Mazak Announces “Discover” Dates

The October and November events will spotlight new technologies and trends in the manufacturing industry.

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Mazak Corporation encourages those involved in the metalworking industry to attend its DISCOVER 2015 technology and education event, scheduled for October 27 – 29 and November 3 – 5 in Florence, Kentucky. New technologies and trends to be highlighted at the event include unconventional ways to drive operational efficiency via additive manufacturing, CNC technology and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) concept.

One machine making its North American debut at Discover 2015 is the Integrex i-400AM, a Hybrid multi-tasking machine that integrates laser cladding with full five-axis milling and turning capabilities.

In the CNC realm, Mazak recently started outfitting its multi-tasking machines with the new Mazatrol SmoothX CNC. Designed for fast processing times, the CNC is said to be particularly useful in fine increment programs for simultaneous five-axis operations and free-form die/mold machining.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIOot) describes “smart” components (data storage, controls and software), automation and advanced connectivity between machines and external data sources work hand-in-hand to improve productivity, reduce operating costs and more. As an early adopter of IIoT, Mazak will showcase how its revamped North American manufacturing plant incorporates what it calls the iSMART Factory concept. The iSMART concept involves the use of advanced manufacturing cells and systems together with full digital integration to achieve free-flow data sharing in terms of process control and operation monitoring. The MTConnect open communications protocol works with process support software and provides connectivity and the capability to monitor then harvest data from all the different production floor machines, cells, devices and processes.

In addition to getting a first-hand look at IIoT – which is expected to be a significant driver of manufacturing productivity and growth over the next decade – attendees will leave the event with a greater understanding of how shared intelligence and access to real-time information can optimize their processes.

Overall, more than 30 of the latest Mazak machine tools will perform real-world cutting demonstrations throughout the event. Applications experts will be on standby during the demonstrations to discuss total manufacturing solutions as well as part-processing improvements with attendees. The company will also offer a series of seminars that will teach attendees the latest metalworking tools, trends and techniques for improved productivity and profitability.

Additional DISCOVER 2015 details, including registration information, are available at