• Col. James O. Fly, Jr., commander Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (left), shakes hands with Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation (right) on Thursday after they signed a partnership that will train Rock Island Arsenal employees on Mazak machinging centers as well as anyone in the community who is interested in the training.

    Handshake

    Col. James O. Fly, Jr., commander Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (left), shakes hands with Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation (right) on Thursday after they signed a partnership that will train Rock Island...

  • Col. James O. Fly, Jr., commander Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (left), and Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation (right) sign a partnership that will train Rock Island Arsenal employees on Mazak machinging centers as well as anyone in the community who is interested in the training on Thursday.

    Signing

    Col. James O. Fly, Jr., commander Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (left), and Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation (right) sign a partnership that will train Rock Island Arsenal employees on Mazak machinging centers...

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - Mazak Corporation has signed an agreement effective Thursday with Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center that will train Arsenal employees on how to use multiple machining centers built by Mazak as well as machinists in the Quad City community.

Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productivity-improving machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers by consistently providing innovative technology, Mazak recently announced an increase in production for 2011 at its Florence, Kentucky manufacturing plant.

The Arsenal has partnered with Mazak and established onsite training programs to further build upon the existing skills base of its workforce. The software-simulated courses teach basic milling, Mazak INTEGREX Multi-Tasking machining and advanced milling. The goal is to impart machinists with the skills needed to do part prove outs and help with process planning.

“What we can do with this partnership can help this entire community and make manufacturing stronger in this area as well as the rest of the country,” said Col. James O. Fly, Jr., commander Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center.

“Rock Island Arsenal’s proactive approach to training both internally and in the surrounding community is admirable,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “At Mazak, we are committed to training as a means of strengthening US manufacturing as a whole, and we believe it is important that we work together to actively increase the number of skilled machinists in the industry. We’re honored to partner with Rock Island Arsenal in this initiative.”

RIA-JMTC over the last four years has incorporated a great deal of innovative machine tool technology, much of which was acquired from machine tool builder Mazak Corporation. Among the more than 60 Mazak machines of varying sizes and types at RIA-JMTC, those providing multi-tasking capabilities have had significant impact.

“We are teaching our people the capabilities of all our Mazak machines to improve overall part processes,” said Lon Lukavsky, division chief of machining at RIA-JMTC. “A lot of our parts and products are very expensive, and we can’t afford mistakes. Some components cost $100,000, and our Mazak training gives our people the confidence to work on such expensive parts.”

This training is also being offered to anyone in the community who is interested about learning about machining on Mazak machines. To find out more information about signing up for a class at the Rock Island Arsenal call 847-885-8311.

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