Accuracy attracts customers
For Holger Pausewang, the cooperation between Mazak and Siemens was a stroke of luck. In 2014, he installed his first Mazak VTC 800/SR machining center with the Sinumerik 840D sl control system in the new workshop.
At the same time, the second permanent employee joined the team, which largely consists of skilled toolmakers and industrial mechanics. “Finding a CNC miller is not an easy task. I’ve had good experience with training technically qualified people in CNC milling,” reports Pausewang.
Thanks to its accuracy, the new machine attracted additional customers: “We almost only carry out singleitem production and small batch sizes of up to five units, so retooling takes up a large part of the machining time. That was fine to begin with, but as we started taking more and more orders, we realized that we would not be able manage with just one machine in the long term. So we sat down with the Mazak sales representative who had already provided excellent advice when purchasing the first machine, and quickly found a suitable machine.”
As of early 2017, a second Mazak with Siemens control system has been in use at Pausewang — the Variaxis i-600 5-axis machining center. The machine is ideal for machining cubic parts up to 350 x 350 mm. “Mazak machines are up to any machining task,” says Holger Pausewang. “We machine a very wide range of workpieces and also work with diverse materials.”
Pausewang already has concrete plans for the future: “We want to further integrate the turning department in the future. A horizontal milling-turning center from the Integrex series would allow for turning and milling in one clamping. My dream machine, the Integrex 1250, would allow us to get into large-part machining. That is a market with much less competition. Our customers benefit from the enormous flexibility we are able to offer them as a smaller company. Of course, this machine will also be equipped with a Sinumerik CNC.”