Earlier this year we took the decision to replace one of our ageing machining centres with a brand new Mazak Variaxis i-500. This highly versatile full, simultaneous 5-axis Vertical Machining Centre will allow us to perform multiple complex milling operations on a range of cast parts in a single operation. The optional twin pallet system allows continual machining with one pallet running while the other is being set. The 80 tool magazine keeps tool setting to a minimum, reducing lead-times and improving efficiency.