No one knows the trials and tribulations of the manufacturing industry better than those who own or manage job shops within that sector. During our DISCOVER 2021 event, we hosted the Job Shop/Profit Shop panel discussion to address some of the current challenges that today’s small to medium-sized shops face and gain insight into how these enduring shops ensure their continued success.
We welcomed more than 1,500 people at this year’s Mazak DISCOVER 2021 event, once again staking our claim to hosting the largest privately held manufacturing event in North America. Like its predecessors, DISCOVER 2021 was nothing short of amazing and gave attendees plenty of excitement, along with a host of new ideas and technologies to keep their shops competitive and successful.
Manufacturing technology leader Mazak Corporation has announced that David Andrews will be joining the Mazak Canada Group in the role of General Manager. David will report to Ray Buxton, the outgoing General Manager, for an interim transition period.
Recognized for his lifetime of dedication to the advancement of the manufacturing industry, Brian Papke, former Chairman and now Executive Advisor to the Board of Mazak Corporation, received the prestigious Al Moore Award from The Association of Manufacturing Technology (AMT) during the recent MFG Meeting and MTForecast in Denver. Throughout his career, Papke has promoted, supported and expanded applications of machine tools and manufacturing technology in ways that have proven instrumental to the success of North American manufacturers.
At Mazak, customer satisfaction and uptime come first, and MPower takes care of every aspect of support to make your life easier. With one point of contact for everything you need, MPower adds enormous value throughout the life of each machine tool. Streamline the parts-ordering process, avoid costly service calls, get the right parts without delays and teach your team the latest techniques without taking time away from production
More than 1,500 attendees from across North America attended Mazak Corporation's DISCOVER 2021 event, as the company premiered its new SYNCREX Series of Swiss-style machines and presented its latest campus expansion to support these new machine tools. The event, held at Mazak's North American Headquarters in Florence, Kentucky, from October 25-29, featured a wide variety of technologies, insights from leading industry experts and tours of the company's facilities, including 32,000 sq. ft. of new production and aftermarket parts warehousing to accommodate Kentucky production of the new SYNCREX Series.
At DISCOVER 2021, Mazak featured the part processing versatility of its HQR-200MSY Twin-Spindle, Twin-Turret Turning Center paired. The machine features two high performance spindles along with upper and lower turrets that facilitate untended complete Done-In-One® part processing from raw material to finished component in one setup.
At DISCOVER 2021, Mazak demonstrated the power of its VORTEX HORIZONTAL PROFILER 160 XP Horizontal Machining Center with full 5-axis capabilities for fast and accurate processing of medium and large aerospace parts.
At DISCOVER 2021, Mazak demonstrated its Kentucky-built VCN-570C Vertical Machining Center. Designed to process large or multiple small workpieces in single machine setups, the VCN-570C brings advanced technology, performance and value to an expansive range of metalworking applications.
To provide job shops reliable, maximum machine-tool performance at a lower capital investment, Mazak presented the new VC-Ez Series of 3-axis Vertical Machining Centers designed and built in Kentucky at its DISCOVER 2021 event. Machines in the series feature the new MAZATROL SmoothEz CNC and are optimized for simple operation as well as fast and easy installation. VC-Ez machines offer enhanced ergonomics, stable and reliable part processing and long-term dependability.
At DISCOVER 2021, Mazak demonstrated its VARIAXIS i-800 NEO Vertical Machining Center that offers shops an enhanced version of a popular 5-axis machine. Enhancements include a powerful CNC, faster machining cycle times, expanded workpiece capacities and more automation options. Among the primary enhancements on the VARIAXIS i-800 NEO is the MAZATROL SmoothAi CNC.
Mazak Corporation showcased its new VARIAXIS C-600 Vertical Machining Center that not only helps reduce the intimidation factor of full simultaneous 5-axis machining, but also makes automation integration extremely easy. Mazak presented the machine fitted with the innovative and compact Multi-Pallet Pool (MPP) System, a compact pallet system designed to give shops that lack the floor space necessary to accommodate a conventional linear horizontal pallet stocker the ability to achieve continuous unmanned, lights-out operations.
