Learning to Optimize Shopfloor Production

Okuma America Corp.’s annual Technology Showcase, held this month in Charlotte, North Carolina, featured the theme “Get Connected. Put IIoT to Work for You.”

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Customers view a live cutting demo at Okuma's Technology Showcase.

On December 6 and 7, Okuma America Corp. hosted more than 400 customers, partners and distributors at its annual Technology Showcase in Charlotte, North Carolina. The theme of this year’s event was “Get Connected. Put IIoT to Work for You,” and it included learning sessions about connecting the CNC machine shop floor and using real-time data to empower decision makers. Through the power of IIoT, attendees were immediately able to view on one screen the machine status, specs, and real-time cutting video of multiple machines at the Partners in THINC facility and Okuma headquarters.

Real-time data enhances the manufacturing process and improves workflow and productivity. These benefits raise efficiencies, expand manufacturing capabilities, and increase profits.

Participants also viewed cutting demonstrations on more than 20 machine tools and were educated on new technologies. They learned how Okuma’s open OSP control and OSP suite allow each user to customize the OSP experience to specifically address their unique manufacturing needs.

Other highlights included Velocity Briney’s Smart Tool, which comes with a dashboard of pre-determined speeds and feeds from tap testing performed on Okuma mills; the Multus U4000 multi-function lathe, featuring Turn-Cut, B-axis turning, a laser and tool breakage system, and touch-probe part inspection; demonstrations on machining complex 5-axis aerospace parts for the aerospace industry; and demonstrations on automated laser thread inspection.