Mazak Newsroom

December 2015

Buy or Lease Machines – Bonus Depreciation & Section 179 Expensing

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act Enacted December 2015 provides TAX INCENTIVES FOR MAZAK MACHINES

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The 10 Signs of Manufacturing Intelligence

Having a high level of intelligence is critical if you want your shop to remain competitive in a continuously advancing marketplace. This doesn’t mean you need an Albert Einstein IQ of 160, you just need to understand the value of smart technology and how to best apply it in your operations, especially as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to steadily progress.

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Plant-wide Connectivity Revolutionizes Manufacturing

The new Mazak SmartBox is changing manufacturing. This revolutionary end-to-end launch platform provides an easy, secure entrance into the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) by giving you access to real-time manufacturing data that can improve your overall productivity and responsiveness to customer and market changes.

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Expand Your Capabilities with Versatile VCN

Want to process large parts or several small workpieces in a single setup? The 3-axis VCN 530C vertical machining center allows you to do just that and more.

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The Future of Advanced Manufacturing is Now

North American manufacturers flocked to Mazak's North American Manufacturing Headquarters in Florence, Kentucky last month for DISCOVER 2015. They saw the latest metalworking equipment for improved productivity and explored how connectivity between smart machines, software and the Internet creates an explosion of data that will drive factories of the future.

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Reduce Scrap in as Little as 10 Minutes

If you work with expensive workpiece materials or process highly complex components, you know how important it is to get the job done right the first time — machine a part improperly and your productivity and profitability take a beating. There are, however, quantitative measures you can take to effectively manage your scrap and rework as well as improve your machine’s overall performance.

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Mazak Demos Latest Technology for Winning the Manufacturing Race at PRI

At the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show, taking place December 10 - 12 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Mazak will demonstrate how its latest machine tools provide the speed, precision and processing flexibility necessary for racecar part prototyping and production.

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Mazak Broadens Management Team as Part of Aggressive Business Plans

Over the past few years, Mazak Corporation has aggressively mapped out long-term structural changes for its Kentucky-based operations to ensure continued business stability and future company growth. Among the various forward-thinking strategies the machine tool builder has already put into place are the complete digital integration of its factory and, most recently, adding a new executive vice president to its leadership team. 

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November 2015

Success Comes from the Ability to Adapt

The modern economy, whether it’s at the global, domestic or local level, is fast and dynamic. And to be successful these days, companies must be able to quickly adapt to market changes as well as continuously push the envelope in developing new products and services that advance beyond the competition.

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Mazak Raises the Bar in Manufacturing Technology at DISCOVER Event

Mazak Corporation asserted its leadership in manufacturing technology at its recent DISCOVER 2015 event where attendees flocked to see the company’s new SmartBox technology along with over 30 of the industry’s most advanced machine tools. The technology and education event held Oct. 27-29 and Nov. 3-5 at the company’s North American Manufacturing Headquarters in Florence, Kentucky, welcomed attendees from manufacturing companies across North America.

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DISCOVER 2015 is a Success!

With metalworking professionals from all over North America in attendance, DISCOVER 2015 proved to be this year’s top productivity destination. Not only did the six-day technology and education event at Mazak's North American headquarters showcase the latest metalworking equipment for improved productivity, it also explored how connectivity between smart machines, software and the Internet creates an explosion of data that will drive factories of the future.

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How to Program Your Way to Higher Productivity

Technology advances at warp speeds these days. Think back as little as 10 years ago. We couldn’t make phone calls, take pictures, shoot video, play music, watch TV or search the Internet using a highly intuitive mobile device. We had flip phones with physical keyboards that made texting a slow, painstaking process. CNC technology has evolved in a similar fashion over the past decade, giving rise to our latest MAZATROL Smooth CNCs that have revolutionized machine tool performance.

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Mazak QTZ 250 with Digital Y-Axis Offers DONE IN ONE® Parts Production

At DISCOVER 2015, the Mazak QUICK TURN ZENITH (QTZ) 250 turning center with Multi-Tasking capabilities demonstrated its efficiency and value in small parts production.

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Mazak VTC-805G Sports New Turret-Style Magazine, CNC Technology

At DISCOVER 2015, the VTC-805G vertical traveling column machining center with SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY demonstrated its high versatility and productivity in extremely long, heavy parts production.

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Mazak VCN 705D Sports New Tool Magazine, CNC Technology

At DISCOVER 2015, the 50-taper VCN 705D vertical machining center with SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY set a new precedent in large part production, whether it involves heavy-duty roughing or high-speed finishing.

