Mazak Adaptive Gear Machining Solutions To Take Center Stage At Expo


At Gear Expo 2017, Mazak will demonstrate recent advancements in manufacturing systems and processes that make the business of producing high-quality gears an easier, faster, and highly profitable endeavor for job shops across all industry segments. Visitors to booth 123 will discover how Mazak’s multi-tasking machines, when equipped with the latest MAZATROL Smooth CNC and Mazak Smooth Gear Cutting Solutions, can serve as adaptive machining solutions for precision gears of all shapes and sizes.

More than 90 model configurations of Mazak multi-tasking machines can be paired with the right software and CAD/CAM system to perform a wide variety of operations that include hobbing, forming, surfacing, and skiving in a single setup. Shops with occasional gear work, for example, can use a Mazak multi-tasking machine to turn a part’s I.D. and O.D., process its mating features, then power skive its gear tooth pattern. Such capability on one machine improves overall accuracy because every part feature runs true to the gear teeth. Plus, when the machine is not busy with gear work, it can be used to process a broad range of complex, non-gear components.

At the Expo, Mazak will highlight its new closed-loop gear machining strategy, developed in conjunction with software developer Dontyne Systems, which simplifies the measurement and validation of the accuracy of virtually any gear tooth profile. Through this groundbreaking process, shops with full, 5-axis multi-tasking capabilities can productively and profitably produce tight-tolerance gears in small and medium volumes. The process also makes it possible to generate more complex and specialty forms for better overall gear performance.

Attendees of Gear Expo will also experience how Mazak’s MAZATROL SmoothX CNC operates four times faster than the company’s previous-generation controls. Gear makers, especially, will benefit from faster rotary axis speeds, which allow the machine tool to quickly perform gear hobbing and skiving operations.