Mazak will host its annual Discover More With Mazak™ Event at its Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, April 19 – 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CST). The technology and education event will explore how today’s advanced metalworking technologies and data-driven production strategies contribute to unprecedented productivity gains and improved quality management.

From models with simple, but innovative milling and turning capabilities to advanced manufacturing cell solutions, Mazak will run real-world part cutting demonstrations on 25 of its newest machine tools, many of which will feature the latest ancillary equipment from its Value Inspired Partners.

Mazak application engineers will also be available during the demonstrations to discuss how these machines can solve unique production challenges. Attendees are encouraged to bring their toughest projects to the event so the Mazak team can help them develop highly optimized machining strategies.

Several of the multi-axis machines on display will feature the company's new SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY process-performance platform, which comprises intuitive hardware, new high-speed servo systems, enhanced ergonomics and optimized programming via the latest MAZATROL SmoothX and SmoothG CNCs.

The SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY platform also factors in automation and plant-wide connectivity as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to transform the manufacturing industry through big data. The platform supports the MTConnect® open communications protocol and includes an NC Data Library for connecting machines to an Ethernet system. Machines with SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY and an MTConnect adapter make it easy for shops to collect data from the MAZATROL Smooth CNCs.

Among the simple, but innovative machines on display at the event will be the full 5-axis VCU-500A/5X vertical machining center, which now features SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY and the new MAZATROL SmoothX CNC; the QUICK TURN UNIVERSAL (QTU) 250MSY turning center with Multi-Tasking functionality and a GR100 gantry loader; and the small-footprint QUICK TURN PRIMOS 100 S turning center. Attendees will see how Mazak’s design and engineering teams applied amazing ingenuity to develop innovative features and functions that allow these models to redefine the quality and productivity standards of value-based machine tools.

Representing advancements in unattended, continuous parts processing, the MULTIPLEX 6200-II Y Multi-Tasking turning center will be featured alongside the GL100F gantry loader during the event. Featuring dual spindles, dual turrets, off-center machining and rotary tool capability, the MULTIPLEX 6200-II Y is ideal for single-setup, mid-size lot production and provides a standard machining diameter of 10.24".

Denoting high-volume production, the HCN 5000-III horizontal machining center will show event attendees the precision, reliability and value it brings to heavy, large parts production. Now available with SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY, the machine features the latest MAZATROL SmoothG CNC with advanced programming and support functions. At the event, Mazak will pair the machine with its PALLETECH pre-engineered manufacturing system as part of an advanced manufacturing cell.

In fact, Mazak recently made PALLETECH a key automation component of the SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY platform via its new Smooth PMC software. The schedule operation software predicts the necessary tools and output per a shop’s production schedule. A variety of graphs within the software also allows for utilization analysis.

In addition to introducing attendees to the latest in advanced machine tool technology, Mazak will use the event as a springboard for Midwest-based manufacturers interested in data-driven manufacturing strategies.

According to Kevin Bates, general manager at Mazak’s Midwest Technology Center, the Midwestern states tend to lead the nation in manufacturing. However, to keep the momentum going, manufacturers need to be ready to embrace Industry 4.0 concepts and technologies.

Using its iSMART Factory as an example, Mazak will discuss the unprecedented productivity and quality advantages of intelligence-based business models built around embedded connectivity, big data, advanced analytics and cybersecurity protection.

For more information or to register, visit: www.mazakusa.com/news-events/upcoming-events/discover-more-with-mazak-midwest-2016

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Mazak will host a Discover More With Mazak™ event at its Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, June 2 through 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The advanced manufacturing event will showcase more than 20 of Mazak’s latest machine tools, with several featuring the company’s new SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY platform. Special presentations on additive manufacturing, ancillary machine tool equipment and MTConnect will round out the event.

The broad range of machine tool demonstrations at the event will allow attendees to experience the latest advancements in Multi-Tasking, 5-axis, milling, turning, automation and CNC technologies for all metalworking sectors. Mazak applications experts will also be available during the demonstrations to discuss part-processing optimization.

Designed for small parts production, Mazak’s new UNIVERSAL products redefine the quality and productivity standards of value-based CNC milling and turning machines. Event attendees will get to see several of these machines in action, including the VERTICAL CENTER UNIVERSAL 400A 5X, VERTICAL CENTER UNIVERSAL 400T and VERTICAL CENTER UNIVERSAL 500A with a twin-pallet changer.

Larger part processing will be demonstrated on machines that include the INTEGREX e-1600V/10S, HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6800-II, MULTIPLEX 6300Y, SLANT TURN NEXUS 500M and VERTICAL TRAVELING COLUMN 200C.

Mazak will also showcase its new MAZATROL SmoothX CNC on the INTEGREX i-200, VARIAXIS i-600 and INTEGREX e-1600V/10S. The company engineered the CNC to offer maximum speeds that are four times faster than previous-generation controls. It also coincides with Mazak’s new SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY process-performance platform that spans the entire part-production landscape, from programming to metal removal to data collection. As a result, manufacturers can dramatically shorten machine cycle times, enhance simultaneous 5-axis operations and more.

A special additive manufacturing display will focus on the company’s recently announced INTEGREX i-400AM HYBRID Multi-Tasking machine. Attendees will see how this forthcoming turnkey solution represents an innovative alternative to conventional part processing in terms of design and machining.

Mazak designed the INTEGREX i-400AM primarily for small lot production of very difficult-to-machine materials such as those used in the aerospace, energy and medical industries. With its additive capability, the machine can easily generate/clad near-net-shape component features then quickly complete them via high-precision finish machining operations.

Throughout the event, attendees will be able to connect with several of Mazak’s Value Inspired Partners to discuss the latest ancillary machine tool equipment for creating total manufacturing solutions. These partners will also host a variety of sessions on ways attendees can enhance producitivity via their equipment.

In addition to the machine tool demonstrations and partner presentations, attendees can participate in technical seminars on how to improve factory utilization using the MTConnect open-source, royalty-free manufacturing protocol.

For more information or to register, visit: www.mazakusa.com/moremidwest

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Mazak invites manufacturers to its DISCOVER MORE WITH MAZAK Midwest event, taking place March 25 – 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the company’s Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. The event will focus on ways to boost production efficiency through total manufacturing solutions, highlighting advancements in machine tool technology, automation systems, cutting tools and more. Plus, special presentations on the use of Mazak technology in the racing industry and the growth of U.S. manufacturing will round out the event.

Attendees will experience real-world metalworking demonstrations on 20 different Mazak machines, witnessing the latest advancements in milling, turning, 5-axis and multi-tasking technology. Applications experts will also be available during the demonstrations to discuss part-processing optimization.

Technology in action will include: the VERTICAL CENTER UNIVERSAL 400 5X with a 5-axis rotary/tilt table for high-value small parts production; HYPER QUADREX 250 MSY twin-spindle, twin-turret machine for medium to high volume bar and/or chuck work; MEGATURN NEXUS 900M vertical turning center with multi-tasking functionality for cutting large, low to medium profile parts; and the INTEGREX e-420H II Multi-Tasking machine for processing heavy, large-diameter shaft-type parts in single setups.

Attendees will also experience advanced automation solutions working in conjuction with several Mazak machines, including a gantry loader on the INTEGREX i-300 Multi-Tasking machine to demonstrate a quick, turnkey system with high productivity levels. Furthermore, Mazak will integrate its ORBITEC 20, which generates turned features on large, odd-shaped parts, with its HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6800 horizontal machining center and pre-engineered PALLETECH System to demonstrate how a fully automated manufacturing cell can shorten product life cycles, reduce in-process inventory and allow for just-in-time production.

In addition to the demonstrations, attendees can participate in technical seminars on how to improve factory utilization using the MTConnect open-source royalty-free manufacturing protocol as well as how Sandvik Coromant cutting tools can enhance gear production on Mazak Multi-Tasking machines.

A special presentation given Matt Gimbel, Nationwide Series crew chief for Penske Racing, will discuss how Mazak technology has played a vital role in the team’s success. With Mazak machine tools and its in-house manufacturing staff, Penske Racing is able to push the envelope with its part production, which includes engine cylinder heads, intake manifolds and suspension components.

Another special presentation by Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, will discuss the benefits of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States as well as how manufacturers can objectively decide if reshoring or offshoring is the right decision
for their operations.

For more information or to register, visit: www.mazakusa.com

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Automation will be a key theme at Discover More With Mazak – Midwest event at the Mazak Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Scheduled for April 30 – May 2, the event will run daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and feature advanced machine tool technology paired with various levels of automation that leads to highly productive yet flexible manufacturing operations.

Single-machine automation solutions will include Multi-Tasking models such as the INTEGREX i-100, which are self-contained cells for complete processing from raw materials to finished parts. More complex automated systems will also be featured, including floor-mounted, multi-axis robots and the PALLETECH System, which increases spindle utilization by joining multiple machines and other equipment. Additionally, Mazak will demonstrate 5-axis, hard metal, Multi-Tasking and Done-in-One machining technologies.

Mazak’s wide range of advanced equipment and technologies as well as its innovative automation systems are incorporated within the company’s unique 3-4-5 The Next Level of Productivity manufacturing solution. 3-4-5 allows manufacturers to effectively identify the right level of technology, including automation, needed for improving their specific operations and advancing productivity to the next level.

The 3-4-5 solution is the industry’s most comprehensive grouping of manufacturing resources and one that encompasses Mazak’s 3 Levels of Control, 4 Levels of Automation and 5 Levels of Multi-Tasking. Within the 4 Levels of Automation, Level 1 involves simple Bar Feeders; Level 2 Gantry Loaders; Level 3 Mazak’s PALLETECH System and Level 4 Articulated Robots. All of which will immediately provide higher levels of quality and increased throughput.