Featuring a through-hole chuck package, integral turning spindle motor and extended bed length, Mazak’s QUICK TURN 350MY Multi-Tasking CNC Turning Center combines milling capability and Y-axis functionality with advanced technology, productivity and value to deliver exceptional performance for shops large and small. At DISCOVER 2021, the company showcased the machine’s ability to process long shaft work components utilizing a steady rest and tailstock to handle maximum workpiece sizes.
At its DISCOVER 2021 event, Mazak Corporation displayed its new series of Kentucky-designed and built CNC turning machines, the QT-Ez Series. Designed to give job shops and other manufacturers affordable access to Mazak technology and engineering expertise, the QT-Ez Series offers a wide range of turning centers, including those with Multi-Tasking and DONE IN ONE® functionality.
During its DISCOVER 2021 event, Mazak showed shops how they can add gear cutting to their part-processing repertoires and eliminate farming out such work with the company’s INTEGREX i-630V AG HYBRID Multi-Tasking Machine. Equipped with Mazak’s MAZATROL SmoothAi control, SMOOTH Gear Cutting software suite and additional rotary axis scale feedback, the machine eliminates the guesswork often associated with gear cutting, particularly in terms of programming and the synchronization of turning/milling spindles at high rpm.
The INTEGREX i-450H ST Multi-Tasking Center showed its part processing agility at Mazak’s DISCOVER 2021 event. To combine the power of a full CNC turning center with the versatility of a full function machining center, the INTEGREX i-450H ST features a second turning spindle (S) for DONE IN ONE® machining, a milling spindle and a lower turret (T) with optional rotary tool capabilities.
Mazak demonstrated the productivity-boosting INTEGREX i-200H S Multi-Tasking Machine, with an optional gantry loader, at DISCOVER 2021. Like other INTEGREX i-H Series machines, the INTEGREX i-200H S features a design that increases part processing flexibility and enhances machine performance for significantly easier automation integration, allowing shops to boost the output of their existing workforces with the utmost in cost efficiency.
Ideal for small high-precision and complex part applications such as those in the medical industry, the INTEGREX i-100H ST Multi-Tasking Machine from Mazak Corporation provides Done In One part processing capability. With two turning spindles, a milling spindle and lower turret along with full simultaneous 5-axis machining, the machine processes parts from raw material to finished component in single setups. The results are reduced production lead times, improved part accuracy and lower operating expenses.
With upper turret featuring rotary tool milling (M), second spindle (S) and Y-axis capabilities (Y), Mazak’s HQR-250 MSY Multi-Tasking Machine showed DISCOVER 2021 attendees its highly productive, true Done In One® part-processing capabilities for high-volume throughput. The machine’s configuration provides complete part machining from slug and/or bar material in single setups, and Mazak demonstrated the machine paired with its RL-100 robot loader and other custom automation.
Mazak highlighted the productivity benefits of its world-class HCN-5000 Horizontal Machining Center during DISCOVER 2021. The machine combines advanced technology and outstanding value with the highest levels of performance and productivity when working with virtually any type of material.
Mazak further expanded its machine tool technology portfolio with the debut of an all-new line of SYNCREX Swiss-style machines at the company’s DISCOVER 2021 event. With Mazak’s well-known performance and quality, the extremely precise SYNCREX models feature seven, eight and nine-axis configurations and are optimized for high-production of small parts.
We're with you every step of the way, with complete, single-source customer care throughout the life of every Mazak machine tool. Our comprehensive 2-year warranty and responsive tech support keep you productive, while 97% same-day shipping on more than 60,000 unique parts maximizes your uptime.
Find your next competitive edge at the largest private manufacturing event in North America. From October 25-29, learn from industry insiders and see the latest Mazak technology that can propel your shop to new productivity.
As one of the key components within Mazak’s MPower customer support program, the company’s new online MPower On-Demand Learning (MODL) system further enhances training and makes essential courses easily accessible to today’s busy shops. MPower On-Demand Learning allows users to custom-tailor training programs, select subject matter from over 100 multi-level courses and schedule classes for times that suit their schedules, especially when in-person instruction becomes impossible or inconvenient. The system makes courses accessible on demand to shops anytime, anywhere.
You're on the lookout for every advantage that can propel your shop past your competition. At Mazak, we offer a long list of great solutions to help you do just that – and we're going to share that list with you as we Move Manufacturing Forward at DISCOVER 2021, October 25-29 at our North American Headquarters Campus in Florence, Kentucky.
