Mazak Achieves Faster Throughput With New Powder Coating Line
There is probably no better indicator of how well the U.S. manufacturing industry has rebounded from hard economic times than to walk through Mazak Corp.’s North American manufacturing plant and see all the new machine tool models waiting to be shipped out the door.
Mazak’s North American headquarters, located across the Ohio River from Cincinnati in Florence, Kentucky, was producing 135 machines per month. But with a huge finishing bottleneck, the company knew it could do better.
The machine tool designer and maker recently underwent a major expansion, including a larger powder coating and painting facility, which will increase its capacity to more than 200 machines per month. The expansion began in 2012, on the heels of significant growth in customer demand, and it coincided with more customer service and support in its National Technology Center and Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence and its North American Parts Center, which will add 200,000 square feet to its campus, bringing the total to more than 800,000 square feet—and making it one of the largest machine tool factories in the U.S.