Machine tool builder Okuma America Corporation and its distributors hosted more than 200 manufacturing professionals at TechTrek, a three-day event December 6-8 at the Okuma and Partners in Thinc facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. With 24 machines on display and 29 Partner representatives on-hand to address questions, the event provided attendees with opportunities to explore the company’s latest technology offerings. Attendees were also treated to a full tour of the Okuma facility.
Tim Thornton, controls product specialist, offered information about Okuma’s Intelligent Technologies and helped attendees understand how the THINC-OSP control monitors and analyzes information and improves productivity by reducing chatter, managing thermal deformation and helping prevent crashes. Larry Schwartz, chief strategy officer, challenged manufacturers to question the status quo and use existing technology to reduce costs, improve quality and increase productivity.
Partners displaying equipment included tool suppliers Iscar, Kennametal, Sandvik Coromant and Command Tool; workholding suppliers Busche, Kitagawa, Koma Precision, SMW Autoblock, Schunk, Riten and WTO; automation suppliers KUKA Robotics, LNS, Edge Technologies, Gosiger Automation and IEMCA; metrology suppliers Renishaw, Zoller, Marposs, Blum, Edmunds Gages and Hexagon Metrology; coolant suppliers MP Systems, Chipblaster and Qualichem; and CAD/CAM providers Esprit and Mastercam.