U.S.-Built Mazak Machines Making EMO Debut
Mazak Corporation (Florence, KY) is displaying Kentucky-developed and built machine models at EMO 2011, taking place this week in Hannover, Germany.
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 standardoptions 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”.
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