CNC Machine Tools Success Stories

John Hart delivers more Mazak power to Hydro Tasmania

A Mazak VCN-530C delivers the highest productivity in this class of vertical machining centers for Hydro Tasmania’s state-of-the-art Cambridge workshop.

Hydro Tasmania Team and John Hart Engineer with Mazak VCN 530C

The team from Hydro Tasmania’s state-of-the-art Cambridge workshop and a John Hart engineer with the Mazak VCN-530C.

The main focus of Hydro Tasmania’s Cambridge workshop is to manufacture and maintain equipment used for electricity generation by Australia’s largest generator of clean renewable energy and Australia’s largest water manager.

Every year, Hydro Tasmania produces about 9000 gigawatt hours of clean electricity from hydropower – enough to provide about 900,000 Australian homes and small businesses with power sold into the National Electricity Market through their retail business Momentum Energy.

Hydro Tasmania also generates from wind and gas. Their system has a total capacity of more than 2600 megawatts and includes 30 power stations and more than 50 major dams. They employ more than 1300 people, including almost 800 Tasmanians.

The Mazak VCN-530C delivers reduced cycle times thanks to high speed feedrate, acceleration/deceleration and tool change. Feedrate: 42 m/min, Spindle speed: 12000 rpm, Chip-to-chip: 2.8 seconds.

Thanks to a spindle with ceramic ball bearings, powerful machining can be performed with minimum heat generation. To ensure machining accuracy, the high efficiency flexible coupling reduces vibration to extremely low levels.

High rigidity construction, ball screw core cooling and Mazak’s unique heat compensation system - Intelligent Thermal Shield further ensure high accuracy machining.

The machine offers excellent accessibility thanks to two front doors providing wide opening and a large window for convenient monitoring of machining.

The Mazak VCN-530C features MAZATROL SmoothG, the advanced CNC designed for ease of operation.

Mazak VCN 530C being craned into Hydro Tasmania