The machine tool manufacturing plant in Florence Ky is the primary example of the Mazakrsquos iSMART Factory concept

Mazak Building IoT-Ready Manufacturing Plant in Japan

March 4, 2016
Yamazaki Mazak plans to build a new machine-tool production plant in Japan where it will implement its iSMART Factory production automation and data-networking manufacturing concept.

Yamazaki Mazak Corp. announced plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Japan where it will implement the automated and data-networked manufacturing concept it first outlined in 2014. The new plant at Inabe City, about 230 miles southwest of Tokyo in Mie Prefecture, is budgeted at ¥20 billion ($176.5 million), the machine tool builder announced. It said the 56,000-m2 operation would be in production by 2019.

Yamazaki Mazak’s extensive catalog of Mazak brand machine tools includes turning centers, multi-tasking machines, and vertical CNC machines, as well as machine control technologies.

The group did not indicate what product lines would be manufactured at the new plant.

The Inabe City plant will be a greenfield version of Mazak’s iSMART Factory concept, which uses advanced manufacturing cells and production systems to maximize productivity and flexibility, and “free-flow data sharing” with machine and process control monitoring. The goal is to optimize manufacturing by coordinating all available technology, information, and resources, in line with the theories projected as the industrial Internet of Things (IoT).

The Mazak Corp. manufacturing plant in Florence, Ky., which has been expanded and extensively updated over the past decade, is the primary example of the iSMART Factory concept. Along with the automation systems and manufacturing technologies installed there, the plant uses the MTConnect® open communications protocol to link machines, work cells, individual devices, and discrete processes, and to collect process and product data from each one.

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Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)

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