The countdown has started towards one of the highlights of the machining calendar, the annual Yamazaki Mazak November Open House.

The Open House will run from 18th–21st November at Mazak’s European Technology Centre and manufacturing plant in Worcester, and will feature 20 machine tools, including the latest INTEGREX, VTC 800 Series and laser processing machines.

The event, which will be themed ‘make [tomorrow] better,’ will include guided tours of Mazak’s 29,000m2 manufacturing facility, which manufactures more than 1,000 machine tools every year; a 15 minute MAZATROL programming seminar and on-hand application support and advice from Mazak’s application engineers.

The stars of the show however will be the machining technologies, with four standout machine tools on display. The INTEGREX i-100S, the latest variant of Mazak’s flagship INTEGREX range, combines a large machining area with a compact ergonomic design. The machine at November’s Open House is equipped with a new BARTAC S bar feed system, which offers integrated work unloading and conveyor handling of completed workpieces for lights-out and unmanned running.

Alongside will be the INTEGREX e-1250V/8 II multi-tasking machine tool, designed with a large machining envelope which makes it ideal for manufacturing very large diameter complex parts; and the UK-built VTC 800/30 HD, a 50 taper variant of the highly successful VTC 800 series. What’s more, laser users will be able to view the SUPER TURBO-X 3015, a machine specifically designed for super-fast, non-stop cutting of a variety of different materials and thicknesses. It is also equipped with a new Servo Focus Torch to deliver high energy density to reduce piercing time and increase productivity.

Richard Smith, Yamazaki Mazak managing director UK & Ireland sales division, commented: “Our November Open House is becoming a regular fixture in the machining calendar and is a great opportunity for both existing and new customers to witness our complete range of machining solutions.

“Our theme of ‘make [tomorrow] better’ is an extension of our philosophy of supporting customers in the development of their machining capabilities, embracing technology such as multi-tasking, turning, 5-axis machining and laser processing, which can help them become more efficient, more productive and more competitive. I would urge any production engineer or subcontractor who has not yet visited our European Technology Centre in Worcester to make a visit to our November Open House a priority.”