Global Manufacturing Group (GMG) has recently made significant investments in productivity, adding three new Mazak CNC machines to its already-impressive machine shop.

Established in 1982, GMG is a metal manufacturing and engineering company offering customers exceptional quality and service utilising the latest advancements in technology. Located in Maryborough with a second facility in Gladstone, GMG employs 60 highly skilled staff servicing industries including mining, defence, construction, transport, rail, medical, marine/shipping, and oil & gas. Highly experienced in metal fabrication, surface coatings and component machining, GMG offers a complete turnkey solution utilising modern world-class equipment and Lean manufacturing principles.

The new Mazak machines are a VTC-530/20 vertical travelling column machining centre, a VCN 530C vertical machining centre, and a HCN-5000 twin-pallet horizontal machining centre. GMG Managing Director Richard Aylward cites increasing client demand as the driver for the investments, together with productivity increases brought by newer technology.

“The latest Mazatrol Smooth conversational controllers have delivered a significant reduction in programming and set up time for us,” he explains. “And together with the latest technology Mazak offers in their machines, this has given us significantly reduced in-process times.”

The Mazak VTC-530/20 vertical machining centre features a fixed 2,300mm x 530mm table design and travelling column, providing exceptional versatility for mounting long workpieces as well as multiple parts along the table length. The VCN-530C vertical machining centre has a 1,300mm x 550mm table and performs heavy-duty machining of steel and high-speed machining of aluminium. The HCN-5000 horizontal machining centre, with 500mm x 500mm pallets and a BT50 spindle, is capable of heavy machining and high-speed operation.

“We know Mazak machines very well so we didn’t need to look any further than John Hart for advice in the purchasing process,” Aylward adds. “Just a good deal and short lead time was what we needed, and John Hart delivered on all fronts. The training with each new purchase was a big benefit. Most of our operators are already well across Mazatrol, so our young apprentices were able to get some really high-level one-on-one training, which advanced them significantly.”

The Mazak machines continue to perform under high workloads, so GMG benefits from John Hart’s service and support.

“The fact John Hart is committed to providing support for our much older Mazak machines means we would be reluctant to look elsewhere,” says Aylward. “I think the back-up service is 80% of your decision; if you cannot get service when there’s a problem, we as manufacturers are out of business. John Hart responds very rapidly to our needs, and this reliability is a big part of why we like to continue with Mazak machines.”