Mazak Newsroom

November 2017

Cybersecurity: Why You Need More Than Just a Firewall

One of the biggest problems facing manufacturing today is the practice of indiscriminate internetworking. To take advantage of IT/OT integration and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), some manufacturers continue to connect networks together with limited regard to security and the false assumption that minimal security is enough to ward off a cyber attack.

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October 2017

Mazak Hosts Students for “Making it Real–Girls & Manufacturing” Event

From last year’s box-office success, Hidden Figures, to the recent unveiling of the Women of NASA Lego® figures, girls are finding more encouragement to pursue STEM careers. Recently, Mazak had the opportunity to help inspire approximately 150 female students from local schools to learn more about manufacturing by opening our factory doors as a featured host of this year’s “Making it Real–Girls & Manufacturing” Program.

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September 2017

Small But Mighty Site Section Just for Job Shops

Have you checked out the new section of the Mazak website just for job shops? If not, you should. We promise it will be worth your while.

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Mazak Releases Schedule for Free, Interactive Webinar Series

Mazak Corporation is dedicated to providing a range of resources to keep customers in front of the latest manufacturing advancements and to offer tips on how to best utilize technology to their advantage. With that, the company has expanded its Discover Technology Webinar Series with the introduction of several new free webinars this fall.

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Continuous Innovation Gets Service Parts to You in Record Time

Every minute your machine is down is lost productivity, and Mazak knows this, which is why we continually work to incorporate special systems, software and processes into our service parts operations to be the best we can be.

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August 2017

Mazak Adaptive Gear Machining Solutions to Take Center Stage at Gear Expo

At Gear Expo 2017, Mazak will demonstrate recent advancements in manufacturing systems and processes that make the business of producing high-quality gears an easier, faster and highly profitable endeavor for job shops across all industry segments. Visitors to booth 123 will discover how Mazak’s Multi-Tasking Machines, when equipped with the latest MAZATROL Smooth CNC and Mazak SMOOTH Gear Cutting Solutions, can serve as adaptive machining solutions for precision gears of all shapes and sizes.

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Mazak Adds Machining Power and Versatility to Kentucky Plant

Mazak Corporation has completed the installation of a new Mazak HCN-16000Q Horizontal Machining Center in the company’s North American Manufacturing Plant in Florence, Kentucky. The addition of the powerful and versatile machine positions Mazak to ramp up overall production of its Kentucky-built machines and handle components, especially larger ones, for new machine models to meet surging customer demands.

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New Shop Opens with Three Machines and a Drive to Succeed

About a year ago, the company Mike O'Connor and Alvaro Callejas worked for closed and the business was liquidated. They suddenly faced the life-changing choice of either finding a new job or creating one.

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The Digitally Connected Factory

The digitally connected factory is rapidly becoming a reality, thanks to huge leaps in affordable data handling capabilities. As more machines begin to communicate with each other, production efficiency goes up. Add the ability of analytic tools to predict maintenance needs, and productivity improves even more.

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July 2017

Let's Race - Our CNC vs Yours

SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY has revolutionized the way our machine tools perform. Spanning the entire part production landscape — from programming and metal removal to automation and data collection — this all-encompassing platform seamlessly brings unmatched speed, accuracy, functionality and ergonomics to virtually every type of metalworking application. That’s why we created the Mazak SMOOTH CHALLENGE.

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Mazak iSMART Factory™ Initiative Spreads to Japan Plant

Mazak continues its steadfast advancement toward the complete digitization of all its manufacturing operations with the recent transformation of its Oguchi, Japan, facility into yet another Mazak iSMART Factory™. The Oguchi plant now joins Mazak’s iSMART Factory in Florence, Kentucky, as the first two in the company’s plan to eventually designate all ten of its manufacturing operations as Mazak iSMART Factories.

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Mazak To Feature Advanced HYBRID Multi-Tasking at CMTS 2017

Mazak Canada will showcase several machine tool innovations suitable for shops of all sizes and manufacturing requirements at this year’s CMTS in booth 2560. Show attendees will experience a variety of Mazak technology demonstrations, including the additive and subtractive part processing of the company’s VC-500 AM HYBRID Multi-Tasking Machine.

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June 2017

Machine Technology Gives Shop Dramatic Setup Reductions

For Land & Sea, Inc., part setups have essentially become inconsequential when it comes to machining operations. That’s because the Concord, New Hampshire, shop that produces the DYNOmite line of engine and chassis dynamometers recently incorporated a combination of effective shop floor strategies and advanced machine tool technology to dramatically shrink setup times from days to minutes.

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Students Bring Their Best to Precision Machining Competition

In May, we had the honor to host the 26th annual 2017 Precision Machining Competition for Illinois high school students at our Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. This competition recognizes excellence in precision machining skills and encourages students to pursue careers in manufacturing by reaching them at a critical time during their K-12 education.

