Mazak NEO: Making the Best Even Better

POSTED ON 6/28/2021 – Much as the model names Porsche® 911® and Jeep® Grand Cherokee® are icons of the automotive world, so are Mazak’s HCN Series of Horizontal Machining Centers and its VARIAXIS Series of Vertical Machining Centers among manufacturers. All these iconic brand names share a reputation for performance, quality and reliability achieved through continuous improvement and redesign with the end user’s needs in mind. For more than 20 years, the HCN and VARIAXIS machine series have been synonymous with precision machining, and through Mazak’s continuous process of making the best better, we have created our new NEO Series machines.

The HCN-6800 is considered the beast of the HMC world: Reliable, powerful, robust dependable and highly precise. The HCN-6800 NEO has received numerous upgrades that take the previous generation’s performance to a new level of efficiency and ease of use, It may look different, but it’s an HCN-6800 through and through. Right off the bat, you’ll notice its new sheet metal. We also shortened its height by almost 12″, but not at the expense of any workpiece capacities.

We’ve improved the standard spindle, table and magazine, including a new standard 43-tool drum-type magazine that reduces tool exchange times. The machine comes standard with an improved 10,000-rpm spindle, and there is an available high-torque 8,000 rpm spindle for aggressive material removal for applications involving tough to machine materials such as titanium and Inconel. We also now offer an optional direct-drive motor table with the fastest indexing time in its class, paired with high-accuracy positioning.

The HCN-6800 NEO’s redesigned, faster ATC door is servo driven, and the new design now accommodates longer tool lengths up to 30″. For operator ergonomics, the machine features a hydraulic/motorized pallet changer mechanism and easier-to-access maintenance panel located closer to the operator station that speeds up the response when an alarm indicates the machine needs routine maintenance.

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