Multi-Tasking Facts and Fiction

POSTED ON 12/12/2018 — Despite the fact that Multi-Tasking technology has become increasingly common in shops across the country and around the world, many manufacturers still believe such machines are costly and a challenge to integrate into existing processes and automation. Where these myths arose remains a mystery, but the facts are easy to find, especially when discussing Mazak Multi-Tasking. Here are a few myths we can quickly debunk:

MYTH: Multi-Tasking is too new to trust
FACT: Multi-Tasking is tried and tested technology

The first Mazak Multi-Tasking machine, the SLANT TURN 40N ATC Mill Center, came out in 1982. Since then, Mazak has invested heavily in pushing this technology forward, both in terms of machine tool parameters and the infrastructure needed to help customers succeed. As a result, Mazak has a comprehensive selection of Multi-Tasking machining centers that have been put to profitable use in virtually every industry – along with an equally comprehensive training program that comes free with every machine sold to help manufacturers get their operators up to speed.

MYTH: Multi-Tasking machines are too expensive for my shop
FACT: Multi-Tasking machines are a great value in terms of costs

For many manufacturers, comparing a machine tool’s sticker price with the business’ bank account balance is the beginning and end of their cost-benefit analyses. And indeed, in terms of price, Multi-Tasking technology is more expensive than traditional lathes or mills. However, instead of looking at price, manufacturers should look at costs. This requires a more involved analysis – one should consider maintenance costs, available services and other factors that impact the purchasing and operating costs of the machine. When you invest in manufacturing technology that will be used for decades, it pays to think long-term.

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