FLORENCE, Ky., November 1, 2021 – To provide job shops reliable, maximum machine-tool performance at a lower capital investment, Mazak presented the new VC-Ez Series of 3-axis Vertical Machining Centers designed and built in Kentucky at its DISCOVER 2021 event. Machines in the series feature the new MAZATROL SmoothEz CNC and are optimized for simple operation as well as fast and easy installation. VC-Ez machines offer enhanced ergonomics, stable and reliable part processing and long-term dependability.
Mazak showcased all three versions of the VC-Ez series during DISCOVER 2021 including the flagship VC-Ez 20, along with the smaller VC-Ez 16, and larger VC-Ez 26. All VC-Ez Series machines sport C-frame designs with X and Y axis motion via moving tables and saddles. For rigidity and repeatable part precision, guideway systems use Mazak’s high- rigidity MX linear roller guide systems, and pre-tensioned ball screws ensure precise axis movement. Auger-type chip removal systems provide economical operation, with the option of affordable hinge-type chip conveyors that ship affixed to the machines that eliminate the need and cost of a second shipping pallet.
To streamline VC-Ez machine programming and shorten the learning curve for new operators, Mazak’s new MAZATROL SmoothEz CNC provides dual 800 MHz processors, 512 MB of RAM and a vibrant 15" capacitive touch screen that includes a full keyboard and displays up to 60 lines of code. Within the control, EIA/G-code and MAZATROL Conversational programming languages support a full range of programming options directly on the machine, while the MAZATROL TWINS function enables use of Solid MAZATROL, Virtual Machining and Cutting Adviser through Smooth Cam Ai and centralized storage and file management through Smooth Project Manager.
The MAZATROL SmoothEz control also features Mazak’s new LAUNCHER interface, accessible in every screen providing one touch selection to any required screen selection for seamless operator navigation. To further streamline programming, the control’s QUICK MAZATROL function simplifies program creation and confirmation through touch screen editing and confirmation of 3D models.
For part size flexibility, axis travels on the VC-Ez 20 measure 41.34" in X, 20.08" in Y and 25" in Z that allow the machine to accommodate maximum workpiece sizes of 49.21" long, 19.37" wide and 22.4" tall and weighing up to 2,204 lbs. All within an ergonomically designed machine that has a 26.5 percent smaller footprint as compared to other models and one that measures only 102.65 sq-ft for significant floor space savings.
The VC-Ez 16 provides axis travels of 30” in X, 16.14” in Y and 20.08” in Z that allow the machine to accommodate a maximum workpiece size of 37.4” long, 14.17” wide and 17.7” tall and weighing up to 1,543 lbs. The VC-Ez 26 provides axis travels of 50” in X, 25.98” in Y and 25” in Z that allow the machine to handle a maximum workpiece size of 55.12” long, 24.02” wide and 22.4” tall and weighing up to 3,306 lbs.
All VC-Ez models feature a powerful 40-taper, 12,000-rpm, 25-hp spindle and 30-tool magazine automatic tool changer as standard. Options include a versatile 15,000-rpm, 29.5- hp spindle with 81.13 ft-lb torque and a 50-tool capacity tool changer which were demonstrated on the VC-Ez 20 during the event.
Shops can also opt for a variety of popular options which were also demonstrated, such as a rotary table, filter tray, dual probe kit, through-spindle coolant, Niagara coolant, auger chip conveyor and Mazak’s SUPERFLOW 1,000-psi high-pressure coolant system. Other user friendly options on display were the programmable coolant nozzle and programmable air nozzle which are controlled via M-code or from a separate panel to provide hands-free nozzle adjustment, 180°+ range of motion and precision teaching for every tool.
To further increase productivity and conserve shop floor space, the VC-Ez Series machines incorporate Mazak's Ez Tool Station to store tools outside the machine, often eliminating the need for separate tool carts.
Shops can preview all aspects of VC-Ez Series machines and the MAZATROL SmoothEz CNC on the newly launched Ez Series website at https://www.MazakUSA.com/Ez, which provides focused access to information about Mazak's newest product line.