CNC Machine Tools Success Stories

Delivering high-accuracy, simultaneous 5-axis machining for Kilner’s

Kilner’s Engineering in Brisbane has hit the ground running in 2023 with the recent installation of a Mazak Variaxis C-600 5-axis vertical machining center.

Mazak Variaxis C 600 arrives at Kilners Engineering

“The Mazak Variaxis C-600 5 Axis Machining Centre is a class leading piece of equipment and is the first of its model to be installed in Queensland. It will continue to help us build on our significant vertical integration capability to deliver turnkey products and assemblies using advanced engineering processes to our customers” said Scott Kilner.

The Mazak Variaxis C-600 simultaneous 5-axis vertical machining center uses rigid C-frame construction, a standard 30-tool changer, dual-supported tilting table and fast rapid traverse rates to reduce cycle times on demanding jobs.

Kilner’s Mazak Variaxis C-600 is equipped with the optional high-speed 18,000-rpm spindle which has a spindle motor output of 30/26 kW (40% ED/cont.) and torque of 105/88 Nm (40% ED/cont.)

For control, the Mazak Variaxis C-600 is powered by Mazak's new Mazatrol SmoothAi CNC, developed specifically to maximise full five-axis machining performance while running peripheral functions, and provide digital enhancements that add efficiency and value throughout the machining process with the power of artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced data management technology.

Based in Morningside, in Brisbane's inner south, Kilner's Engineering is a third generation, family owned general and repetition engineering company offering a broad spectrum of engineering services including cnc turning, cnc machining, laser cutting, abrasive jet cutting, metal folding, and fabrication all under one roof.

Kilner’s was established in 1948 by three Kilner brothers in Coorparoo, before moving to Salisbury in the 1950’s, Bulimba in the 1970’s and finally to a state of the art 2000m2 facility in Morningside, in 2018.

The Variaxis C-600 builds on a long lineage of Mazak equipment installed at Kilner’s Engineering by John Hart which stretches back over 25 years.

“As our advanced manufacturing business has evolved, Mazak and John Hart have been there every step of the way. Starting with a 2kW Mazak STX-48 laser back in 1997, and then with the addition of 4 Axis Machining in 2003 with a VTC200C. From there our fleet of Mazak CNC machining centres and CNC mill-turn lathes has continued to grow, through to the introduction of 5-Axis Machining with the Variaxis C-600” said Brad Kilner.

To complement the new Mazak, Kilner’s Engineering has also invested in a 100kW Solar system to reduce their environmental impact and energy consumption by around 38%. With more new equipment and a building extension in the pipeline, Kilner’s have an exciting year ahead.

Mazak Variaxis C 600 taken into Kilners Engineering

Mazak Variaxis C 600 craned into place at Kilners Engineering

Mazak Variaxis C 600 commissioned at Kilners Engineering