Machine Series Configurations and Control Technology Augment Production Performance
Mazak unveils the Ez machine series, the Mazatrol SmoothEz control and the accompanying website.
Mazak has launched the Ez machine series, the Mazatrol SmoothEz control and the accompanying MazakUSA.com/Ez website. The new machine family and control were developed specifically to help remove the cost barriers to acquiring the latest manufacturing technology without sacrificing machine capability or production performance, while the Ez website is to further streamline the customer experience and offers visitors focused access to Mazak’s newest product line.
Machine configurations within the Ez machine series include both horizontal turning and vertical machining center models, all of which feature the Mazatrol SmoothEz control and are designed and built in Kentucky. Among the turning center configurations are the QT-Ez 8, QT-Ez 10 and QT-Ez 12 models each offered in two-axis, M, MY and MSY versions.
M versions include milling capabilities, MY machines feature milling and Y-axis off-centerline capability and MSY machines are a combination of both milling and Y-axis capability paired with second turning spindles for complete “Done in One” part processing. For further increased productivity and unmanned operations, Mazak says the machines seamlessly integrate with bar feeders and robots.
Each QT-Ez model number indicates the standard chuck size, but Mazak also offers a smaller size optional chuck for each machine to provide greater maximum rpm capability. These include a 6” chuck option for the QT-Ez 8, an 8” for the QT-Ez 10 and 10” for the QT-Ez 12. Each model is available in a 20” bed length and an optional 40” bed length for the QT-Ez 12 model. Available machine turrets include two-axis drum style, with a bolt-on or BMT55 turret for rotary tool applications, and tailstocks are offered with either manual positioning with hydraulic quill or servo positioning capability.
Mazak’s VC-Ez Vertical Machine Series begins with the initial introduction of the VC-Ez 20, and soon will include both smaller and larger machines, the VC-Ez 16 and VC-Ez 26. All VC-Ez Series machines sport C-frame designs with X- and Y-axis motion via moving table, and saddle along with Mazak’s high-rigidity MX linear systems and pre-tensioned ball screws that together ensure rigidity, accuracy and reliability.
Axis travels for the VC-Ez 20 measure 41.34” in X, 20.08” in Y and 25” in Z, and enable the machine to accommodate maximum workpiece sizes of 49.21” long x 19.37” wide x 22.4” tall with up to 2,204 lbs in weight. This machine also offers a 26.5% smaller footprint compared to other models at 102.65 ft2.
Further, the VC-Ez 20 features a 40-taper, 12,000-rpm, 25-hp spindle and 30-tool magazine automatic tool changer. Options include a versatile 15,000-rpm, 29.5-hp spindle with 81.13 ft-lb torque and a 50-tool capacity tool changer.
Mazak also targets faster and easier QT-Ez and VC-Ez machine programming with its Mazatrol SmoothEz CNC, which reportedly provides dual 800 MHz processors, 512 MB of RAM and a 15” touch screen that includes a full keyboard and displays up to 60 lines of code. Within the control, EIA/G-code and Mazatrol programming languages support a full range of programming options directly on the machine, while the Mazatrol Twins function enables offline programming and simulations that draw real-time condition and performance data directly from the machine.
The Mazatrol SmoothEz control also features Mazak’s new Launcher interface, which uses the entire display to make screen selection smooth and seamless. To further streamline programming, the control’s Quick Mazatrol function simplifies program creation through touch screen editing and 3D model confirmation.
To support the Ez machine series, Mazak’s Ez website provides customers across the U.S., Canada and Mexico complete and concise information about Mazak's newest product line. Launched alongside the new Ez series, Mazak says the website includes in-depth details on all series machines and on the Mazatrol SmoothEz control. Site visitors can also learn more about the Kentucky manufacturing expertise that Mazak has invested in, as well as new machine tools and information about customer support and financing packages.
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