Hosted November 12-15, DMG Mori Seiki’s Manufacturing Days gave attendees a close look at the company’s Digital Technology Laboratory (DTL) and manufacturing factory, the two facilities that make up the company’s Davis, Calif., campus. More than 1,300 attendees—including Modern Machine Shop Editor-in-Chief Mark Albert—had the chance to tour the buildings and take part in educational seminars and live cutting demonstrations.
DTL provides much of the company’s engineering analysis capability and R&D to support machine tool design and manufacturing operations, and also houses a showroom of machine tools and related products. At MDays, the building featured an interactive exhibit of Celos, DMG Mori Seiki’s “app system” that integrates the machining process in a fully digitized, paperless flow that connects the shop floor with higher level business activities.
The newer manufacturing factory, opened in July 2012, covers 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space and an expansive showroom. For MDays, the showroom focused on machining solutions for automotive and contract machining. More than 40 technology partners, such as cutting tool suppliers, software developers, and providers of workholding and other accessories added to the displays and demos there.
Three and a half days of technical presentations from a variety of manufacturing experts were offered, including Dr. Greg Hyatt’s review of the company’s recently announced concept for combining additive manufacturing and milling capability on one machine platform. This development underscores the strong complementary nature of additive processes and traditional machine, Dr. Hyatt said.