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Mazak INTEGREX i-400AM Optimizes Additive, Subtractive Technologies

At DISCOVER 2015, the Mazak INTEGREX i-400AM HYBRID Multi-Tasking machine demonstrated how it applies additive and subtractive technologies in the most optimized way possible. It offers turning, milling, drilling, metal deposition and laser marking in a single setup.

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Advanced Machine Tools Revitalize Cylinder Manufacturing

Hanna Cylinders has experienced several milestones – 100 years in business, moving operations from its original Chicago facility to one in Libertyville, Illinois, then to its current location in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, each time because of increased growth. But in regards to the company’s manufacturing operations, it could be said that some of the most significant changes started around 2011 and continue on today.

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October 2015

Mazak SmartBox Launches Manufacturers into the IIoT at DISCOVER 2015

In an industry-shaping collaboration, Mazak Corporation, together with information technology (IT) leader Cisco and machine-to-machine solutions provider MEMEX, Inc., have developed what is described as an industry first – a “launch platform for easy and highly secure entrance into the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).” Called SmartBox, this technology represents a huge leap in digital integration across manufacturing.

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Aerospace Shop Flies By the Seat of Its Parts

Edward Lafferty, CEO and founder of LCP Machine Inc., admits his strategy to win work can be a bit risky at times and one where the shop often flies by the seat of its pants, or in this case, its parts. Instead of quoting a new job based on its existing machine tools, the Bunnell, Florida, shop focuses acutely on the parts to determine what would be the ultimate best-matched technology for producing them. It then prices the job accordingly – regardless if that particular ideal piece of equipment is on the LCP shop floor or not.

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A Simple Approach to Machine Tool Selection

With countless 5-axis and multi-tasking machines with advanced capabilities on the market today, it can be overwhelming when trying to choose the best solution for your operations. After all, you don’t want to overspend on unnecessary functions or under invest in technology that could make you more profitable in the long run.

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Mazak Announces Distributor Update for Kansas and Western Missouri

A new business agreement between two longtime Mazak distributors will bring even higher levels of service and support to Mazak customers in Kansas and Western Missouri. Effective today, Shelton Machinery and Concept Technical Sales, Inc. will join forces to provide manufacturers in these regions with more than 40 years of combined Mazak experience.

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August 2015

CNC Machine Services Hosts Summer Open House Event

One of Mazak’s newest partners CNC Machine Services hosted its 5th Annual Summer Open House event. Held on August 12-14, the event featured some of Mazak’s most advanced manufacturing systems including its SMOOTH Technology platform, multi-tasking and 5-axis machining technology and PALLETECH automation.

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Mazak to Demo Adaptive Gear Machining Solutions at Gear Expo

At Gear Expo 2015 in booth 1322, Mazak will use its INTEGREX i-100ST equipped with the latest MAZATROL SmoothX CNC to demonstrate how advanced Multi-Tasking machines can effectively perform today’s gear-making processes, from hobbing to skiving to gashing.

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Mazak Welcomes MEMEX to its VIP Partner Program

Mazak Corporation recently named MEMEX Inc., the data-driven manufacturing technology vendor of the industrial-strength shop-floor-to-top-floor communications platform MERLIN, to its exclusive Value Inspired Partner (VIP) program. The announcement comes at a time when Mazak is paving the way in digital resource productivity via its iSMART Factory concept, an all-encompassing vision that harnesses the power of connectivity to optimize manufacturing operations at every level.

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What Customers Can Expect From An ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company

For over a decade, ISO 9001:2008 certification has been a standard for quality control and has provided companies a framework to manage their businesses effectively. Ensuring the highest quality products are made available to customers, this standard is designed to create a mindset of continual improvement in companies.

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July 2015

Explore the Future of Data-Driven Manufacturing at DISCOVER 2015

Current industry discussions on smart machines, in-depth analytics and the Industrial Internet of Things are giving rise to the next-generation of products and technologies intended to revolutionize parts manufacturing via big data. At its DISCOVER 2015 event this fall, Mazak will spotlight how it is leading the way in data-driven manufacturing and what modern machine tools, advanced software and interconnectivity practices can be applied today to prepare for the future.

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Top Five Advanced Technologies You Will Only See At DISCOVER 2015

A digital manufacturing revolution is at hand. And, at DISCOVER 2015 you can be part of it.

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Mazak Announces New Distributor in Pacific Northwest

While OEMs tend to trim customer service, support and sales initiatives to reduce overhead, Mazak continues to expand its capabilities in these areas to ensure its customers always have the best possible competitive advantage. With the recent addition of CNC Machine Services Inc. to Mazak’s powerful distribution network, manufacturers in Washington and Oregon now have easy access to the most advanced metalworking technology, strongest service and experienced applications engineering.

