Machining Centers & Milling Machines

Live Online Event Features Mazak’s New Technology

The All Axes Live event highlighted the newest technology from Mazak and enabled the more than 400 attendees to access 16 video on-demand demos for different featured machine tools. 


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Michael Buxton on computer screen

Michael Buxton, mechanical engineer for Mazak Corp., presents a demo about the company’s Turn Assist, a robotic system for part loading and unloading. 

Mazak Corp. has found an alternative to showcasing its new technology to the industry without encouraging an in-person event. The Mazak All Axes Live digital experience, created on a website platform and held Aug. 11, consisted of a one-hour and 17-minute live video presentation from the company’s Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, as well as its National Technology Center in Florence, Kentucky. This “Discover More with Mazak” live event, the first of several that the company is planning, also enabled the more than 400 attendees to access 16 video on-demand demos for different featured Mazak machine tools. If you missed the event, it’s not too late to access the archive to experience the company’s new technology yourself.

The live presentation, moderated by Kevin Bates, general manager of the Midwest Technology Center, included an introduction to and demonstration of the new Variaxis C-600 five-axis machining center, a Mazatrol SmoothAi CNC demo and a Mazak automation systems demo.

Turn Assist Offers Easy Part Loading and Unloading

The automation systems demo shared information about Mazak’s ability to integrate machines and automation, creating a customizable and easy user experience.

This demo also covered the Turn Assist robotic system for part loading and unloading, which is especially useful for small- to medium-size batches. No robotic experience is necessary for operators to learn how to program the system. According to Mazak, it takes five minutes to learn how to use Turn Assist and less than that to learn how to program it.

Requiring no template, the Turn Assist operator simply adjusts pins for different size parts on the machine’s worktable, and parts can be stacked as well. The robotic arm then picks up the part and places it in the machine. The robot arm offers two grippers, one for raw diameter parts and another for finish diameter parts. Also, op. 10 and op. 20 can be done in the same process using Turn Assist.

The fenceless design of the Turn Assist is another way Mazak implements user friendly and safe technology. Laser scanners on the company’s robots sense movement of people and objects within the automation cell. When a person or object gets too close to a robot, the robot slows down to a safe operating speed. If that object comes too close, the robot will stop.

On-Demand Turning Center Demos

To see Mazak’s turning machines in action, as well as other short video clips of machine tools from the company’s Midwest Tech Center, click on the All Axes on-demand demos of interest, located on the main page of the event. Demos that might be of interest include: the QTU-350MY with RoboJob with multitasking capabilities; the Quick-Turn 350 turning center; and the QTU-200 for precision machining small parts.

Attendees and anyone who missed the live event can visit these demos here until the next Discover More with Mazak event in September.


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