Mazak “Discover” Event to Highlight Data-Driven Manufacturing

Automation and “smooth” technology are particular draws for the late October and early November event at the company’s Florence, KY facility.

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Mazak plans to highlight the future of modern machine tools, advanced software and interconnectivity at its upcoming Discover 2015 event. Scheduled for October 27-29 and November 3-5 at the machine tool builder’s North American headquarters in Florence Kentucky, the event will showcase more than 30 of the latest machine tools performing cutting demonstrations of real-world parts. Blisks, aircraft engine casings, spiral bevel gears, aircraft propellers, tibia trays, brake rotors and fly fishing reels are among the parts to be machined via milling, turning, multi-tasking, hybrid multi-tasking and five-axis techniques.

The majority of the machines will feature the company’s new Smooth Technology Platform, which is said to be particularly useful for 5-axis and contouring operations.   Automation will also play a role in some of the cutting demonstrations to showcase the value that fully integrated production systems bring to data-driven manufacturing. Robotic cells and Mazak’s modular Palletech palletized manufacturing system for lights-out operations will be among the automation solutions on display. Additionally, the company will debut new software that makes it easy to monitor a Palletech-basedmanufacturing cell from almost anywhere using a smartphone or tablet.

A select number of Kentucky-made Mazak machines will also make their official debut at the event. Designed and built in the company’s newly transformed North American manufacturing plant, these models feature never-before-seen iterations of the Smooth Technology CNC.

Mazak will also give tours of its renewed manufacturing plant, which encompasses 536,000 square feet of the company’s overall 800,000-square-foot manufacturing campus. Having invested $30 million in its campus last year, Mazak has implemented what it refers to as the iSmart Factory concept into its plant. The concept harnesses the power of connectivity to optimize Mazak’s Production-On-Demand manufacturing operations at every level.

In conjunction with the iSmartFactory tours, Mazak will discuss how manufacturers can tap into the data available to them now to gain real-time actionable intelligence using advanced communications protocols such as MTConnect.

Additional Discover 2015 event details, including open registration, are available at Event updates will be posted there as well as on Mazak’s Facebook and Twitter pages.