Mazak Newsroom

April 2018

Team Penske’s Cindric Cinches Top 10 Finish in Mazak Car

When Roger Penske reopened the doors to his NASCAR racing organization in 1991, Mazak served as one of the team’s first technical sponsors. Today, Team Penske dominates INDYCAR, NASCAR and sports car racing, and its engineers depend more than ever on Mazak’s exceptional Multi-Tasking solutions to create parts for its championship racecars

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Mazak’s New HCR-5000S Specializes in 5-Axis, High-Speed Aluminum Machining

Mazak’s new HCR-5000S 5-axis, single-table (S) Horizontal Machining Center provides the aerospace and semiconductor/high-tech industries with numerous technological innovations for efficient small- to mid-sized aluminum component processing.

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Mazak Expands Leadership Roles to Support Growing Sales

As Mazak Corporation continues to make North American shops more productive with its advanced manufacturing technology, the company has leveraged its rising sales to further support the growth of its customers across the continent. To meet North American manufacturers’ ever-changing needs, Mazak has made organizational changes aimed at empowering customers with Rock Solid services and support.

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Engine Shop Goes Full Throttle with Five-Axis Machining

Deep in the heart of Texas (Weatherford to be exact), Frankenstein Engine Dynamics (FED) manufactures some of the best custom engine parts used in the professional auto racing industry. The company has an excellent reputation for what it does, and its components are well-known for their quality, impressive designs, and outstanding performance. From the time FED opened its doors in 2005, the company’s products have met the racer’s need for speed. By 2015, FED cylinder heads, intake manifolds, and engine kits were in such high demand that the company desperately needed to rev up operations and expand, or lose out on a great growth opportunity.

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Mazak Partners with Austin Cindric at Texas

Team Penske announced today that Mazak Corporation will be featured as the primary sponsor on the No. 12 Ford Mustang driven by Austin Cindric for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 7.

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March 2018

Machining Centers Help Shops Increase Output, Reduce Inspection Times

In Tolerance Contract Manufacturing of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, operates under the philosophy that it should maximize the use of its people and equipment. To satisfy this, all the shop’s machinists program, set up and run their own jobs in addition to simultaneously managing the operations of multiple machines and cells. The 40-person shop does cell-machining operations wherever possible, and at any given time, there can have as many as 800 active jobs circulating around its production floor.

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Mazak Showcases Automation and Machining Solutions at MMTS 2018

At the 2018 Montréal Manufacturing Technology Show (MMTS), Mazak Corporation will show its automation and machine tool solutions in action, including a simulation of advanced robot machining techniques and live demonstrations on the VC-500A/5X Vertical Machining Center equipped with the optional 15,000-rpm spindle and 60-tool magazine.

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Mazak’s MPP System Adds Compact Automation to the HCN-5000

The HCN-5000, Mazak’s world-class horizontal machining center, is now available with the company’s Multi-Pallet Pool (MPP) System, a basic automation solution in a compact footprint. Thanks to the innovative MPP System, shops that lack the floor space necessary to accommodate a conventional linear horizontal pallet stocker now have the ability to automate for continuous unmanned, lights-out operations.

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Looking Forward to the Next 100 Years of Discovering More with Mazak

When standing on the floor of the Mazak iSMART Factory™ in Florence, Kentucky, surrounded by the state-of-the-art technology manufacturers now work with every day, it's easy to forget that nearly a century ago, Sadakichi Yamazaki founded Yamazaki Machinery as a company focused on machines to weave straw mats. Less than a decade later, the company began producing its first machine tools, and by 1963, it had officially created the brand that remains synonymous with innovation and quality to this day. And 50 years ago, in 1968, Mazak Corporation arrived in North America, where it continues to flourish.

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Mazak Introduces the UD-400/5X for Micro-Precise High-Speed Machining

Mazak’s new Ultimate Die & Mold (UD) 400/5X Vertical Machining Center delivers incredibly precise 5-axis machining in a small footprint platform. Ideal for applications ranging from medical and dental instruments to mold and die components and beyond, the machine sports a rigid base and double-column symmetrical construction that allow its state-of-the-art spindle to reach the highest levels of precision and speed.