Mazak’s DISCOVER 2021 technology and education event takes place October 25-29 and promises all-new machines and technological firsts from Mazak. Among those is the debut of a new Swiss-type machine series that further expands Mazak's high-volume, small-part processing options for today’s manufacturers.
Mazak’s MPower is the industry’s most comprehensive customer service and support program. That's the obvious reason it matters to every Mazak customer. But to truly understand MPower's value requires delving into all that the program offers.
With the launch of its new MPower customer support program, Mazak takes complete customer care to the next level, giving manufacturers the tools they need to achieve their business goals and ensure continued success.
On-machine probing is particularly critical for Mazak customer Jasper Engines and Transmissions. The shop’s Mazak HCN 6800 Horizontal Machining Center processes families of engine cylinder heads, and the parts can look similar, but involve very different dimensions. For this reason, the first tool Jasper Engines and Transmissions runs is a probe that confirms a part is loaded, identifies it and conveys that information to the machine’s control, which in turn selects and runs the correct program for that particular part – virtually eliminating any risk of error.
Mazak Corporation announced the appointment of two new managers at its Southeast Technology Center in Suwanee, Georgia. Travis Kirby is the new service manager and Jesse Jones was promoted to regional applications manager.
On September 14-15, Mazak will host an open house at its new Florida Technical Center in Orlando. The company established the fully staffed facility to provide manufacturers with easy access to demonstrations of the latest in advanced Mazak manufacturing technologies, along with sales, service, application and training support.
Longtime Mazak distributors Smith Machinery and Action Machinery have closed on an acquisition agreement. With the acquisition, Smith Machinery transitions to Smith Machinery Corporation, LLC and joins the Action Machinery group to ensure customers continue to receive the unmatched service and support that Smith Machinery has provided for 60 years.
We'll be in Booth 3083 at the Precision Machining Technology Show in Cleveland from August 10-12 with live technology demonstrations and answers to your questions about medium to high-volume small-part applications.
Mazak’s DISCOVER 2021 technology and education event is on schedule and ready to Move Manufacturing Forward. The in-person event takes place October 25-29 at the company’s Florence, Kentucky, manufacturing campus. As with previous DISCOVER events, this year’s promises all-new machines and technological firsts from Mazak.
Much as the model names Porsche® 911® and Jeep® Grand Cherokee® are icons of the automotive world, so are Mazak’s HCN Series of Horizontal Machining Centers and its VARIAXIS Series of Vertical Machining Centers among manufacturers. All these iconic brand names share a reputation for performance, quality and reliability achieved through continuous improvement and redesign with the end user’s needs in mind.
The goal of any online personal service and support portal is to enhance the customer experience and add value. Unfortunately, as many manufacturing equipment suppliers rush to jump on the me-too portal bandwagon, the results are often ill-equipped personal portals that, in the long run, fail to be truly useful.
FLORENCE, Ky., May 7, 2021 – At this year’s Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) August 10-12 in Cleveland, Mazak will highlight some of its latest high-output, cost-effective and space-saving machine tool technology in Booth #3083. In particular, the company will spotlight its Kentucky-built Ez Series of machines and CNC – all touted as game changers for medium to high-volume small-part applications.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) makes it possible for manufacturers to measure and analyze the performance of their machine tools so they can boost their productivity and profitability. As the supply-chain disruptions of the global pandemic demonstrated, the ability to work remotely, understand machine behavior and use these two aspects of digitization to maintain throughput offers huge advantages for decision making and business continuity. But these advantages require data connectivity, which in turn demands cybersecurity to protect against loss, corruption or espionage.
“When should my company make capital investments?” “What solution can I integrate that will make the biggest impact on my bottom line?” “How do I know when to go on the offense and when to hold back?” These are the tough business strategy questions that shop owners and leaders have to ask every day. And there are few better times to pause and take stock of how your business is doing than now, as the first quarter of 2021 draws to a close.
Mazak puts you in the zone during March with weekly encores of the All-Stars of All Axes LIVE. If you missed an event or want to take another look at these MVPs of Mazak's starting lineup, score weekly replays and on-demand views of the play-by-play action, with new machines, technologies and opportunities that can help you dominate the competition.
