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Big HMC Brings Work In-House for Tooling Manufacturer

A new Mazak HCN-10800 Horizontal Machining Center (HMC) with an expansive 1,000-mm pallet size and 4-ton part capacity is allowing Suburban Tool Inc. to bring bigger size tombstone machining in-house. Located in Auburn Hills, MI, the company has relied on Mazak machine tool technology for over 25 years to provide faster delivery of its high-precision products to customers.

"For Suburban Tool, the Mazak HCN-10800 combines advanced technology and outstanding value with high performance and high productivity for achieving maximum performance when working with virtually any type of material," said a spokesperson. The machine features two-pallet changing automation along with axis travels of 1,700 mm in X, 1,400 mm in Y and 1,525 mm in Z, together with fast rapid traverse speeds and a rigid 6,000-RPM spindle.

According to Kevin Heintz, Sales Engineer at Suburban Tool, prior to acquiring the larger size Mazak, the company had to farm out the work to suppliers. Doing so added an extra layer of cost and lengthened its job turnaround times-all of which affected competitiveness. With the new HCN-10800, the shop easily accommodates its biggest tombstones and can now quote jobs that it was unable to in the past. Suburban Tool's HCN-10800 gives the shop a 1,600-mm part height machining capability, and it upgraded to a 120-tool storage capacity.

"The HCN-10800 will open up new possibilities for producing other products in house besides just the large tombstones, as well as free up additional capacity on our existing Mazaks," said Heintz.

In addition to tombstones, Suburban Tool makes all its other products available to dealers and distributors. The company's list of customers includes the U.S. Airforce, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, GE, Cummins, the Los Alamos National Lab and many others.

For more information contact:

Suburban Tool, Inc.

4141 N Atlantic Blvd.

Auburn Hills, MI 48326


Mazak Corporation

P.O. Box 970

Florence, KY 41022-0970


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