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A weekly blog, with posts written by a variety of Okuma subject matter experts, to provide you with useful information, to challenge your current way of thinking, and to help you achieve manufacturing success. We welcome your comments and feedback.

 

 

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We Should Tell the Kids

We Should Tell the Kids

by Rick Kimmins

Ever have someone ask you what you do? I believe our spouses and kids often struggle with explaining our job. “He makes parts” or “he runs a big CNC machine with a control and it makes parts.” As you know, it’s more than just that. This makes me think about “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” which takes place on April 24 this year. Now is a good time to think about how we can pass along the story of how interesting and rewarding it can be to work in manufacturing, particularly the CNC machine tool world. Here are a few ideas for how we can help young folks get interested in this career path.

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Thinking BIG About CNC Machines

Thinking BIG About CNC Machines

by Mark Hamielec

Whenever I personally meet with end users of CNC machines it’s always a fascinating experience. I get to learn “what’s on people’s minds”, and often there’s a familiar theme in the comments I hear. This was the case at the recent “Morris Madness” event at the Okuma Technical Center at Morris Midwest in Chicago. One of the interesting comments I heard was “I thought Okuma only makes BIG machines.” Truth is, we also make compact machines. And though they may be smaller, they’re mighty too. We can make big things happen no matter what size machine tool you need.

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Technology Innovations for Diabetes

Technology Innovations for Diabetes

by Denise Wilson

In today’s manufacturing world, we get excited when we discover new technology and innovations that transform our world. New technology can also radically transform our lives on a more personal level, and this is happening today with advances in research for treatment of Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Okuma America proudly supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a non-profit organization whose mission it is to find a cure for T1D. Today JDRF’s research is producing breakthroughs that are extremely promising in helping those who live with T1D.

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“Foundations” for Machine Tool Success

“Foundations” for Machine Tool Success

It has been said that every successful thing in life happens because it was built on a strong foundation. The same can be said for your machine tools as well. In order for them to perform at their full design capability and deliver many years of profitable service, one of the key elements is something that is built and put in place before the machine arrives. This is the “foundation” on which the machine will sit. Let’s take a look at a few of the best practices for designing and building a good foundation.

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CNC Machines Are Hot in Mexico

CNC Machines Are Hot in Mexico

by Rich Estes

For years China has been luring manufacturing companies from the United States and elsewhere, enticing them with the promise of a large and inexpensive labor pool. Recently, however, United States manufacturers have been leaving China almost as quickly as they came. Some have moved operations back to the United States but many others are heading to Mexico. Let’s look at some of the key drivers behind this trend and how this is impacting CNC machine sales.

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“Survey Says…”

“Survey Says…”

by Dawn Davis

We all know that old familiar catch phrase from the popular game show, Family Feud, “Survey says...” When the results of any survey are revealed, the answer is often what we expected, and other times it reveals a “surprise” answer. Surprises can be nice, but not when it comes to making sure you have happy customers. That’s why we’ve put our own survey process in place here at Okuma where we collect feedback from new users. This process has proven to be very valuable for everyone.

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8 Hot Trends: BIG Machines Making a BIG Impact

8 Hot Trends: BIG Machines Making a BIG Impact

by Ken Buechele

Lately we’ve been getting a lot of interest in big CNC machines from shops on the west coast. There are a number of trends that are bringing these customers our way, and these “hot topics” provide some compelling clues for industry-leading shops everywhere to follow. Why are west coast companies resisting the temptation to buy commodity machines and opting for Okuma quality? Here are some of the key trends that are driving big interest in our big machines.

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Put More Tools On Your Turret (Video)

Put More Tools On Your Turret (Video)

by Jeff Estes

Most turrets can only handle 1 tool per station, and this can lead to extra operations when you have a job that requires more tools. This limitation comes into play because most CNC machines can only perform stops at 30-degree increments. An Okuma, however, can do stops in 15-degree increments and this allows us to provide a functionality called the Mid-Turret Index function. Check out this video and learn how to put as many as 18 tools on your turret.

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How to Achieve Machine Tool Zen

How to Achieve Machine Tool Zen

by Germano Zerbini

Have you ever had the impression that a CNC machine has its own will? As if it can see, understand and go against you every time it can? Well you’re not alone! I think that machine tool operators, setup guys, CNC machinists and CNC programmers, have all had this impression at least once (most likely more than once!). If you’re interested in how to get along with machine tools and be happy (the Zen bliss of machining!), keep reading.

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For the Love of Manufacturing

For the Love of Manufacturing

In this season of “love” we posed a question to our Okuma family – employees, distributors, customers and social media friends: “What do you love most about working in the manufacturing industry?” The result was an onslaught of very candid, very personal and enthusiastic messages. We thought you’d enjoy them too, so here are a few of the responses.

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Even If It’s Curling, Bring It!

Even If It’s Curling, Bring It!

by Brian Sides

Admit it, if you’re like me, you watch downhill skiing, speed skating, and figure skating once every four years. The Winter Olympics are now in full swing and we will ALL watch curling with a furrowed brow as we try to understand it. Why do we watch? Because we’re witnessing the best of the best compete at the highest level. Every day I come in to work and see the best of the best downhillers, speed skaters, figure skaters and (even curlers!) of Okuma America do their thing, supporting you in your quest for the gold medal.

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Step Up Your Game for Under $100K

Step Up Your Game for Under $100K

by David Fischer

Do you ever wish you could step up to an Okuma, knowing you’d get a level of performance that would have you happily cutting high-quality chips quickly, time after time? Do you think at the same time…”I just wish I could AFFORD an Okuma.” (Yes, I’ve heard this before!) First of all, let us help you conduct an ROI evaluation and show you the numbers – Okumas are moneymaking machines, and that means they’re a profitable investment. But if the price tag is still your dilemma, I have great news for you.

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Get ROI from Your HPC in WEEKS (Video)

Get ROI from Your HPC in WEEKS (Video)

by Jeff Estes

You may know that High Pressure Coolant (HPC) systems are a powerful high-performance alternative to traditional flood cooling. What you may not know is how quickly HPC systems can pay for themselves and become very profitable. Check out this video and learn about the 4 advantages of High Pressure Coolant, and how they add up to getting ROI in just weeks.

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There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

by Brandon Glenn

Imagine a world where you occasionally bump into your local service technician at the grocery store, or see your sales engineer at a weekend little league game. Imagine the assurance of personally knowing the local team who can support your CNC machine through every phase of its life. Consider the value of local training and engineering support constantly at your disposal. How about availability of local parts inventory geared specifically to your needs? These simple concepts become reality through Okuma’s premium distribution network.

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What to Do When You Crash, Bump or Goo

What to Do When You Crash, Bump or Goo

by Ron Sanders

With Okuma’s documented track record of 90 months (7.5 years) Mean Time Between Failure, you’d think our team at the Mechanical Exchange Division would be out of a job by now. But actually we manage to keep pretty busy. Yes, accidents sometimes happen, but there’s another scenario we see very often: simply not taking the time to proactively care for the CNC machine. Our Exchange department is ready when you need us, and I’d like to share a few things that make this process as helpful as possible.

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