Officials at Mazak Corp. announce the company's National Service Department and Training Department will move into the company’s expanded National Technology Center & Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence in Florence, KY. All customer training courses will be conducted in the new larger facility beginning the week of January 7, 2013.
The National Technology Center marks the second of three major expansions that will add significantly to Mazak’s Kentucky manufacturing campus, ultimately increasing its total floor space to 800,000ft2 and positioning it as one of the largest machine tool factories in the country. The first of the three expansions was that of the company’s North American Parts Center and Spindle Repair Department, which allows Mazak to now stock over 52,000 unique part numbers valued at more than $65 million to provide customers with one of the industry’s most expansive spare parts inventories. The third and most significant expansion is that of Mazak’s manufacturing plant that will boost the company’s production capacity to as many as 200 machines per month to meet the needs of various types of machines and support.
“The expanded National Technology Center will provide customers with significantly enhanced applications support and customer’s learning opportunities,” says Brian Papke, president of Mazak. “We will also be able to demonstrate larger-size machines and automation systems to create increased opportunities for process and productivity solutions, including complete turnkey manufacturing systems.”
The National Technology Center, which opened in 1996, and was doubled in size as the result of a 2006 expansion, has now grown from 69,000ft2 to 100,183ft2 of space. Included is the addition of seven new high bay areas in the technology hall that was enlarged by 12,000ft2, making the entire building a total of 625ft in length. With an additional 18,750ft2 of office space, which includes a new second story, the Technology Center office area now houses six new dedicated customer-training classrooms and space for the company’s National Service Department and MAZATROL Control Support Group. The facility provides ample room for customer hands-on training courses as well as machine maintenance training classes.
Mazak’s National Technology Center is the hub for its eight Regional Technology Centers and, as such, enhances the company’s customer support capabilities throughout North America. Together, Mazak’s Technology Centers play a key role in the company’s comprehensive Optimum Plus service and support program. Each Technology Center offers full access to advanced Multi-Tasking and 5-axis machines, training courses, applications assistance, and seminars, parts support and leading-edge networking and manufacturing technologies, which collectively provide Mazak customers with the resources required to achieve lean, efficient manufacturing operations.