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Florence, KY 41042 US
A Message from Mazak Corporation
As Seen In Modern Machine Shop
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.
Large-Part HMC Offers Quick Positioning at High Feed Rates
The Mazak HCN-6800 heavy-duty HMC is designed to deliver the power and versatility needed for productive and precise large-part machining.
Open-Protocol Device Enables Connectivity for Legacy Machines
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.
Mazak Appoints Executive Vice President
After leaving Fives Machining Systems, Daniel Janka has been appointed executive vice president at Mazak.
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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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.