Mazak offers the HCN-5000 horizontal machining center with the company’s Multi-Pallet Pool (MPP) system. Thanks to the compact MPP system, shops that lack the floor space necessary to accommodate a conventional linear horizontal pallet stocker now have the ability to achieve continuous unmanned, lights-out operations.
The new automation system features a carousel-style design that maximizes utilization of space to offer the convenience of a larger Mazak Palletech system while taking up to 40% less room. Servo motors on each axis, as well as a two-level pallet arrangement that keeps each pallet the same distance from the center of the stocker, ensure fast and stable loading/unloading.
Designed to expand as production needs grow, manufacturers can reconfigure the system’s standard 10-pallet stocker to house 16 pallets for even further increased output. With the large, heavy part operations of the HCN-5000 in mind, Mazak made this latest MPP the biggest version in terms of part size yet. The system houses 500 mm square pallets that accommodate workpieces up to 800 mm in diameter and 1,000 mm high.
For overall process optimization, Mazak provides the associated Smooth MPP software in the HCN-5000’s MAZATROL SmoothG CNC. Operators can easily monitor production status with scheduling functions, tool storage monitoring and system utilization analysis, all accessible from the control’s capacitive multiple-touch screen. Options for network access also allow remote monitoring of production.
The new automation option makes the HCN-5000 an even more highly flexible machining solution. A wide variety of high-speed or high-torque integral motor/spindle types ensures that shops can match spindle performance to specific materials, including everything from steels to nonferrous metals. Part production operations are also made
more efficient with the machine’s highly rigid spindle, numerous tool magazine options, quick rapid traverse speed and vibration-free acceleration/deceleration, a combination of advanced technology and exceptional value.
Related Glossary Terms
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.
- machining center
CNC machine tool capable of drilling, reaming, tapping, milling and boring. Normally comes with an automatic toolchanger. See automatic toolchanger.
- rapid traverse
Movement on a CNC mill or lathe that is from point to point at full speed but, usually, without linear interpolation.