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July 21, 2014
Cutting opportunities in hollow structural sections
Editor’s Note: This article is based on “The Growth of HSS Applications,” presented by Al Bohlen, vice president and general manager, Mazak Optonics Corp., Elgin, Ill., at The FABRICATOR’s Leadership Summit, Feb. 27-March 1, 2013, in... Read more...

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June 2, 2014
The ripple effect of high-speed laser cutting
The laser has evolved to become the heartbeat of precision sheet metal fabrication, and in recent years it has gotten a lot faster. Fiber and disk lasers cut through thin sheet at unprecedented speeds, while at the same time CO 2 lasers have... Read more...

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April 22, 2014
Mazak Optonics names GM of customer service
Laser cutting system supplier Mazak Optonics Corp., Elgin, Ill., has appointed Mark Dilling as general manager of customer service. He is responsible for all issues related to customer satisfaction, including equipment installation, machine... Read more...

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December 5, 2013
Mazak Optonics names new company leader
Mazak Optonics, Elgin, Ill., a supplier of laser cutting systems, has announced that Al Bohlen has assumed leadership of the company's North American operations as vice president/general manager. With 25 years of industry experience in... Read more...

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December 4, 2013
Mazak Optonics partners with Tekmag
Mazak Optonics Corp., a supplier of laser cutting systems in Elgin, Ill., has announced a new partnership with Tekmag, a Milan, Italy-based automation systems manufacturer specializing in customized storage systems. The new partnership adds to... Read more...

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October 17, 2013
Laser cutting system processes tubes, pipes at high speeds
Mazak Optonics Corp. has released a new Tube Gear 2-D laser cutting machine for tubes and pipes. It offers high-speed capabilities for thin-walled applications. Available with a 2.5- or 4-kW resonator, the machine can process round and... Read more...

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June 20, 2013
Laser cutting system available in 6- by 12-ft. format
Mazak Optonics Corp. offers the Optiplex CO2 laser cutting system in a new 6- by 12-ft. format. It incorporates the features of the original system, but with an expanded workspace for larger jobs. The Optiplex 4020 processes materials from... Read more...

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April 30, 2013
Focusing on downtime reduction in laser cutting
The metal fabrication industry has gone through several volatile years—expanding during the dot-com and real estate booms and contracting during the recessions that followed. This roller coaster ride (much more tumultuous than my... Read more...

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March 27, 2013
PC-based software system creates complex pipe shapes
Mazak Optonics Corp. has released FX Tube, a PC-based software system for tube and pipe processing, for use on the Mazak Fabri Gear machine. The new system can create complex pipe shapes via imported solid models, 2-D CAD data, or internal... Read more...

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February 27, 2013
Laser cutting system determines cutting speed, acceleration automatically
Mazak Optonics offers the Super Turbo-X Champion laser cutting system available with a 2.5-kW, Type 10 resonator with Eco mode. Built on the company's hybrid platform, the system features a 1,786-lb. workpiece capacity for sheets up to 0.87... Read more...

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February 7, 2013
Laser machine designed for tube, pipe, structural
Mazak Optonics has released the new 3D Fabri Gear Mk II for laser cutting of pipe, tube, and structural, as well as drilling and tapping. Available in 220 and 400 models with a 2.5- or 4-kW resonator, the machine cuts a variety of tubes and... Read more...

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November 29, 2012
Laser cutting system employs automatic setup
Mazak Optonics offers the Optiplex laser cutting system for high-variation job shops. It employs the company's AO|5 automated setup functions, designed to help overcome the typical challenges of using varied workpiece material. Optimal cutting... Read more...

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September 6, 2012
Fiber-laser cutting system delivers 4,724-IPM traverse speed
Mazak Optonics offers the Optiplex 3015 fiber for thin worksheet cutting. The laser processes reflective materials such as copper, brass, aluminum, and exotic aerospace materials, as well as carbon steel. The machine features a traverse... Read more...

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June 14, 2012
Multitasking machine processes raw material to finished workpiece in single setup
Mazak offers the Integrex i-200S, which processes midsize, complex components through twin turning spindles and a milling spindle with the power of a vertical machining center spindle. Featuring a footprint of 157.1 by 110.2 in., the... Read more...

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March 21, 2012
Mazak Optonics names East Coast distributor
Mazak Optonics, Elgin, Ill., has named A.W. Miller as its new distribution partner for 2-D and 3-D laser systems in upstate New York, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Canada. With headquarters in East Aurora, N.Y.,... Read more...

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March 14, 2012
Mazak Optonics names regional sales manager
Laser cutting system supplier Mazak Optonics, Elgin, Ill., has promoted Erin Chasse to northeast regional sales manager. In his new role, Chasse, who previously was an assistant regional sales manager for the company, addresses and manages... Read more...