Within its track of technology presentations and expert guest speakers, the Discover More with Mazak – Midwest event will feature Reshoring presentations by Harry Moser scheduled for 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 1, and for 11:00 am on Thursday, May 2. Moser is the founder of the Reshoring Initiative and a 45-year manufacturing industry veteran. For his efforts to move lost jobs back to the United States, Moser was inducted into the 2010 Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame and named Quality Magazine’s 2012 Quality Professional of the Year. He participated in President Obama’s 2012 Insourcing Forum, testified at a Congressional hearing on reshoring and manufacturing, and has been featured in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Bloomberg Businessweek

Other technology presentations will focus on topics that include Mazak’s 5 Levels of Multi-Tasking and Applying Automation. Mazak’s Value Inspired Partners (VIP) will also attend the event, with LNS, Renishaw Metrology and Sandvik Coromant giving daily productivity seminars.

Technology in Action

Because both the ORBITEC and HCN 6800 machines utilize a common pallet size, parts can undergo various turning operations on the ORBITEC 20 and then transfer over to the HCN 6800 in a PALLETECH automation system for final processing without having to be re-fixtured. In this system with Mazak’s PMC-WEB cell controller software over standard PCs and networks, shops can monitor operations, view and change schedules on-the-fly, manage part program files from anywhere on the network, track tool life/breakage and issue instructions to the shop floor. The system also allows for interrupting a planned machining queue to produce an emergency part with no cost penalty.

With a robot cell, Mazak’s VCN COMPACT 5X 5-axis Vertical Machining Center – a small-footprint, high-speed machine – runs small parts production. It is designed to provide high levels of precision and unmanned productivity as well as superior surface finishes when cutting tough materials, such as stainless steel, Inconel and titanium. The machine features Mazak’s new MATRIX 2 CNC control specifically designed for optimized 5-axis machining. The control is a Level 3 control in Mazak’s 3 Levels of Controls within the company’s 3-4-5 manufacturing solution.

Other machines demonstrated at the Discover More With Mazak event include:

  • PALLETECH System with two different types of machines: ORBITEC 20 and HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6800
  • HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 8800 HM (Hard Metal) package for tough-to-machine materials and the new HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 4000-III with increased speed, power and versatility for enhanced productivity
  • MEGA 8800 Horizontal Machining Center that provides powerful thrust force necessary for efficient, accurate and productive heavy-duty cutting of tough materials such as Inconel and titanium.
  • VARIAXIS i-600 highly versatile Vertical Machining Centers offering full 5-axis machining for multiple and complex curved surfaces on large, heavy workpieces in single setups
  • VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS 510C and VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS 700E Vertical Machining Centers with fast and powerful spindles and ample tool storage capacities for machining a wide variety parts without changing tool setups
  • SLANT TURN NEXUS 500M, QUICK TURN SMART 100 M and QUICK TURN SMART 300 M, all Level 1 machines within Mazak’s 5 Levels of Multi-Tasking, provide turning, drilling, tapping and milling capabilities for affordability and high productivity
  • HYPERQUADREX 150 MSY, MULTIPLEX 6200Y and QUICK TURN NEXUS 250 MY all offer milling capability and Y-axis functionality as Level 2 machines in Mazak’s 5 Levels of Multi-Tasking
  • INTEGREX j 400 Level 3 machine within the 5 Levels of Multi-Tasking that features turning spindles with C-axis, tailstock, Y-axis travel, milling headstock with B-axis and tool magazine with automatic tool changer
  • INTEGREX i 100, as a Level 4 machine in the 5 Levels of Multi-Tasking, provides all the capabilities of a Level 3 machine but with added 5-axis functionality

Attendees will also have full access to the Midwest 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.

Student Day for the event is scheduled for Thursday, May 2.

For more information, visit: www.mazakusa.com/moremidwest

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Mazak Corporation today announced its National Service Department and Training Department will move into the company’s expanded National Technology Center & Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence in Florence, Kentucky, effective December 18, 2012. All customer training courses will be conducted in the new larger facility beginning the week of January 7, 2013.

The National Technology Center marks the second of three major expansions that will add significantly to Mazak’s Kentucky manufacturing campus, ultimately increasing its total floor space to 800,000 square feet and positioning it as one of the largest machine tool factories in the country. The first of the three expansions was that of the company’s North American Parts Center and Spindle Repair Department, which allows Mazak to now stock over 52,000 unique part numbers valued at more than $65 million to provide customers with one of the industry’s most expansive spare parts inventories. The third and most significant expansion is that of Mazak’s manufacturing plant that will boost the company’s production capacity to as many as 200 machines per month to meet the needs of various types of machines and support.

“The expanded National Technology Center will provide customers with significantly enhanced applications support and customer’s learning opportunities,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “We will also be able to demonstrate larger-size machines and automation systems to create increased opportunities for process and productivity solutions, including complete turnkey manufacturing systems.”

The National Technology Center, which opened in 1996 and was doubled in size as the result of a 2006 expansion, has now grown from 69,000 to 100,183 square feet of space. Included is the addition of seven new high bay areas in the technology hall that was enlarged by 12,000 square feet, making the entire building a total of 625 feet in length. With an additional 18,750 square feet of office space, which includes a new second story, the Technology Center office area now houses six new dedicated customer-training classrooms and space for the company’s National Service Department and MAZATROL Control Support Group. The facility provides ample room for customer hands-on training courses as well as machine maintenance training classes.

Mazak’s National Technology Center is the hub for its eight Regional Technology Centers and, as such, enhances the company’s customer support capabilities throughout North America. Together, Mazak’s Technology Centers play a key role in the company’s comprehensive Optimum Plus service and support program. Each Technology Center offers full access to advanced Multi-Tasking and five-axis machines, training courses, applications assistance and seminars, parts support and leading-edge networking and manufacturing technologies, which collectively provide Mazak customers with the resources required to achieve lean, efficient manufacturing operations.

For more information, visti: www.mazakusa.com

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This winter and spring, Mazak Canada will host a series of hands-on CNC programming and operator development courses to ensure its customers are maximizing the potential of their Mazak machines. These courses, which provide valuable solutions knowledge for boosting productivity and profitability, will take place at the Mazak Canada Technology Centre in Cambridge, Ontario and Machine Toolworks, Inc. in Edmonton, Alberta.  

Mazak Canada Technology Centre Course Schedule:

  • Jan. 7 – 10: MAZATROL MATRIX conversational programming for machining centers
  • Jan. 28 – 31: Introduction to MAZATROL MATRIX conversational programming for turning operations
  • Feb. 4 – 7: Hands-on operator training for the Multi-Tasking INTEGREX i-Series
  • Feb. 18 – 21: MAZATROL MATRIX conversational programming for machining centers
  • Mar. 18 – 21: Introduction to MAZATROL MATRIX conversational programming for turning operations
  • Apr. 1 – 4: MAZATROL MATRIX conversational programming for machining centers
  • Apr. 8 – 11: Hands-on operator training for the Multi-Tasking INTEGREX i-Series
  • Apr. 22 – 25: Introduction to MAZATROL MATRIX conversational programming for turning operations

The Mazak Canada Technology Centre, located at 50 Commerce Court, Cambridge, Ontario N3C 4P7, is one of eight regional technology centers Mazak Corporation operates in North America. It is also integral to the network of 36 worldwide technology centers of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation. In addition to hosting CNC programming classes and technical seminars, the state-of-the-art Canada Technology Centre grants Mazak customers access to the latest, most advanced machine tool technology, resources from leading supplier partners in tooling, workholding and more as well as expert application engineers who can address unique manufacturing challenges.

Machine Toolworks, Inc. Course Schedule:

  • Jan. 8 – 11: MAZATROL MATRIX conversational programming for machining centers
  • Jan. 29 – Feb. 1: Introduction to MAZATROL MATRIX conversational programming for turning operations
  • Feb. 19 – 22: Introduction to MAZATROL MATRIX conversational programming for turning operations

Machine Toolworks, Inc., a leading distributor of Mazak machine tools and systems, is located at 4803 74th Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6B2H5. Machine Toolworks has long used its vast manufacturing knowledge and problem-solving expertise to help Mazak customers increase their productivity and competitiveness.  

For more information, visit: www.mazakcanada.com

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Mazak Corporation is hosting a special “Discover More with Mazak” manufacturing event at its Southwest Technology Center in Houston, Texas on Dec. 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to present breakthrough advancements for overcoming part-production challenges within a variety of industries, including energy and aerospace.

From the latest highly advanced machine tools performing real-world application cutting demonstrations to expert manufacturing guidance, this two-day event will allow shops of all sizes to discover new, unique ways to achieve more productivity and profitability.

The Mazak machine tools that will be on display performing leading-edge turning, milling, 5-axis and Multi-Tasking operations include the ORBITEC 20 machining center, SLANT TURN NEXUS 600M turning center, SLANT TURN NEXUS 500 turning center with a 7.2” spindle bore, QUICK TURN NEXUS 450 MY Multi-Tasking machine with a 10.2” spindle bore, VORTEX 1060/V8 vertical machining center, HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6800 horizontal machining center, VARIAXIS i-800 machining center and INTEGREX j-300 Multi-Tasking machine.

Additionally, attendees will have access to the Southwest Technology Center’s regional industry expertise and application engineering resources for gaining valuable solution ideas. Such resources include Mazak’s new 3-4-5 productivity solution that helps manufacturers develop highly optimized manufacturing systems, from 3 levels of CNC controls that offer advanced operator support, to 4 levels of automation that focus on better equipment utilization, to 5 levels of Multi-Tasking that shorten cycle times by using fewer machines to complete cutting operations. Mazak VIP partner Sandvik Coromant will also present on best machining practices during the event.

The 30,000-square-foot Mazak Southwest Technology Center is located at 10950 Greenbend Blvd. in Houston, Texas, which is part of the Greenspoint District, a community 15 miles north of downtown Houston and minutes from the Bush Intercontinental Airport. Mazak moved its Southwest operations to this 4.5-acre location in June 2011 to bring increased support to manufacturers in all industries, with a special focus on those serving the energy sector.