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Turn to Your Spindle’s Maker for Repair and Rebuild Services

Machine spindle performance is vital to your shop’s success. When your spindles are up and running, you are making parts and money. So, what will you do if one of your spindle units requires repair or a scheduled rebuild?

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February 2018

Mazak to Spotlight Automation at Western Region Technology + Education Event

Mazak will host its annual Discover More With Mazak™ Event at its Western Technology Center in Gardena, California, June 5 - 8. Attendees of this technology and learning event will sharpen their manufacturing productivity practices while discovering how automation can boost the output of both people and machines on the shop floor.

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Mazak to Host Technology and Education Event for Midwest Shops

Mazak will host its annual Discover More With Mazak™ Event at its Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, May 1 - 3. This highly interactive learning event will give attendees an opportunity to explore the latest manufacturing technologies and techniques that can elevate a shop’s level of productivity.

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Mazak to Showcase Cost-effective Hybrid Multi-Tasking at RAPID + TCT 2018

Mazak will present the company’s HYBRID approach to additive manufacturing at this year’s RAPID + TCT Conference and Expo that takes place April 23 – 26 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. At the event in booth 2004, Mazak engineers will demonstrate how the Mazak VC-500 AM (additive manufacturing) HYBRID Multi-Tasking machine combines full 5-axis capability and additive technology to revolutionize product design, reduce time to market and cut R&D costs.

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Mazak Set to Inspire at 2018 Smart Manufacturing Event

Mazak has been designated by SME and The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) as a founding partner for The Smart Manufacturing Experience 2018. The event will take place April 30 – May 2 at the Boston Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and will provide insight and information about the latest manufacturing and transformative technologies to manufacturers seeking to boost productivity, increase sales, improve efficiency and reduce costs.

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Team Penske's Brad Keselowski Wows PRI with "Winning the Manufacturing Race"

Attendees at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) 2017 trade show needed no introduction to Brad Keselowski, a seven-year veteran of Team Penske with two championships and dozens of victories. But they almost certainly learned something new about Keselowski: thanks to a lifetime spent in the racing industry, he has developed a real passion for manufacturing. And thanks to Team Penske's technical sponsor, Mazak, the audience at PRI 2017 got a chance to share in Keselowski's first-hand experience in the form of his talk, "Winning the Manufacturing Race."

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Mazak Customer Hosts President Trump

Longtime Mazak customer Sheffer Corporation welcomed President Donald Trump into its facility for a special visit on February 5. Touting his tax reform efforts, President Trump gave a speech at the Cincinnati, Ohio-based company that earned recognition from the White House after it used a forthcoming tax break to provide each of its 126 employees with a $1,000 bonus.

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Shop Makes It in New York Using Advanced Machining

If a job shop makes it in New York, it can make it anywhere, according to James McGuigan, Owner of Concept Components. He believes so because of the economic challenges of his shop's Long Island location, namely the cost of labor, electricity, insurance and the other expenses of operating a business.

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January 2018

Mazak Appoints New General Manager to Oversee Booming Northeast Region

Mazak Corporation has named Jim Rutan as the new general manager for the Northeast Region. Formerly the manager of the Mazak Sales Office in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Rutan will now ensure that customers throughout the Northeast receive sales, service and applications support to help them better compete in a booming regional manufacturing market.

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Overcome the Large-Part Production Challenge

If you currently manufacture large parts or are considering the addition of large-part machining capabilities to your shop, you know the distinct challenges this type of work presents. The parts are heavy, cumbersome and require close machining tolerances.

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Mazak Compact Simultaneous 5-axis Machine Features Auto Work Changer

Mazak’s versatile VARIAXIS i-300 simultaneous 5-axis vertical machining center is now even more flexible and efficient with the addition of a high-capacity Auto Work Changer (AWC). Designed for automated small- to medium-size part-processing operations, the new VARIAXIS i-300 AWC excels in machining aluminum and other nonferrous metals for a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, medical and automotive.

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