Mazak to Build New Plant in Japan


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This is a rendering of the new Inabe plant Mazak is building in Japan.

Following the lead of the company’s Florence, Kentucky, facility, Mazak Japan is building a production plant in Inabe City, Mie Prefecture. The plant will follow the iSmart factory concepts already well established in Florence and in the company’s Oguchi plant, which will fully employ iSmart concepts by end of 2016.

The iSmart factories use advanced manufacturing cells and systems with full digital integration to achieve free-flow data sharing in terms of process control and operation monitoring. Employing open communications protocol contained in MTConnect, the system works with process support software and provides connectivity and monitoring capability to harvest data from all of the production floor machines, cells, devices and processes.

Projections based on the success of its Florence and Oguchi plants put productivity improvements for the new plant at 50 percent. Completion and full operation for the new Inabe plant is scheduled for 2019.