With both affordability and high performance for job shops in mind, Mazak has officially launched the new Ez machine series, the new MAZATROL SmoothEz control, and the accompanying MazakUSA.com/Ez website. The new machine family and control were developed specifically to help remove the cost barriers to acquiring the latest manufacturing technology without sacrificing machine capability or production performance, while the new Ez website further streamlines the customer experience and offers visitors focused access to Mazak’s newest product line.
Machine configurations within the new series include both horizontal turning and vertical machining center models, all of which feature the MAZATROL SmoothEz control and are designed and built in Kentucky. Among the turning center configurations are the QT-Ez 8, QT-Ez 10, and QT-Ez 12 models each offered in a 2-axis, M, MY and MSY versions.
M versions include milling capability. MY machines feature milling and Y-axis off-centerline capability, and MSY machines are a combination of both milling and Y axis capability paired with second turning spindles for complete DONE IN ONE® part processing. For further increased productivity and unmanned operations, the machines seamlessly integrate with bar feeders and robots.
Each QT-Ez model number indicates the standard chuck size, but Mazak also offers a smaller size optional chuck for each machine to provide greater maximum rpm capability. These include a 6-inch chuck option for the QT-Ez 8, an 8-inch for the QT-Ez 10, and 10-inch for the QT-Ez 12. Each model is available in a 20-inch bed length and an optional 40-inch bed length for the QT-Ez 12 model. Available machine turrets include 2-axis drum style with a bolt-on or BMT55 turret for rotary tool applications, and tailstocks are offered with either manual positioning with hydraulic quill or servo positioning capability.
Mazak’s VC-Ez Vertical Machine Series begins with the initial introduction of the VC-Ez 20, and soon will include both smaller and larger machines — the VC-Ez 16 and VC-Ez 26. All VC-Ez Series machines sport C-frame designs with X- and Y-axis motion via moving table and saddle along with Mazak’s high-rigidity MX linear systems and pre-tensioned ball screws that together ensure rigidity, accuracy, and reliability.
Axis travels for the VC-Ez 20 measure 41.34 inches in X, 20.08 inches in Y, and 25 inches in Z that allow the machine to accommodate maximum workpiece sizes of 49.21 inches long, 19.37 inches wide, and 22.4 inches tall and weighing up to 2,204 pounds. This is all within an ergonomically designed machine that has a 26.5 percent smaller foot as compared to other models and one that measures only 102.65 square feet for significant floor space savings.
The VC-Ez 20 features a powerful 40-taper, 12,000-rpm, 25-hp spindle and 30-tool magazine automatic tool changer. Options include a versatile 15,000-rpm, 29.5-hp spindle with 81.13 ft-lb torque and a 50-tool capacity tool changer.
For fast and easy QT-Ez and VC-Ez machine programming, Mazak’s new MAZATROL SmoothEz CNC provides dual 800 MHz processors, 512 MB of RAM and a vibrant 15-inch capacitive touch screen that includes a full keyboard and displays up to 60 lines of code. Within the control, EIA/G-code and MAZATROL programming languages support a full range of programming options directly on the machine, while the MAZATROL TWINS function enables offline programming and simulations that draw real-time condition and performance data directly from the machine.
The MAZATROL SmoothEz control also features Mazak’s new LAUNCHER interface, accessible in every screen, that uses the entire display to make screen selection smooth and seamless. To further streamline programming, the control’s QUICK MAZATROL function simplifies program creation and confirmation through touch screen editing and confirmation of 3D models.
To support the Ez machine series, Mazak’s new Ez website provides customers across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico complete and concise information about Mazak’s newest product line. Launched alongside the new Ez series, the website includes in-depth details on all series machines and on the MAZATROL SmoothEz control. Site visitors can also learn more about the Kentucky manufacturing expertise that Mazak invested in the new machine tools and information about the customer support and financing packages that make owning the machines easy and affordable.
In addition to the Ez website, Mazak recently rolled out its reimagined Virtual Technology Center to extend the product and technology experience beyond traditional events, as well as bring the benefits of its 800,000-square-foot campus to customers across North America on demand. The Virtual Technology Center features a rotating lineup of groundbreaking machines, automation systems, and digital technology, as well as the ability to request quotes, schedule in-person visits and innovative ways for customers to connect with Mazak experts.