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Penske Wins the All-Crucial Manufacturing Race

Two races happen every week for Penske Racing in Mooresville, North Carolina. One is the race at the actual track, while the other is what Penske refers to as the "manufacturing race," a race that requires the team to engineer components that will give them a competitive advantage and quickly go from design to the racetrack.

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New Turning Center Packs a Punch

Does your heavy-duty, large-part production need a boost? Or, would you like to expand your operations to take on bigger projects? Our new MEGATURN SMART 500 could be the answer.

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Our Commitment to Quality Stands Strong

Having expanded our Kentucky manufacturing plant multiple times since it opened in 1974, it's no secret we take great pride in being able to exceed customer expectations through continuous improvement initiatives.

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June 2015

Mazak DISCOVER 2015 Dates Announced

Mazak Corporation encourages those involved in the metalworking industry to attend its DISCOVER 2015 technology and education event, taking place October 27 – 29 and November 3 – 5 in Florence, Kentucky. Here, the leading machine tool builder plans to spotlight new technologies and trends that will drastically change how part manufacturers operate, including unconventional ways to drive operational efficiency via additive manufacturing, CNC technology and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) concept.

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Honda Meets Mazak

I recently had the honor to speak at the 13th Annual Lean Network Conference and Exhibition in Columbus, Ohio. The event is, for the most part, an internal Honda conference with attendees from several of its manufacturing facilities. Also in attendance were some of Honda’s supplier companies and other special guests and presenters.

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New Mazak INTEGREX e-1250V/8 Advances High-Volume, Large Part Production

Perfect for high-volume job shops as well as aerospace and construction manufacturers, the Mazak INTEGREX e-1250V/8 Multi-Tasking machine combines full 5-axis milling, powerful turning and pallet changing to productively process complex parts up to 57" in diameter and 63" high in single setups.

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ISO Recertification Affirms Mazak’s Commitment to Manufacturing Quality

Since 1974 Mazak has been committed to the continuous advancement of its North American Manufacturing Plant to support the ever-changing technology demands of its customers. In doing so, the company has also exceeded the stringent quality management standards required for ISO 9001:2008 certification, which was affirmed during the recent recertification of its manufacturing plant and spindle rebuild operations.

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May 2015

Mazak Congratulates Team Penske on Indy 500 Win

Mazak Corporation, a Penske Racing technical sponsor, congratulates Team Penske and driver Juan Pablo Montoya on their outstanding performances at this year’s Indy 500 on Sunday, May 24, in Indianapolis. Montoya took the checkered flag, and his win marks a record-setting 16th victory at the Indy 500 for Team Penske.

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Penske Wins the All-Crucial Manufacturing Race

Two races happen every week for Penske Racing in Mooresville, North Carolina, and the team needs to win both. One is the race at the actual track, while the other is what Penske refers to as the “manufacturing race.” This is the crucial race where highly engineered components that will give the team a competitive advantage must go from design to reality and get to the racetrack as quickly as possible.

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April 2015

Consider Multi-Tasking Machines for Gear Skiving

At IMTS 2014, Mazak showcased how larger sized 5-axis multi-tasking vertical machining centers could allow a shop to cost-effectively and quickly produce those occasional, low-volume spiral-bevel gear sets in-house. We machined a spiral bevel gear set that included a 29-tooth, 22"-diameter pinion gear and a 114-tooth, 6-ft-diameter ring gear on our INTEGREX e-1550V/10 Multi-Tasking 5-axis Machining Center. We completed the gear set in days as opposed to months and using only the one machine.

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Mazak Northeast Event to Showcase New Metalworking Innovations, Techniques

Mazak will host a Discover More With Mazak™ event for manufacturers at its Northeast Technology Center in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, May 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A special student day will be held on May 14 for local learning institutions. The technology and education event will showcase new metalworking innovations and techniques for boosting productivity and profitability.

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Flow Cells Make for Healthy Medical Device Manufacturing

Constant innovation is the life force behind business success at CONMED Orthopedics in Largo, Florida. The company specializes in medical devices for orthopedic, arthroscopic and laparoscopic surgery. CONMED Largo currently manufactures about 4,300 different part catalog numbers and introduces many innovative new products per year. Competition is tough, and CONMED must continuously boost efficiency and shorten product development lead times to get its innovations to market as quickly as possible.

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Mazak and Penske Racing Continue Winning Partnership

Building on a winning tradition that spans over 20 years, Mazak Corporation is pleased to announce its continued partnership with Penske Racing for all cars competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup® and Verizon IndyCar® Series, as well as one car in the NASCAR XFINITY® series. Mazak Corporation and Penske Racing have been partners since 1994, when Mazak became one of the first sponsors of Penske Racing South, Roger Penske’s original NASCAR racing organization.

