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Multitalented HMC Offers Innovative Simplicity



Designed and built in the Mazak iSMART Factory in Florence, KY, the HC-5000 horizontal machining center (HMC) features innovative technologies that are designed to boost speed, output, reliability and precision for many metalworking applications. "Featuring enhanced capabilities and performance, the HC-5000 is designed to suit nearly any production environment. The machine's simplicity and ease of use make it a great addition to job shops and larger manufacturing facilities across all industries," said a company spokesperson.

This 4-axis HMC's standard equipment includes traveling columns and full 4-axis NC rotary tables to accommodate large, heavy workpieces, delivering speed and precision that shorten part cycle times. High-accuracy encoders offer enhanced repeatability. Within the machine footprint, the chip conveyor system provides efficient, low-maintenance chip management that reduces downtime.

Diverse spindle options enable the HC-5000 to machine aluminum, cast iron and more. Along with a standard 12,000 RPM spindle, options include 15,000 and 20,000 RPM maximum speeds, all in 40 taper and BIG-PLUS 40 configurations, with hybrid ceramic ball bearings and cooling jackets for precision performance and long life.

A reinforced cast-iron base and column provide high rigidity and thermal control as well as ample part capacity. The combination of rigid machine base, advanced spindle/motor design and MAZATROL CNC submicron machine movement give the HC-5000 high part accuracy and surface finish capabilities. Because shops often relocate smaller-sized machines within their facilities, the HC-5000 includes a 3-point support system to simplify foundation preparation, speed up installation and ease leveling adjustment. To reduce maintenance time, the machine incorporates color-coded cables and a single easy-access maintenance panel for oil and air units.

The HC-5000 uses Mazak's latest servo drive system, with 1G axis acceleration for high machining speeds and increased accuracy. Core cooled ball screws are used to reduce thermal growth and achieve consistent positioning accuracy of linear axis movements. Advanced sensor technology promotes optimum stability and condition control, with sensors to monitor heat and vibration, along with other machine functions, for consistent high precision.

During extended hours of operation, Mazak Intelligent Machine Functions promote stable and secure machining processes. For example, when ambient shop temperatures fluctuate, Thermal Shield automatically compensates via exhaust ducts that channel generated heat out and away from the machine and any adjacent equipment.

The HC-5000's standard machine tool magazine accommodates 84 tools in a rotary drum-type storage system that features Mazak's innovative space-saving double-pocket design, with two tool pockets at 60° angles from one another at each tool position. For extended periods of unmanned operation, the machine can store twice the tooling in the same amount of space as a 42-tool magazine.

"The Mazak MX Hybrid Roller Guide System allows for faster speeds and boosts accuracy over traditional ball guides and boxways, leading to a comprehensive improvement in overall machine productivity and profitability," said the spokesperson. "The system eliminates stick and slip for higher positioning accuracy and offers nearly twice the rapid traverse rate of boxways while reducing machine coolant contamination. Meanwhile, greater surface contact accommodates large loads and provides better vibration damping, while the X-design improves distribution of load points by applying the load in four directions. "

Mazak's MAZATROL SmoothG CNC offers both EIA/ISO and MAZATROL conversational programming to ease complex part-production operations such as off-centerline machining, angled drilling, milling and tapping. The industry-standard MAZATROL conversational programming enables inexperienced personnel to develop machining programs for the HC-5000. Operators answer simple questions about criteria including material type, O.D./I.D. dimensions and part length.

The MAZATROL control automatically calculates intersection coordinates and tool index positioning while it optimizes cutting conditions and machining processes. For compatibility with programs created for other machine brands, MAZATROL uses the same G-codes as conventional EIA CNC machines. To run programs from other machines on the HC-5000, operators simply edit M-codes and confirm axis strokes, along with cutting conditions.

For streamlined data entry and reduced programming times, the MAZATROL SmoothG touchscreen control minimizes the number of displays. Five home process screens - programming, tool data, set-up, machining and maintenance - display easy-to-understand data, with touch icons for quick navigation to additional screen displays.

MAZATROL SmoothG CNC features and functions include Virtual Machining, which allows operators to evaluate part programs before they begin to cut. High Gain Feed Forward Control boosts machining speed and accuracy while Fast Rotary Axis Speeds optimizes gear skiving and rotary axis threading. Variable Acceleration Control calculates optimal acceleration for multiple axes. Position-Controlled Hobbing manages fast, convenient hobbing and skiving operations. Real-Time Tuning maintains optimal machining balance as workpiece weight changes. Quick MAZATROL imports 3D CAD models and automatically extracts coordinates to simplify machine programming. Quick EIA plots toolpaths to check for interferences.

