Mazak Readies New Machines, Automation for IMTS

With the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) only weeks away, more exhibitors are revealing the machines, technologies, and services they will be featuring at McCormick Place in Chicago, Sept. 8-13.

One major display will be offered by machining systems maker Mazak Corp., of Florence, Ky. Mazak plans to exhibit 21 machining systems under power, including a number of new models.

It will also feature special video presentations of a new machine, the Vortex Horizontal Profiler 160, which is targeted at the aerospace industry and is too big for booth display.

Among the new machining systems Mazak will feature at IMTS is the Vortex Horizontal Profiler 160, a 5-axis machine for large parts. Among the new machining systems Mazak will introduce at IMTS is the Vortex Horizontal Profiler 160, a 5-axis machine for large parts.

This is, incidentally, Mazak's 40th year of manufacturing in Florence. The anniversary will undoubtedly give the machine maker an added incentive to tout its recent developments and equipment introductions at the biennial IMTS, the North American industry's biggest machining trade stage.

The 5-axis Vortex Horizontal Profiler 160 accommodates medium to large workpieces. The integrated, vertically oriented worktable is 157 by 49 in, and it has a load capacity of 6,614 lb. The horizontal machining center includes a 60-hp, high-speed (26,000 rpm) HSK-A63 integral-motor spindle, and it reportedly achieves one of the fastest material-removal rates in the market.

Other new models that will be on display include the INTEGREX e-1600-V10S and INTEGREX j-200S, both multitasking machines, and the cost-effective Horizontal Center Universal 4000 and 5000 machining centers.

Mazak describes the INTEGREX e-1600-V10S as one of the most advanced multitasking machines commercially available. It is designed for large, heavy, complex workpieces, engineered with the company's Done-In-One capability - which means it completes turning, milling, boring and all other machining operations in one setup. The vertical machine has a tilting B-axis for 5-axis cutting, and can be fitted with a high-speed or high-torque milling spindle. It also has a large selection of tool-storage options.

The model is one of seven machines Mazak will feature at IMTS that will be equipped with the company's Mazatrol SmoothX CNC system, which is designed to provide high speed and high power during operations and improve ease of use. Cutting demonstrations at the show will include an aerospace part.

The INTREGREX j-200S is designed to maximize precision and throughput in cutting complex, medium-sized parts - bed lengths come in 20- or 40-in lengths. Also equipped with the Done-In-One feature, the 5-axis vertical model comes with either a 5,000-rpm main spindle (chuck size of 8 in) or a 12,000-rpm milling spindle. The main spindle runs with a 15-hp motor and the milling spindle a 10-hp motor.

Two other new machines include the Horizontal Center Universal 4000 and 5000 models. Both are, as their names indicate, horizontal machining centers. Mazak describes the 4000 as a high-value, high-productivity machine for job shops. It has a 15.75-in work pallet and accommodates parts with up to 25-in diameters and 35-in heights. The machine can be equipped with a 12,000- or 20,000-rpm spindle; 40-, 80-, or 120-tool magazines; and either an NC-positioning or NC-rotary table.

The 5000 model is designed for high-volume, low-mix shops. It has a 19.69-in pallet, can be equipped with a 12,000- or 20,000-rpm spindle, has the tool-holding capacities of the 4000, and has the same choice of positioning or rotary tables as its sister machine.

At IMTS, Mazak will equip some of its machines with different types of automation. Included will be twin-pallet changers, gantry loaders, an articulated robot cell, and the company's Palletech Automation System. Among benefits of the latter are high- and low-volume production efficiency, lights-out operation, improved machine utilization, and prioritization of last-minute jobs. Palletech can be set up for virtually any production layout, according to Mazak, and can be used to link two different Mazak machine tools to create an automated work cell.

The machine maker will, in addition, have factory simulation software at its booth that demonstrates how machining systems and the Palletech Automation System can streamline operations.

Mazak - and other exhibitors - will also discuss MTConnect, the open-source, royalty-free manufacturing protocol that is being promoted as a standard for retrieving manufacturing data from manufacturing machinery and interoperability between devices and software applications.


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