Florence, Kentucky, January 21, 2010 – Mazak will debut a new format for its Discover Mazak series of events, the first of which will be Discover Mazak – Midwest to be held at the Midwest Regional Headquarters and Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois on March 15-17, with an additional Student Day following on March 18. The innovative new format incorporates several interactive and customizable options to allow guests to maximize the value they obtain while attending.
Rather than featuring large, classroom-style seminars, the 2011 Discover Mazak – Midwest event will allow attendees to participate in small group discussions on a wide range of topics. An expert from Mazak or one of the company’s VIP technology partners will lead each group, providing background information and fostering discussion on specific challenges faced by participants. Subjects covered by these interactive learning sessions include but are not limited to online training, the Five Levels of Multi-Tasking, bringing manufacturing work back to the United States and exposing manufacturing myths.
“We’ve held Discover Mazak events throughout the country and received tremendous feedback about the value they provide to manufacturers,” says Brian Papke, President of Mazak Corporation. “The new features that we’re incorporating in this latest event reflect our commitment to helping attendees deal with the real-life challenges they face in their operations and providing them with relevant and timely information that can help increase throughput and shorten production lead times. It’s always been our approach to listen to our customers, and this is a natural extension of that philosophy.”
Brian Papke will serve as the first of two keynote speakers each day. Additional speakers will be announced closer to the event.
Discover Mazak – Midwest will also feature the inaugural round of March Mazatrol Madness programming challenges, held in the morning and afternoon every day of the event. Competitors will face off, with one group programming a milling process and the other working on a turning process. The fastest participant in each heat will receive an Apple® iPad®. Attendees interested in participating in March Mazatrol Madness must register in advance of the event at www.MazakUSA.com/DMMidwest.
Attendees at Discover Mazak – Midwest will have the opportunity to experience Mazak Multi-Tasking technology firsthand through live cutting demonstrations on each machine present. Machines featured at the event include:
– INTEGREX i-150
– INTEGREX j-300
– INTEGREX e-420HS
– INTEGREX 400 IV S
– INTEGREX 100 IV ST
– QUICK TURN SMART 100
– QUICK TURN SMART 350M
– VARIAXIS 500-5X II
– HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 4000-II with High Pressure SuperFlow Coolant
– VERTICAL CENTER SMART 430A
– VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS 510C
– HYPER QUADREX 200MS with Fanuc Gantry Loader and Bar Feeder
– HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6800-II HM package + 3-Level PALLETECH Cell
– QUICK TURN NEXUS 200MSY
Additionally, Mazak will be presenting detailed information on manufacturing in North America, using MTConnect applications to boost manufacturing management efficiency and Mazak Optimum Plus, a comprehensive customer support program.