Following the recent expansion of the National Parts Center at its Florence, Kentucky, manufacturing campus, Mazak Corporation announced another significant expansion, this time of its National Technology Center and Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence. The expanded facility will provide customers with significantly enhanced applications support and training opportunities, as well as allow Mazak to demonstrate larger-size machines and create increased opportunities for process solutions including complete turnkey manufacturing systems.
The National Technology Center is the hub for Mazak's eight Regional Technology Centers and, as such, enhances Mazak's customer support capabilities throughout North America. The expansion of the National Technology Center will allow for additional collaboration with the regional centers and distributors' technical centers for providing the engineering, development and necessary floor space to perform customer runoffs of larger manufacturing systems to meet current customer demand. Mazak Corporation's eight technology centers are also integral to the network of 36 worldwide technology centers of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation.
With this expansion, the National Technology Center, which opened in 1996 and was doubled in size as the result of a 2006 expansion, will now grow from 69,000 to 100,183 square feet of space. Included will be the addition of seven new high bay areas, a second story to its office section and additional square footage for its technology demonstration area. The new office area provides for six new dedicated customer-training rooms and space for the company's National Service Department.
Mazak is dedicated to continuously investing in its customer service and support facilities and recently opened a new larger Southwest Regional Technology Center in the Houston area as well as expanded its Midwest Regional Technology Center in the Chicago area, with a Grand Opening event for that facility happening June 26 - 28, 2012. To further support this growth and all its Technology Centers, Mazak has also added 30 new applications engineers.
"Manufacturing in the United States is growing, and there are ever increasing opportunities to collaborate closely with our customers to develop innovative solutions that increase their productivity, efficiency and equipment utilization," said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. "Mazak is committed to doing everything we can to provide manufacturers with access to the most advanced technology and support, which is made possible through our Technology Centers. And as manufacturing continues to grow in North America, we intend to provide our customers with a wide variety of training so they can fully realize the benefits of highly productive new Mazak machines."
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 five-axis machines, training courses, applications assistance, parts support and leading-edge networking and manufacturing technologies, which collectively provide Mazak customers with the resources required to achieve lean, efficient manufacturing operations.