Mazak, Muratec join forces in MAZATEC SMS smart manufacturing system

Published
March 27,2017 - 01:30pm

Yamazaki Mazak Corporation and Murata Machinery, Ltd. (Muratec) have collaborated in the development of the MAZATEC SMS, an advanced manufacturing system designed to meet today's requirements for manufacturers and to provide unsurpassed efficiency by performing unmanned machining. It incorporates the internal factory material handling technology of Murata Machinery, Ltd. with the advanced horizontal machining centers and multi-tasking machine tools of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation.

Yamazaki Mazak has a long history in the production of factory automation systems, such as the MAZATROL FMS, a Flexible Manufacturing System comprised of machining centers, which was developed in 1984. Similarly, Murata Machinery has extensive experience in providing material handling system to manufacturing facilities worldwide. The MAZATEC SMS incorporates the technologies of these two companies in an advanced manufacturing system designed to increase the competitiveness of manufacturers in today's IIOT environment.

The production schedule output by a company's ERP system can be sent directly to the controller of the MAZATEC SMS and used for the system operation. Together with production results and system status monitoring, a high variety of workpieces in small size lots can be produced with extremely high efficiency. 

Machines with various pallet sizes can be integrated in systems. The storage capacity of each system stocker as well as the loading stations' specifications will be individually arranged according to each customer's production requirements. 

By working together, Mazak and Muratec have developed a production system in response to the requirements of manufacturers to effectively implement the utilization of IIOT technology in their production facilities.

Related Glossary Terms

  • centers

    centers

    Cone-shaped pins that support a workpiece by one or two ends during machining. The centers fit into holes drilled in the workpiece ends. Centers that turn with the workpiece are called “live” centers; those that do not are called “dead” centers.

  • flexible manufacturing system ( FMS)

    flexible manufacturing system ( FMS)

    Automated manufacturing system designed to machine a variety of similar parts. System is designed to minimize production changeover time. Computers link machine tools with the workhandling system and peripherals. Also associated with machine tools grouped in cells for efficient production. See cell manufacturing.

  • flexible manufacturing system ( FMS)2

    flexible manufacturing system ( FMS)

    Automated manufacturing system designed to machine a variety of similar parts. System is designed to minimize production changeover time. Computers link machine tools with the workhandling system and peripherals. Also associated with machine tools grouped in cells for efficient production. See cell manufacturing.