Mazak offers a variety of performance-enhancing options for the HC-5000 to increase uptime and boost overall operational efficiency. High-pressure and SUPERFLOW coolant systems allow for increased cutting speeds, extended tool life and efficient chip evacuation various chip conveyor designs handle a wide variety of chip shapes and material types, including aluminum, steel and cast iron. Work air blasting removes stuck chips from the fixture and workpiece. A mist collector helps reduce maintenance costs and allow a clean, safe work environment. Automatic non-contact tool length measurement and tool breakage detection reduce overall part set-up time. And with a Renishaw OMP60M touch sensor tool mounted in the machine spindle, operators can shift coordinate values to align workpieces automatically.

For more information contact:

Mazak Corporation

P.O. Box 970

Florence, KY 41022-0970

859-342-1700

www.mazakusa.com

Southwest

Chris Papke

Mazak SW Technology Center

10950 Greenbend Blvd.

Houston, TX 77667

281-931-7770

cpapke@mazakcorp.com

www.mazakusa.com

LA

Richard Cahn

Dixie Mill Machine Tools Co.

901 Tchoupitoulass Street

New Orleans, LA 70152

504-525-6101

800-462-9519

rcahn@dixiemill.com

www.dixiemill.com

OK, AR

Butch Cumminsky

David James

Machinery Resources Inc.

5550 South 94th East Avenue

Tulsa, OK 74145

918-622-6495

800-448-1878

butch@mritul.com

www.mritul.com

N. TX

Chris Papke

Mazak Corporation

935 S. Kimball St., Ste. 151

Southlake, TX 76092

800-642-6110 - 817-329-6290

cpapke@mazakcorp.com

www.mazakcorp.com

W. TX

Chris Edgar

Magnum Precision Machines, Inc.

12025 Rojas Drive, Suite A

El Paso, TX 79936

915-856-7900

cedgar@magnumabq.com

www.magnumprecisionmachines.com

NM

Chris Edgar

Magnum Precision Machines, Inc.

8448 Washington Place NE

Albuquerque, NM 87113

505-345-8389

cedgar@magnumabq.com

www.magnumprecisionmachines.com

Southeast

Dave Kennedy

Mazak Southeast Technology Center

1075 Northbrook Parkway

Suwanee, GA 30024

678-985-4800

dkennedy@mazakcorp.com

www.mazakusa.com

TN

Dennis McCurry

Pinnacle Machine Tools, Inc.

5912 Toole Drive

Knoxville, TN 37919

865-951-0260

mccurry@pinnaclemachine.net

AL, FL Panhandle

Jerry Edwards

Pinnacle Machine Tool Inc.

141 Nick Fitcheard Road

Huntsville, AL 35806

256-852-0900

edwards@pinnaclemachine.net

NC, VA

Rick Smith

MachineTech, Inc.

8100-J Arrowridge Blvd.

Charlotte, NC 28273

704-665-6301

rick@machinetechcnc.com

www.machinetechcnc.com

GA, SC

Tim Kramer

Premier Engineering Co.

1635 Lakes Pkwy. Ste. U

Lawrenceville, GA 30043-5858

678-442-8382

tim@premierengineering.com

www.premierengineering.com

MS

Richard Cahn

Dixie Mill Machine Tools Co.

901 Tchoupitoulass Street

New Orleans, LA 70152

504-525-6101

rcahn@dixiemill.com

www.dixiemill.com

FL

Dave Kennedy

Mazak Southeast Technology Center

1075 Northbrook Parkway

Suwanee, GA 30024

678-985-4800

dkennedy@mazakcorp.com

www.mazakusa.com

Northeast

New England, E. NY, NJ

Jim Rutan

Mazak Northeast Technology Center

700 Old County Cir.

Windsor Locks, CT 06096

800-436-8900 / 860-292-4400

jrutan@mazakcorp.com

www.mazakusa.com

E. PA, MD, DE

Jim Rutan

Mazak Mid Atlantic Office

1275 Glenlivet Drive

Allentown, PA 18106

800-436-8900

jrutan@mazakcorp.com

www.mazakusa.com

W. NY

Bill Miller

A.W. Miller Technical Sales

7661 Seneca St.

PO Box 69

East Aurora, NY 14052

716-652-8282

bmiller@awmiller.com

www.awmiller.com

W. PA, WV (North)

Erwin Mueller

A.W. Miller Technical Sales

3 Tara Drive

PO Box 220

Harmony, PA 16037

724-453-1690

emueller@awmiller.com

www.awmiller.com

WV (South)

Rick Smith

MachineTech, Inc.