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February 1, 2012
No holes in modern laser cutting story
When CO2 laser cutting machines made their debut on the metal fabricating scene in a big way in the 1980s, people wondered about the future of the punch press. How could traditional punching technology compete with a machine tool that required... Read more...

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December 14, 2011
Mazak Optonics appoints national sales manager
Laser cutting system supplier Mazak Optonics, Elgin, Ill., has appointed Al Bohlen to the newly established position of national sales manager. He has more than 25 years of experience in the fabrication industry in customer service and... Read more...

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November 10, 2011
Laser cutting system processes mild steel up to 1 in. thick
The Optiplex 3015 2-D laser cutting system is available from Mazak Optonics. The system features a flexible, two-pallet changer that provides high throughput and AO/5 automated setup technologies. The machine processes mild steel up to 1... Read more...

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October 20, 2011
Engineering firm enters the 3-D world of laser cutting
Many fabricating operations begin life producing parts to print. Systems Engineering & Manufacturing (SE&M), Forest, Va., is not that type of shop. The company began life advising a customer in the defense industry how to make its... Read more...

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September 9, 2011
Nesting software keeps the “lights-out” on
A metal fabricating facility during the day is a noisy, bustling place. Lift trucks are zooming by, and CNC machines are cutting away. Production runs at full speed. Typically in the evening, however, the machines are shut down, and all grows... Read more...

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August 9, 2011
6,000-W 2-D laser cutting system processes thicker mild steel, stainless
Mazak Optonics Corp. has increased the power output of its SuperTurbo-X Mark III 2-D laser cutting system to 6,000 W for processing thicker mild steel and stainless materials. Built using the company's hybrid platform, the system has a... Read more...

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May 6, 2011
The “hole” picture in laser tube cutting
For decades design engineers have embraced the efficiency and elegance of the structural tube. Equipment of all kinds have frames made of rectangular or square tubes attached to which are all sorts of elements that require mechanical... Read more...

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February 28, 2011
Mazak Optonics announces Automated Recovery Seminar for Western region
Increasing laser-cutting capacity without the burden of added manpower is the driving theme behind the Automated Recovery Seminars presented by Mazak Optonics Corp. As part of its 2011 Spring seminar schedule, the company will conduct an... Read more...

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August 10, 2010
Laser system cuts thin to thick sheets, cubic components, taps, and chamfers
Mazak Optonics Corp. will introduce the new SuperTurbo-X Mark III RTC 2-D laser cutting system. The machine cuts thin to thick sheets, cubic components, taps, and chamfers to handle a variety of laser-cut parts. A rotary table is standard... Read more...

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June 14, 2010
2-D laser system cuts thin to thick sheets, cubic components, taps, and chamfers
Mazak Optonics Corp. offers the SuperTurbo-X Mark III RTC 2-D laser cutting system for cutting thin to thick sheets, cubic components, taps, and chamfers. A rotary table is standard equipment for cutting round pipe up to a maximum diameter of... Read more...

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March 30, 2010
Gladwin expands representation of Mazak Optonics laser products in Midwest
Mazak Optonics Corp., Elgin, Ill., has announced that in addition to Minnesota, the Dakotas, and northern Wisconsin, Gladwin Machinery and Supply Co. will now represent Mazak laser products in Illinois, all of Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas,... Read more...

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August 11, 2009
M&M installs Mazak laser system
M&M Manufacturing Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has installed a Mazak Hypergear 2D FMS laser cutting system. The machine is used primarily by the company's Precision Products Division, and also used by its residential products division for production... Read more...

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August 1, 2009
Saying 'yes' when others can't
These days a shop manager may look at material handling towers, offloading stations, and other automated setups and think the technology might be good for healthier times, but not today. What good is automation when even manual machines... Read more...

Product

February 10, 2009
Laser cutting system incorporates automatic optimum setup
Mazak Optonics Corp. has introduced the HyperGear laser cutting system with the new Mazatrol PREview II control to help increase part cutting speed and efficiency. The system is designed to provide the optimum setup automatically to achieve the... Read more...

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December 15, 2008
Software drives laser cutting productivity gains
Mazak Optonics Corp. announces its next-level, network solution for driving productivity gains through its family of laser cutting systems. PC-based, e -Soft provides technical data and management tools, which are used to generation increased... Read more...

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December 3, 2008
Mazak Optonics plans new HQ in Elgin, Ill.
Mazak Optonics Corp. plans to move into a new, $10 million North American Headquarters complex in Elgin, Ill., by the end of the first quarter, 2009. Construction of the new facility—located on a highly visible, eight-acre parcel of land... Read more...

