Mazak Newsroom

December 2018

Multi-Tasking Facts and Fiction

Despite the fact that Multi-Tasking technology has become increasingly common in shops across the country and around the world, many manufacturers still believe such machines are costly and a challenge to integrate into existing processes and automation. Where these myths arose remains a mystery, but the facts are easy to find, especially when discussing Mazak Multi-Tasking. Here are a few myths we can quickly debunk.

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Mazak to Open New Technical Center in San Francisco

FLORENCE, Ky., December 10, 2018 – With its sights set on further strengthening customer support, especially for those in the high-tech industries, Mazak Corporation has announced it will open a new Mazak San Francisco Technical Center. The new facility will service manufacturers in the Bay Area as well as those in Northern California and portions of Nevada.

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Mazak Advances HYBRID Technology with MegaStir Acquisition

FLORENCE, Ky., December 3, 2018 – Mazak Corporation has announced its acquisition of MegaStir, a supplier of friction stir welding (FSW) tools and technology located in Provo, Utah. With the acquisition, Mazak continues to expand and build upon its HYBRID Multi-Tasking Machine Technology.

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November 2018

Mazak Congratulates Joey Logano and Team Penske on Championship Win

FLORENCE, Ky., November 21, 2018 – Mazak Corporation, a Team Penske technical sponsor, congratulates owner Roger Penske, driver Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion on winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship, securing the team's second Cup Series title.

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Mazak Boosts VTC-300C Performance With MAZATROL SmoothG Control

Mazak Corporation has further enhanced the exceptionally productive VTC-300C Vertical Machining Center with the addition of the MAZATROL SmoothG CNC and its suite of SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY software solutions. The new control complements the VTC-300C’s full traveling-column design, automatic tool changer and powerful 40-taper spindle, all of which combine to enable fast cycle times and accurate machining for extremely long and heavy workpieces in industries such as construction, agriculture and energy production.

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The Best of Both Programming Worlds Optimize Metalcutting

Truly effective controls allow for programming everything from simple to complex part geometries either in the front office or on the shop floor at the machine tool. These advanced controls offer the best of both worlds – G-code (EIA/ISO) programming as well as conversational type part programming. Mazak’s MAZATROL Smooth CNCs are just that type of advanced machine control.

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Discover Automation with Mazak Event Draws Much Attention

The recently held Mazak Canada Discover Automation with Mazak event drew much attention from regional manufacturers, area students and the media, so much so that a third day was added. During the event from November 8-9, Mazak Canada provided live demonstrations of machine and robotic automation and showed how it can truly benefit manufacturing production and overall productivity.

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Beat the Manufacturing Clock With Multi-Tasking

The reduction of long lead times won’t be achieved by simply reducing machining cycle times; shaving seconds off a part’s in-cut time is nothing compared to eliminating entire steps in the process, especially time-consuming tasks that require manual intervention. That’s why manufacturers turn to Mazak and our innovative Multi-Tasking machines, which bring multiple machining processes into one machine platform to achieve single-setup manufacturing.

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October 2018

Pump Shop Eases Production Pressure with Multi-Tasking

Back in the late ‘90’s when MTH Tool Co. first considered incorporating multi-tasking machine technology into its shop’s pump manufacturing operations, most people thought that multi-tasking equipment was too cumbersome to setup and difficult to program. Fortunately, Tim Tremain, President of MTH, ignored those concerns and installed the shop’s first multi-tasking machine tool with gantry robot in 1998.

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Shop Takes Big, Bold Machine Approach to Manufacturing Success

At the onset of business with its now key machine tool supplier, R-Tech Tool & Machine in Wamego, Kansas, kicked off the relationship the complete opposite way most other shops would have done. Instead of a conservative start with maybe smaller, moderately priced technology, the shop purchased, in the words of Doug Routh, president of R-Tech, “the biggest and baddest machine” the supplier offered.

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September 2018

After IMTS, Together Success Continues

At IMTS 2018, a simple invitation hung over Mazak's booth: “Discover what we can do together.” And now that another fantastic show has unfolded at Chicago’s McCormick Place, we’re excited to talk about what we’ll discover together next.

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Discover More With Mazak: See Us at IMTS 2018

Once again, it’s time for the manufacturing world to converge on Chicago for IMTS, North America’s largest trade show. Mazak's presence at IMTS 2018 includes so much advanced technology, we need two booths to showcase it. Along with Booth #338300 in the South Hall, you'll also find us in Booth #432000 in the West Hall.

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Mazak Showcases Comprehensive Automation Solutions at IMTS 2018

FLORENCE, Ky., September 6, 2018 – At IMTS 2018, Mazak Corporation will give visitors the opportunity to experience the company’s full range of automation solutions. In booths #338300 and #432000, Mazak will demonstrate how automation can be used alongside its advanced machine tool technology to achieve lights-out, unmanned operations for either high-volume/low-mix or low-volume/high-mix production environments.

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August 2018

Mazak Canada Hosts Discover Automation Education Event

On November 8-9, 2018, Mazak Canada will host a two-day Discover Automation Education Event focusing on how to automate low to medium-volume/high-mix machining production. The event, to be held at the Mazak Canada Technology Centre in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, will feature live presentations of several different automated systems and related technologies on the Centre’s demonstration floor.

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Cost-Effective Automation Adds Real Productivity to Your Bottom Line

Automation's benefits for your shop extend beyond increased spindle utilization and higher output for people and machines. Along with those production advantages, automation also yields improved part accuracy and consistency for better process control, reduces the potential for human error and enables you to schedule lights out production.

