Mazak launches new EZ series
- December 16, 2020
The new machine family and control were developed specifically to help remove the cost barriers to acquiring the latest manufacturing technology without sacrificing machine capability or production performance.
The new Ez website further streamlines the customer experience and offers visitors focused access to Mazak’s newest product line.
Machine configurations within the new series include both horizontal turning and vertical machining centre models, all of which feature the MAZATROL SmoothEz control and are designed and built in Kentucky. Among the turning centre configurations are the QT-Ez 8, QT-Ez 10 and QT-Ez 12 models each offered in a 2-axis, M, MY and MSY versions.
M versions include milling capability, MY machines feature milling and Y-axis off-centreline capability and MSY machines are a combination of both milling and Y axis capability paired with second turning spindles. For further increased productivity and unmanned operations, the machines seamlessly integrate with bar feeders and robots.
Each QT-Ez model number indicates the standard chuck size, but Mazak also offers a smaller size optional chuck for each machine to provide greater maximum rpm capability. These include a 6-in. chuck option for the QT-Ez 8, an 8-in. for the QT-Ez 10 and 10-in. for the QT-Ez 12. Each model is available in a 20-in. bed length and an optional 40-in. bed length for the QT-Ez 12 model. Available machine turrets include 2-axis drum style, with a bolt-on or BMT55 turret for rotary tool applications, and tailstocks are offered with either manual positioning with hydraulic quill or servo positioning capability.
Mazak’s VC-Ez Vertical Machine Series begins with the initial introduction of the VC-Ez 20, and soon will include both smaller and larger machines, the VC-Ez 16 and VC-Ez 26. All VC-Ez Series machines sport C-frame designs with X and Y axis motion via moving table and saddle along with Mazak’s high-rigidity MX linear systems and pre-tensioned ball screws that together ensure rigidity, accuracy and reliability.
Axis travels for the VC-Ez 20 measure 41.34-in. in X, 20.08-in. in Y and 25-in. in Z that allow the machine to accommodate maximum workpiece sizes of 49.21-in. long, 19.37-in. wide and 22.4-in. tall and weighing up to 2,204 lbs. All within an ergonomically designed machine that has a 26.5 percent smaller foot as compared to other models and one that measures only 102.65 sq-ft for significant floor space savings.
The VC-Ez 20 features a 40-taper, 12,000-rpm, 25-hp spindle and 30-tool magazine automatic tool changer. Options include a versatile 15,000-rpm, 29.5-hp spindle with 81.13 ft-lb torque and a 50-tool capacity tool changer.
For fast and easy QT-Ez and VC-Ez machine programming, Mazak’s new MAZATROL SmoothEz CNC provides dual 800 MHz processors, 512 MB of RAM and a vibrant 15" capacitive touch screen that includes a full keyboard and displays up to 60 lines of code. Within the control, EIA/G-code and MAZATROL programming languages support a full range of programming options directly on the machine, while the MAZATROL TWINS function enables offline programming and simulations that draw real-time condition and performance data directly from the machine.
The MAZATROL SmoothEz control also features Mazak’s new LAUNCHER interface, accessible in every screen, and that uses the entire display to make screen selection smooth and seamless. To further streamline programming, the control’s QUICK MAZATROL function simplifies program creation and confirmation through touch screen editing and confirmation of 3D models.