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.
This year's showcase theme was "Learn More. Do More. Make More with Mazak." Every aspect of DISCOVER 2023 was packed with competitive advantages for forward-thinking shops: Ways to maximize their future opportunities – and conquer new realms of production excellence.
Live demonstrations of essential Mazak technology captivated the crowd in four Action Areas, each with exceptional examples of part production. In the Job Shop Solutions Action Area, our VC-Ez Series Vertical Machining Centers included the new MAZATROL SmoothEz5 CNC with 5-axis functionality – in a compact package at an unprecedentedly low price point. Additional VC-Ez machines and the highly efficient 2-axis QTE-100M SG also showed their capabilities.
In the High Production Technology Action Area, our Kentucky-built SYNCREX Swiss-style machines powered through small, precise parts on seven, eight and nine-axis configurations designed for high-speed productivity. Among these machines, attendees saw our newest SYNCREX innovation, the MAZATROL SmoothSt X with a full mechanical keyboard.
Our Multi-Tasking Technology Action Area put a spotlight on the precision and efficiency shops gain when they can load in raw material and remove finished parts at the end of a cycle. This area included machines from our HQR Series of Multi-Tasking Turning Centers, our Kentucky-built QT-Ez Series Horizontal Turning Machines with Y-axis functionality and various spindle options, two INTEGREX Series machines with second turning spindles, and the direct-drive QUICK TURN Series of CNC Turning Centers.
The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Area boasted an entire suite of our NEO next-generation machines, with redesigned horizontal and vertical machining centers that offer a wide array of options. We also included a Kentucky-built VC Series machine with HOT WIRE Deposition technology onboard for additive manufacturing and programmable welding, along with full 5-axis milling.
Throughout all our Action Areas, we integrated automation options that save time, enable lights-out manufacturing and help shops overcome the growing lack of skilled workers. This is time and labor-saving technology that even less-experienced operators can handle effectively. We also emphasized the productivity advantages of MPower single-source access to all aspects of customer service, support and training for the working lifespan of every Mazak machine tool.
Our manufacturing-facility tours always draw a crowd, and this year was no exception. Our iSMART Factory™ proves the value of our Digital Solutions, with networked machines that provide every advantage of production-floor intelligence.
Every Keynote and Panel discussion gave attendees new insights into what's new, what's next and what's actually important among the trends and predictions for the manufacturing industry. Our panel discussions covered everything from job shop solutions, Swiss-style machining and automation best practices to the future of part design and the use of digital twins. The shop owners, top executives and researchers who took part in these presentations provided an inside view of where the industry's going that captivated audience attention.
Above all, DISCOVER 2023 helped us deliver on the promise we make to every customer: Learn More. Do More. Make More with Mazak. From our machine tools and automation solutions to our high-quality training and industry-leading support, Mazak takes you where you want to go – and for DISCOVER 2023, that was right here at our National Headquarters. More than 650 people work here on campus, along with more than 900 throughout North America. Along with manufacturing excellence, that's the type of teamwork we share with all our customers.