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Yamazaki Mazak has expanded its CNC training program to include remote sessions at customer sites.

Yamazaki Mazak has expanded its CNC training program to include remote sessions at customer sites, enabling both new and existing customers to unlock the benefits of MAZATROL Smooth CNC while social distancing remains in place.

The remote training program involves Mazak delivering two full-size CNC control panel simulators and accompanying training material to a customer’s site, and then running a series of live interactive tutorials over the following days via Microsoft Teams. The simulators are then collected, cleaned and delivered to the next booking.

The new format will complement the company’s long-standing ‘in person’ training sessions at its recently reopened Training Academy in Worcester, which will continue to take place under new social distancing guidelines.

Mazak has a number of simulators for each of its MAZATROL Smooth CNC variants. These include its newest CNC, SmoothAi, which ensures the perfect harmonisation of CNC and machine to deliver faster programming, high-speed material removal and increased accuracy for machine users; as well as SmoothX, SmoothG and SmoothC.

Graham Rash, UK Project Engineering & Applications Manager at Yamazaki Mazak, comments: “CNC training is a fundamental part of our aftersales and support offering for both new and long-standing customers alike. Our courses have always been popular, especially with those who have purchased their first Mazak machine and are using MAZATROL Smooth CNC for the first time. However, the current social distancing guidelines have led to a re-think as to how to deliver them in a safe and effective way.

Mazak’s new remote sessions will enable both new and existing customers to unlock the benefits of MAZATROL Smooth CNC while social distancing remains in place.

“The use of simulators which are identical to the actual control panel used on our machine tools are critical to the training experience offered, so physically delivering them to our customers was a logical – and quite straightforward – process. What’s more, as the training groups are now much smaller, it has enabled us to really tailor the sessions to each individual customer’s requirements, to offer a truly bespoke learning experience.”

Mazak has a number of simulators for each of its MAZATROL Smooth CNC variants, including its newest CNC, SmoothAi.

Eric Saunder, Subcontract Operations Manager at Mollart Engineering recently booked a remote training session for a number of the company’s engineers: “The team really enjoyed the experience and gained a lot from the session. Sending the simulators to our site was a fantastic solution during these uncertain times, and it also really helped with our structured apprentice programme. Mollart Engineering has worked with Mazak for over 20 years, and we look forward to continuing our working relationship for the next 20 years and beyond.”

To enquire on available CNC training courses, please email programtraining@mazak.co.uk or telephone 01905 752059.

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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