For more information or to register, visit: www.mazakusa.com/moresouthwest

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These highly successful events are designed to provide an open forum to discuss views of manufacturing strengths, opportunities and problems companies are facing today. The groups can then explore individual initiatives and solutions and have been found to increase asset utilization, reduce crashes and improve setup time. Regular meetings provide a cost effective way to seek out solutions to a wide variety of technical, educational and workforce issues.

The next meeting will be October 30, 2012 at Mazak's Center for Multi-Tasking & Manufacturing Excellence, National Learning Center in Florence, KY.

Here are examples of past user group topics:

  • Workforce Development: Finding and Training Operators and Programmers
  • Understanding & using Mazatrol CNC built-in features
  • Titanium and Hard Metals Machining
  • Tooling and Workholding Technologies
  • Probing Essentials
  • Probe and ball bar accuracy tests and reports
  • Volumetric Accuracy
  • CAD and Post Processors
  • Modern Materials and Processes
  • Palletech Scheduling and Optimization

There will also be an advanced macro programming class October 31 - November 1.

For more information, visit: support.mazakcorp.com/Anonymous/Training/Training.aspx

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Forkardt, a leading manufacturer of workholding solutions including both standard and applications-specific chucks, has announced the purchase of a Mazak Variaxis 730 vertical machining center. The acquisition represents a significant investment by Forkardt to utilize the latest machining technology available.

According to Bill Sepanik, group general manager of Forkardt, “The new system expands our capacity to meet growing application needs.  “With this new machine we’ve positioned ourselves to better handle larger parts, hold tighter accuracies and greatly improve cycle times.”

Sepanik added, “We’re also able to reduce the number of setups due to the machine’s five axis capability, while saving time due to the ease of programming with the Variaxis.”

The Mazak Variaxis 730 has a highly-rigid, built-in tilting rotary table that allows workpieces with complex contours and features to be finished in just a single machine setup. The 5-axis vertical machining center allows for table tilts up to 150° in the A-axis and rotation to 380° C-axis.  The machine boasts an X, Y, Z travel of 28.7" x 33.4" x 22", with spindle speed at 10,000rpm. The machine, equipped with a 120-tool magazine, allows for machining on heavy parts with a maximum part load of 1100 lb as well as a Big Plus Cat 50 Spindle. The tool holding system improves automatic tool change repeatability and has excellent rigidity, reduces chatter and eliminates axial movement at high speeds.

Forkardt’s brand names of products include N.A. Woodworth, Sheffer, Logansport, SP Cylinders and Buck in addition to the Forkardt name. Utilizing its worldwide research and development resources, Forkardt focuses on machining process efficiencies and creating meaningful workholding solutions. It is one of the world’s premier builders of workholding technologies for standard applications, for high-precision applications, and for specialized, engineered solutions.

The company’s products include chucks for general machining and application-specific chucks, cylinders and indexing chucks, expanding mandrels, chucks for hard part turning, collet chucks, steady rests, and grip force meters.

For more information, visit: www.forkardt.us

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Machine Toolworks, Inc., a leading distributor of Mazak machine tools and systems in Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho and Western Canada, recently moved its headquarters to a larger, more advanced 10,000-squarefoot facility in Seattle, which serves the Pacific Northwest region. A grand opening of this new location is slated for July 25 and 26 and will include cutting demonstrations on various Mazak products.

The new facility enables Machine Toolworks to further support the growth of its business, as well as provide its customers with even more advanced technology and support. A new technology learning center and display area allow Mazak customers from all industry segments to experience the most innovative machine tools available and gain valuable solutions knowledge for boosting productivity and profitability.

“Business across all industry segments is improving nationwide, and it's exciting to see that one of our key strategic partners, Machine Toolworks, is part of this progress,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “Machine Toolworks has long used their vast manufacturing knowledge and problem-solving expertise to help Mazak customers increase productivity, but this expansion will enable them to increase customer competitiveness like never before.”

Grand opening attendees will discover advanced technology in action on several Mazak machine tools, including the HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6000, INTEGREX i-200S, VARIAXIS i-600, VERTICAL CENTER SMART 530C and QUICK TURN SMART 250.

The HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6000 will demonstrate its high-speed machining capabilities. The horizontal machining center's advanced headstock design and highspeed, high-accuracy positioning provide unsurpassed part-processing flexibility and significant reductions in non-cut time. The machine's powerful, 50-taper spindle with a maximum speed of 10,000-rpm utilizes an advanced compact integral spindle/motor, which is designed with low vibration and low heat generation.

Attendees looking to expand their operations through single-setup, multiple-process capability will see the Done-In-One part production power of the INTEGREX i-200S. By consolidating manufacturing operations, this Multi-Tasking machine streamlines workflow and eliminates the inaccuracies that often occur when moving components across multiple machines. The INTEGREX i-200S accurately processes mid-size complex components through twin turning spindles and a milling spindle with the power of a vertical machining center spindle.

The VARIAXIS i-600 is a full simultaneous 5-axis Multi-Tasking vertical machining center that falls within Mazak's Done-In-One concept as it incorporates all processes from raw material input through final machining in just one machine. As such, the VARIAXIS i-600 reduces production lead times, improves machining accuracy and lowers operating expenses. Its fully capable of handling workpieces up to 27.56” in diameter and 17.72” high and for those complex components, such as impellers, requiring ample Y-axis and Z-axis machine strokes.

The VERTICAL CENTER SMART 530C is a compact, highly productive vertical machining center that provides unsurpassed performance and value for a variety of applications requiring heavy-duty machining, high-speed machining or both. It features a powerful 12,000-rpm, 25 hp, 40-taper spindle that delivers 70 ft-lbs. of torque for both high-speed cutting and heavy metal-removal jobs.

Perfect for job shops and other high-production environments, the QUICK TURN SMART 250 CNC turning center will demonstrate how it effectively fuses technology, productivity and value in a high-performance compact 2-axis turning center machine platform. The machine features a highly rigid integral spindle/motor, programmable tailstock, and automatic tool measuring capability for increasing machining efficiency of a variety of applications from aluminum to heavy-duty cutting of steel.

“We take a lot of pride in what we do, and our new facility will enable us to further assist our customers in achieving their production goals by offering part processing support and training,” said Gary Anderegg, owner of Machine Toolworks, Inc. “The manufacturing climate is improving, and we are in a unique position to connect customers with the technology they need to be competitive.”

The new Machine Toolworks facility is located at 14600 Interurban Avenue South, Tukwila, Washington 98168. For questions regarding the facility's grand opening in July, please call 800.426.2052 or email Anderegg at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In addition to its Washington facility, Machine Toolworks has offices in Wilsonville, Oregon and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Machine Toolworks employs 11 sales, eight service and four applications engineers to provide support in the regions the company serves.

For more information, visit: www.machinetoolworks.com

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Mazak Corporation today announced that it will significantly expand the company's North American manufacturing plant in Florence, Kentucky. This expansion will allow for increased production and support of new and additional Mazak machine models in Kentucky, and increase the facility's potential production capacity to 200 machines per month to meet surging customer demands. Completion of the expansion is set for the Fall of 2013, and Mazak will host a special commemoration event at that time.

Coinciding with the growth of its production facility, Mazak is bolstering its customer service and support offerings with expansions to its National Technology Center & Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence and North American Parts Center. Combined, the three significant expansions will add over 200,000 square-feet to Mazak's Kentucky manufacturing campus, increasing its total floor space to 800,000 square-feet and positioning it as one of the largest machine tool factories in the country.

Mazak continuously invests in its North American operations and has expanded its Kentucky campus 15 times since the plant opened in 1974, each time increasing production capacity. The 2012 expansions will allow Mazak to quickly and effectively fulfill customers' evolving needs for advanced machine tool technology and applications support as U.S. manufacturing continues to grow in the energy, aerospace, construction and agriculture equipment, automotive and medical industries. Additionally, Mazak will further increase capacity to export machines worldwide.

“The late chairman and CEO of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation Teruyuki (Terry) Yamazaki had the foresight to manufacture machine tools in the United States to gain an innate understanding of its manufacturing culture and to support the industry in the best possible way,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “And from the day the company opened its doors in Kentucky, Mazak has continued that dedication to the support of U.S. manufacturing not only through our highly productive and advanced machine tool technology, but also through our unmatched apprenticeship and training programs to help build a stronger highly skilled U.S. workforce.”

As one stage of the manufacturing facility expansion, existing shop production offices currently housed within the plant will move to a new added area, which will create a spacious center aisle within the manufacturing building. The larger floor space will allow for the installation of new additional manufacturing equipment, including a highly advanced manufacturing cell that is unique to the industry and produced exclusively by Mazak.

The new cell will incorporate Mazak's modular PALLETECH system, which allows dissimilar machine tools to be integrated into the same manufacturing cell. To produce whole families of components for Mazak's new larger machine models, the cell will include a Kentucky-built Mazak ORBITEC 20 model Large Part Machining Center, two Mazak Horizontal Center Nexus Machining Centers and a full 5-axis INTEGREX e-1060V Vertical Machining Center.

Expansion of Applications Support

The National Technology Center is the hub for Mazak's eight Regional Technology Centers and, as such, enhances Mazak's customer support capabilities throughout North America. The National Technology Center, which opened in 1996 and was doubled in size as the result of a 2006 expansion, will now grow from 69,000 to 100,183 square feet. Included will be the addition of seven new high bay areas, a second story to its office section and additional square footage for its technology demonstration area. The new office area provides for six new dedicated customer-training rooms and space for the company's National Service Department.

Increase in Parts Support

Mazak's expansion of its North American Parts Center will increase that facility's storage capacity by 25 percent. Two new fully automated vertical lift module storage systems will boost small parts capacity by 5,600 parts, and Mazak is replacing an existing rack system with a new one that will provide 286 more pallets of large part storage. In total, the expansion will allow the Mazak Parts Center to stock over 50,000 unique part numbers - one of the industry's largest inventories of spare parts - valued at more than $65 million and available for immediate same-day delivery for 97 percent of all orders.

