Okuma Opens Aerospace Center of Excellence

Okuma has opened an Aerospace Center of Excellence at its facility in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Okuma has opened an Aerospace Center of Excellence at its facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Aerospace Center of Excellence is open to aerospace manufacturers for use as a testing and proving ground for advanced CNC machining technology to enhance productivity while solving the unique challenges faced by the industry. The almost 10,000-square-foot space currently houses nine CNC machines designed for the aerospace market, totaling more than $6.5 million in value. The space also includes a fully operational metrology room, including CMM equipment and other quality measurement devices and a conference room. Additionally, visitors have access to the Partners in Thinc facility, which currently houses an additional 16 machines, valued at $4.5 million and ranging from entry level CNC lathes to machining centers and grinders.

In addition to Okuma equipment and dedicated engineering personnel, facility activities will incorporate resources from members of Partners in Thinc, enabling access to an additional 50 suppliers of peripheral equipment and accessories. Tooling, workholding, gaging, software and other products necessary to optimize manufacturing processes will be easily available, as will the corresponding engineering experts.

“We envision that the facility will be used by various levels of aerospace suppliers, from Tier 3 to OEMs, to help them test new equipment, processes and materials. We’ve been working with our Partners to improve exotic metalcutting through the use of tool management software, cutting tool selection and other productivity enhancements, and now we want to help the actual manufacturers with these same challenges,” says Jim Kosmala, V.P. of technology.

The debut of the center will be December 9 and 10, 2014, when Okuma America Corporation hosts its annual open house. The theme of this year’s event is “Make the Leap” and will be showcasing technology and machines that enable manufacturers to move up the technology spectrum.