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Mazak's Variaxis C-600 VMC Eases Entry into Full Five-Axis Machining

IMTS Spark: Mazak Corp.’s Variaxis C-600 vertical machining center includes features intended to reduce the intimidation factor of full simultaneous five-axis machining while also easing automation integration.
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Mazak Variaxis C-600

Mazak Corp.’s Variaxis C-600 vertical machining center includes features intended to reduce the intimidation factor of full simultaneous five-axis machining while also easing automation integration. The machine’s Mazatrol SmoothAi CNC is made specifically for full five-axis machining while running peripheral functions. The CNC and associated software packages are said to add efficiency and value throughout the machining process with machine learning and advanced data management technology.

As an initial automation option, shops can have a two-pallet changer installed on the Variaxis C-600. To further enhance automation integration, the machine provides both front and side automatic door operation. A full front door spans from the top to the bottom of the machine. An automatic side door allows shops to load and unload parts at the side of the machine, freeing up the machine’s front work area and eliminating any interference between automation and operators at the front door. Side loading also gives shops the option to add standard, pre-engineered robotic part-loading systems to single-pallet/table machine configurations.

In addition to the machine’s standard 12,000-rpm CAT 40 spindle, Mazak offers 15,000-, 18,000- and 20,000-rpm options available in CAT 40, Big Plus or HSK A-63 spindle types. The Variaxis C-600 also offers 30-, 60-, 90- and 120-tool magazines as well as “random access” tool magazines (available on all but the 30-tool magazine) that eliminate the wait time typically involved with other types of fixed-address tool systems.

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