Mazak Northeast Event Supports Growth In Aerospace, Medical Manufacturing

Aerospace and medical manufacturing continues to surge in the Northeast United States. To support that growth, Mazak Corporation is hosting a special Discover More With Mazak event at its Northeast Technology Center in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, May 8, 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Local manufacturers, and those in town for the Mfg4 conference at the Connecticut Convention Center, are invited to discover how today's advanced manufacturing systems paired with expert guidance can meet the rapidly growing production needs of the aerospace, medical and other manufacturing sectors while boosting profitability.

Several productivity-improving Mazak machine tools will be on display during the event, ranging from world-renowned vertical machining centers to revolutionary Multi-Tasking systems. These machines will be showcased through real-world application machining demonstrations, including high-speed medical machining on the new VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS COMPACT, knee implant production on the INTEGREX i-150, and hard metal machining of titanium on the HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6800 HM.

Also, over the course of the three-day Discover More with Mazak event, several technology presentations and expert guests will provide attendees with valuable manufacturing insight.

On Tuesday, May 8, keynote speaker Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group, a company that supplies independent aerospace and defense industry market analysis, will share his vast knowledge of the aviation and aerospace industries. Aboulafia also writes publicly about the aviation field, with numerous articles published in Aviation Week, Aerospace America and the Wall Street Journal.

On Wednesday, May 9, Sandvik Coromant, a Mazak VIP partner, will give its "Taking Flight" presentation on titanium milling using the Mazak HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6800 HM. The company will provide cutting tips, live tooling demonstrations and in-depth theory on how to effectively machine this tough material used in aerospace applications. Several other Mazak VIP Partners will also attend the event, including LNS, Parlec, Renishaw Metrology, Royal Products and Seco Tools.

Neil Desrosiers, Mazak application engineer and MTConnect Technical Advisory Group member, will present on MTConnect at the Discover More With Mazak-Northeast event and discuss how this open communications protocol can increase a manufacturer's productivity and competitiveness. He will also present on MTConnect at the Mfg4 conference. Furthermore, Mazak and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies (CCAT) will provide live streaming MTConnect demonstrations from Mfg4 to the Mazak Northeast Technology Center to showcase how manufacturers can monitor their machines from anywhere.

Attendees will also have full access to the Northeast Technology Center's regional industry expertise and application engineering resources. Engineers and technicians will be on hand at the machining demonstrations to answer questions and discuss all aspects of the manufacturing process, including cutting tools, workholding, automation, material handling, quality assurance, chip handling, coolant, safety and software.

Technology in Action

Designed to meet the needs of medical manufacturers, the new space-saving, high-speed VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS COMPACT will be showcased at the Discover More with Mazak-Northeast event equipped with a 20,000-rpm spindle. The 5-axis, 40-taper spindle Vertical Machining Center features a backlash-free NC rotary/tilt table as standard and provides fast cycle times and precision part surface contouring capability for small, complex medical parts.

Attending manufacturers looking to expand their operations through single-setup, multiple-process capability will see the Done-In-One part production power of the INTEGREX i-150, i-200ST and j-200 model machines. By consolidating manufacturing operations, these Multi-Tasking machines streamline workflow and eliminate the inaccuracies that often occur when moving components across multiple machines.

To showcase multiple-surface, full 5-axis simultaneous machining paired with turning capabilities, Mazak will run part-cutting demonstrations on the VARIAXIS 630-5X II T and INTEGREX e1060/V8. Ideal for aerospace and turbine industry, these Vertical Machining Centers efficiently and accurately process workpieces with complex geometries and contours in single part setups.

The QUICK TURN NEXUS 200 MY brings uncompromised performance, advanced technology and productivity to shops of all sizes by offering turning, milling and Y-axis capabilities in a single setup. At the event, the machine will be showcased with a headstock that features an 8" chuck mounted on a 35 hp, 5,000-rpm integrated main turning spindle for heavy-duty metal removal.

Attendees seeking to improve versatility and gain unsurpassed value across several applications, ranging from heavy-duty to high-speed machining, will see demonstrations of the VERTICAL CENTER SMART 430A. Featuring a space-saving footprint, the machine delivers high efficiency machining thanks to a powerful, 40-taper spindle with a maximum speed of 12,000 rpm, high-speed feedrates and 30-position tool magazine. The machine also incorporates Mazak's SMART CNC that maximizes ease-of-use and operator efficiency by offering both EIA/ISO programs and conversational programming.

For the tough-to-machine materials used in the aerospace industry, Mazak will highlight its HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6800 HM (Hard Metal Package) Machining Center at the event. The heavy-duty machine features a high-torque spindle and an extremely rigid construction that provides machining stability with an overall weight more than two tons heavier than the standard machine configuration.

The Mazak Northeast Technology Center at 700 Old County Circle in Windsor Locks, Conn. is conveniently located near the Bradley International Airport and Connecticut Convention Center, the facility where the Mfg4 event is taking place.

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