Late last month, Mazak hosted a special three-day “Discover More” event and open house at its newly expanded and remodeled Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Ill. The 18,000 square-foot addition brings the facility’s total floor space to 56,000 square feet. The company says the Midwest Technology Center expansion enables it to further support the continuous upswing of manufacturing business throughout the region as well as provide its customers with even more advanced technology, support and training.
The center’s new 124-seat auditorium and two modern training rooms will enable the company to host more events with its VIP technology partners while a diverse array of no-charge classes and seminars will help ensure customers achieve a maximum return on their capital equipment investments. In addition, the center offers ample area for turnkey projects and test cuts, as well as expanded machine tool technology demonstration facilities.
June’s open house featured real-world application cutting demonstrations and a variety of interactive industry expert presentations covering topics such as ways to bring manufacturing work back to the United States, the benefits of automation, the economics of spindle utilization and more. There were a total of 19 machines on display during the open house, including the Vertical Center Nexus Compact (a machining center built for precision medical manufacturing), the Variaxis i-700 (a multitasking machine that efficiently processes long workpieces in single setups) and the Quick Turn Nexus 250 MSY (a turning center that includes a second spindle and offers turning, milling and Y-axis capabilities in a single setup). The company also introduced its new 3-4-5 concept for better tailoring Mazak machines to specific manufacturing applications (i.e. three levels of control, four levels of automation and five levels of multitasking). This will be a focus at the company’s IMTS booth in September.