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Mazak to display new UK-made compact 5-axis machining centre at Autosport & Southern Manufacturing

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Mazak to display new UK-made compact 5-axis machining centre at Autosport & Southern Manufacturing


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Mazak to display new UK-made compact 5-axis machining centre at Autosport & Southern Manufacturing

Yamazaki Mazak will be taking its new UK-made, fully-simultaneous 5-axis machining centre, the CV5-500, to two major exhibitions in early 2020: Autosport Engineering (9-10 January) and Southern Manufacturing (11-13 February).

The CV5-500 has been entirely designed and built at Mazak’s European Manufacturing Plant in Worcester, specifically for machine users engaged in, or aspiring to, 5-axis machining. The machine, which is being brought to market at a highly competitive price point, has a high-rigidity bridge construction with a fully supported trunnion table, which delivers an accurate and extremely compact machining solution.

It is equipped with a new versatile 12,000 rpm spindle, capable of a peak performance of 18.5 kW and 119.4 Nm, making it highly suitable for a wide range of materials. The machine benefits from a compact footprint, making it ideal for smaller machine shops, and it can also be easily automated with a side-loading door and robot interface. The CV5-500 is equipped with SmoothX CNC, Mazak’s specialist 5-axis version of its SMOOTH Technology.

Alan Mucklow, Managing Director UK & Ireland Sales Division at Yamazaki Mazak, commented: “The CV5-500 is set to become one of the flagship machines produced at our manufacturing facility in Worcester. Crucially, customers were heavily involved in the R&D process, to ensure the end product is equipped to deliver stand-out performance across a range of vertical markets, including both the subcontract and autosport sectors.

“The bridge construction promotes both high rigidity and high accuracy, while easy integration with ancillary automation equipment can be achieved by a new side-loading door. Ultimately, we feel this is the most compact, fully simultaneous 5-axis machining centre on the market, with a price point that offers a real opportunity for those with the ambition to move into more complex machining processes.”

On Autosport Engineering, he added: “From grassroots racing to Formula 1 teams, the autosport sector is one of the UK’s most varied industrial subsets, and presents those working throughout the supply chain with some incredibly demanding engineering challenges. For many in this sphere, however, shop floor space is often at a premium. In these instances, the CV5-500 represents a highly versatile machine that can tackle these engineering challenges head on from an ultra-compact footprint.”

On Southern Manufacturing, he added: “High-mix work – both in terms of component type and sector – remains the order of the day for the UK subcontract market looking ahead to 2020. However, we feel that more and more companies are looking to either expand or commit to their first investment in 5-axis machining over the coming months. The CV5-500 is perfectly placed to meet this appetite, and there is no better place for subcontractors to see the machine for themselves this winter than at Southern Manufacturing.”

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