Mazak Newsroom

April 2020

How Shickel Corp. Continues to Be the Most Trusted Name in Custom Metal Products

To be the most trusted name in design, fabrication and installation of custom metal products. That is the vision of Shickel Corporation based out of Bridgewater, Virginia. With over 80 years of quality and service, Shickel Corp. excels in metal project coordination, design, fabrication, polishing, coating, logistics, and installations. . The company started out with the purchase of a 2.5kW CO2 laser cutting machine but just a few year later upgraded to an OPTIPLEX FIBER 8kW laser-cutting machine with a dual pallet shuttle table.

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March 2020

Help for Fabricators During COVID-19

Dear valued Mazak customers, We are in this together. Not only are we facing similar challenges that are you, but because we are a family company and we believe in showing up for your family. Ways we can help right now: support is accessible, parts are shipping, service technicians are ready to help, training is available, safety is first and foremost. There is no doubt that your work is essential, and as a result, we are committed to doing everything we can to support you. In the coming days and weeks, we will provide additional resources to help guide all of us through these changing times. We are in this together.

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Reducing Sheet Metal Injuries in Metal Fabrication

It is no surprise that working in the metal fabrication industry can be dangerous at times. With sharp edges and varying weight, sheet metal increases the potential risk for an injury to occur. By wearing the required personal protective equipment, following proper material handling procedures and keeping an orderly shop, you can minimize potential risks to your business.

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Committed to You During These Challenging Times

Dear Valued Mazak Customer, As concerns and restrictions centering around the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak intensify, Mazak Optonics’s first priority continues to be the health and safety of our associates and their families. Yet, we remain committed to providing the highest level of customer service and support to you, our valued customer, and we are dedicated to doing everything we can to prevent interruptions to normal business operations.

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COVID-19 Announcement

As concerns about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak intensify, Mazak’s first priority continues to be the health and safety of our associates and their families as we work to ensure our customers’ needs are met. We remain committed to providing the highest level of customer service and support during this challenging time and are doing everything we can to prevent interruptions to the normal course of business.

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Kloeckner Metals Upgrades from CO2 to Fiber Laser with Automation

Kloeckner Metals is one of the largest metals manufacturing, supply and service companies in North America offers anything from long products, flat rolled products, aluminum and stainless. After running two 15 year old CO2 lasers, they decided to upgrade to an automated Mazak fiber laser system. The OPTIPLEX NEXUS FIBER and EMC automation have increased Kloeckner's cutting capabilities with also being able to get more down with less.

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February 2020

Maximize Laser Processing with 2D Programming

Software is often an overlooked and underutilized tool for helping the laser machine achieve increased utilization and efficiency. Mazak Smart System offers a variety of functions that assist with maximizing flat sheet processing. Three software techniques to increase your laser-cutting efficiency include heat avoidance for thicker material, programming to cut parts with open profile geometry, and automatically applying different cutting conditions and speeds for different materials.

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The Three Biggest Upgrades to Mazak’s SMART Glasses

Wearable technology is being integrated in many ways in the industrial world, one of those ways is through Mazak’s SMART Glasses. Mazak has upgraded their SMART Glasses solution to better facilitate virtual support. The upgraded Mazak SMART Glasses overall have a new look and are now more stable, robust and user-friendly. Learn more about the top three improvements and how they benefit users.

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Conveying Cost Savings

Since 1907, Flexco, a global leader in conveyor belt systems, has been helping its customers maximize productivity by manufacturing mechanical fastener systems, belt cleaners, transfer chutes and maintenance rolls. Flexco has continuously looked to expand its collection of advanced manufacturing solutions to further increase productivity and meet production requirements. After researching, attending demonstrations and considering the options, Flexco selected the Mazak OPTIPLEX NEXUS FIBER 6kW machine. While the laser has improved efficiency through time, money, manpower and secondary processes, it has also improved in-house machinery usage.

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"The Canadian Laser Event" at Cambridge Facility

Mazak Optonics will host “The Canadian Laser Event” on April 29th and 30th from 9am to 4pm at the Mazak Canada Technology Centre in Cambridge, Ontario. This two-day event will include live demonstrations on the high power OPTIPLEX FIBER 10kW laser-cutting machine along with Mazak machining technologies. While highlighting the latest Mazak equipment, there will be seminars on high-performance air cutting, fabrication meets machining and automation advancements.

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January 2020

What to Know When Financing Capital Equipment

You found the laser machine to grow your business but how does financing capital equipment work? Purchasing capital equipment is one of the most common reasons that small businesses look for outside financing. Having the ability to upgrade or add new machinery to your operations allows companies to grow without having to pay for it all up front. There are three common options that fabricators and manufacturers have available to secure financing for their capital equipment.

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