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IIoT is a Journey, Not a Destination

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a fad. Research provider BI Intelligence predicts the number of IoT devices connected to the Internet will more than triple by 2020, from 10 billion to 34 billion. Networking computers, devices and machines to collect and share data is transforming many industries, including manufacturing where it can help lower operating costs, decrease machine downtime and increase overall productivity.

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May 2017

From Mazak to You in Seven Steps

Few, if any, machine tool OEMs can claim that 97% of parts orders ship the same day they are received. Mazak is one that can and does because we understand that every minute you have to wait is potentially lost production time.

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Mazak Appoints New Southwest Regional General Manager

Mazak Corporation drew from the ranks of its highly capable and experienced management team and promoted Christopher Papke to the position of Southwest Regional General Manager. Papke will take over for Dana Scott who is set to retire after 19 years as the head of Mazak’s Southwest Technology Center in Houston, Texas.

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Mazak Hosts Precision Machining Competition for Students

In support of the local Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA), Mazak’s Midwest Technology Center hosted the 26th annual 2017 Precision Machining Competition, which honors excellence in precision machining skills among Illinois high school students. At the awards ceremony Thursday evening, May 11, TMA presented students with first-, second- and third-place awards in three machining categories.

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Two Turrets, Two Spindles, Two Approaches

Mazak has many options when it comes to turning centers with Multi-Tasking capabilities. Two such machine series, Mazak’s MULTIPLEX Series and HQR Series, accomplish this in different ways.

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April 2017

Mazak Customer Support Continues to Grow in Mexico

Mazak customers in Mexico will soon benefit from enhanced levels of localized customer service and support with the grand opening of the Preci facility in Queretaro. The brand new building will house applications and service technicians, offer training to customers and demonstrate some of the most advanced Mazak machine tool and automation technologies, including those specifically geared toward the area’s well-entrenched aerospace and automotive industries.

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Buy It Right: What to Consider Before the Purchase of a New Machine

A new machine tool is a big investment. Make sure you carefully evaluate your needs and identify which product will help you meet your objectives. You’ll need to carefully consider your exact production goals as well as the part/jobs involved.

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Mazak Brings Big-part Multi-Tasking Prowess and Advanced CNC to WMTS

At WMTS 2017, Mazak Canada will demonstrate how the QTN 450M turning center with Multi-Tasking DONE IN ONE® capabilities boosts productivity and reduces cycle times for large-diameter, shaft-type part manufacturing in industries such as oil and gas. The company will also run simulations of its MAZATROL SmoothX CNC, the industry’s fastest most progressive machine tool control, in booth 213 during the show that takes place June 6-8 in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Get to Know Your VC-500 AM: Maintenance Tips and Tricks

Ultra-versatile HYBRID Multi-Tasking machines, such as Mazak’s VC-500 AM, are designed for easy maintenance, but present some special maintenance requirements due to their combination of additive and subtractive technologies.

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Productivity Boosting Technologies Take Center Stage at Mazak Northeast Event

Mazak will host a special Discover More with Mazak™ Technology and Learning event at its Northeast Technology Center in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, May 16 – 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event will give manufacturers in the region an opportunity to explore machine tool and support technology solutions that can enhance productivity and overcome specific manufacturing challenges on their shop floors.

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March 2017

Mazak Develops New Smart Automation in Collaboration with Muratec

Mazak continues to provide the most advanced and highly productive manufacturing technologies available through strategic collaborations with other key OEMs. As the result of such a collaborative effort with Murata Machinery, Ltd. (Muratec), Mazak developed its new MAZATEC SMS (Smart Manufacturing System) that provides unmanned, lights-out manufacturing and high output, as well as IIoT connectivity.

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Bemsco Defense Products Thanks Its Customers For 50 Years In Business

Bemsco, a premier manufacturer of hydraulic, electro-mechanical assemblies and complex machined components for the aerospace industry, is celebrating their 50th anniversary. V.P., Jeff Block says that Bemsco is primarily a Mazak shop. “We own 12 Mazak machines, having used them for decades.

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MAZATEC SMS: Collaboration of Muratec (AS/RS) and Yamazaki Mazak (machine tools)

Yamazaki Mazak Corporation and Murata Machinery, Ltd. (Muratec) have collaborated in the development of the "MAZATEC SMS (Smart Manufacturing System)". This is an advanced manufacturing system designed to meet today's requirements for manufacturers and to provide unsurpassed efficiency by performing unmanned machining.

