Okuma America to Host “Make the Leap” Technology Showcase

Event will feature side-by-side demonstrations of Okuma CNC machine technology upgrades that enable users to gain competitive advantage and enhance productivity and profitability.

 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 20, 2014) – Okuma America Corporation, a world-leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, will host its 2014 Technology Showcase event on December 9-10, 2014 in Charlotte N.C. The theme of this year’s event is “Make the Leap” and will include demonstrations of simple technology upgrades that enable users to quickly jump ahead of their competition and enhance the productivity of their CNC machines and operators, thus improving overall profitability. For each technology shown, there will be a side-by-side demonstration of basic vs. advanced machine functionalities and the benefits that can be gained by leaping into higher technology.

“Make the Leap” CNC Machine Demonstrations

Each side-by-side demonstration will show attendees how they can use advanced CNC machine technology to create competitive advantage in their marketplace. Examples include:

  • 2-axis vs. 4-axis Lathes – side-by-side cutting demonstration of Okuma’s LB EX-II and LU EX lathes show how a 4-axis CNC lathe can easily combine operations to reduce cutting time, improve quality, enhance flexibility and increase throughput
  • VMC vs. HMC – learn how a horizontal machining center can increase overall throughput, improve quality and reduce labor, WIP and floor space, all without significantly increasing capital budget
  • The Okuma App Store – find out how machine tool apps can significantly impact the effectiveness and efficiency of machine tools – yes, there IS an app for that!

The demonstrations are relevant to attendees from a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, construction/farming (heavy equipment), die/mold, firearms/munitions, medical, oil/energy, and general job shops. More than 15 CNC machines will be running demonstrations, many of which debuted at IMTS 2014, allowing another chance to see these machine tools in person. Machines on display include:

  • MA-12500H horizontal machining center – debuted at IMTS 2014
  • MU-10000H 5-axis horizontal machining center – Okuma’s largest 5-axis machine
  • MULTUS U Series – Okuma’s newest multitasking CNC machines
  • Okuma’s “Affordable Excellence” products – GENOS CNC lathes and machining centers, LB3000 EX-II and MB-5000H machining centers – functionality at an affordable price

Attendees will also have a chance to tour the Okuma America facility where they can see a live hand scraping demonstration and visit the electrical and mechanical repair operations. Members of Partners in THINC will demonstrate how peripheral equipment such as tooling, gaging, workholding and automation can be integrated with Okuma technology to improve productivity.

 On Tuesday, December 9 attendees will enjoy a special dinner at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. For more information and to register for this event, visit

www.okuma.com/events/maketheleap.

 About Okuma America Corporation

Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localized service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence – maximizing profitability.  Along with its industry-leading distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment.  For more information, visit www.okuma.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

 About Partners in THINC

Partners in THINC is a collaboration network of more than 40 industry leaders who come together to solve problems and explore new productivity ideas for real-world manufacturers. With the open architecture, PC-based THINC®-OSP control as its nucleus, Partners in THINC brings specialized equipment, expertise and a commitment to provide the best possible integrated solutions to the end-user.  For more information, visit www.okuma.com/partners-in-thinc.