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Yamazaki Mazak’s new QTE Series of high-speed, high-accuracy CNC turning centres are the first machines to be equipped with SmoothEz, the latest generation of MAZATROL CNC, which allows for easy setup, programming and operation.

A new easy-to-use turning centre with a revolutionary CNC for simple setup, operation and programming is being launched into the European market this month.

The new QTE Series of high-speed, high-accuracy CNC turning centres from Yamazaki Mazak are the first machines to be equipped with SmoothEz, the latest generation of MAZATROL CNC.

MAZATROL SmoothEz CNC combines three easy features – Ez Machining, Ez Operation and Ez Setup – to deliver outstanding productivity, accuracy and, in turn, profitability.

Ez Machining offers machine users high-speed, high-accuracy machining with thermal compensation control, delivered by Mazak’s Thermal Shield, to maximise accuracy by automatically compensating for temperature changes in the machining area.

Ez Operation includes QUICK MAZATROL for fast conversational programming with a 15″ touch screen and intuitive operating system that can be customised according to the operator’s preference.

By integrating Mazak’s Smooth CAM Ai and Mazatrol Twins a virtual copy of the machine can be replicated in the office for enhanced setup. Collective management of machine data is synchronised between the factory and office with Smooth Project Manager to conveniently manage data required to execute machining programs – including tool data, work holding, system coordination, parameters and workpiece 3D models.

Additionally, Smooth CAM Ai can dramatically reduce programming time with Solid MAZATROL to automatically generate a program from a 3D model using Ai deep- learning to determine the optimal process from past programs.

The simple and compact QTE Series, which is manufactured in Mazak’s Singapore factory, is designed to fit into even the smallest machine shop, but with no compromise on power.

The QTE Series is equipped with a powerful 5,000 rpm built-in spindle motor that is capable of ultra-high-speed acceleration and deceleration delivering high-efficiency, high-accuracy machining.

Since there is no loss of power through mechanical transmission, the built-in-motor delivers more power during cutting, while vibration is minimised during high-speed operation to ensure exceptional surface finishes and maximum tool life.

Two turret selections are available with a 12-position drum turret as standard and an 8-position turret as an option. Each utilise a 25 mm turning tool shank size.

The QTE Series also comes equipped with an NC tailstock – providing support for the workpiece during the machining process – to improve accuracy and workpiece finish. The tailstock is controlled by servo motor and ball screw, a method that is much superior to manual carriage movement or hydraulic / pneumatic positioning.

In addition, the QTE has a tool eye as an option for automatic tool measurement and in-cycle tool breakage. This helps the machine to further enhance productivity and profitability by reducing tool setup time.

The QTE is also equipped with a number of environmentally-friendly and cost-saving measures, including automatically turning off the machine worklight and backlight if no operator is present and also the option of automatic chip conveyor stop when the machine is not operating.

Yamazaki Mazak Ltd

Yamazaki Mazak is the world’s largest manufacturer of computer controlled (CNC) metal-cutting machines. With over 260 different models, the Mazak product range includes CNC lathes, machining centres, multi-tasking machines and flexible manufacturing systems as well as laser processing machines.

Machine tools are called “Mother Machine” because they relate to the manufacturing of almost every product around us and are very important in supporting the base of “world manufacturing.” Our mission as a machine tool maker is to enrich people’s lives and contribute to society by developing and providing high performance machine tools that can produce high accuracy work in a short time.

We were among the first to start foreign production as a Japanese machine tool maker. Following the establishment of Mazak Corporation in the USA, we expanded our production base worldwide to include the UK, Singapore and China, as well as further expanding our Japanese manufacturing operations. We are the only machine tool maker to have established a global production system. With these local plants, we have been able to provide high quality service and have built strong relationships based on mutual trust with customers from all over the world.

True to the Yamazaki principle of supporting the customer locally, Mazak’s European Manufacturing plant, in Worcester UK, opened in June 1987 and was immediately recognised as the most advanced machine tool manufacturing plant in Europe. The factory has expanded three times since then and now offers over 29,000m2

This is a complete machine tool manufacturing plant. Mazak machines the components that go to make its spindles, turrets, tool magazines and Mazak even manufactures its own sheet metal covers. As with all Mazak manufacturing plants, the most rigorous practices and Kaizen programmes ensure continuous improvement.

Serving all of Europe’s markets, more than 80% of the machine tools built in Worcester are exported from the UK into Europe. More than 17,000 Mazak machines have been manufactured here so far and this number continues to grow every day.

Mazak European Manufacturing Plant is recognised for its factory automation, technology and overall management practices. Selected as one of the “Top Ten Companies in the World” by the Swedish Royal Academy of Science and Technology underscores this worldwide reputation.

As with all Mazak factories, this facility comprises a variety of flexible manufacturing systems, consisting of machining centres, multi-tasking CNC lathes, and a sheet metal FMS – all designed for unmanned operation.

The plant benefits from highly skilled employees who are committed to continuous improvement through the 25 “Kaizen” teams in operation.

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