Mazak Demonstrates Lean Initiatives During AME Kentucky 2009

Florence, Kentucky, January 12, 2010 – Mazak Corporation helped manufacturers improve their knowledge of lean manufacturing by opening its doors for a best practices plant tour during the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Kentucky 2009 Conference. Titled "Journey to Greatness," the five-day flagship event was held in Covington, Kentucky from October 19 – 23.

The tour of Mazak's manufacturing plant in Florence, Kentucky featured the use of multitasking manufacturing capabilities to eliminate setups and reduce cycle times, as well as a Production On Demand system that has greatly reduced production lead time even with increased product models.

"Mazak has continuously invested in manufacturing technology and developed proven, practical solutions to lean manufacturing that has allowed us to boost productivity by more than 45%," said Ben Schawe, Vice President of Manufacturing, Mazak Corporation. "By sharing our innovative approach, we hope visitors were able to gain new insights into lean that will help them survive and thrive in the new economic climate."

About Mazak Corporation

Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productive machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky, produces over 100 models of turning centers, Multi-Tasking machines and vertical machining centers, including 5- axis models. Continuously investing in manufacturing technology allows the Kentucky Mazak iSMART Factory™ to be the most advanced and efficient in the industry, providing high-quality and reliable products through its “Production-On-Demand” practice. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to customers. For more information on Mazak's products and solutions, visit or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.