servomotor and ball screw. Through the part program, the tailstock extends to a known position and with an approach feed rate, makes contact with the part with consistent holding pressure. Because of its positive independent drive system, the tailstock can drill holes on shaft centerlines, which adds versatility to the jobs it can process.
Tailstock thrust settings are adjustable in increments of 22.5 ft-lb of force. This provides users the option to set thrust levels according to workpiece material and shape. A capability that eliminates the risk of part damage while simultaneously providing safe and secure holding and support with thrust settings between 225 lbs (minimum) and 1,124 lbs (maximum).
The QTU-200MY MAZATROL SmoothC CNC offers EIA/ISO programming as well as conversational programming that makes it easy to generate programs for angled drilling, milling or tapping operations. The control also features advanced hardware and software functions that help ensure high productivity and performance accuracy in complex part production.
With a new high-rigidity base/bed design, the QTU-200MY ensures thermal control, ample part capacity and speed stability. The machine’s swing capacity measures 27.4” (696 mm), and it accommodates part diameters up to 13.4” (340 mm). Rapid traverse rates are 1,181 ipm (30 m/min) in the X axis and 1,417 imp (36 m/min) in Z.
A variety of automation strategies can be integrated with the QTU-200MY, from an automatic bar feeder to gantry robots and custom solutions, for improved spindle utilization and a significant boost in productivity.
Mazak to Expand in Texas with New Technical Center in Dallas
Reflective of its ardent commitment to superior localized customer service and support, Mazak announced it will open a new second facility in Texas. Joining the company’s existing Southwest Technology Center in Houston, the new Mazak Dallas Technical Center will serve the Northern Texas region.
To celebrate the expansion, Mazak will host an Open House event on February 1, 2017, at the new technical center located at 935 South Kimball St. in Southlake, Texas. The event will feature several machine demonstrations, special guest speakers and tours.
“The new Dallas Technical Center gives Mazak a commanding Texas presence in terms of manufacturing technology and customer support,” Dan Janka, president of Mazak. “Northern Texas manufacturers in the defense, aerospace, medical, automotive, energy and construction industries will especially benefit from even more readily accessible technical, engineering and applications expertise from Mazak.”
The approximately 8,000-sq-ft Dallas facility provides additional space for customer programming classes, machine demonstrations, test cuts and machining system run-offs, as well as regularly scheduled Mazak DISCOVER events. With the addition of this new facility, Mazak, along with its Value Inspired Partner (VIP) companies, can quickly deliver today’s most advanced and complete machining systems – Multi-Tasking, full 5-axis, Horizontal and Vertical – to keep Texas customers competitive and productive.
For more information about the new Mazak Dallas Technical Center and the Open House event, please visitwww.MazakUSA.com.
Meet the Mazak SmartBox
Developed with large production environments in mind, the Mazak SmartBox is your easy, secure entrance into the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Serving as an end-to-end platform, it allows you to collect, analyze and protect the big data sets that become available when connecting machines, software and other devices to a network environment.
In fact, we use Mazak SmartBox in our own iSMART Factory, which centers around plat-wide connectivity and free-flow data sharing. As such, we can securely take full advantage of IIoT and achieve levels of productivity never before possible.
Find out how Mazak SmartBox can benefit you.
Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design, manufacture and support of advanced machine tool equipment, including Multi-Tasking, 5-axis, milling, turning and automation solutions, for all metal working industry segments.
Based in Florence, Kentucky, Mazak has been manufacturing its highly productive machine tools in the United States since 1974. And over the past four decades, the company has continuously grown and advanced its manufacturing operations to support the ever-changing demands of its customers.
Today, the iSMART Factory produces up to 200 machine tool units per month, depending on product mix. It applies a Production-On-Demand manufacturing approach so that Mazak can achieve the shortest possible lead times, maintain high-quality standards, improve efficiency and ensure that each new machine coming off the line includes the absolute latest technology.
Furthermore, because Mazak is committed to serving as a strategic partner to its customers, the company offers a total support program, known as Optimum Plus, and maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support.
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Mazak Gives QUICK TURN-250MSY Several New Productivity Enhancements
For those shops looking to boost productivity as well as profitability, Mazak’s QUICK TURN-250MSY Turning Center sports several new productivity-enhancing features. These include a new direct-drive turret design, higher torque main spindle, a faster more powerful milling spindle and the recently introduced MAZATROL SmoothG CNC control.
The QUICK TURN-250MSY – with Multi-Tasking functionality – has two turning spindles, a rotary tool milling spindle and Y-axis capabilities for single setup Done In One precision part processing operations. The machine’s new 12-position, direct-drive turret eliminates the use of belts for improved part surface finishes and reduced maintenance. It accepts both VDI and bolt-on tooling.
