Mazak Newsroom

December 2023

Are You Ready to Compete in 2024?

In 2024, economic factors will continue to challenge manufacturers. The manufacturing sector will continue to experience a mild recession as the consumer-driven part of the economy quickly slows. With 10,000 baby boomer generation employees predicted to leave the workforce per day, according to a report by ITR Economics, the labor shortage will also persist in the coming year. On top of all this, wage rates will climb along with interest rates and energy costs.

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November 2023

Mazak Brings Speed and Precision Machining to PRI 2023

At this year’s Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show December 7-9 in Indianapolis, Mazak will demonstrate three automation-ready machines designed with motorsports part production in mind. The VC-Ez 20X Vertical Machining Center that provides accurate and cost-effective processing of complex parts via 3+2 or full 5-axis machining, the SYNCREX 38/9X Swiss-style Turning Machine for fast production of small precise components and the QT-Ez 8MSY Turning Machinefor Multi-Tasking Done In One® production capability.

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October 2023

Mazak Brings Innovative Ez and SYNCREX Machines to WESTEC 2023

Spotlighting two of its most recently introduced machine series, Mazak will feature models from the Ez Series and the SYNCREX Series in booth 1531 at WESTEC 2023. All of the machines in both series are built at the company’s manufacturing campus in Florence, Kentucky. The Ez Series of Vertical and Horizontal Turning Machines provides job shops reliable, maximum machine-tool performance at a lower capital investment, while the SYNCREX Series further expands Mazak’s machine tool technology portfolio into the Swiss-style machine market.

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Mazak Features Ez, SYNCREX and VARIAXIS Series Machines at SOUTHTEC 2023

With versatility, precision and productivity in mind, Mazak will demonstrate models complete with corresponding automation and digital solutions from the Ez Series, SYNCREX Series and VARIAXIS Series in booth 1309 at SOUTHTEC 2023. The Ez Series of Vertical and Horizontal Turning Machines provides job shops reliable, maximum machine-tool performance at a lower capital investment, the SYNCREX Series further expands Mazak’s machine tool technology portfolio into the Swiss-style machine market and the VARIAXIS Series provides the benefits of highly versatile full simultaneous 5-axis machining.

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Mazak DISCOVER 2023 Highlights Power, Productivity and Precision

Over 2,000 visitors from 46 U.S. states and seven countries joined us for DISCOVER 2023 – and the largest privately held manufacturing event in North America held excitement in store for every attendee. Our latest innovations demonstrated technologies to suit shops of all sizes and workflows of all types. Along with 29 Mazak machine tools to build success, we hosted a long list of speakers with insights and advice gleaned from industry expertise. The entire show – including the ever-popular family day – made Mazak the place to be from October 9-13, 2023.

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September 2023

Mazak SYNCREX Takes Swiss-style Turning to New Levels

Mazak’s Kentucky-built SYNCREX Series – the company’s entry into the Swiss-style turning machine market – provides shops a feature-rich machine platform that meets the growing demand for both low-mix/high-volume production and high-mix/low-volume production. While they are especially adept at machining complex, unconventional parts, the machines in the series can also run any part that could be turned on a standard lathe.

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August 2023

Automation is the Rule Not the Exception

Whether or not shops want to admit it, automation is the path forward for manufacturing. As skilled labor shortages continue to plague our industry and consumer demand surges, automation is necessary to increase the output of existing workforces and expanding production capacity to meet customer needs. Additionally , automation ensures process consistency, improves quality, can enhance safety, helps lower overall costs and reduces the risk of scrap.

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July 2023

NextGen Cars Mean Next-Generation Machining Strategy for Team Penske

The establishment of NextGen cars in the NASCAR Cup Series has had a profound impact at Team Penske. As a result of the rules and requirements surrounding those cars, the team went from building all of its own cars on site and manufacturing the majority of the components for those cars to basically purchasing off-the-shelf cars.

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Mazak to Highlight Advanced Machine Tools and Automation at CMTS 2023

Canadian manufacturers who want to boost their machining productivity and profitability will experience high-efficiency precision from Mazak solutions at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) from September 25-28 in booth #1217.

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Mazak MegaStir Brings Advanced Joining Technology to FABTECH 2023

As a pioneer in friction stir welding (FSW) technology, Mazak MegaStir will display some of its latest developments for that advanced joining process at FABTECH 2023 in the Mazak Optonics booth A3502. Among those developments are the company’s dynamic and intelligent FSW toolholders and its recently released line of diamond FSW tool tips. Dynamic holders support older legacy machines, while intelligent holders provide connectivity for process feedback, and the diamond tipped tools enhance FSW performance and extend tool life.