“Mazak's original goal for the U.S. manufacturing campus was to allow us to be completely integrated into the market and, as a result, better serve manufacturers,” said Papke. “We have maintained our commitment to this goal over the years, which is evident in the sustained growth and expansion of our facilities. As are our customers, we remain committed to continuous improvement, and providing them with the resources they need as business evolves.”

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With the expansion of its North American Parts Center and Spindle Repair Department, Mazak Corporation continues to invest in the quality and strength of its Optimum Plus service and support program. Mazak will further meet customer needs as a result of the expansion and continue its commitment to always providing one of the industry's largest inventories of spare parts.

As a result of Mazak's approximate $1 million expansion to its North American Parts Center located at its Florence, Kentucky campus, the company now stocks over 50,000 unique part numbers valued at more than $65 million and available for immediate sameday delivery for 97% of all orders. Additionally, Mazak streamlines access to its massive stock of spare parts through its highly successful PartsWeb ordering program that puts customers in touch with the North American Parts Center 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

The Parts Center expansion increases the facility's storage capacity by 25%, growth that will also support Mazak's many new and upcoming machine tool models. Two new fully automated vertical lift module storage systems will boost small parts capacity by 5,600 parts, and Mazak is replacing an existing rack system with a new one that will provide 286 more pallets of large part storage. In total, the expansion allows the Mazak Parts Center to inventory almost 14,000 additional parts to keep customer machines up and running.

Mazak's Parts Center currently ships 1,000 aftermarket parts daily and has the capability to process up to 2,000 orders within a five-hour shift. Since Mazak customers are busy during working hours and most often place part orders late in the afternoons, the Parts Center is staffed well into the evening hours to ensure those orders get same day shipping.

"When a customer purchases a Mazak machine, we are dedicated to providing the best possible support that ensures they receive the maximum return on their investment," says Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. "Parts support is one of the main pillars of our Optimum Plus customer service and support program, and as such, we will continually invest in our North American Parts Center to further support and optimize our customers' manufacturing operations."

Coinciding with the Parts Center expansion, Mazak has also relocated its Spindle Repair and Rebuild Department from inside the manufacturing plant to a fifth building on the Kentucky manufacturing campus. The building measures 65,000 sq-ft and will provide more room for the department to further increase its capacity for incoming spindle work while also ensuring customers the shortest possible turnaround times.

Mazak's certified Spindle Repair and Rebuild Department offers the most reliable and highest quality spindle repair and rebuilding services for all Mazak type spindles - encompassing over 900 different spindle variations for all types of turning centers, vertical and horizontal machining centers and Multi-Tasking machines.

To fulfill all spindle needs, Mazak offers customers the options of purchasing a brand new spindle, having their spindle repaired or acquiring a Mazak rebuilt spindle. Mazak stocks more than 300 rebuilt spindles to provide customers a cost-effective spindle solution delivered in as little as 2 or 3 days. Rebuilt spindles include a 7-month warranty with Mazak installation. The Spindle Repair and Rebuild facility is included in Mazak's ISO certification, so customers are assured of consistent quality in repaired and rebuilt spindles.

For more information, visit: www.mazakusa.com

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Following the recent expansion of the National Parts Center at its Florence, Kentucky, manufacturing campus, Mazak Corporation today announced another significant expansion, this time of its National Technology Center and Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence. The expanded facility will provide customers with significantly enhanced applications support and training opportunities, as well as allow Mazak to demonstrate larger-size machines and create increased opportunities for process solutions including complete turnkey manufacturing systems.

The National Technology Center is the hub for Mazak's eight Regional Technology Centers and, as such, enhances Mazak's customer support capabilities throughout North America. The expansion of the National Technology Center will allow for additional collaboration with the regional centers and distributors' technical centers for providing the engineering, development and necessary floor space to perform customer runoffs of larger manufacturing systems to meet current customer demand. Mazak Corporation's eight technology centers are also integral to the network of 36 worldwide technology centers of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation.

With this expansion, the National Technology Center, which opened in 1996 and was doubled in size as the result of a 2006 expansion, will now grow from 69,000 to 100,183 square feet of space. Included will be the addition of seven new high bay areas, a second story to its office section and additional square footage for its technology demonstration area. The new office area provides for six new dedicated customertraining rooms and space for the company's National Service Department.

Mazak is dedicated to continuously investing in its customer service and support facilities and recently opened a new larger Southwest Regional Technology Center in the Houston area as well as expanded its Midwest Regional Technology Center in the Chicago area, with a Grand Opening event for that facility happening June 26 - 28, 2012. To further support this growth and all its Technology Centers, Mazak has also added 30 new applications engineers.

"Manufacturing in the United States is growing, and there are ever increasing opportunities to collaborate closely with our customers to develop innovative solutions that increase their productivity, efficiency and equipment utilization," said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. "Mazak is committed to doing everything we can to provide manufacturers with access to the most advanced technology and support, which is made possible through our Technology Centers. And as manufacturing continues to grow in North America, we intend to provide our customers with a wide variety of training so they can fully realize the benefits of highly productive new Mazak machines."

Mazak's Technology Centers play a key role in the company's comprehensive Optimum Plus service and support program. Each Technology Center offers full access to advanced Multi-Tasking and five-axis machines, training courses, applications assistance, parts support and leading-edge networking and manufacturing technologies, which collectively provide Mazak customers with the resources required to achieve lean, efficient manufacturing operations.

Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productivity-improving machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky recently increased its production capacity to 135 machines per month in 2011. Continuous training and development of the workforce has created a "lean" culture, which has created opportunities for continuing growth in America. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to its customers.

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As part of its ongoing commitment to American manufacturing, Mazak will host a special three-day Discover More with Mazak open house at its Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Ill. Slated for June 26 - 28, the event will highlight the facility's recent 18,000-square-foot expansion, powerful cutting demonstrations on the latest productivity-improving machine tools and industry expert presentations. Mazak will also offer a sneak peek of its plans for IMTS 2012 and the expansion of its Kentucky manufacturing operations.

The Midwest Technology Center expansion allows Mazak to further support the continuous upswing of manufacturing business throughout the region as well as provide its customers with even more advanced technology, support and training for increasing their competitiveness. The expansion also offers an increased opportunity for collaboration with local manufacturers with respect to new technology and process development and improvement.

“The vibrant manufacturing market and our long-term commitment to our customers in the Midwest convinced us to accelerate our expansion plans for our Technology Center in Illinois,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “Business across all industry segments, including automotive, aerospace, medical and energy, is improving in the Midwest and nationwide. The expansion of our Midwest Headquarters and Technology Center gives manufacturers more resources to improve their productivity.”

The Midwest Technology Center's new 124-seat auditorium and two state-of-the-art training rooms give Mazak the means to host more events with its VIP technology partners. In fact, an incredibly diverse array of no-charge classes and seminars will ensure customers achieve a maximum return on their machine tool investments and achieve greater effectiveness in meeting their customers' needs.

Visitors to the expanded Midwest Technology Center will also find spacious areas for turnkey projects and test cuts, as well as expanded machine tool technology demonstration facilities. Such additions give Mazak customers even more opportunity to process actual industry components from various materials, including polymers, steels, aluminum and high temperature alloys, using the latest machine tool technology.

The Midwest Headquarters and Technology Center is one of eight regional Mazak Technology Centers across North America that enables Mazak to work closely with its customers to generate the most innovative ideas for increasing productivity, efficiency and equipment utilization.

Open House Details

Mazak will give its customers a firsthand look at the Midwest Technology Center expansion, real-world application cutting demonstrations, interactive industry expert presentations and a preview of the company's IMTS plans during a special open house event at the Schaumburg, Ill. facility, taking place June 26 - 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open house attendees will discover advanced technology in action on nearly 20 different productivity-improving Mazak machine tools, ranging from world-renowned vertical machining centers to Done-In-One Multi-Tasking systems. Such machines include the VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS COMPACT, a machining center built for precision medical manufacturing, VARIAXIS i-700, a Multi-Tasking machine that efficiently processes long workpieces in single setups, and the QUICK TURN NEXUS 250 MSY, a turning center that includes a second spindle and offers turning, milling and Y-axis capabilities in a single setup.

The industry expert presentations at the open house will cover topics such as ways to bring manufacturing work back to the United States, the benefits of automation, the economics of spindle utilization and much more.

As part of the IMTS preview, open house guests will discover that Mazak is bringing more to Chicago's McCormick Place than ever before. In fact, the company is introducing an all-new IMTS booth (S-8300) that has everything a manufacturer needs to run a highly productive, quality-driven business, whether they operate a job shop or manufacture specifically for the aerospace, automotive, energy or medical industries. The company will also introduce a new 3-4-5 concept for better tailoring Mazak machines to specific manufacturing applications.

For more information, visit: www.mazakusa.com

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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.

For more information or to register, visit: www.mazakusa.com/morenortheast

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Mazak has long offered a comprehensive progressive learning program to assist its manufacturing partners in operating highly productive, profitable businesses. This month the company is further enhancing its curriculum with the introduction of its Discover Technology Webinar Series that easily connects manufacturers with industry experts on the latest machine tool trends.

According to Chuck Birkle, vice president of sales and marketing for Mazak Corporation, technology advancements are constantly redefining the manufacturing world, and Mazak is dedicated to helping its partners adapt and stay competitive through a variety of learning-based initiatives.

"This webinar series is a natural extension and complement to our Discover More With Mazak series of live events, which take place at our eight regional Technology Centers across North America," said Birkle. "These webinars help bridge the technology gap for our customers, keeping them in front of the latest manufacturing advancements and solution ideas for various industry segments in between events."

The Discover Technology Webinars are free, interactive and approximately 60 minutes long. All it takes to participate is a computer, an Internet connection and a web browser, and a manufacturer is ready to gain powerful knowledge on how to stay competitive and profitable in today's challenging global marketplace.

The first webinar in the Discover Technology Series "Orbitec 20: Innovative Solutions for Valve Manufacturing" will take place on Wednesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

The webinar is ideal for manufacturers of large valve bodies or companies that machine turned features on big, odd-shaped parts. Participants will learn how the Mazak ORBITEC 20 brings a new world of possibilities to the precise machining of such challenging components.

