To improve its factory efficiency and increase capacity, Lytron, Woburn, Mass., has purchased a Mazak HCN 5000-II horizontal machining center. The center will be used to machine complex cold plates and chassis. It has a pallet length and width of 19.7" (50 cm); spindle speeds of 18,000 rpm; maximum work piece size of 31.5" (80 cm) dia. and 39.37" (100 cm) height; and a maximum weight of 1,542 lb (699 kg). The machining center has a 330-station tool hive and 16-station pallet manufacturing cell to improve consistency and reduce setup times. For dimensional stability, the center tightly controls temperatures by using a chiller.

The center “will reduce the amount of time it takes to machine complex cold plates while ensuring they meet the highest quality and reliability standards,” says Kathleen Schoonmaker, Lytron’s vice president of operations.