Five-axis technology from Yamazaki Mazak suits small or volume production

Yamazaki Mazak preview edit_tmbCombining a compact footprint with the ability to offer simultaneous five-axis machining across multiple surfaces, the Variaxis j-500/5X is one of the highlights of the Machinery Zone at Northern Manufacturing 2017. The machine can be used in a variety of sectors, including aerospace and oil and gas. Its advanced manufacturing capabilities are suited to small batch, volume production or prototype work, says Yamazaki Mazak.

The machining centre’s high rigidity structure uses linear roller guides on all linear axes and roller gear cam on both rotary axes, to deliver accuracy and productivity from a wide A-axis spectrum of rotation (+30 to -120°).

Most importantly, says the company, it has SmoothX, the five-axis version of its Smooth Technology, claimed to be the world’s fastest CNC. SmoothX includes a 19-inch touchscreen control panel, and has the capability to deliver a machining revolution, from programming and cycle times through to automation integration, data collection and ergonomics.

Alan Mucklow, managing director said: “The Variaxis will be live-cutting for the duration of the show and we look forward to demonstrating the machine’s capabilities across a variety of applications. Designed to deliver high speed and accuracy, with exceptional cutting performance and ease of operation for machinists, it will be of interest to those manufacturers looking for a step-change in their machining.”

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