Crucial to its workforce development strategy, Mazak North America credits veterans as essential to the company’s ability to overcome the manufacturing industry’s severe lack of skilled labor and fill vital positions. This year alone, Mazak has hired 13 veterans and now employs a total of 87 within Mazak departments ranging from field service and parts to production and purchasing.
Every business and every consumer can provide their own unique examples of product delivery delays and cancellations resulting from pandemic-bred supply chain interruptions. As a provider of premium machine tools worldwide, Mazak is no exception. In the last two years, the time required to get machine tool parts from Asia to the U.S. has essentially doubled, and the delays do not end when the cargo arrives in this country.
Recognized for his lifetime of leadership and investment in research that led to advances in machine tool and factory technologies, Brian J. Papke, former Chairman and now Executive Advisor to the Board of Mazak Corporation, received the prestigious M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME. Throughout his career, Papke has promoted, supported and expanded applications of machine tools and manufacturing technology in ways that set the stage for digital manufacturing, drove standardization for manufacturing interconnectivity and improved the overall competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers.
Mazak took its Kentucky-built VC-Ez 26 Vertical Machining Center to the next level of advanced manufacturing technology at IMTS 2022. Along with the machine's rugged 40-taper spindle and full range of auto tool changer and chip/coolant management options, the VC-Ez 26 showed how virtually any shop can increase part processing capability with the addition of Friction Stir Welding.
Mazak showcased automation solutions within the reach of virtually any shop with its demonstration of the Kentucky-built VC-Ez 20 Vertical Machining Center at IMTS 2022. The automation-ready machine's rugged 40-taper spindle and space-saving design offer unprecedented affordability, with a full range of spindle, auto tool changer and chip/coolant management options.
Mazak unveiled its new VC-Ez 16X Vertical Machining Center and MAZATROL SmoothEz5 CNC, the latest additions to the cost-effective, compact Ez Series at IMTS 2022. The new CNC enables the Kentucky-built VC-Ez 16X to process small complex parts via 3+2 or full 5-axis machining. The machine combines a rugged spindle and space-saving design with a full range of options to meet many production needs.
Mazak demonstrated the combined benefits of HYBRID Multi-Tasking and Hot Wire Deposition (HWD) part processing with the VC-500A/5X AM HWD at IMTS 2022. With capabilities beyond subtractive Multi-Tasking, the VC-500A/5X AM HWD reduces lead times and part costs, increases machining accuracy and part quality and provides even higher levels of productivity, flexibility and profitability.
At IMTS 2022, attendees saw how the compact design of the Mazak VC-500C/2PC Vertical Machining Center can increase production capabilities for small to medium part machining in a variety of industries. Shops can maintain continuous uninterrupted production via the 3-axis machine's inline two-pallet changer, with a rotary table mounted on one pallet and multiple vices on the second pallet to maximize spindle utilization.
The Mazak VARIAXIS i-800 NEO Vertical Machining Center garnered much attention during IMTS 2022. The next generation machine offers shops an enhanced version of a popular 5-axis machine now equipped with a powerful CNC, faster machining cycle times, expanded workpiece capacities and more automation options the improve on every essential aspect of part production.
In Booth 338300 at IMTS 2022, Mazak showcased the full simultaneous 5-axis VARIAXIS i-700 NEO/2PC Multi-Tasking Vertical Machining Center with integrated 2-pallet changer that provides additional DONE IN ONE® part-processing versatility.
Mazak showcased the newest series within its ever-expanding machine tool technology portfolio at IMTS. During the show, the company demonstrated machines from its SYNCREX Swiss-style Series that encompasses models featuring seven, eight and nine-axis configurations and optimized for precision high-production of small parts.
Mazak demonstrated the production excellence of its Kentucky-built QUICK TURN 250MSY Turning Center for DONE IN ONE® part production at IMTS 2022. The machine delivers outstanding part quality and volume for shops of all sizes.
To showcase versatile machining performance within the reach of any shop, Mazak demonstrated the Kentucky-designed and built QT-Ez 8MY Turning Center at IMTS 2022. Designed to give job shops and other manufacturers affordable access to Mazak technology and engineering expertise, the QT-Ez 8MY is a horizontal turning machine with an 8" chuck, milling and Y-axis off-centerline capabilities for Multi-Tasking functionality.
At IMTS 2022 in Booth 338300, Mazak highlighted the INTEGREX j-200S Multi-Tasking Machine with optimized CNC programming and hardware, high-speed servo systems and top ergonomics to produce complex medium-sized workpieces. For cost-effective high-performance turning and angular milling, the machine's integral spindle/motor headstock enables heavy-duty and high-speed cutting, while dual turning spindles and milling spindle process complete parts in single setups.
The Mazak INTEGREX i-450H ST Multi-Tasking Center showed its part-processing agility at IMTS 2022 in Booth 338300. With the power of a full CNC turning center and the versatility of a full-function machining center, the INTEGREX i-450H ST features a second turning spindle (S) for DONE IN ONE® machining, along with a milling spindle and lower turret (T) with optional rotary tool capabilities. The configuration minimizes fixturing, part handling and non-cut time to boost productivity.
