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At Autosport Engineering on 9–10 January 2014, Yamazaki Mazak will highlight its Variaxis I-600 five-axis multi-tasking machine, which will be cutting live on the stand throughout the show. The machine is aimed at manufacturers in the motorsport sector.

The Variaxis I-600 simultaneous five-axis machining centre provides high-speed and high-accuracy machining by the use of dynamic movement of the linear and rotational axes.

The machine offers extremely high productivity, while accuracy is achieved with the use of a full cast structure and gantry configuration that ensures optimum rigidity with no Y-axis overhang.

In addition, roller gear cam technology and linear roller guides are utilised for enhanced positioning accuracy and reduced friction.

Cooled ballscrews ensure stable machining accuracy over extended periods of high-speed operations. The Intelligent Thermal Shield recognises and adapts to changes in the ambient temperature automatically compensating to maintain accuracy.

All Variaxis machines are equipped with Active Vibration Control for reduced tool-nose vibration and wear as well as high-quality machined surface finishes.

Yamazaki Mazak will be found on stand E1146 at Autosport Engineering, which will be held at the NEC Birmingham.

Key product specifications

  • Rapid traverse rates of 60/60/56mm in the X-, Y- and Z-axes
  • Powerful 12,000rev/min main spindle
  • Large work envelope — capable of machining a workpiece of up to 700mm in diameter and 450mm high

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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