Yamazaki Mazak previews new graphical user interface and control

Yamazaki Mazak’s Smooth Technology incorporates a new Mazatrol SmoothX CNC control alongside new machine hardware and servo systems to deliver an improved operator experience, faster machining times and further integrate CNC into the overall factory management system.

The interface is operated intuitively in a similar way to smartphones and tablets.

SmoothX features new Smooth Graphical User Interface with five new process home screens that present critical data in a single page view, whilst simplifying the key operational stages: from part programming, management of tool data and set-up, through to the actual machining cycle and machine maintenance.

The new Quick Mazatrol interface dramatically reduces the process time and number of keystrokes required to enter a conversational program by 38% compared to its predecessor. This is achieved by the use of touch screen technology and real-time processing of the 3D part shape in simultaneous view as the program is compiled.


Editing is made simple by touching the displayed 3D part to reach the feature in the program. SmoothX also features a new 3D assist function to enable the import of 3D CAD to the CNC, further reducing programming time.

Mazatrol SmoothX also includes a range of new Mazatrol programming functions such as intelligent pocket milling that can reduce machining time by up to 60% compared to conventional offset tool paths. Fine increment programs such as simultaneous 5-axis machining and free-form die-mold machining also benefit from new functions such as Seamless Corner Control, Variable Acceleration Control and Smooth Machining Control to reduce cycle times.

SmoothX is capable of ultra-fast processing speeds up to four times faster than its predecessor, enabling it to respond to the demands of the latest generation of servo motors employed.

SmoothX can also play a key role in factory management operations through its ability to manage data and production systems on one platform and with an open interface, enabling automation equipment to be connected and managed from the CNC.

Marcus Burton, European Group Managing Director for Yamazaki Mazak, commented: “SmoothX marks a leap in technology equivalent to the jump from desktop to tablet computing with all the associated benefits, from user interface via the touch screen, through to the integration of new intelligent control technologies, component visualisation and factory connectivity.”

For further details contact Hi-Tech Machine Tools on TEL: 011 608 0088