Technologies for Learning More, Doing More, Making More

MAZAK CORP. plans to emphasize its ongoing commitment to continuous innovation in machine tool technology, automation, and digital solutions at IMTS 2024, to help manufactures do more and make more. The expansive display at booth 338300 will include technologies for job shops, multi-tasking, advanced manufacturing, and high-volume production, with live demonstrations processing real-world industry-specific parts.

The exhibit at IMTS will feature numerous machines from Mazak’s Ez, Syncrex, Quick Turn, NEO and Integrex series. Visitors will also see Mazak’s most recent automation and digital technology, and details of Mazak MPower Complete Customer Care and Mazak Capital Equipment Financing (MCEF) for equipment financing.

Mazak continues to expand its Ez Series of machines with the addition of a 50-taper VC-Ez 32 with its 32-in. Y axis, and a new five-axis model – the VC-Ez 20X, which will process parts in a job shop setting of the IMTS display. Like all of Mazak’s Kentucky-built Ez machines, the VC-Ez 32/50 vertical machining center provides shops affordable access to Mazak reliability and is highly configurable with a full range of options to meet a variety of production needs.

The VC-Ez 20X vertical machining center features the Mazatrol SmoothEz CNC that gives shops both Mazatrol conversational and EIA/ISO G-code programming capabilities.

As the pioneer in multi-tasking technology, Mazak will demonstrate its Quick Turn 250MSY CNC turning center that significantly reduces production lead times and costs. The Quick Turn 250MSY CNC turning center provides milling and Y-axis capability, a direct-drive turret, and a rotary tool milling spindle, as well as a second turning spindle for true Done In OneÒ part processing.

Mazak also provides multi-tasking capability in its portfolio of advanced machining solutions. Visitors at IMTS 2024 will see the Integrex i-100H ST multi-tasking center with a gantry loader. The machine combines the capabilities of a high-powered turning center with those of a full-function machining center to boost productivity. The Integrex i-100H ST gives shops the ability to simultaneously machine with two tools using a 6,000-rpm second turning spindle and a lower turret with optional rotary tool capability.

Regarding advanced manufacturing, Mazak will show several of Mazak’s next-generation NEO Series machines – including the new HQR 200MSY, the company’s first turning center machine platform in the NEO Series line.

The HQR-200MSY NEO multi-tasking turning center features two spindles and three turrets – two upper and one lower – for outstanding part-processing opportunities and high-volume throughput in a single set-up. The machine’s main spindle can handle 4-in bar stock while the second spindle is capable of processing bar diameters up to 76 mm.

Visitors also will see the HCN-4000 NEO horizontal machining center with a PalleTech system for automated, lights-out production. Designed to maximize productivity for virtually any type of part material, the machine’s enhancements improve every aspect of performance, from stability and accuracy to power consumption and maintenance.

For high-production, IMTS attendees will experience the latest models in Mazak’s full line of Syncrex Series Swiss-type machines. Mazak’s Syncrex machines have bar-stock capacities from 10 mm to 38 mm.

“Today's manufacturers continue to struggle with a lack of skilled labor, surging production demands, and an ever-changing economy, and they depend on advanced technology to overcome these challenges and maintain their profitability,” observed Dan Janka, president of Mazak Corp.

“Mazak has always been front-and-center at IMTS and in the manufacturing world, and our presence there gives shops the opportunity to learn more, do more and make more despite the headwinds the industry is facing,” Janka added.

Also, IMTS attendees will see Mazak’s new Ez Loader and other standard and customized automation solutions designed to enhance employee skills and combat labor shortages. The Ez Loader is a stand-alone, plug-and-play cobot that uses a pallet, programmable logic controller, and all necessary equipment for machine integration. Mazak Automation Solutions experts will be on hand to discuss ways to integrate this and other Mazak automation into production efficiently and effectively.

In addition to automation, Mazak will exhibit its ongoing development and integration of artificial intelligence and smart features into machine tool technology. among these digital capabilities will be the Spindle Health Monitoring System that uses real-time continuous data to compile a machine’s profile and “learn” to assess its health and performance. The health assessment allows the system to proactively diagnose pre-failure conditions before downtime occurs.

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