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Mazak launches latest generation MULTIPLEX machine

Mazak launches latest generation MULTIPLEX machine

Added to MTDCNC by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd on 12 January 2017

Yamazaki Mazak has launched the latest version of its ‘workhorse’ MULTIPLEX machines, specifically designed for high volume applications.

The ‘W-200Series’ is the latest in the MULTIPLEX series that were first launched nearly thirty years ago. The new MULTIPLEX W-200Y + GL-100 offers a step-change in performance, due to the combination of two spindles, two turrets and a super-fast gantry loader for maximum productivity.

The two spindles enable continuous simultaneous machining with automatic workpiece transfer from one spindle to the other – due to the ability of each headstock to move towards the centre of the machine in the Z-axis.

The use of twin spindles enables the MULTIPLEX to reduce production lead time, operators, programming and in-process materials – all making the manufacturing process significantly more cost-effective and competitive.

In addition to the twin-spindles, the MULTIPLEX W-200Y is equipped with Smooth Mill Drive turrets with integrated 5,000 rpm motors, which deliver improved milling and tapping performance, along with reduced chip-to-chip times.

Most importantly, the machine is equipped with an optional gantry loader that is capable of delivering a 20 per cent reduction in load/unload time, with rapid movement in the A/B axis of 100/180 m/min for significantly reduced cycle times.

The MUILTIPLEX W-200 series is also equipped with an innovative wedge bed-design that offers high rigidity and improved chip and coolant flow. Ergonomics play a significant role in the MULTIPLEX W-200 series design, with a large window, a new operator control panel that can be moved vertically and horizontally for optimum operator comfort, along with a small distance from the front cover to the spindle centre line for convenient set-up. In addition, the gantry loader has improved access for loading and unloading.

The MULTIPLEX W-200 series is equipped with a bespoke compact SmoothG control panel, which offers reduced cycle time and improved accuracy. Touchscreen operations, similar to a smartphone or tablet are allied to easy conversational programming for multiple surface machining, along with a range of fine-tuning functions that ensure easy configuration of machine parameters for different workpiece materials and application requirements.

SmoothG CNC also comes equipped with a number of intelligent machining functions, including Intelligent Thermal Shield, Variable Acceleration Control, Smooth Corner Control and Intelligent Maintenance Support.

 

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