8100-J Arrowridge Blvd.

Charlotte, NC 28273

704-665-6301

rick@machinetechcnc.com

www.machinetechcnc.com

Midwest

Kevin Bates

Mazak Midwest Technology Center

300 East Commerce Drive

Schaumburg, IL 60173

847-885-8311

kbates@mazakcorp.com

www.mazakusa.com

ND, SD, MN, W. WI

Joel Lundin

Tony Bailey

Northwest Machine Technologies, Inc.

20851 Commerce Blvd.

Rogers, MN 55374

763-493-3660

tbailey@nwmtec.com

www.nwmtec.com

NE, W. IA

Duane Ohlrich

Industrial Systems & Supply Inc.

2760 E. 29th Avenue

Columbus, NE 68601

402-564-4445

ohlrich@industrial-systems-supply.com

www.industrial-systems-supply.com

E. IA

Jeff Everett

Mazak Midwest Technology Center

300 East Commerce Drive

Schaumburg, IL 60173

847-885-8311

jeverett@mazakcorp.com

www.mazakusa.com

E.MO, S. IL

Bill Summers

Municipal Tool & Machinery Co.

2465 Rock Island Blvd.

Maryland Heights, MO 63043

314-994-9905

bsummers@municipaltool.com

www.municipaltool.com

KS, W. MO

Nick Shelton

Concept Machinery -

A Shelton Machinery Company

6319 W. 110th St.

Overland Park, KS 66211

913-387-4413

nshelton@conceptmachinery.com

www.conceptmachinery.com

E. WI

Mike Cekanor

Machinery Systems North

3280 Gateway Rd.

Brookfield, WI 53045

262-781-4850

mikec@machsys.com

www.machsys.com

N. IL, N.W. IN

Eric Hilliard

Machinery Systems Inc.

614 East State Parkway

Schaumburg, IL 60173

847-882-8085

erich@machysys.com

www.machsys.com

E. MI

Steve Addy

Addy Machinery Co.

36055 Groesbeck Highway

Clinton Township, MI 48035

586-741-3000

800-ADDY-NOW

steve@addymachinery.com

www.addymachinery.com

W. MI

Peter Addy

Addy Machinery Co.

3757 Broadmoor Ave SE, Ste. A & B

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

800-AddyNOW

peter@addymachinery.com

www.addymachinery.com

S. OH

Greg Knox

Knox Machinery, Inc.

375 Industrial Drive

Franklin, OH 45005

937-743-2641

www.knoxmachinery.com

S.IN, KY

Nick Shelton

Shelton Machinery, Inc.

9900 North by Northeast Blvd.

Fisher, IN 46037

317-845-5588

nshelton@sheltonmachinery.com

www.sheltonmachinery.com

N. OH

Frank Gibbons

Numerequip

4810 Briar Road

Cleveland, OH 44135

216-265-0400

fgibbons@numerequip.com

www.numerequip.com

West

CO, E. WY

Randy Breitenbach

Action Machinery International

7790 S. Wheeling Ct. Unit A

Englewood, CO 80112

303-532-2900

randy@action-machinery.com

www.action-machinery.com

WA, OR

Mark Harris

CNC Machine Services, Inc.

7808 184th St. SE

Snohomish, WA 98296

425-788-4500

sales@cncmachineservice.com

www.cncmachineservice.com

N.ID

Dave Fisher

Dependable Machine

88 W Orchard Ave

Hayden, ID 83835

866-967-0146 / 208-714-4652

sales@dependablemachineryrepair.com

www.dmi-cnc.com

AZ, S. NV

Chris Edgar

Magnum Precision Machines

4848 S. 35th St.

Phoenix, AZ 85040

602-431-8300

cedgar@magnumabq.com

www.magnumprecisionmachines.com

UT, S. ID, MT, W. WY

Clark Smith

Smith Machinery Company

41 W. Guest Avenue

Salt Lake City, UT 84115

80l-263-6403

csmith@smithmachinetools.com

www.smithmachinetools.com

S. CA

Richard McCauley

Mazak West Regional Headquarters and

Aerospace Technology Center

1333 West 190th Street

Gardena, CA 90248

310-327-7172

rmccauley@mazakcorp.com

www.mazakusa.com

N. CA

David Lindenmuth

Mazak San Francisco Sales and

Technical Center

47273 Fremont Blvd.

Fremont, CA 95035

408-941-2240

dlindenmuth@mazakcorp.com

www.mazakusa.com

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