Mazak to build Swiss-style lathes in Kentucky

The machinery manufacturer has added a new production facility to its Florence, Ky., campus

Mazak's  Syncrex Assembly Plant in Florence, Ky. (Image source: Mazak Corp.)

Mazak’s Syncrex Assembly Plant in Florence, Ky. (Image source: Mazak Corp.)

Mazak has expanded its Florence, Ky., manufacturing campus to accommodate the production of its Syncrex line of Swiss-style machines.  The addition of the 27,000-square-foot Syncrex Assembly Plant combines engineering, production and applications support. 

Swiss-style machine tools differ from standard lathes in that not only does the workpiece spin, but it advances through the work area as the tool remains stationary, peeling layers of raw material from the work piece. Swiss machining was developed specifically for precision production of small parts.  

The new assembly plant will have an output capacity of up to 10 machines per month and up to 16 different models able to manufacture parts from bar stock of 20mm, 25mm, 32mm, and 38mm, respectively with four different axis configurations up to a 9X model with full B-axis contouring.  

Production through the building starts with a machined base that progresses through assembly operations and on to alignment, testing, inspection and runoff procedures.  

Kevin Sekerak, plant manager at Mazak says the new plant will also handle applications support, including proving out different types of automation and other ancillary systems together with the machines. “Often, applications specialists will work side by side with assembly technicians during customer runoffs of a machine,” he says. 

The sliding-headstock Syncrex machines are built on Mazak High Damping Composite Castings (HDCC) which are produced in the United States and machined at Mazak’s Kentucky campus. Mazak also produces spindles, headstocks, sheet metal and many other key components in Kentucky.