Okuma Hosts 400 at Annual Technology Showcase

The event’s theme focused on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Okuma America Corp. hosted more than 400 customers, partners and distributors at its annual 2016 Technology Showcase December 6-7, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event’s theme was “Get Connected. Put IIoT to Work for You,” and included learning sessions about connecting the CNC machine shop floor and using real-time data to empower decision makers.

Attendees viewed immediate machine status, specs and real-time cutting video of multiple machines located at the Partners in THINC facility and Okuma headquarters. Real-time data enhances the manufacturing process and improves workflow and productivity, the company says. These benefits raise efficiencies, expand manufacturing capabilities and increase profits.

Participants at the event also viewed cutting demonstrations on more than 20 machine tools and were educated on other technologies such as the Smart Tool, developed by Velocity/Briney, which comes with a dashboard of predetermined speeds and feeds from tap testing performed on Okuma mills; the Okuma Multus U4000 multi-function lathe featuring turn-cutting, B-axis turning, a laser and tool breakage system, and touch-probe part inspection; titanium machining with cryogenics in a demonstration by Okuma and partner 5ME; automated laser thread inspection from Partners in THINC Autonetics and ABB, which is said to fully automate measuring methods; and new machine leveling technology from Tru-Lign that was displayed on Okuma’s LB-3000EXMY lathe as it was lowered to the floor and leveled in a matter of minutes.

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