Mazak showcased the Multi-Tasking production of the INTEGREX i-100HS Multi-Tasking machine. The small-footprint machine provides simultaneous 5-axis capabilities along with maximum versatility, high precision, and throughput to complex part applications. The machine combines the abilities of a high-powered turning center and full-function machining center to produce small and medium-sized workpieces in single setups.
At IMTS 2022 in Booth 338300, Mazak’s HQR-250MSY Multi-Tasking Turning Center dominated medium to high-volume unattended production with unequaled part processing opportunities and throughput. With enhanced DONE IN ONE® processing, the HQR-250MSY starts with raw material and completes complex parts in single setups.
Mazak highlighted the versatile benefits of its next-generation HCN-5000 NEO Horizontal Machining Center at IMTS 2022 in Booth 338300. The machine combines advanced technology and outstanding value with high-performance productivity to produce large, heavy parts from virtually any type of material. Its highly rigid construction and compensation ensure extended periods of precise machining.
At IMTS 2022 in Booth 338300, Mazak Corporation featured the power and versatility of the redesigned HCN-6800 NEO Horizontal Machining Center that provides fast, optimal solutions for precise high-volume machining of large parts. The NEO version upgrades Mazak’s popular HCN-6800 to a new level of efficiency and ease of use with improvements throughout, including a fully redesigned enclosure along with best-in-class standard and optional equipment.
For our workforce development plan at Mazak, we applied well thought out strategies to how we approached job descriptions, compensation, training/advancement and work scheduling. All in an effort to improve our employee recruitment and retention.
Each month 3 to 4.5 million employees quit their jobs, which costs their employers about 33% of the worker’s annual salary to replace them. Fortunately, the bulk of the reasons for such employee turnover is preventable when companies take a truly strategic approach to their workforce development programs.
At IMTS 2022 in booth 338300, Mazak will show manufacturers how they can move their manufacturing operations forward with the company's latest innovations. Five pavilions will showcase solutions for job shops, advanced machining and high-production workflows.
Recently, a customer challenged Mazak to develop a programming and machining solution for producing a variety of Double Enveloping Worm Threads. The customer not only wanted the solution to be user-friendly and provide the ability to adjust the thread geometry based on inspection data (such as a roll test with a Master Worm Gear) but to also allow for the use of common off-the-shelf cutters.
The Kentucky-built VC-Ez Series of vertical machining centers continues to grow. We’ve recently added two new models to this family of productive, space-saving and affordable machines that deliver the utmost in quality and reliability for virtually any shop. The new models are the VC-Ez 16 and VC-Ez 26, and available options include auto tool changer capacities, chip/coolant management solutions and a wide range of spindle configurations.
When the job calls for more parts, answer with a Mazak NEO model Horizontal Machining Center. These extremely reliable machines deliver greater performance, pack more features and handle longer, larger tools – all at a cost considerably lower than their predecessors.
The name INTEGREX is synonymous with Multi-Tasking, and Mazak offers the widest model selection and machine bed lengths for handling small to large parts and jobs ranging from simple to complex. When the pressure is on and you have to redefine your part processing, only an INTEGREX will set your shop apart from the competition.
Mazak sat down with one of the major manufacturers in the semiconductor chip industry to discuss the ongoing chip shortage and the critical role that vacuum chamber machining plays in helping to meet surging demand. According to our industry insider, the huge demand for new vacuum processing chambers reflects the need to build new machines that produce semiconductor chips as well as to replace worn out existing chambers.
The integration or connecting of CAD/CAM software to a machine tool can increase the confidence factor when it comes to machining your complex medical parts. When these systems are paired together with Mazak’s advanced SMOOTH control technology, you not only gain valuable real time data at the machine but also the ability to generate more accurate part program simulations, which in turn, increase your shop’s odds tremendously of producing a good first part, thus minimizing prove out time.
Manufacturers typically utilize automation technology to reduce lead times for long runs of identical parts. On the other hand, custom, complex, short-run jobs like those in prototyping environments are not usually candidates for traditional automation concepts. However, a Maple Plain, Minn., company has overcome this production challenge with a unique strategy. Protolabs combines a start-to-finish digital thread with a group of identical, flexible, multi-tasking machine tools to not only automate machining, but also slash production lead times for small job lot sizes from weeks to days, and in some cases down to just hours.
When Jasper Engines and Transmissions in Jasper, Indiana, remanufactures a family of engines or transmissions, they ensure their products are of the highest quality, meeting or exceeding OEM specifications. It starts with their New Product Development Division researching popular powertrain products, resolving inherent design issues and figuring out how to improve a product's longevity. The JASPER process starts with core disassembly, followed by thorough cleaning, precise machining, installation of new, qualified, or improved parts and ending with product-specific testing.
Our redesigned INTEGREX i-H Series of Multi-Tasking machines takes optimized machining and easy automation to new heights. For medical manufacturers in particular, these machines meet and exceed the competitive need for precision and superior surface finishes on demanding parts that have no margin for error.
Mazak North America credits veterans as essential to its ongoing hiring efforts and its ability to move past the skills gap that challenges companies throughout the manufacturing industry. With 18 new veteran hires in 2021, the Mazak staff now includes 87 veterans in departments ranging from field service and parts to production and purchasing.