During the webinar, participants will also:

  • Discover how the Mazak ORBITEC 20 employs a wholly unique headstock to creatively perform multiple turning, boring, grooving, facing and threading operations with a stationary workpiece.
  • Hear how the ORBITEC 20 can accurately generate turned features with phonographic finishes in solid stainless steel.
  • Learn how the ORBITEC 20, HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6000 and INTEGREX i-630V 5-axis machine, all featuring 630mm pallets, easily integrate with the PALLETECH system to create a Multi-Tasking Solution with unsurpassed productivity advantages.

Upcoming Discover Technology Webinars

  • May 23, 2012 - 2 p.m. Eastern time (Demystifying 5-Axis Post Processors)
  • July 11, 2012 - 2 p.m. Eastern time (Turbine Blade Manufacturing in Multi-Tasking)
  • September 2012 - Special Presentations from IMTS (MTConnect and Downstream Solutions, Digital Simulation and PALLETECH Automation)
  • November 14, 2012 - 2 p.m. Eastern time (Spiral Bevel Gear Manufacturing)

For more information or to register, visit: www.mazakusa.com/webinar

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The new Mazak VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS COMPACT will make its first ever West Coast debut at the 2012 Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) show, taking place February 14 - 16 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. The space-saving high-speed, 5-axis vertical machining center was designed specifically to accurately and efficiently machine small, highly complex medical parts.

The VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS COMPACT, which is available in 3- and 5- axis versions, meets and exceeds the medical industry's growing demand for lean manufacturing through the use of small-footprint, high-speed machines that offer absolute precision when creating high-quality parts with superior surface finishes. Additionally, the machine's new Mazatrol MATRIX 2 CNC control and 5-axis machining capabilities significantly shorten design-to-market time, allowing doctors to quickly fulfill the needs of their patients.

The advanced MATRIX 2 CNC control is featured on the 5-axis machine model, while Mazak's user-friendly MATRIX NEXUS CNC control is featured on the 3-axis model. The new MATRIX 2 CNC control makes part programming simple and fast while also delivering increased machining speed and accuracy, as well as superior surface finishes often required in medical manufacturing.

The VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS COMPACT gets its power and versatility from a robust, high torque 20 hp, 12,000-rpm CAT 40 spindle and axis travels of 19.69" (500.1 mm) in X, 15.75" (400 mm) in Y and 12.99" (330 mm) in Z. The machine delivers the aggressive performance required for tough materials, such as stainless steel, Inconel and titanium, used in medical and other manufacturing applications. An optional 40 hp, 20,000-rpm spindle is also available.

With a 65" x 88" (1,651 mm x 2,235 mm) compact footprint, the VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS COMPACT easily fits into most facilities, so shop owners don't have to sacrifice valuable manufacturing floor real estate in order to achieve high levels of production. The machine's table measures 25.6" x 15.7" (650.2 mm x 398.7 mm) and accommodates parts up to 661 lbs. (330 kg).

The machine's three linear axes attain high-speed rapid traverse rates of 1,417 ipm (36 m/min) and fast feedrates of 315 ipm (8 m/min). Plus, the VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS COMPACT accommodates 20 tools in its tool magazine (30 tools optional) to further increase part production versatility.

The VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS COMPACT features Mazak's MX Hybrid Roller Guide System to deliver levels of durability and reliability that result in long-term accuracy. The Mazak MX Hybrid Roller Guide System dampens vibration to extend tool life, handles higher load capacities, accelerates and decelerates faster to shorten cycle times, consumes less oil for greener operations, and lasts longer with less required maintenance.

For more information, visit: www.mazakusa.com/productpage.asp?lngEquipID=61 or www.canontradeshows.com/expo/west12

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Thousands of North American manufacturers attended T3 – Tomorrow’s Technology Today, a Discover Mazak 2011 event. As a uniquely formatted event, T3 took place over the course of two weeks, allowing manufacturers to experience the absolute latest in machine tool technology and innovation in an intimate, interactive environment. Held at Mazak’s Florence, Kentucky campus, T3 was the largest, most comprehensive manufacturing technology solutions event ever held by a private company in the manufacturing industry.

For T3 attendees, advanced machine tool technology was one of the main attractions. Mazak debuted and demonstrated over 30 new machines, including models from Japan and several designed and built at the Kentucky plant, including the QUICK TURN NEXUS 450 MY Multi-Tasking CNC Turning Center, VERTICAL CENTER SMART 530C Vertical Machining Center, the ORBITEC 20 Machining Center and the new VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS – COMPACT Vertical Machining Center, which is designed for medical industry work.

Machine models from Japan debuting in the United States at T3 included the new VARIAXIS i-Series of 5-axis Multi-Tasking Machining Centers and the FJV 60/80 High-Precision Vertical Machining Center. Mazak also debuted the new, linear motor-driven Y-axis SUPER VELOCITY CENTER 2000L/200-II for long and large parts such as those often found in the aerospace industry. The HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6800-II featuring a hard metal machining package and the INTEGREX i-630V for gear cutting capability were also demonstrated.

Many of the new machines at T3 are additions to Mazak’s Five Levels of Multi-Tasking, which represent the most comprehensive lineup of Multi-Tasking technology in the world and one that addresses all industry segments. At T3, Mazak displayed 15 machine models from its Five Levels of Multi-Tasking – four machine models from Level One, two models from Level Two, two models from Level Three, four models from Level Four and one machine model from Level Five.

Level One machines, which typically offer a single turning spindle and drum-style turret with rotating tool capability for processing minimally complex workpieces, were the QUICK TURN SMART 250, SLANT TURN NEXUS 550M, and the MEGA TURN NEXUS 900M. Level Two machines add Y-axis functionality for off-center machining operations and Done-In-One machining using twin spindles/milling turret or twin spindles/twin turrets. Level Two machines displayed at T3 included the QUICK TURN NEXUS 250 MSY, 350 MY and 450 MY, along with the HYPER QUADREX 200 MSY and 450M and the MULTIPLEX 6200Y-II.

Independent milling spindle headstocks with B-axis indexing, as well as Y-axis travels and tool storage magazines, characterize Level Three of Mazak’s Five Levels of Multi-Tasking. In the Level Three category at T3, Mazak demonstrated the INTEGREX j-200 and j-400.

With an emphasis on automation and processing large or highly complex workpieces, Level Four encompasses full, simultaneous 5-axis machining. Machines showcased from this level included the INTEGREX i-150, i-200 ST and i-400 ST machine models, as well as the INTEGREX e-420H-S II and INTEGREX e-670H II.

The addition of specialized machining tasks, such as gear cutting, honing and grinding, transform a Level Four Multi-Tasking machine into a Level Five Ultra-Tasking machine that processes even the most demanding and complex parts complete in single setups. The Level Five Ultra-Tasking machine at T3 was the INTEGREX i-630V.

Machines demonstrated from all five Multi-Tasking levels, along with Mazak’s Multi-Tasking Machine Selector Tool interactive experience, offered T3 attendees an effective way to determine the best multi-tasking technology for meeting their specific application and process needs.

Additionally, Mazak premiered its new MAZATROL MATRIX 2 CNC control, which is designed to maximize 5-axis machining performance. MATRIX 2 provides increased processing speeds and functionality that together result in shorter part cycle times and vastly superior surface finishes.

Another unique aspect of T3 was the participation of each of Mazak’s Value Inspired Partners (VIP) that demonstrated their latest manufacturing innovations and shared with customers the ways in which their collaboration with Mazak results in more highly productive solutions for manufacturers. Each VIP conducted a technical seminar in The Learning Center at the National Technology Center and Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence – a facility focused on education and training.

Additionally, technical specialists from Mazak’s VIP partners were stationed at the various Points Of Action near machine tool cutting demonstrations. Both Mazak technicians and technical specialists from the VIP partners answered attendee questions, offered valuable part processing advice and explained the technology being demonstrated.

T3 attendees also took part in the first public tours of Mazak’s recently expanded manufacturing floor. Those on the tours experienced the latest results of Mazak’s continuous investment in its U.S. manufacturing operations, which has included expanding the Kentucky facility’s manufacturing floor space and making significant technology upgrades. These continuous expansions and upgrades, coupled with Mazak’s Production-On-Demand approach to manufacturing, allow the company to quickly introduce new, innovative products into the market and continue to be highly competitive.

Factory floor expansions have entailed the installation of an additional 5-axis 10-meter double-column Mazak VERSATECH V-140N machining center for increasing large-size part production capabilities. Mazak also installed three Mazak Optonics OPTIPLEX 3015 laser fabrication centers in an FMS that improves the processing of sheet metal machine components. And a new paint system for large and heavy sheet metal parts, as well as new spindle repair/rebuild areas, were added.

For more information, visit: www.mazakt3.com

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Mazak Corporation today announced that it has begun exporting machines designed and built at the company's Florence, Kentucky plant to Japan and other countries in Asia, as well as to Brazil and other South American countries. Initially, Mazak Corporation will export a range of Kentucky-built models to these countries beginning in October with the QUICK TURN SMART Series. Exports to Europe will begin with the QUICK TURN NEXUS 450-II MY Multi-Tasking machines and the ORBITEC 20 machining centers, both of which are being featured at EMO in Hannover, Germany, September 19-24.

The decision to export machines from Kentucky comes as a natural progression for Mazak Corporation, reflecting the company's continued growth in the North American market, the ongoing commitment to the highest quality standards, and incorporating new product designs from the U.S.

"Exporting Kentucky-designed and built machines reaffirms the fact that the United States remains a very competitive manufacturing environment for advanced technology products," said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. "In fact, we see the exporting of Kentucky-built machines as a catalyst that lays the groundwork for future expansion of our North American manufacturing operations." Papke further advised with regard to the manufacturing industry, "The fundamentals of our North American manufacturing sector are solid. To ensure its continued strength and viability as the global economic climate changes, the U.S. together with industry leaders must support investment in new technology that accelerates productivity, as well as improving workforce education and training. But if done correctly, there are significant opportunities for manufacturing in North America."