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Mazak Provides Competitive Edge for Manufacturers at DISCOVER 2023

Mazak will host DISCOVER 2023 the week of October 9-13 at its North American headquarters in Florence, Kentucky. The largest private manufacturing event in North America, DISCOVER 2023 will feature four action areas of live machine tool demonstrations and highlight automation and advanced digital solutions designed to give manufacturers a competitive advantage. Anchored by the theme “Learn more. Do more. Make more.,” DISCOVER offers visitors the opportunity to experience and learn about a wide range of new Mazak Multi-Tasking, high production, advanced manufacturing technology and job shop solutions.

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Graetz Manufacturing - Keeping up with Growth

Launched in the early days of World War II, Graetz Manufacturing Inc. began as a family-run sawmill and blacksmith shop that made equipment and repair parts for the local farming community. Located in Pound, Wisconsin, the company has continued to recognize and adapt to the needs of customers and implement necessary machining technology as demand warrants.

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June 2023

Mazak MegaStir Becomes Exclusive Tooling Supplier for MELD Solid Deposition Technology

Mazak MegaStir has signed an agreement making it the exclusive supplier of tooling for MELD Manufacturing’s solid deposition technology. As a pioneer in friction stir welding (FSW) technology, Mazak MegaStir will provide its hard metal expertise along with tooling specifically developed for the MELD process that also incorporates the use of friction as part of its solid deposition process.

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May 2023

Mazak Showcases Ez Affordable Productivity at WMTS 2023

The Kentucky-built Mazak Ez Series comes to Canada for the Western Manufacturing Technology Show in Edmonton. In booth 308, Mazak will feature its QT-Ez 12MY Multi-Tasking Turning Center and VC-Ez 20 Vertical Machining Center, both from the series of machines that put Mazak quality and reliability within reach for virtually any shop with productive, space-saving efficiency at an affordable price.

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Mazak’s Dan Janka Brings a Lifetime of Manufacturing Experience to AMT Chairman Position

With experience in the manufacturing industry dating back to the age of 13, Mazak President Dan Janka once again has accepted the position of chairman of the board of The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). Janka, an AMT member since 2005, last served as chairman in 2010. He retired from the board in 2013, but remained an active committee member and attended the association’s forecasting conferences.

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Mazak Technology Anchors Productivity for TRIAX Precision Manufacturing

When Michael McKee and his two partners opened TRIAX Precision Manufacturing in Sarasota in 2015, they couldn't have known they'd soon be revolutionizing the production of marine engine manifolds for the U.S. Navy. McKee, a mechanical engineer and MBA with a background in everything from steel and mining to injection molding and motorsports, wanted to branch out beyond the industrial turnarounds he'd been doing for a private equity group. His likeminded partners were retired industrialists who wanted to unretire. They began TRIAX with the assets of a small machine shop, a 14,000-sq.-ft. building and an engineering-centric approach that sets them apart.

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Aerotech Boosts Output with Horizontals and Palletized Automation

Specializing in custom-engineered, high-precision motion and integrated automation systems, Pittsburgh-based Aerotech is the very definition of exceptionally high-mix/low-volume (HMLV) production as well as high volume work. Since 1970, the company has grown from a garage startup into a global automation leader, bringing customer concepts to life, most often in small runs of one to 10 parts of varying sizes and features.

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April 2023

When G-Code Programming is a Must

In manufacturing, there are instances when the simplicity of conversational-type part programming applies, and then there are those applications when EIA/ISO G-code programming is a must. Aerospace and medical machining programs, for instance, often require incremental control and documentation of tool movement, and automotive production programs must be free of all time-consuming machine motion where fractions of seconds become critical when producing hundreds of thousands of parts.

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Mazak Brings SYNCREX Swiss-Style Machines to PMTS 2023

During the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) 2023, Mazak will showcase several models from its new SYNCREX Series of Swiss-style machines in booth 3053. Among them will be the SYNCREX 38/9 that accommodates bar stock up to 1.5” (38mm), and incorporates a removable guide bushing adapter that allows operators to preset guide bushings outside of the machine.

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Mazak Announces New Distribution Partners in Key Target Markets

With total customer support in mind, Mazak has made strategic changes to its distribution network. Effective April 1, 2023, Pioneer Machine Sales will provide sales and service support for Mazak customers in Arkansas and Oklahoma, while long time Mazak distributor A.W. Miller Technical Sales, Inc. will expand its territory to serve customers in Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and the Southern half of New Jersey.

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March 2023

Big Mazak HMC Brings Work In House for Tooling Manufacturer

For a well-known tooling manufacturer, a new Mazak HCN-10800 Horizontal Machining Center with an expansive 1000-mm pallet size and 4-ton part capacity allows Suburban Tool Inc. to bring bigger size tombstone machining in-house. Located in Auburn Hills, Michigan, the company has relied on Mazak machine tool technology for over 25 years to ensure faster delivery of its high-precision products to customers.

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January 2023

G-Code and Conversational – MAZATROL Does it All

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.

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