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At Offshore Europe 2009, Yamazaki Mazak will be highlighting an extensive range of products targeted at local markets.

For example, in the UK, Yamazaki Mazak provides sales and service support for its full range of products from its European headquarters in Worcester.

The Worcester facility is also the home of Mazak’s European manufacturing facility, with 29,000m2 of floor space capable of producing more than 150 machine tools per month.

Coupled with its extensive, experienced team of applications engineers, this ensures that Mazak is well placed to support its customers, wherever they are in the UK, or further afield.

In Scotland, customers have local support from Mazak’s sole agent and longstanding partner, Scotmaz.

With machine tools capable of producing components from the small through to the extremely large, Mazak machines can be used in all areas of the offshore engineering sector.

For example, Yamazaki Mazak’s Integrex e-H II series and e-V II series multi-tasking machine tools are used for the production of workpieces up to 2.35m in diameter and more than 4.1m in length.

Using Mazak’s ‘done-in-one’ machining capability, their turning capacity (up to 45kW spindle) is complemented by a powerful machining (milling) spindle (up to 37kW), leading to reduced machining costs.

For other large capacity applications, the Mazak Cybertech Turn series is equipped with a rotary tool spindle, lower turret and has a maximum turning length and diameter up to 3,048mm and 810mm respectively.

Of particular interest to the oil and gas sector are the machine’s Long Boring Bar storage capability and advanced threading software.

The Long Boring Bar storage unit is located above the machine’s electronic tailstock and can automatically load boring bars measuring up to 80mm diameter by 1m long.

The optional integrated threading function within the Mazatrol control system provides the capability for high speed, high accuracy, production of threads.

As well as these large capacity machines Mazak will be focusing its attention at Offshore Europe 2009 on the UK-manufactured Quick Turn Nexus series of lathes.

With more than 14,000 machines in the field, the range has proved popular within the oil and gas sector, particularly the Quick Turn Nexus 350-II M and MY models.

Both models come with a choice of 12in or 15in chuck and feature a machining envelope expanded to a maximum turning diameter of 420mm and a maximum turning length of more than 2m, depending on machine configuration.

Customers also have the choice of features such as a second spindle, C-axis contouring and driven tooling.

Additionally, the MY variant offers 150mm of Y-axis travel (+/-75mm).

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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