ISO 9001:2008 certified, Mazak Corporation opened its North American Headquarters in Florence, Kentucky in 1974, and since then, has continued to expand and invest in its manufacturing operations. Over the last three decades, Mazak has expanded its manufacturing operations in the U.S. 15 times, growing the facility to over 600,000 sq. ft. Mazak currently manufactures over 28 series of machines and over 100 models at its Kentucky plant, including vertical 3-, 4- and 5-axis machining centers, NEXUS turning centers and NEXUS Multi-Tasking machines.

Most recently, Mazak has invested $13 million in expanding the Kentucky facility's manufacturing capabilities through additional floor space and significant technology upgrades. These investments will continue through 2011, with the installation of an additional 5-axis 10-meter double-column Mazak VERSATECH machining center for increasing large-size part production capabilities and three Mazak Optonics OPTIPLEX 3015 laser fabrication centers in an FMS system that improve the processing of sheet metal machine components. A characteristic of the plant is that Mazak uses its own multitasking INTEGREX technology and PALLETECH systems to provide the same attractive levels of productivity offered to customers.

Mazak applies their unique Production-On-Demand approach to manufacturing in its Kentucky plant, which incorporates modular assembly operations to reduce inventory and streamline production, allowing the company to quickly introduce new, innovative products into the market.

Manufacturers will have the opportunity to experience the QUICK TURN NEXUS and ORBITEC machines first hand, along with over 30 other models of new machines at T3 - Tomorrow's Technology Today, a Discover Mazak 2011 event. The largest event of its kind, T3 is scheduled for October 18-20 and 25-27, and will host large numbers of manufacturers from across North America. In addition to featured machine technology, attendees will have the opportunity to tour Mazak's manufacturing plant and learn about the latest in complementary technologies from Mazak's VIP technology partners including Sandvik Coromant, Renishaw, Inc., Parlec, Seco Tools, LNS America and Royal Products. Live cutting demonstrations on all 30 machines will provide a broad spectrum of capability for manufacturers of different industries.

For more information on T3 and to register, please visit: www.MazakT3.com

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Yamazaki Mazak will be promoting the "Power of Mazak" at its 2,500 sq m stand at this year’s EMO in Hannover.

Mazak’s ability to power new levels of productivity and more efficient manufacturing, whilst offering outstanding ergonomic and environmental capabilities, will be showcased with 24 new Mazak machines on display.

Centre stage will be Mazak’s multi-tasking capabilities including the new INTEGREX i-series which demonstrates Mazak’s Done-in-One philosophy of machining raw material to finished component in one hit, one set-up and on one machine. The i-series will be complimented by the INTEGREX j-series along with new INTEGREX eH and eV multi-tasking machines and new VARIAXIS models offering greater capacity, functionality and productivity.

Crucially, EMO will be the debut for a new configuration of machine offering both 5-axis machining and turning capabilities on a highly versatile platform. Another innovative development is the ORBITEC 20 that is particularly suitable for valve processing and completes more than 75% of valve applications in one setup while maintaining high tolerances.

The Mazak EMO stand will also host the latest in CNC turning centre technology, including the QUICK TURN SMART series, which features simplified 2-and 3-axis turning and a host of high performance features not normally associated with machines in this price range, including direct drive spindles, linear guides, a fast-indexing tool turret and an NC tailstock.

In addition, the Mazak stand will include the QUICK TURN NEXUS series, the SLANT TURN NEXUS, which is designed to efficiently machine long shaft workpieces and the HYPER QUADREX series, which is designed for a wide variety of applications from chuck workpieces to large diameter bar work.

Vertical machining centres will be represented by the VC SMART series and the VTC series of travelling column machines, which are suitable for machining large, long work pieces. The VTC series has X- , Y- and Z- axes located outside the machining envelope and is now available with a larger capacity tooling option. The FJV vertical machining centre, a high-accuracy, high-rigidity machine featuring a double column construction and high performance spindles will also be available to view on the stand.

Horizontal machining centres will be represented by the HCN 6800-II, a high speed, high accuracy machine suitable for a wide variety of production requirements, including small to large work pieces and batch sizes. Mazak’s 3-level PALLETECH will also be hosted on the stand.

Mazak Laser will be represented by the Super Turbo X laser processing machines which are capable of the highest sheet metal cutting speeds ensuring maximum productivity.

During the course of EMO Mazak will also be announcing further details of its four new Technology Centres in Europe, in Leipzig which will open later in 2011 and in Düsseldorf, Katowice and Prague all opening in 2012.

Marcus Burton, Yamazaki Mazak Group Managing Director Europe, commented: “EMO offers us an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to a European audience the power of Mazak’s machines in helping our customers to reach new levels of productivity and efficiency. The new machines on the stand highlight the breadth of our range which offers a machining solution for every conceivable application.”

For more information, visit: www.mazakusa.com or www.emo-hannover.de

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Mazak Corporation will display Kentucky-developed and built machine models at EMO 2011, taking place September 19 – 24 in Hannover, Germany. Showing the machines outside of North America spearheads growth in the global market for American made Mazak machines.

Mazak Corporation engineering at its U.S. facility has a long history of developing machines and standard options that meet and exceed the demands of North American customers. The company has added new machine models to its extensive product lines every year since 1994 and would exhibit its Kentucky developed machines at IMTS tradeshows.

Mazak Corporation currently produces over 100 different models of Turning Centers, Multi-Tasking machines, and Vertical Machining Centers, many of which include 5-axis machining capabilities. At Mazak’s U.S. facility, the company incorporates modular assembly operations as part of its “Production-On-Demand” manufacturing principle, as well as using an extensive amount of Mazak Multi-Tasking technology and unattended machining operations. With such advanced manufacturing in place, Mazak can quickly introduce new innovative products and technologies that are highly competitive within the U.S. marketplace.

The Kentucky-built machines appearing at EMO are the Multi-Tasking QUICK TURN NEXUS 450-II MY and the ORBITEC 20 Valve Production Center. The QUICK TURN NEXUS 450-II MY has beenwell accepted in the U.S. market, and demand for the machine continues to grow. The machine is the largest model in Mazak’s NEXUS series of Turning and Multi-Tasking machines developed for the oil and gas services and construction machinery industries.

The QUICK TURN NEXUS 450-II MY showcases not only turning and milling, but also boring capabilities for long, large-diameter shaft-type workpieces. The machine’s special combination tailstock, equipped with a bull nose center and a 40” boring bar, allows for deep-hole boring to depths of up to 31.5?.

The machine’s headstock features a 7.2” through-bore size and a 50 hp integrated spindle motor that provides a maximum speed of 2,000 rpm. Optional 18” or 21” chuck sizes are available. Together with the Y-axis travel of a 12-position milling turret, the spindle is used as a C-axis, capable of being indexed at 0.0001° increments to accurately position workpieces for square facing and slotting cuts or off-center-line drilled holes.

Mazak’s Kentucky developed ORBITEC 20, featuring a unique headstock spindle design and optional two-pallet changer, provides quick and easy setups and increases throughput for large valve body machining. Equipped with a 40 hp, 600 rpm integrated spindle motor and axis travels of 11.8? (X), 23.62? (U), 23.62? (V) and 48.43? (Z), the ORBITEC 20 machines part diameters up to 20? and allows for a variety of valve features, including the facing of flange surfaces, conicalboring of taper holes, face milling and endmilling, to be done in single setups.

Additionally, with the two-pallet changer on the ORBITEC 20, Mazak’s PALLETECH solution can be incorporated to link the ORBITEC 20 with a Mazak horizontal machining center having a pallet size of 24.8”.

For more information, visit: www.mazakusa.com

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At every level, Acero reveals itself to be at odds with the public’s general perceptions of American manufacturing. The company’s facility is well lit and virtually spotless, resembling a laboratory more than a shop floor. In April 2011, the company acquired ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certifications for continuous quality improvement. While attaining these distinctions proves an exceptional challenge for many, Acero already dedicated itself so fully to quality that the certification process required little effort compared to its existing operations. This dedication is apparent at all levels.

“Most people spend more waking hours in their workplace than they do in any other single location,” says Mr. Fitzgerald. “It should be a clean and welcoming place, not somewhere that has them counting down the minutes until they can leave.”

Within the span of a few months in early 2009, Acero Precision (Newtown Square, Pennsylvania) purchased nine Mazak INTEGREX and VARIAXIS machining centers. While a sizable investment for the company, many similar actions were taking place at shops across the country. Spurred by tax incentives, a substantial number of forward-looking manufacturers decided the time was ripe for upgrading technology. Acero’s case becomes more noteworthy when taking into account that the company was able to partially fund its investment by selling its older Mazak machines for approximately 40% of their original purchase price. The impressive degree to which the machines retained their value can be largely attributed to how Acero treats its equipment and the underlying philosophy that drives all of the company’s actions.

“We treat machines the way car lovers treat their cars,” says Michael Fitzgerald, president of Acero. “When we’re making a purchase, we have no problem paying for the options that we think improve not only the machine’s performance, but its appearance as well. For instance, we pay extra to have unpainted stainless steel used in the interior workspace. If a machine gets bumped and the paint chips, we’re out there touching it up as soon as we see it. Our dedication might strike some as unnecessary, but it fits with how we approach everything we do and it helps us get a much higher resale value when we’re ready to upgrade technology.”

Acero’s commitment goes well beyond appearances, though. The company believes success lies in becoming the path of least resistance for customers and prospects. Employees participate in the Acero Field Experience program to learn more about the end products that integrate the parts they manufacture. Here engineers work closely with customers throughout the entire design and development phases of projects. If a customer needs something, Acero finds a way to provide it. Serving the life sciences, medical, racing and general industrial segments, the company’s approach has been extremely successful. One of the most telling signs of the effectiveness of Acero’s approach is the fact that 25% of its sales are exports to Asia. The company claims much of its success comes from structuring its operations to exceed customer requirements.

