Okuma Workshops and insight into cutting-edge technology

Editor: Steffen Donath

CNC machine tool manufacturer Okuma, represented in Deutschland by Hommel, welcomed visitors at the Technical Centre South in Langenau, Germany and at the Technical Centre East in Parndorf, Austria.

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The Premium Solution Turn-Cut opens new possibilities for machining unbalanced parts by rotating the tool around or inside the workpiece.
The Premium Solution Turn-Cut opens new possibilities for machining unbalanced parts by rotating the tool around or inside the workpiece.
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During the workshops, international visitors were introduced to Okuma’s Premium Solutions that allow for process-intensive manufacturing methods, improved productivity or easy and efficient measuring and compensation. Live demonstrations provided clear examples of how processes could be optimised. The Okuma Technical Centres (OTC) are open to manufacturers around the world. Various hardware and software solutions are on display at the centres. Okuma engineers, service and sales experts are happy to discuss customer-specific requirements and options with visitors.

Advanced gear manufacturing and 3D gauging

Okuma’s Gear Manufacturing Package presented at the workshop allows for highly productive manufacturing of gears on multitasking machines or 5-axis machining centres. As the package includes turning, milling, skiving and hobbing in one machine, all necessary manufacturing steps can be completed within one setup.

Using NC Gage, gauging becomes easy and efficient. As the gage measures workpieces while they are mounted in a multitasking machine, additional setups for measuring procedures become obsolete. Due to the moving gauge, changing the workpieces’ posture during measuring is not necessary while gauging.

As the tool approaches critical sections of a long thread, Variable Spindle Speed Threading adjusts spindle speeds to avoid chatter.
As the tool approaches critical sections of a long thread, Variable Spindle Speed Threading adjusts spindle speeds to avoid chatter.
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Next level threading and turning

Multiple Premium Solutions improve and support threading operations. Variable Spindle Speed Threading for example optimises threading of long workpieces. By adjusting spindle speeds when the tool reaches critical areas, the solution avoids harmonic problems and suppresses chatter. The result are threads with excellent surface quality.

Okuma’s Turn-Cut is a real game changer when it comes to turning unbalanced and asymmetric workpieces. Instead of rotating the workpiece, the application turns the machining centre’s tool inside or around the workpiece. Through this, the solution not only enables turning operations on a machining centre but also allows for achieving various hole diameters using one tool. This opens up entirely new possibilities for manufacturers and increases productivity.

NC Gage allows for measuring operations while the workpiece is still mounted.
NC Gage allows for measuring operations while the workpiece is still mounted.
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Upcoming: Okuma Technology Days

From 4 to 6 December, visitors are invited to the Okuma Technology Days at the Okuma headquarters in Krefeld, Germany. Advanced technologies for process-intensive applications, improved productivity or measuring and compensation will be on display. Amongst many other topics, visitors can learn more about multitasking for gears, efficient curved surface turning, additive machining and heat treatment as well as Intelligent Technology and smart factory solutions. The event offers high-level demonstrations and provides time for individual discussions with the experts. For more information and registration please visit: Okuma Tech Days

About Okuma

Okuma Europe GmbH is the Germany-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localised service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence – maximising profitability. Along with its industry-leading distribution network, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment. For more information, visit www.okuma.eu.

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