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MAZATEC SMS Collaboration Between MURATEC (AS/RS) and YAMAZAKI MAZAK

Yamazaki Mazak Corporation and Murata Machinery, Ltd. (Muratec) have collaborated in the development of the "MAZATEC SMS (Smart Manufacturing System)". This is an advanced manufacturing system designed to meet today's requirements for manufacturers and to provide unsurpassed efficiency by performing unmanned machining.

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Take Advantage of our Technology Centers to Increase Efficiency and Utilization

Manufacturing today is fast-paced – every minute of production affects the bottom line. To be competitive shops must achieve efficient use of leading edge technology backed by comprehensive service and support that ensures machines are performing at their best. Operators must also be well-trained so that they can optimize each machine’s capabilities.

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February 2017

How to Troubleshoot 11 Common MTConnect Issues

MTConnect® can help you significantly boost manufacturing efficiency and productivity by enabling your manufacturing equipment to provide valuable data in a format that is useable by data management applications. However, as with any computer-based system, issues such as missing or erroneous inputs and commands can arise and negatively affect system performance. Fortunately, MTConnect implementation issues are generally easy to recognize and resolve.

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Automotive Shops: How to Drive Success

Shops throughout the automotive industry face many common challenges from part quality and cost reduction to the most critical factor – on time delivery. While the challenges are the same, the approaches to manufacturing and part machining can differ greatly from one tier to the next.

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Mazak to Host Technology and Education Event for Midwest Shops

Mazak will host its annual Discover More With Mazak™ Event at its Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, May 2 - 4. In addition to real-world part cutting demonstrations of the industry’s most innovative machine tools the company will conduct seminars and training sessions centered around its MAZATROL Smooth CNC technology.

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Shop Stretches Manufacturing Abilities with Advanced VTCs

What was once a significant cost for Techniform is now a major profit center. The Mabank, TX, shop specializes in stretch form metal curving/fabrication to produce components used for everything from planes, trains and automobiles to roller coasters and window assemblies in high-rise buildings. Practically all of these formed components require conventional machining - work the shop farmed out to local suppliers. Unfortunately, in doing so, Techniform was subjected to the schedules and often long lead times of those suppliers, not to mention inconsistent part quality from one job to the next.

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January 2017

Mazak to Host Special San Francisco Event for Silicon Valley Shops

Mazak will host a special Discover More with Mazak™ Technology and Learning event at its San Francisco facility in Milpitas, California, March 15 – 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will center on the particular needs of Silicon Valley shops as well as those of the local area manufacturing community in general.

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Precision Profiler Opens Opportunity for Larger Aerospace Parts

Fort Walton Machining could only process smaller aerospace parts without investing in large, expensive-to-operate equipment. Mazak's Vortex 160 horizontal profiler increased the shop's part size capabilities.

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Mazak to Spotlight Accurate, Affordable Machining Solutions at PMTS 2017

At PMTS 2017, taking place April 25 – 27 in Columbus, Ohio, Mazak will showcase several machining solutions that enable shops to cost effectively achieve huge gains in productivity. In booth 349, the company will feature its new QUICK TURN PRIMOS 100, QUICK TURN UNIVERSAL (QTU) 200MSY and VC 500A5X machine models, each with a different level of CNC control technology and able to easily process wide varieties of parts.

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What to Consider When Choosing Either a Single-process or Multi-Tasking Machine

Most shops today have some level of Multi-Tasking capabilities, one machining center that combines several cutting processes to reduce job setup time, increase capacity, improve machining accuracy and conserve valuable shop floor space. But is it always best to use a Multi-Tasking machine, or are there times when using a milling machine and/or separate turning machine is a better option? Here are five things to consider when making the choice:

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New VARIAXIS j-600AM Grows the Mazak Additive Series

As one of the newest members of Mazak’s additive machine family, the VARIAXIS j-600AM (Additive Manufacturing) Vertical Machining Center features an innovative Wire Arc-type metal deposition system. The technology takes the additive process to whole new levels in terms of speed, allowing shops to quickly and easily grow part features then employ the machine’s advanced 5-axis multi-surface subtractive capabilities to produce high-precision parts complete in single setups.

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How Mazak Combines Simplicity and Innovation with Value

One size does not fit all when it comes to shops and their machine tool needs. That’s why Mazak offers such a diverse line of technology, including those machining systems that are extremely cost effective without sacrificing performance. But how is this accomplished? The designs and features of Mazak’s simple but innovative QTU series of CNC Turning Centers and the VCU series of Vertical Machining Centers offer the answer to that question.

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Mazak’s VTC-805E Delivers Size, Speed and Power for Large Part Production

The new Mazak VTC-805E Vertical Traveling Column Machining Center brings high versatility and productivity to long, heavy parts production. The machine combines an increased Y-axis stroke, long bed/table size, high spindle speed and torque and Mazak’s new SmoothG CNC control for efficient, powerful machining.

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