“In general, there are two levels of quality when you’re making a product,” says Mr. Fitzgerald. “There’s matching the specs exactly or not. For Acero, the part always has to match the specs. Our biggest challenge is probably keeping our pricing competitive while meeting that high standard and going out of our way to accommodate customers’ needs.”

The 2009 machine investment has played a vital role in how Acero maintains that balance. Each of the Mazak machines was purchased with either an 80-tool or 160-tool magazine, which provides the company with the benefit of running a diverse array of work with minimal tooling setups.

Acero’s Mazak INTEGREX 200-IV Multi-Tasking machining centers also integrate an optional second spindle, allowing both the front and back of parts to be machined without operator intervention. Additionally, the INTEGREX milling spindle provides simultaneous 5-axis machining. This array of specifications enables Acero to achieve Done-in-One production, whereby highly complex parts are machined to completion in a single setup. This affords an incredible level of flexibility in the company’s operations.

Typically, Acero leaves multiple jobs set up on each machine. During the company’s day shift, the company concentrates on the challenging jobs that require the most time and labor, usually consisting of prototypes and unexpected orders requiring tight turnarounds. At the end of the shift, operators pull up production jobs that can run overnight with minimum operator intervention.

“A lot of people I’ve encountered only want to deal with work that has high margins,” says Mr. Fitzgerald. “We’re glad to have lower margin, long-term work that we can reliably run without consuming a lot of labor. Even with less profit, those jobs go a long way towards meeting our overhead and allowing us to remain competitive on the more challenging work that we do during our day shifts.”

This approach, coupled with the comprehensive abilities of the Mazak Multi-Tasking machines, allows Acero to tackle work that would otherwise be too costly and time consuming. For instance, the company recently took on a job producing a long, thin bone plate for a medical customer. Machined from 316 stainless steel, the component required milling, drilling, surfacing, turning, threading and cutting off. The customer only needed 10 pieces, a lot size that would be impossible to produce in a cost efficient manner in many manufacturing environments.

“If you’re doing a small lot of a prototype part and you have to run it across multiple machines, your costs are going to go through the roof,” says Dave Watson, operations manager at Acero. “With the INTEGREX machines, we can utilize the Multi-Tasking capabilities and the ability to pass the part between two spindles to machine all of the necessary features in a single set-up. It’s still costly to do such small lots of highly complicated components, but we’re able to bring it down to the point where it’s feasible.”

Acero also produces small lots of difficult, complex parts for the motorsports industry. Recently, the company received an order for a prototype of a complex shock absorber component for a high performance racecar. The customer wanted just six pieces, and the tin-coated titanium part required turning, milling, surfacing, undercutting, grooving and boring operations, with some tolerances as tight as 0.0004”. It proved to be another instance where the Mazak INTEGREX’s ability to produce the component in a single set-up allowed Acero to manufacture the job at a cost acceptable to the customer.

Managing the wide variety of jobs coming through its facility proves a constant challenge for Acero. To eliminate this obstacle, the company has invested heavily in developing its own proprietary production management software system, Sponge. Every workstation is connected to the system, with programmers and operators entering data at every significant point of production. The end result is complete transparency of process performance, machine utilization, operator effectiveness and a host of other metrics.

The Sponge system also serves to maximize quality control. In the event that one or more parts are found to not fully comply with the printed specifications, the software automatically generates information that is forwarded on to the necessary parties. This makes it easy to identify when and why a problem occurred and the system manages scheduling of training sessions to ensure that the relevant employees are trained or retrained on information that will help them to avoid the issue in the future. Under constant development and refinement for the past two decades, Sponge tracks every aspect of Acero’s operations and provides a wealth of data that provides immense value both to the company and its customers.

From extensive process management software to routinely investing in new technology to maintaining a spotless work environment, every action Acero takes is designed to minimize costs, maximize efficiency and strengthen internal and external relationships. The approach has paid off tremendously, with an average revenue growth rate of 11.5% over the past five years. In 2009, a year that many manufacturers consider the worst of their lifetime, Acero only suffered a 4% decrease in sales. For 2011, the company is already on track for 17% growth and is looking at purchasing a new facility by year’s end. By focusing on detail and striving for constant improvement, the company expects no end to its potential for success.

For more information, visit: www.mazakusa.com or www.aceroprecision.com

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Seco Tools has joined Mazak’s Value Inspired Partners (VIP) program. Created to promote higher levels of solutions for manufacturers, the Mazak technology partners program brings together industry-leading technology providers to collaborate on R&D, process development and educational opportunities for North American manufacturers. Seco is just the second cutting tool provider to be certified into the program.

“Today’s manufacturer is faced with a broad spectrum of technologies, all evolving at a tremendous rate,” says Mike Parker, Director of Marketing and ProductDevelopment at Seco. “On an increasing basis, it is the responsibility of technology providers to work together to ensure that new innovations work together to provide the best possible performance. Mazak’s VIP program represents a bold and aggressive commitment to this goal. Seco is honored to have been certified for participation in the program and proud to join efforts with other industry leaders.”

To attain membership in the VIP program, a company must demonstrate that its commitment to manufacturers exceeds the traditional supplier relationship. Seco’s history of working closely with manufacturers to improve their processes for maximum productivity and cost savings played an important role in the company’s certification into the Mazak program.

Seco provides innovative cuttings tools and toolholders for milling, turning and holemaking across a wide range of industries. Globally, the company’s products are applied to some of the most demanding applications in metals and composites in the aerospace, medical, automotive, oil & gas, wind and general machining industries.

About Seco Tools

Seco Tools is a leading provider of metalcutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking and toolholding. The company prides itself on building close relationships with customers to effectively understand and address their needs.

For more information, visit: www.secotools.com or www.mazakusa.com/vip

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As part of the ongoing Discover Mazak series, Mazak will host the largest event of its kind at its Florence, Kentucky campus this Fall. During Discover Mazak -- Tomorrow's Technology Today, over 30 new innovative machines will be featured, as well as a demonstration of Mazak's Production-On-Demand manufacturing plant, where over 100 models of machines are produced. Discover Mazak -- Tomorrow's Technology Today is a unique two-week event scheduled for October 10th-21st, during which Mazak will welcome nearly 2,000 visitors from across North America to experience the latest machine tool innovations.

Discover Mazak - Tomorrow's Technology Today will feature the most advanced turning, milling and Multi-Tasking metalcutting solutions, including many forms of 5-axis machining technologies. During the course of the event, visitors will have the opportunity to attend a variety of technology presentations, and experience real-world application machining demonstrations. Mazak experts, as well as the company's VIP technology partners, will also be on hand to offer a variety technology seminars and personalized consultation on manufacturers' unique challenges. Topics covered will include the Five Levels of Multi-Tasking, automation technology, industry-segment focused process development and manufacturing technology.

"Discover Mazak - Tomorrow's Technology Today will be like no other manufacturing event the industry has seen," said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. "What makes it and all Mazak events different is that visitors not only see the latest machine tool technology in action, they experience our Production-On-Demand process firsthand at our manufacturing plant. Our plant is driven by customer need, which results in new product development, such as the unique spindle headstock of the ORBITEC 20 for the valve industry, and the combination tailstock with 40" boring bar for the energy industry. The presentation of new technology alongside the actual manufacturing process is unique to Mazak here in North America, and something only we can provide."

Mazak produces over 100 models of machines tools at its Florence plant, and the company has invested $13 million in expanding the facility's capabilities through additional floor space and technology upgrades to increase output to 150 machine tools per month. As a result of those investments, attendees of Tomorrow's Technology Today will be able to tour the plant and see, first hand, the new installation of another VERSATECH V-140N 5-axis double-column machining center for large part production and a new Mazak Optonics cell with three laser fabrication centers that improve productivity of sheet metal parts.

At Discover Mazak - Tomorrow's Technology Today, visitors will also learn all the benefits of Mazak's Optimum Plus program, which is a comprehensive program designed to provide Mazak customers with a strong competitive advantage, including 97% same day parts delivery. Optimum Plus encompasses many services Mazak has developed over the years and upgrades them as it establishes a clear plan for continual improvement in how the company supports its customers' operations.

Mazak will provide additional event details in the weeks to come at: www.MazakUSA.com

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PartMaker Inc., a division of Delcam Plc, in partnership with Mazak Corp. will demonstrate the benefits of using bar-fed milling technology for the manufacture of medical devices at Mazak’s Discover Mazak Northeast event at the company’s technology center located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut May 17 – 18, 2011.

The presentations will feature the manufacture of titanium spinal plate like the one shown above on the Mazak i-150. In addition to the machining presentations, PartMaker technical specialists will conduct seminars each day on the benefits of using bar-fed mills like the Mazak i-150 for the automated manufacture of medical devices as well CAD/CAM considerations for doing so.

"In many way, bar-fed mills like the Mazak i-150 represent the future of small, complex, low-volume CNC manufacturing, such as that often found in the medical arena,” says PartMaker Inc. division President Hanan Fishman.  "Together with Mazak we are very pleased to have the opportunity to demonstrate live the benefits of how CAM software can help manufacturers take advantage of this unique technology.  The Northeast has traditionally been a hub for leading-edge manufacturing techniques, so the fact that these presentations are being done in at Mazak’s Northeast Technology Center are highly appropriate.”

Unique Support for Bar-Fed Mills

PartMaker Version 2011 has been specifically designed to automate the programming of Bar-Fed Mills like the Mazak i-150.  Bar-fed mills are a new breed of machine tool technology that is growing more popular for the production of small, complex parts for such applications as medical device, aerospace, fluid power and any other industry that requires complex small parts.  In many ways, these machines represent the future of complex, low volume, small parts manufacturing.  With Version 2011, PartMaker aims to establish itself as the market leading system for automating the programming of Bar-Fed Mills by introducing a number of new features for handling the unique programming issues presented by these machines. PartMaker Version 2011 simulates the unique architectures and machine kinematics of Bar-Fed mills in its 3D simulation module and supports the Bar-Fed mill offerings with robust post processors and vivid simulation of such machines.