The turret’s new DIRECT DRIVE rotary tool spindle is now 10-hp, 6,000 rpm standard. The faster rotary spindle provides 52 ft-lbs of torque, essentially double of what was possible before with the previous version. And with an optional tooling package, 10,000 rpm is available.
The machine’s headstock features a 10" main chuck mounted on a 35-hp, 4,000-rpm integrated spindle motor for heavy-duty metal removal. To effectively tackle today’s tough part materials, Mazak bumped up the torque output of the spindle by almost 30 ft-lbs. The main turning spindle also serves as a C-axis that is programmable in 0.0001-degree increments to accurately position parts for square facing and slotting cuts and precisely drilled holes. The C-axis spindle is a full-function CNC controlled axis for milling. A second turning 15-hp, 6,000-rpm spindle with a 6" chuck allows the QUICK TURN-250MSY to machine small diameter workpieces with speed and accuracy.
The QUICK TURN-250 machine models without second turning spindles feature Mazak’s new NC servo-drilling tailstocks as standard. The fully programmable tailstock drives the W-axis on its own AC servomotor and ball screw. Through the part program, the tailstock will retract to a known position and its center makes contact with the part with consistent holding pressure. Thrust settings are completely adjustable – high thrust or low thrust – without having to re-touch the part.
Mazak’s MAZATROL SmoothC and SmoothG CNCs offer EIA/ISO programming as well as conversational programming that makes it easy to generate programs for complex drilling, milling or tapping operations. The controls also feature advanced hardware and software functions that help ensure high productivity and performance accuracy in challenging part production operations.
As a higher level control, the MAZATROL SmoothG incorporates a wide variety of advanced programming functions for ease of use and to ensure high-speed, high-accuracy machining performance. These functions include High Gain Feed Forward Control, Fast Rotary Axis Speeds, Variable Acceleration Control and Intelligent Pocket Milling.
A variety of automation strategies can be integrated with the QUICK TURN-250MSY, from an automatic bar feeder to gantry robots, for improved spindle utilization and a significant boost in productivity.
VC-500A/5X Vertical Machining Center
Accurate, Affordable Full 5-axis Machining with Mazak VC-500A/5X
Made in Kentucky, the VC-500A/5X Vertical Machining Center has a trunnion-style rotary/tilt table that allows for the accurate, cost-effective processing of small complex parts via full 5-axis machining. The machine also features the MAZATROL SmoothX CNC that allows for easier programming and faster part cycle times, in either EIA or MAZATROL conversational.
The VC-500A/5X comes standard equipped with a robust, high-performance CAT-40, 12,000-rpm spindle that delivers exceptional metal removal capabilities in all common materials, including steel, aluminum and cast iron. Optional speeds of 15,000 rpm and 20,000 rpm are available to address a variety of part production requirements.
Now with 60-tool capacity, the new tool magazine on the VC-500A/5X helps reduce set up time, allows for redundant tooling and provides more unmanned uninterrupted operations. In tandem with the magazine, the machine’s automatic tool changer provides fast tool exchanges for an overall reduction in non-cut times. Furthermore, reliable tool monitoring on the VC-500A/5X maximizes production efficiency and lowers operating costs via early problem detection.
Axis travels for the VC-500A/5X measure 19.88" in X, 19.88" in Y and 20.07" in Z, allowing it to accommodate a part sizes up to 19.68" in diameter and 12" high. Rapid traverse speeds for these three linear axes are now 1,181 ipm.
To minimize thermal displacement, Mazak incorporates an oil chiller that cools the VC-500A/5X’s head and table. The machine’s trunnion-style rotary/tilt table is constructed with durable high-speed roller gear cam drive technology for high torsional rigidity and positioning accuracy. The table tilts +110 degrees / - 110 degrees in the B-axis and rotates 360 degrees in the C-axis and can accommodate workpiece weights up to 440 lbs.
Mazak’s MAZATROL SmoothX CNC on the VC-500A/5X makes it easy to generate programs for highly complex parts production. It has several advanced functions that allow it to ensure the shortest possible machining cycle times, especially in fine increment programs for simultaneous 5-axis operations and free-form die-mold machining. These functions include High Gain Feed Forward Control, Fast Rotary Axis Speeds, Variable Acceleration Control and Intelligent Pocket Milling.
Ergonomics also play an important role in the functionality of the MAZATROL SmoothX CNC. A large 19" display presents all of the critical machine data within a single page view, while the tilt control panel allows for optimum positioning based on operator height. An intuitive multi-touch screen, which is similar to that of a smartphone, enables fast and smooth programming operations. An SD card allows the CNC to store up to 32GB of data.