Designed for faster cycle times, bigger parts and more automation options, the next-generation VARIAXIS i-800 NEO Multi-Tasking Machine includes the all-new MAZATROL SmoothAi CNC with advanced software features for optimized operation. In conjunction with external CAM software such as Autodesk FUSION 360, this NEO offers you an amazing repertoire of programming capabilities.
Shops that contract out occasional gear work lose valuable time and profitability – but you don't need a dedicated gear cutter when you can put the 5-axis INTEGREX i-630V AG HYBRID Multi-Tasking Machine to work. Mazak’s SMOOTH Gear Cutting software suite teams up with the MAZATROL SmoothAi CNC to make gear milling, hobbing and skiving a slam dunk instead of a guessing game on a machine that also tackles regular 5-axis work with speed and precision.
You may not be planning in-person visits to Mazak's Kentucky campus or your local distributor right now, but Mazak Interactive gives you an easy-to-access trio of online experiences. All Axes LIVE continues to offer technology demonstrations, machine debuts and insights into competitive opportunities on demand. Our Virtual Technology Center creates an onscreen showroom, with specs and 3D views of machines. Our Virtual 360° Tour opens up our Kentucky campus with exclusive views of every aspect of our operations.
Coldwater, Mich.-based Sport Truck USA (Sport Truck), a division of Fox Factory Holding Corp., knows a thing or two about automotive suspensions. Since 1991, the shop’s been designing, manufacturing, marketing and distributing high-quality aftermarket off-road suspension components, such as lift kits, for pickup trucks and 4x4s through its family of brands that includes BDS Suspension, Zone Offroad Products, JKS Manufacturing and 4×4 Posi-Lok. But as consumer demand grows for suspension lift kits for today’s newer, more sophisticated models, so too does the need for more complicated parts necessary for those kits.
Mazak's new VARIAXIS i-800 NEO Vertical Machining Center offers shops an enhanced version of a popular 5-axis machine, with a powerful CNC, faster machining cycle times, expanded workpiece capacities and more automation options. Mazak showcased the new machine during the company's recent All Axes LIVE event in February 2021.
Mazak Corporation announced the release of the latest version of its popular HCN Series of horizontal machining centers, the HCN-6800 NEO. Introduced and demonstrated during the February 23 broadcast of All Axes LIVE, Mazak’s online event series, the new model features a fully redesigned enclosure, best-in-class standard and optional equipment and improvements throughout the machine, all of which result in a fast, optimal solution for an even wider range of part-production applications.
During its recent All Axes LIVE virtual event in February, Mazak showed shops how they can add gear cutting to their part-processing repertoires and eliminate contracting out such work with the company’s INTEGREX i-630V AG HYBRID Multi-Tasking Machine.
At its February 23 broadcast of All Axes LIVE, an online event series, Mazak continued the roll-out of its new i-H Series of machines with a demonstration of the productivity-boosting INTEGREX i-200H ST Multi-Tasking Machine.
At this point, saying that the last year has been “challenging” is a cliché – and an understatement. No matter the industry, no matter the region, manufacturing hasn’t seen a disruption like this in generations. However, as has often been the case with our industry, we meet tough times head on with innovation and grit. Like you, Mazak has developed new ways to stay close to our customers, and now, we’re more accessible than ever before thanks to Mazak Interactive.
FLORENCE, Ky., January 27, 2021 – Mazak Corporation has announced that its February All Axes LIVE virtual event will air live on February 23 at 11:00 AM ET. Streaming from its Florence, Kentucky, manufacturing campus and Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, the event will center around advanced manufacturing solutions for supply chain disruptions, loss of experienced employees due to attrition and shortages of skilled labor that manufacturers are facing as the industry deals with a global pandemic.
During the December All Axes LIVE event, Mazak premiered the new Ez Series – QT-Ez CNC Turning Centers, VC-Ez Vertical Machining Centers and MAZATROL SmoothEz CNCs. Attendees experienced just how capable and affordable these machines can be. Designed and manufactured in Florence, Kentucky, the Ez Series delivers Mazak quality, reliability and performance that can be easily integrated into any job shop. Ergonomic and optimized, these are the most affordable Mazaks yet.