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PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features.  It thus relieves the user from reentering the same features information for subsequent parts.  It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions.

PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for Turn-Mills and Swiss-type lathes with its patented Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling. It assures quicker learning and easier use. It makes an extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data.  Synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved by a few mouse clicks.

PartMaker Inc. is a subsidiary of Delcam Plc, the world’s leading developer and supplier of complete CAD/CAM software solutions.  Delcam Plc is publicly traded on the AIM exchange in London.  While PartMaker is sold direct in North America by PartMaker Inc. PartMaker is sold overseas through a network of sales partner offices operating in over 120 countries.

You can learn more about this event by visiting: www.mazakusa.com/dmnortheast

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The continued upswing in business in the Midwest has spurred plans for expansion at Mazak’s Midwest Headquarters and Technology Center located in Schaumburg, Illinois.

The expansion represents Mazak’s continuous investment in American manufacturing and coincides with other recent investments, including a new facility in Houston and production expansion at its manufacturing campus in Florence, Kentucky, to meet customer demand.

“The vibrant manufacturing market and our long-term commitment to customers in the Midwest convinced us to accelerate our expansion plans of our Technology Center in Illinois,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “In line with our new Southwest Headquarters and Technology Center in Houston and a new $9 million investment in our Kentucky plant, the goal of the Midwest expansion is to continuously serve our customers with solutions for improved manufacturing productivity to competitiveness of North American manufacturing.”

Mazak plans to move quickly on the Midwest expansion project, with a grand opening targeted for April 2012. The expanded facility will feature a new auditorium space, more room for seminars, and a spacious area for customer turnkey projects and test cuts, as well as expanded machine tool technology demonstration facilities.

Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productivity-improving machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky recently initiated a $9 million manufacturing expansion. The facility’s “Production on Demand” manufacturing concept uses the latest in machine tool technologies as part of its lean strategy. Continuous training and development of the workforce has created a “lean” culture, which has created opportunities for continuing growth in America. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to its customers.

For more information visit: www.mazakusa.com

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Mazak has announced increased production levels at its facility in Florence, Kentucky. Fueled by the economic recovery, the company has experienced a steady increase in demand over the past nine months particularly after the IMTS Show in Chicago. Mazak projects monthly output of its Florence plant to reach 130 machine tools per month by the close of Q2 2011 and growing throughout the remainder of 2011. In terms of dollar value, this will represent the largest output ever produced at the plant, due largely to market demand shifting the production mix to favor larger and more complex Multi-Tasking models of machines.

"Over the past two years, Mazak continued to invest heavily in the ongoing productivity of our U.S. production facility, despite the poor economic conditions of 2009," says Brian Papke, president of Mazak. "We have further refined and improved our Production on Demand system to become extremely responsive to real time customer needs. Additionally, a high level of vertical integration allows us tremendous control in reacting to market conditions. With the present value of the dollar, we will be exporting more machines in future months from our Florence plant, in addition to building for domestic manufacturers."

Mazak produces over 100 models of machines tools at its Florence plant. During the economic downturn, the company invested $13 million in expanding the facility's capabilities through additional floor space and technology upgrades. Similar investment will continue into 2011, with the installation of another VERSATECH V-140N 5-axis double-column machining center for large part production. Mazak will also be adding a Mazak Optonics cell with three laser fabrication centers in 2011 to improve productivity of sheet metal parts.

Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productivity-improving machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky recently initiated a $9 million manufacturing expansion. The facility's "Production on Demand" manufacturing concept uses the latest in machine tool technologies as part of its lean strategy. Continuous training and development of the workforce has created a "lean" culture, which has created opportunities for continuing growth in America. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to its customers.

For more information visit: www.mazakusa.com

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THE DISCOVER MAZAK - MIDWEST event at the Mazak Midwest Regional Headquarters and Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, promises to be a truly unique and unparalleled experience. During the three-day event from March 15-17, you'll be able to customize exactly what you see and learn, and when.

Throughout each day of the event, a wide variety of topic discussions will be scheduled at multiple times, so feel free to pick and choose the day or days that work for you knowing that you won't miss any valuable information geared specifically to your manufacturing applications. You'll further maximize your time at the event by participating in several innovative interactive learning seminars - instead of large lectures, experts from Mazak and its VIP technology partners will lead smaller group discussions where you can ask questions, share your own experiences and get some quality hands-on time with the latest technologies.

And while attending the event, you'll have the opportunity to view a virtual tour of our Kentucky manufacturing plant as well as participate in the March MAZATROL Madness competition.

Register for Discover Mazak - Midwest at: www.mazakusa.com/dmmidwest

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Mazak will be showcasing a variety of machine tool technologies geared toward increasing aerospace part production during the AeroDef Manufacturing 2011 show, which will take place on April 5 – 7 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Special featured machines at Mazak’s booth #1350 will include the VARIAXIS 730-5X II full simultaneous five-axis machining center and the new INTEGREX i-200S Multi-Tasking machine.

Mazak’s high-performance VARIAXIS 730-5X II provides high-speed, heavy-duty, full simultaneous five-axis machining of large, complex parts such as those involved in the aerospace industry. The machine is equipped with a 30-tool magazine standard or 80-tool or 120-tool optional magazines for uninterrupted production.

The machine’s powerful 50-taper spindle features high-performance characteristics, including a maximum spindle speed of 10,000 rpm and 40 hp, while a 1,654 ipm rapid traverse rate in X-, Y-, and Z-axes significantly reduces part cycle times. Additionally, the machine’s high-precision tilting rotary table provides an A-axis (tilting) rotation of 150° and C-axis rotation of ±360°, both in increments as small as 0.0001°. Machine travels measure 28.74” x 33.46” x 22.05” in X, Y, and Z axes, respectively.

Visitors to the Mazak booth will also see the new INTEGREX i-200S Multi-Tasking center that combines extreme versatility and accuracy for complete part machining in one setup. Such capability is particularly beneficial to those aerospace manufacturers machining mid-size, complex components.

The INTEGREX i-200S features two 5,000 rpm spindles, with C-axis control, for single-setup front and back-end part work. The machine accommodates workpieces up to 25.9” in diameter and offers a 3” spindle bore. A powerful 30 hp, 12,000 rpm milling spindle is mounted in the vertical rotating B-axis with a range of 240° that provides precise angle cutting and 5-axis contouring. For both prismatic and cylindrical parts processing, the INTEGREX i-200S boasts an impressive Y-axis travel of 9.8” and vertical X-axis of 24.2”, with 4.92” below centerline.

For more information on Mazak's products and solutions, visit www.mazakusa.com

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The Discover Mazak – Canada event at the Mazak Canadian Headquarters and Technology Center promises to be one that will give solid competitive advantages to those companies involved in manufacturing. As part of that opportunity, attendees will learn how to secure new work, gain useful insight into maintaining current work and discover how the Canadian Government can help grow manufacturing business.

Mazak Corporation Canada, its Headquarters and Technology Center, is located in Cambridge, Ontario. The special one-day event is scheduled for May 4 and will feature the latest innovative Mazak metal cutting solutions geared to specific part machining applications as they pertain to various industries, such as aerospace and automotive. Throughout the day of Discover Mazak – Canada, a wide variety of keynote-speaker presentations, interactive breakout sessions, kiosk presentations and real-world application machining demonstrations will be conducted between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Among the event’s special highlighted presentation topics will be “How to do Business with Bombardier” – the Montreal, Canada, aerospace and rail transportation global manufacturing company. Representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development will also be on-hand for a presentation on how to take advantage of Government grants and financial assistance for capital acquisition and business expansion.

Kiosk presentations at Discover Mazak – Canada will cover Mazak’s Optimum Plus service and support program, the Five Levels of Multi-Tasking Selector Tool, Mazak’s unique MX Hybrid Roller Guide System, MAZATROL machine controls, and machine automation solutions such as the PALLETECH manufacturing system.

Discover Mazak – Canada will have on-hand the latest industry and part-specific machine tool technologies to help attendees develop and test new part processes. Attendees looking for Done-In-One part production capability will see it in action on Mazak’s new INTEGREX j-200 Multi-Tasking machine featuring a 20-tool magazine instead of a conventional drum turret type and on the twin-turning spindle/twin-turret INTEGREX 400-IV ST Multi-Tasking machine with a 12,000-rpm milling spindle.

Mazak’s affordable QUICK TURN SMART 250 Multi-Tasking machine, ideal for job shops and other high-production environments, and the QUICK TURN NEXUS 450-II M Multi-Tasking machine that allows shops to NC program the machine’s tailstock will both be demonstrated cutting parts as well.

Under the automated systems umbrella, Discover Mazak – Canada attendees will see the new twin spindle/twin turret HYPER QUADREX 200MS Turning Center equipped with a gantry robot loader and bar feeder. The machine gives shops the capability to run both chuck and bar work in fully automated operations.

For multiple-surface, 5-axis simultaneous machining applications, Discover Mazak – Canada will be running demonstrations of the VARIAXIS 630 II Vertical Machining Center and of the new all-linear motor HYPER VARIAXIS 630 Vertical Machining Center featuring an ergonomic design and tilting/rotary table.

Focusing on automotive and aerospace machining applications, Mazak’s HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 4000 Horizontal Machining Center with two-pallet changer for non-stop production and the VERTICAL CENTER SMART 430 Vertical Machining Center able to use both EIA/ISO programs and conversational programming will be on display.

Additionally, Discover Mazak – Canada attendees can take advantage of the Canada Headquarters and Technology Center’s regional industry expertise and its process and application engineering resources tailored to those and other industries. Engineers and technicians will be readily available to discuss all aspects of the manufacturing process, including cutting tools, workholding, automation, material handling, quality assurance, chip handling, coolant and hydraulics, safety, and software.

To register for Discover Mazak – Canada, visit www.mazakcanada.com/dmcanada

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