Introducing the New All-Okuma Wheel Cell Featuring the MB-56VA-AW Aluminum Wheel Drilling Machine
Next-generation wheel cell enables wheel manufacturers to increase productivity and efficiency while minimizing downtime
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (PRWEB) February 11, 2013
Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, today announced the launch of the new All-Okuma wheel cell. The new wheel cell includes the new MB-56VA-AW aluminum wheel drilling machine — designed to deliver the reliability of Okuma lathes in a dedicated machining center/drill. Also included are two Okuma CNC lathes in a choice of sizes, a FANUC robot, and a variety of conveyance options, allowing for a customized cell configuration. All three Okuma machines feature the THINC®-OSP open architecture CNC control for easy integration, enhanced functionality and accessibility to third-party applications. The new wheel cell is specifically designed to enable wheel manufacturers to increase productivity and efficiency while minimizing downtime.
Highlights of the New All-Okuma Wheel Cell:
- MB-56VA-AW Aluminum Wheel Drilling Machine: The reliability of Okuma lathes is now available in this machining center/drill. Built based on Okuma´s premier vertical machining center, it employs the latest technology and tailors the specs around the high-speed requirements of aluminum wheel drilling and milling. The integrated high-speed trunnion table provides full 4-axis machining capabilities.
- Okuma CNC Lathes: With 5 wheel lathes to choose from, the Okuma machines allow for customizable cell configurations – sizes ranging from 16” to 24”, featuring quick-changeover workholding providing flexible top tooling for the chuck, reducing the need for changeovers between setups.
- THINC®-OSP Open Architecture CNC Control: Because all three machines are now Okumas, all three feature the THINC-OSP control which allows fuller integration with the latest engineering simulation tools and throughout operations. Real-time monitoring and alarm notifications can now be enabled. Cell monitoring and performance reporting functions are more robust. Addition of third-party applications is now possible with this open architecture CNC control.
- FANUC Robot: Proven gripper design — the most used in the industry – and vision technology allows fixtureless locating and orientation, eliminating manned verification and offset probing.
Gosiger Automation, a member of Partners in THINC, expertly handles installation and service for the All-Okuma wheel cell. With a team of 50 deeply qualified experts they utilize advanced engineering and simulation tools, Controllogix and Wheel Process Monitoring to ensure end-to-end wheel cell performance.
For more information, visit http://www.okuma.com or read our blog post, “New Wheel Cell Boosts Productivity.”
About Okuma America Corporation
Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-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, localized service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence — maximizing profitability. Along with its industry-leading distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today´s demanding manufacturing environment. For more information, visit http://www.okuma.com or follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Okuma-America-Corporation-Machine-Tools or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.
About Partners in THINC
Partners in THINC is a collaboration network of more than 40 industry leaders who come together to solve problems and explore new productivity ideas for real-world manufacturers. With the open architecture, PC-based THINC®-OSP control as its nucleus, Partners in THINC brings specialized equipment, expertise and a commitment to provide the best possible integrated solutions to the end-user. For more information, visit http://www.okuma.com/partners-in-thinc
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