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March 2015

Shop Puts Valve Machining in Check with Multi-Tasking

Standard single-process CNC machine tools may be a thing of the past at PBM Inc. now that the shop has acquired its first advanced multi-tasking machine, a Mazak INTEGREX e-420H-S II.

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Spring Forward to Event Season

Spring is coming and so are several DISCOVER MORE WITH MAZAK™ technology and education events at our Southeast, Northeast and Midwest regional technology centers.

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New Multi-Tasking Machine Ratchets up Large-Part Production

Productive large-part processing from workpiece materials such as aluminum, steel and high-temperature alloys comes easy to the new INTEGREX e-1600V/10S featuring the latest MAZATROL SmoothX CNC – also known as the fastest, most progressive CNC to power the machine tool industry yet.

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Mazak Midwest Event to Spotlight Metalworking Advancements for all Industries

Mazak will host a Discover More With Mazak™ event at its Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, June 2 through 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The advanced manufacturing event will showcase more than 20 of Mazak’s latest machine tools, with several featuring the company’s new SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY platform. Special presentations on additive manufacturing, ancillary machine tool equipment and MTConnect will round out the event.

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Mazak Southeast Event to Spotlight Total Manufacturing Solutions, Team Penske Technical Sponsorship

The Mazak Southeast Technology Center in Suwanee, Georgia, invites manufacturers working in the aerospace, automotive, medical and other key regional industries to its Discover More With Mazak™ event on April 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registered attendees will be able to see the company’s latest machine tools and CNC technology in action as well as discuss total manufacturing solutions with ancillary machine tool equipment suppliers. Sprint Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski will also make a special guest appearance as part of Mazak’s technical sponsorship of Team Penske.

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February 2015

Shop Puts Valve Machining in Check with Multi-Tasking

Standard single-process CNC machine tools may be a thing of the past at PBM Inc. now that the shop has acquired its first advanced multi-tasking machine. The Irwin, Pennsylvania, shop manufactures specialty valves, and Stuart Zarembo, company President and CEO, predicts that, as the shop replaces its mills and lathes, it will most definitely do so with machines that provide multi-tasking functionality.

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Mazak to Spotlight Advanced Multi-Tasking, Discuss MTConnect at AeroDef 2015

At AeroDef 2015, taking place April 20 – 23 in Dallas, Texas, Mazak will spotlight advanced Multi-Tasking technology for complex part production in booth 219. The company will demonstrate its INTEGREX i-200ST machine featuring the new MAZATROL SmoothX CNC. Show attendees will also have the opportunity to learn how MTConnect can be the communication standard for an entire factory.

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Mazak to Spotlight Single Setup Part Production at PMTS

At PMTS 2015, taking place April 21 – 23 in Columbus, Ohio, Mazak will showcase the high levels of accuracy and productivity that shops can achieve with its advanced Multi-Tasking technology. In booth 253, the company will feature its new QUICK TURN UNIVERSAL (QTU) 250MSY and INTEGREX i-100ST machine tools that process small parts in single setups.

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January 2015

Product Quality Comes With Greater Focus

Product quality, in its most basic sense, means giving customers what they want. But at Mazak, we go beyond that by being able to anticipate and quickly meet the requirements of an ever-evolving marketplace. In fact, we manufacture our machine tools to meet today’s real-time specifications, but we can also turn our manufacturing operations on a dime to meet those of tomorrow.

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Mazak Exhibits Advanced Applications of MTConnect at [MC]2 Conference

Through its iSMART Factory concept, Mazak Corporation will demonstrate the true power of the MTConnect open communications protocol at the [MC]2 MTConnect Conference. Mazak has always been an avid supporter of MTConnect and is a featured sponsor of the 2015 conference, taking place April 28-30 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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Mazak’s Distributor Concept Technical Sales Inc. Moves and Expands

Mazak distributor Concept Technical Sales Inc. has expanded its operations and moved into a new larger facility to further keep pace with consistently increasing customer demand. The building provides room for the company’s applications and service technicians as well as for future growth. It allows for demonstrations of machining systems, such as those geared toward the area’s aerospace manufacturers.

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Mazak to Demo Relevance of New CNC in Medical Manufacturing at MD&M West

At MD&M West, taking place Feb. 10 – 12 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, Mazak will share its extensive medical manufacturing expertise in booth 3094, including how to produce highly accurate, complex parts in the shortest time possible. The company will run simulations of its new SmoothX CNC, which quadruples in maximum speed over previous-generation controls.

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Let Automation Propel Your Business Forward

Today, with skilled labor still limited, several U.S. manufacturers are closing the gap with automation. After all, with the right automation, shops can greatly improve their part processing operations and significantly reduce costs.

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