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Next Gen Horizontal Machining Center Expands Range of Applications

Mazak’s HCN-6800 NEO comes with upgraded standard features and numerous options, too. Its cycle times are faster, its footprint is smaller, and its range of part and tool capacities are wider.

Posted: February 25, 2021

HCN-6800 NEO's redesigned ATC door is now servo-driven and faster, and the new design accommodates a longer tool.

The HCN-6800 NEO from Mazak Corp. (Florence, KY) is the latest version of the HCN series of horizontal machining centers, featuring a fully redesigned enclosure and numerous upgrades throughout the machine. Introduced in the company’s online “All Axes LIVE broadcast Feb. 23, it is fast, efficient and ready for work in an even wider range of part-production applications.

Its standard spindle, table, and magazine have all received significant improvements, including an upgraded, new standard 43-tool drum-type magazine that reduces tool exchange times. A redesigned ATC door is now servo-driven and faster, and the new design accommodates a longer tool. For ease of maintenance, the machine incorporates hydraulic/motorized pallet changer mechanisms and an easier-to-access maintenance panel.

The machine’s MAZATROL SmoothG CNC has expanded functionality with the Windows 10 operating system. In addition to the standard suite of SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY solutions and full EIA/ISO and MAZATROL compatibility, the HCN-6800 NEO provides users with access to the new Ai Thermal Shield technology first debuted on the new MAZATROL SmoothAi CNC. This advanced system uses machine learning and modeling to compensate instantly for changes in machine and ambient temperature over the course of operation, ensuring the highest degree of accuracy even over long machining cycles.

The new NEO model offers many new options, including (1) a high-torque 8,000 rpm spindle that provides greater torque, (2) an optional direct-drive motor table that offers the fastest indexing time in its class and, (3) thanks to its rotary scale, high-accuracy positioning.

The HCN-6800 NEO can accommodate parts weighing up to 3,306.93 pounds and as part of the NEO configuration, the machine enclosure itself has been reduced in size – with a chip conveyor, the new model has a width of 134.06 inches and depth of 266.61 inches.

Additional enhancements reduce cycle times, increase maximum part and tool capacities, reduce required floorspace, extend part processing versatility, and streamline automation.

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