Mazak Corporation

8025 Production Dr.
PO Box 970
Florence, KY 41042 US


Mazak Develops New Smart Automation in Collaboration with Muratec

Mazak continues to provide the most advanced and highly productive manufacturing technologies available through strategic collaborations with other key OEMs. As the result of such a collaborative effort with Murata Machinery, Ltd. (Muratec), Mazak developed its new MAZATEC SMS (Smart Manufacturing System) that provides unmanned, lights-out manufacturing and high output, as well as IIoT connectivity.

The MAZATEC SMS combines Mazak’s machining, automation and Smart technologies with Muratec’s automated high-density storage and retrieval system. The MAZATEC SMS pairs multiple Mazak Horizontal Machining Centers and/or Multi-Tasking Machines with a Muratec vertically orientated, space-saving stocker-type system that has pallets, a material bucket and high-speed stocker crane. To match each manufacturer’s specific production and floor space needs, the modular system can have up to 150 stockers (in different sizes) in a six-level configuration that increases space efficiency by as much as 67 percent.

As key components of the MAZATEC SMS, Mazak’s SmartBox IIoT technology and Smooth PMC production management software along with Muratec’s automated system control all interconnect/synchronize with a customer’s enterprise resource planning ERP/MRP host and MES execution systems. These highly advanced digital innovations and complete connectivity make the MAZATEC SMS a smart factory solution for process control, monitoring and optimization to produce a variety of workpieces – even in small lot sizes – with extremely high efficiency. 

The MAZATEC SMS can incorporate various sizes and types of machine tools into the same automated manufacturing system. Such flexibility is possible because the stocker system sets up faster and easier as well as accommodates different size machine tool pallets, as does the system’s single stocker crane. This capability also allows manufacturers to apply the MAZATEC SMS across a more expansive spectrum of part numbers/types for cost effectiveness and increased ROI.

Peripheral equipment for the MAZATEC SMS includes individual stations for loading and centering, tilt loading, raise and lower loading, work set up and part washing. In addition to keeping the machine tools supplied with work, the system’s stocker crane handles the MAZATEC SMS overall input of raw parts and the output of finished ones.

“With the combined technologies of Mazak and Muratec, the MAZATEC SMS advanced manufacturing system will significantly increase the competitiveness of manufacturers in today's IIoT environment,” said Brian Papke, chairman of Mazak. “We at Mazak believe that such collaborations with other innovators in the manufacturing industry effectively foster new ideas and ways to combine processes and apply new technologies to improve the manufacturing performance of customers.”

For its part of the collaboration, Muratec contributes AS/RS durability and reliability. The company and its systems are well entrenched in the automotive and other industrial manufacturing environments. Unlike other comparable systems that tend to be standard in nature, Muratec’s base units are much more customizable and configurable for a wider range of applications.

Mazak has a long history in the production of factory automation systems, such as its earliest one the MAZATROL FMS (Flexible Manufacturing System) developed in 1984 and its current systems that include PALLETECH and the single machine MPP (Multiple Pallet Pool). Similarly, Murata Machinery has extensive experience as a provider of material handling systems to manufacturing facilities worldwide.

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Product Categories of Mazak Corporation

Automated Pallet Systems
Boring Machines
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Units
Drilling & Tapping Machines, CNC
End Turning Machines
Gear Hobbing Machines
Horizontal Machining Centers, Five-Axis
Horizontal Machining Centers, Up to Four-Axis
Hybrid Additive-Manufacturing Machines
Indexers & Rotary Tables
Jig Boring Machines
Leasing & Financing Services
Machine Monitoring Systems
Machining Cells & FMS
Maintenance & Repair
Milling Machines, Planer, Gantry & Bridge Type
Milling Machines, Universal
Pallet Changers/Shuttles & Programmable Transfer Devices
Polygon Turning Attachments
Replacement Parts/Repair Parts
Retrofitting, Rebuilding, Remanufacturing Services
Robots, Industrial
Software, CAD/CAM
Thread Cutting Machines
Threading & Cut-Off Machines, Pipe & Bar
Training of All Types, Including Audiovisual/Internet
Turn/Mill Machines, CNC
Turning Centers, Horizontal, CNC
Turning Centers, Inverted Vertical, CNC
Turning Centers, Twin-Spindle/Multi-Turret
Turning Centers, Vertical, CNC
Universal Machining Centers
Vertical Machining Centers, Five-Axis
Vertical Machining Centers, Up to Four-Axis

Trade Names

µ Series
5-Levels of Multi-Tasking
CYBERTECH TURN
Discover More With Mazak
DONE IN ONE
DUAL TURN
FF
FJV
HCN
HORIZONTAL CENTER UNIVERSAL
HQR
HQR
HYBRID Multi-Tasking
INTEGREX e-RAMTEC
INTEGREX e-V
INTEGREX i
INTEGREX i AM
INTEGREX i-V
INTEGREX j
IVS
MATRIX NEXUS 2 CNC
Mazak iSMART Factory
Mazak SmartBox
Mazak SMOOTH Link
MAZATECH
MAZATROL
MEGA
MEGA TURN
MEGATURN NEXUS
MEGATURN SMART
MULTIPLEX II
MULTIPLEX W
MX Roller Guide System
OPTIMUM
OPTIMUM PLUS
ORBITEC
PALLETECH
POWER MASTER N
QTU
QTZ
QUICK TURN
QUICK TURN NEXUS
QUICK TURN PRIMOS
QUICK TURN SMART
QUICK TURN UNIVERSAL
ROCK SOLID
SLANT TURN
SLANT TURN NEXUS
Smart CNC
SMOOTH Orbitturn
SMOOTH Set & Inspect
SMOOTH Technology
SmoothC CNC
SmoothG CNC
SmoothX CNC
SUPER FLOW
SUPER QUADREX
SUPER VELOCITY CENTER
TOOL EYE
TOOL HIVE
TURNING CENTER
UN
VARIAXIS i
VARIAXIS j
VC AM Series
VC Series
VERSATECH
VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS
VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS COMPACT
VERTICAL CENTER SMART
VERTICAL CENTER UNIVERSAL
VORTEX e-V
VORTEX HORIZONTAL PROFILER
VORTEX i
VORTEX II
VTC