Yamazaki Mazak Corporation has commenced assembly operations at its latest production facility in Inabe City, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
While the final stage of construction is ongoing, the Inabe Plant has begun producing new Mazak Variaxis Series five-axis machining centers and Mazak Versatech Series five-axis double-column machining centers. The facility also includes significant floor space devoted to performing test cuts for customers on these large machine tools. When the USD$176 million (¥20 billion) facility is finished, the 603,000-square-foot (56,000 square meter) production floor will take over operations from the current Seiko Plant in nearby Kuwana City, which will serve as a machining facility for the Inabe Plant.
The new Inabe facility includes many features essential to the manufacture of high-precision machine tools, including advanced Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) monitoring technology and environmental controls that prevent temperature changes beyond ±1ºC on the production floor. The current operations have already increased Yamazaki Mazak’s overall production capacity in Japan by 20 percent, and the company plans to prioritize the expansion of its production floor to meet high levels of worldwide machine tool demand.