Mazak on Another Level With Market Entry Machines at MACH 2022

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Among its extensive technology offering at MACH 2022, Yamazaki Mazak will be drawing show visitors attention to its ‘entry level’ portfolio of machine tools on Stand 350 in Hall 20 at the Birmingham NEC. As the industry’s marquee brand, Mazak will be showcasing a series of ‘entry level’ machines at MACH that will emphasise how its high-quality machine tools are a cost-effective, productive and environmentally friendly solution for manufacturers of all sizes and budget levels. 

The cost-effective technology on show at MACH will include the CV5-500 5-axis machining centre, the 3-axis VCE Series machining centre and the robust QTE Series of turning centres from Mazak. This diverse blend of technologies will demonstrate how the unparalleled levels of quality, technology and productivity that is the benchmark of the industry, is perfect for newcomers to the industry as well as seasoned experts – credit to the user-friendly Mazatrol Smooth CNC system.

Certain to draw crowds at MACH will be the Mazak CV5-500 entry-level 5-axis machining centre that has been designed to combine high-speed precision machining with ease of operation. The bridge construction design of this 5-axis VMC with a fully supported trunnion table provides uncompromising levels of rigidity for precision machining, defining a new standard for exceptional value 5-axis machine tools.

From a technical standpoint, the CV5-500 has a fully supported trunnion table with roller gear cam on the B/C axes and roller linear guides on the X, Y and Z-axes to provide a stable and robust machining platform. The rolling motion of the cam gear delivers enhanced torque whilst eliminating backlash. This results in high performance and precision with its ability to contour or index in 0.0001-degree increments. 

Offered with a 12,000rpm 18.5kW spindle as standard or with an optional 18,000rpm high-speed spindle, the CV5-500 incorporates a 30-tool magazine with a lightning-fast 1.3 second tool-to-tool ATC, a compact footprint and the Mazatrol SmoothX CNC system. With an X, Y and Z-axis stroke of 730 by 450 by 470mm and a BT40/CAT40 interface, the new machine can accommodate components up to 500mm diameter by 320mm high with a maximum table load of 200kg. The spacious work envelope and table capacity give the CV5-500 the ability to produce everything from small to relatively large components.

The CV5-500 also incorporates a multitude of features that underpin the power and precision that are the cornerstones of this machine. This includes the THERMAL SHIELD automatic temperature compensation system that maximises accuracy to retain perfect precision during ambient room temperature changes. 

Additionally, the machine has been designed with a compact spindle nose to minimise workpiece interference, maximise rigidity and prolong tool life whilst tools can be changed without returning the table to its home position, shaving valuable seconds off cycle times. Mazak has designed the CV5-500 with full consideration given to automation; and at MACH, show visitors can discuss the credentials of the machine along with the multitude of automation solutions and the groundbreaking SmoothX CNC control that makes the utopia of ‘done-in-one’ machining a reality for 5-axis newcomers. 

Complementing the CV5-500 with a MACH exhibition premiere will be the VCE-600 3-axis vertical machining centre. Designed and built in the UK, the VCE-600 has an impressive specification and appealing price-point that justify why Mazak classes this next generation machining centre an affordable solution for everyone from OEMs down to small subcontractors and hobbyists. 

The new VCE-600 incorporates a variety of new technologies that deliver industry-leading performance, productivity and ease-of-use – all in a small footprint. The compact 2.9 by 3.12 by 3.14m (height/width/depth) floor area and a spacious 1.3m by 600mm table with X, Y and Z-axis travel of 1050 by 600 by 600mm will attract manufacturers with limited factory space. Inside the machine envelope is a 12,000rpm 18.5kW dual winding spindle with 119.4Nm of torque that provides exceptional power for heavy-duty milling at the low-speed range whilst at high speed, the spindle retains a high-power output at high speed for machining lightweight materials and profiling parts. 

The 7/24 No40 spindle with through coolant is supplied with cutting tools by a 1.9 second tool-to-tool quick-change 24 position ATC. As well as a class-leading spindle, the new VCE-600 demonstrates its build quality with extremely rigid linear roller guides on all axes that emphasise the machine’s ability to perform both heavy-duty cutting as well as high-speed machining. This is complemented by direct drive servo motors on all axes and fully ground pre-tensioned ball screws that combine to deliver unsurpassed levels of precision and repeatability. 

