Machine tool builder Mori Seiki says the grand opening event for its new American headquarters was a “resounding success,” attracting more than 2,200 visitors for four days of machining demonstrations, seminars and facility tours.
A showroom, quality control room and workroom comprise 40,000 square feet—roughly 40 percent—of the new facility, which is located just north of Chicago in Hoffman Estates. During the grand opening, visitors saw cutting demonstrations on 23 machines and the introduction of five new models.
The Mori Seiki University (MSU) Learning lab was a highlight of the facility tour, the company says. Located adjacent to classrooms and separate from the showroom to minimize distraction, the space is designed as an environment for hands-on learning. It houses three of MSU’s seven machines dedicated for training as well as worktables that accommodate entire subassemblies to help students learn important maintenance procedures.
Attendees to the grand opening also viewed seminars on 19 different topics in the facility’s 100-seat auditorium. These included success strategies from guest speakers in the automotive, energy and medical industries; a regional outlook for manufacturing in the Midwest by a senior economist from the Chicago Federal Reserve; and an overview of Mori’s newest technology from VP of Engineering Greg Hyatt.
Mori encourages manufacturers who were unable to attend the grand opening to mark their calendars for the company’s next big event, Innovation Days, in May 2010.