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Mazak Spotlights SMOOTH Solutions With New Digital Technology Plaza at IMTS

In its South Hall booth #338300 at IMTS, Mazak will highlight its comprehensive suite of digital SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY solutions and network connectivity options in a new section called the Digital Technology Plaza. With this new booth area, Mazak will demonstrate its continued dedication to helping customers achieve full digital connectivity for process monitoring and optimization.

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June 2018

Shop Thrives on All the Latest Manufacturing Technologies

DP Tool & Machine Inc. in Avon, New York, could be described as the epitome of a busy, modern and forward-thinking contract machining shop. It is one that incorporates and benefits from a well-rounded array of today’s most effective manufacturing and machining technology advancements. These include multi-tasking and five-axis machining capabilities as well as a good deal of automation and some digital connectivity.

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Mazak to Unveil HOT WIRE HYBRID Multi-Tasking Technology at IMTS 2018

Mazak will further expand its Multi-Tasking technology when it unveils the new VC-500A/5X AM HWD Multi-Tasking Machine at IMTS 2018 in the company’s second Additive Manufacturing booth #432000 in the West Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago.

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Mazak Chairman Brian Papke Inducted into the Northern Kentucky Business Hall of Fame

At a gala event held at the Covington, Kentucky-based Metropolitan Club in late April, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and NKY Magazine inducted Mazak Chairman Brian Papke into the Northern Kentucky Business Hall of Fame. The award honors men and women who have made a lasting contribution to the community in economic, cultural and civic endeavors.

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HYBRID Multi-Tasking Redefines Manufacturing with New Technologies

Forget everything you thought you knew about manufacturing, because Mazak’s HYBRID technology promises to change it all and take you beyond conventional multi-process machine tools into the real future of Multi-Tasking.

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Mazak Launches Assembly Operations at New Plant in Inabe Japan

Yamazaki Mazak Corporation has announced the start of assembly operations at its latest production facility in Inabe City, Mie Prefecture, Japan. The company celebrated the completion of the initial construction phase of its fifth Japanese Mazak facility and 10th worldwide with an open house event attended by customers and distributors from across Japan and, via the Mazak International Machine Tool Association (MIMTA) tour program, around the world.

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May 2018

Shop Thrives on All the Latest Manufacturing Technologies

DP Tool & Machine Inc. in Avon, New York, could be described as the epitome of a busy, modern, forward-thinking contract machining shop. It incorporates and benefits from a well-rounded array of today’s most effective manufacturing and machining technology advancements. These include multi-tasking and 5-axis machining capabilities as well as a good deal of automation and some digital connectivity.

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Mazak Launches Assembly Operations at New Plant in Inabe, Japan

Yamazaki Mazak Corporation has announced the start of assembly operations at its latest production facility in Inabe City, Mie Prefecture, Japan.

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HYBRID Multi-Tasking Redefines Manufacturing With New Technologies

Forget everything you thought you knew about manufacturing. Mazak’s HYBRID technology promises to change it all and take you beyond conventional multi-process machine tools into the real future of Multi-Tasking.

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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.

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Engine Shop Goes Full Throttle with 5-Axis Machine Technology

Deep in the heart of Weatherford, Texas, Frankenstein Engine Dynamics (FED) manufactures some of the best custom engine parts used in the professional auto racing industry. The company has a strong reputation for what it does, and its components are known for their excellent quality, impressive designs and outstanding performance.

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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.

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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 Congratulates Team Penske on 17th Indy 500 Victory

Mazak Corporation, a longtime technical sponsor for Team Penske, extends its congratulations to the team and driver Will Power for their victory at the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. Power took the checkered flag on Sunday, May 27 in Indianapolis, further cementing Team Penske’s legacy as the most successful racing organization in the history of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Mazak Midwest Technology Center Hosts 27th Annual Precision Machining Competition

In support of the local Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA), Mazak’s Midwest Technology Center hosted the 27th annual 2018 Precision Machining Competition, which honors excellence in precision machining skills among Illinois high school students. At the awards ceremony Thursday evening, May 10, TMA presented 52 students with first, second and third-place awards in six machining categories.

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Mazak Spotlights HYBRID Multi-Tasking in Second Booth at IMTS 2018

At the 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), Mazak will feature its advanced HYBRID Multi-Tasking technologies in booth #432000 in the West Hall and 30 of its newest machine tool and automation systems in the South Hall, booth #338300.

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Brian Papke Inducted into Northern Kentucky Business Hall of Fame

Brian Papke, chairman of manufacturing technology leader Mazak Corporation, has been inducted into the Northern Kentucky Business Hall of Fame. He accepted the award in April at the Metropolitan Club in Covington, Kentucky, where he delivered heartfelt remarks that credited Mazak’s customers and its employees for the company’s decades of success across North America.

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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 that 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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Machine Technology Gives Shop Dramatic Setup Reductions

For Land & Sea, Inc., part setups have essentially become inconsequential when it comes to machining operations. That's because the Concord, New Hampshire, shop that produces the DYNOmite line of engine and chassis dynamometers recently incorporated a combination of effective shop floor strategies and advanced machine tool technology to dramatically shrink setup times from days to minutes.

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Team Penske's Brad Keselowski: "Winning the Manufacturing Race"

Brad Keselowski, a seven-year veteran of Team Penske with two championships and dozens of victories, understands the role advanced manufacturing technologies play in his team's success. He shared his first-hand experience through illustrative examples with the audience at PRI 2017.

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INTEGREX i-400AM: A Fusion of Additive and Subtractive Technologies

The Mazak INTEGREX i-400AM HYBRID Multi-Tasking machine applies the use of additive and subtractive technologies in the most optimized way possible offering turning, milling, drilling, metal deposition and laser marking in a single setup. Together, these processes significantly reduce part development time and enable the processing of dissimilar metals within complex workpiece geometries that were previously impossible.

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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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