Mazak on Another Level With Market Entry Machines at MACH 2022

The new Mazatrol SmoothEz CNC control system on the VCE-600 with its intuitive 15inch touch screen display that can offer ‘Ez Operation’ with its ability to be operated like a smartphone or tablet will be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at MACH. The display can be customised with the positioning of data to suit the user. By customising the display, data can be checked and edited with minimum screen transition. For ‘Ez Machining’, the Mazatrol SmoothEz allows customers to use the Mazak Mazatrol interface to create, check and edit programmes via a 3D model of the workpiece or alternately use full EIA/ISO functionality for G-Code programming – offering engineers the utmost in flexibility.

Added to this, the SmoothEz offers ‘Ez Setup’ where all manufacturing data, such as programs, fixture setup, machine models, tooling data and co-ordinate systems, can be synchronised by Smooth Project Manager to SmoothCAM Ai. Having all this in an entry-level machine tool defines why Mazak leads the industry with its technology.

Appearing alongside the machining centres at MACH will be the Mazak QTE Series of turning centre that ranges from the extremely compact QTE100SG that has a maximum machining capacity of 290mm diameter by 299mm length through to the QTE300SG that offers a diameter up to 350mm with a workpiece length up to 1063.5mm. The variant on show at MACH will be the QTE200SG that can accommodate parts up to 290mm diameter with a maximum workpiece length of 285/520mm. The QTE200SG is a highly compact workhorse that provides productive turning capability. At the same time, further QTE model variants enhance machining capability with milling, Y-axis and second-spindle functions to facilitate ‘done-in-one’ machining of the simplest to the most complex of workpieces.

The QTE200SG is driven by an integral 5000rpm high-performance 15kW stepless spindle motor that requires no transmission via belts, pulleys or gears. This feature minimises vibration during high-speed cutting to generate impeccable surface finishes and improve tool life whilst delivering exceptional power throughout the speed range. To maximise uptime, the QTE200SG has a servo-driven 12-position tool turret with a capacity for 25mm diameter tool shanks that minimises non-cutting time with its non-lifting indexing. Optionally, customers can select an 8 or 24 tool turret as well as milling spindles that can be found on the M, MY, MS and MSY variants. 

To simplify turning operations, the QTE200SG has an NC tailstock with travel and thrust controlled by a servo motor to precisely move the MT No4 tailstock position in 0.1kN increments. Using the menu key or an M-Code on the set-up screen, operators can move the tailstock with its low thrust capability to maximise precision and stability on even the smallest of workpieces,

Separating the QTE200SG from other machines in its class is the Mazatrol SmoothEz (Easy) CNC interface. Similar to other Smooth controls in the Mazak portfolio, the SmoothEz defines ease of use and productive solutions with fast set-up times and an interface equipped with Quick Mazatrol for enhanced Mazatrol programming and ease-of-use through its enhanced 15-inch screen. For ‘Ez set-up’ the data on the machine can be synchronised with a PC in the office via Smooth Project Manager, creating virtual machines to duplicate factory floor production.

Optionally, manufacturers can integrate Smooth CAM AI to automatically generate programmes from 3D CAD data. As an entry-level machine, nothing defines the QTE200SG more than the Quick Mazatrol that provides ‘Ez operation’ with its ability to quickly and easily create, check and edit programmes by displaying the 3D model of the workpiece on the customisable touch-screen display. Whilst the ‘Ez operation’ defines the entry-level credentials of the QTE200SG, it is the ‘Ez Machining’ technology with built-in heat displacement control via the THERMAL SHIELD that epitomises the quality and innovation behind the machine.

As with all machines in the Mazak range, the QTE200SG is available with a wealth of optional extras that make this extremely compact (2.2m by 1.59m footprint) machine perfect for all machine shops. The options include 8 or 24 tool-position turret, Y-axis milling, sub-spindle, automated workpiece loading and unloading via gantry or the Ez Loader 10 Cobot system, a tool eye for tool measurement, compensation and tool breakage inspection and also a steady rest. 

Mazak engineers will be available at MACH 2022 to discuss the unfathomable depth of products and options from both the cost-effective range of machines through to the bespoke high-end production solutions. For the environmentally and cost-conscious manufacturer, all Mazak machines incorporate the latest technology that reduces power consumption, costs and CO2 emissions. To find out more about how you can be more environmentally friendly, productive and cost-efficient, visit Stand 350 in Hall 20 at MACH.

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