Mazak Expands Online Training Class Offerings

Florence, Kentucky, August 19, 2010 – Mazak Corporation today announced that it has further expanded the online portion of its comprehensive Progressive Learning program with the development of four new Mazak-specific programming classes offered in partnership with ToolingU.com. These new classes provide users with a web-based, self-paced introduction to Mazak machine controls, which allows shops to program in either a conversational mode with MAZATROL or EIA/ISO programming environment.

Two of the four new classes teach MAZATROL EIA/ISO (G-code) programming for mills and turning machines, as well as NEXUS turning and milling operations. The other two classes provide instruction on creating MAZATROL conversational programs for mills and lathes. These four new classes join the 16 other Mazak-specific classes offered at ToolingU.com, the industry’s most popular online training source for manufacturing.

Mazak’s Progressive Learning program takes a unique approach to education and training to maximize student understanding and retention. Mazak’s Progressive Learning program offers a comprehensive range of classes, from basic to master elite in a variety of formats. Formats and structure for each class are determined based on the complexity and applicability of the course content, as well as the means by which the content is best imparted to the user. This tiered approach to learning is illustrated in the Mazak Pyramid of Learning.

In the Progressive Learning model, basic-level classes are most appropriate for a self-paced, online environment. By offering this level of class online, shops benefit from the convenience of web-based content, increased accessibility to training and reduced costs.

“At Mazak, we understand that people are a shop’s greatest asset,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “Skilled, well-trained operators are able to better maximize new technology and improve manufacturing processes. Our Progressive Learning approach ensures that regardless of need, location or budget, shops have access to the comprehensive range of education and training they need. These programs offer customers the opportunity for training in their individual plants, or they can attend training sessions at Mazak Technology Centers and Distributor Technical Centers”

In addition to its online class offering, Mazak offers a complete range of hands-on, maintenance, programming and user group classes at the Learning Center in Florence, Kentucky, as well as its seven Regional Technology Centers in North America.

For more information on Progressive Learning and to register for upcoming classes, please visit, www.mazakusa.com/learning.

About Mazak Corporation
Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productivity-improving machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky recently initiated a $9 million manufacturing expansion. The facility’s “Production on Demand” manufacturing concept uses the latest in machine tool technologies as part of its lean strategy. Continuous training and development of the workforce has created a “lean” culture, which has created opportunities for continuing growth in America. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to its customers. For more information on Mazak’s products and solutions, visit www.mazakusa.com.

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