Technology takes center stage at Mazak’s DISCOVER 2021

Attendees will gain a first-hand look at an all new direction in the Mazak machine portfolio at DISCOVER 2021. (Courtesy: Mazak)

Mazak’s DISCOVER 2021 technology and education event takes place October 25-29 and promises all-new machines and technological firsts from Mazak.

Among those is the debut of a new Swiss-type machine series that further expands Mazak’s high-volume, small-part processing options for today’s manufacturers.

The new Swiss-type series targets the part size sweet spot of production machining. The new series delivers unparalleled reliability along with innovative machine features that reduce tool set up times and improve overall part quality.

Held at the company’s national corporate headquarters campus in Florence, Kentucky, this year’s DISCOVER event will feature 20 innovative machining systems – many designed and built in Kentucky – including global premieres and North American in-person debuts. Attendees will learn how these machine technologies will increase their efficiency, productivity, and competitive edge.

Among the in-person debuts at DISCOVER 2021 are the next-generation NEO versions of Mazak’s popular HCN Series of horizontal machining centers and VARIAXIS Series of vertical machining centers, including the HCN-6800 NEO and the VARIAXIS i-800 NEO. Each sports a fully redesigned enclosure, best-in-class standard, and optional equipment and improvements throughout to provide fast, optimal solutions for an even- wider range of part-production applications.

With its numerous upgrades, the HCN-6800 NEO takes the previous generation’s performance to a new level of efficiency and ease of use. Significant upgrades to the spindle, table, and magazine include an upgraded new standard 43-tool drum-type magazine that reduces tool exchange times.

For ease of maintenance, the machine incorporates hydraulic/motorized pallet changer mechanisms and an easier-to-access maintenance panel. A faster servo-driven ATC door design now also accommodates longer tools. As an option, Mazak offers a direct-drive motor table that ensures the fastest indexing time in its class and rotary scales for high-accuracy positioning.

Mazak’s next-generation VARIAXIS i-800 NEO 5-axis machine features faster rapid traverse rates for shorter machining cycle times, expanded workpiece capacities and more automation options. Automation options include a two-pallet changer, along with the Mazak Multi-Pallet Pool (MPP) compact multiple pallet stocker system and the modular Mazak PALLETECH System.

Both the VARIAXIS i-800 NEO, equipped with the MAZATROL SmoothAi CNC, and the HCN-6800 NEO with the MAZATROL SmoothG CNC, incorporate Mazak’s Thermal Shield functionality. Using machine learning and modeling, this advanced system compensates instantly for changes in machine and ambient temperature during operation, ensuring the highest degree of accuracy even over long machining cycles.

For DISCOVER attendees seeking reliable, maximum machine-tool performance at a lower capital investment, Mazak will demonstrate several models from its new Ez Series of horizontal turning machines and vertical machining centers at the event. Designed and built in Kentucky, the Ez machines feature the company’s new MAZATROL SmoothEz CNC and are optimized for simple operation as well as fast and easy installation. The machines offer enhanced ergonomics, stable and reliable part processing and long-term dependability.

In addition to seminars on current topics in manufacturing, tours of the Mazak iSMART Factory™ and one-on-one opportunities to meet with application experts, DISCOVER 2021 will enable visitors to experience live demonstrations and featured technologies in four action areas.

To keep up with additional details and registration links for DISCOVER 2021 event, please visit For those individuals who are unable to make DISCOVER 2021 in person, Mazak will provide virtual showcases from the event.