FLORENCE, Ky., September 9, 2019 – The industry’s largest private manufacturing event, DISCOVER 2019, will offer visitors the opportunity to experience Mazak Corporation’s wide range of productivity-enhancing digital solutions, from powerful SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY solutions to the latest in training and machine connectivity methodologies. The event, which takes place November 5-7 and 12-13 at the company’s North American Manufacturing Headquarters in Florence, Kentucky, will set the stage for the North American debut of several innovative new digital technologies that include Mixed Reality Training and the MAZATROL SmoothAi CNC, as well as enhancements to the machine connectivity and cybersecurity capabilities of the Mazak SmartBox.
A key technology for bridging the skills gap and encouraging young people to pursue careers in manufacturing as well as an innovative method for expedited remote service, Mazak’s new Mixed Reality paradigm is a system that combines the key advantages of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Designed to reduce the risks associated with training new operators on highly sophisticated technology, Mixed Reality Training and new remote service modalities take virtual objects from VR and overlay them in the real world with an AR approach, enabling risk-free training and new possibilities for machine service and maintenance. Seen for the first time at DISCOVER 2019, this digital solution promises to revolutionize training, service and maintenance with powerful display technology.
Debuted at EMO 2019, Mazak’s new MAZATROL SmoothAi CNC will make its first appearance in North America at DISCOVER 2019. Featuring graphical user interface enhancements, an optional second monitor and operation panel enhancements to support other new SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY solutions, including SMOOTH Ai Spindle, Solid MAZATROL and Ai Thermal Shield, The SmoothAi CNC will also incorporate new products like SMOOTH CAM Ai, MAZATROL TWINS and SMOOTH Project Manager. Built with automation in mind, the SmoothAi control also includes artificial-intelligence-driven machining functions, SMOOTH Robot Cell Controller and SMOOTH Robot Teaching Assist, which promise to make it easier than ever to integrate a wide range of digital technologies into part-production operations.