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Yamazaki Mazak has launched the seventh generation of its Integrex range of multi-tasking machines, designed to complete all turning and machining operations from raw material to finished component.

According to Mazak, the Integrex has become the most successful multi-tasking machine in its class, with more than 10,000 machines being sold across the world since the first-generation machine was introduced in 1983.

The new Integrex i-series, one of the first Ken Okuyama-designed machines available in the UK, is a complete redesign of its fore-runner, the Integrex IV series, and has a series of enhancements and added functionality designed to improve productivity and efficiency.

The machine is available in three different sizes and comes equipped with a larger working area, particularly in the Y-axis that has a range of up to 250mm, along with 615mm in the X-axis and B-axis range of 240 degrees.

Each axis is also equipped with rigid linear roller guides to give improved positioning accuracy with lower friction.

The main and milling spindles are equipped with heat countermeasures that work by circulating cooled oil around the spindles, to ensure consistent accuracy and dimensional positioning.

Power has been increased in both the main (turning) and milling spindles.

The main spindle is available with either 22kW (i-200) or 30kW (i-300, i-400) of power, based on a 30-minute rating, while milling spindle power has been increased to 22kW for a 30-minute rating and is capable of 12,000rev/min speed (an optional 20,000rev/min 15kW is also available).

Mazak claims the i-series is more convenient for the operator and equipped with ergonomic features, including a larger viewing window following customer feedback, and a 19in display panel on the Mazatrol Matrix control, which is also height-adjustable for ease of operation.

On the previous Integrex IV series machine, the tool magazine was located at the back of the machine.

With the i-series, the tool magazine has been moved to the front which, in turn, has created a more compact footprint for the machine.

Furthermore, the number of tools available has been increased from 20 to 36 (an optional 72-tool magazine is available).

The Integrex i-series is equipped with Mazatrol Matrix conversational programming to ensure easy programming capability.

The machine is also available with a series of environmentally friendly options, including personnel sensors, power consumption display and automatic power-off chip conveyor.

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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