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August 26, 2008
Getting lean, job shop style
Visit Ace Metal Crafts Co. in Franklin Park, Ill., a stone's throw away from landing lights at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, and you'll see how transformative colored tape can be when put to good use. On each department floor, blue tape and an... Read more...

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June 12, 2007
Tube fabricator, machine tool builder automates to accelerate
Editor's Note: This feature about Stealth Manufacturing Inc. does not contain quotes because the company president asked that names be withheld from the final story so that the entire company can share the spotlight, not just a few. We have... Read more...

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May 1, 2007
Mazak Optonics names new president
Mazak Optonics Corp. (MOC), Schaumburg, Ill., has named William "Bill" Citron its new president. Citron succeeds Tim Yanagisawa, who was named director and general manager of sales for Yamazaki Mazak Optonics Corp. in Japan. The moves are... Read more...

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April 10, 2007
Turning a machine shop into a fabrication shop
Like most contract manufacturers, Target Laser & Machining Inc. started out as an idea that became a concept that evolved into a plan that eventually developed into a business. It was Gary Reiter's idea, machining was the concept, and... Read more...

Product

December 12, 2006
Laser cutting system designed for 2-D steel parts up to 1 in. thick
Mazak Optonics Corp. has introduced the Hyper Turbo-X 2-D laser cutting system for 2-D steel parts up to 1 in. thick. The system's Takumi (Japanese for "craftsmanship") bed is an enclosed box-frame design. Tabbed laser-cut sides and cross... Read more...

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November 7, 2006
Fabricator finds tubular niche
Although Illinois is known primarily for its fertile fields and agricultural output, it's home to many manufacturing companies too. John Deere incorporated Deere & Co. in Moline. DaimlerChysler manufactures automobiles in Belvidere.... Read more...

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October 10, 2006
Lasers loom larger in tube, pipe cutting
In today's manufacturing environment, 2-D lasers are the standard for cutting flat sheets and plate. Nearly everyone is familiar with laser technology's capabilities and speed for 2-D part processing. What may not be as well-known,... Read more...

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July 11, 2006
Laser cutting 3-D preformed parts
In as little as 20 minutes, some of today's offline multiaxis CAD/ CAM software for laser cutters can automatically design and generate NC code for a sheet metal workholding fixture, create NC code for 3-D parts, perform cutting... Read more...

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January 10, 2006
Software theater demonstrates pipe cut programming
Mazak Optonics, Schaumburg, Ill., hosted a real-time software theater at FABTECH Intl./AWS that demonstrated the use of FG CAD/CAM software for programming of pipe parts. Spectators interacted with the technicians performing the demonstrations,... Read more...

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August 9, 2005
Boiled over by laser's performance
Kvaerner Power's Mazak SpaceGear SG 510 MK II 3-D laser cutting system with automated load/unload has taken over the metal cutting chores that used to be the domain of two manual shears. When television cameras show up at a metal... Read more...

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March 8, 2005
Construction Junction
Two six-axis robot arms perform full-penetration gas metal arc welds on structural steel. Millions of construction companies strive every day to cut production time while maintaining, or even improving, quality. Robert J. Simmons owns... Read more...

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November 20, 2003
Six-axis tube laser adds new dimension to job shop
Nine years ago co-owners Phil Kooima and his father, John, got out of the stamping business and into lasers. They now have seven flatbed laser cutting machines from 1,000 to 6,000 watts, along with press brakes, robotic welders, and other... Read more...

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September 25, 2003
Agriculture equipment manufacturer cultivates productivity improvements with laser technology
The seeders are large, heavy equipment and weigh as much as 50,000 pounds when fully loaded. They are constructed primarily of mild steel sheet, plate, hollow structural steel (HSS), round pipe, and shaft. The sheet steel used is from 16... Read more...

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November 7, 2002
Focusing on tube cutting lasers
It travels at 186,287.490 miles per second (299,792,458 meters per sec.). Its visible spectrum ranges from 400 to 700 nanometers. Its smallest unit is a packet of energy, a photon. While its chief use is illumination, it has many other... Read more...

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October 24, 2002
Remote control fabrication
Caterpillar®'s Technical Center relentlessly pursues a manufacturing vision for "...one of the world's largest welding shops." It started as another of the proliferating industry open houses organized by a supplier of metal forming and... Read more...

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August 8, 2002
Science Nonfiction
Forty years ago no one would have thought it possible to cut plate steel with focused light. Over time it has not only become possible but common in manufacturing operations. However, making this science fiction into fact wasn't enough,... Read more...