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2013 Technology Showcase is Largest To Date

2013 Technology Showcase is Largest To Date

Okuma America Corporation’s Technology Showcase event, held December 10-12, 2013 in Charlotte, NC, was the company’s largest to date, both in attendance and the number of CNC machines shown. Held annually, the event is designed to give attendees the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Okuma’s latest technology and discuss their individual needs with a variety of industry experts.

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Okuma America Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the OSP CNC Control

Okuma America Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the OSP CNC Control

Okuma America Corporation, a world-leader in CNC machine tools, will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of its THINC®-OSP CNC control at the company’s Technology Showcase event, December 10-12, 2013 in Charlotte N.C. Developed in 1963, OSP stands for “Okuma Sampling Path,” to emphasize the innovation of creating a digital representation of the machine tool cutting path. Today the OSP continues to deliver innovation with functionalities that enable users to have better control of their machine tools and create manufacturing efficiencies that increase productivity.

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Okuma America Hosts Technology Showcase, December 10-12, 2013

Okuma America Hosts Technology Showcase, December 10-12, 2013

Okuma America Corporation, a world-leader in CNC machine tools, holds the 2013 Technology Showcase event on December 10-12, 2013 in Charlotte N.C. The event gives attendees the opportunity to witness the latest technology via hands-on demonstrations, and allows them to learn how this new technology can be applied to their specific manufacturing challenges.

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Okuma Corporation Opens New High-Efficiency Factory

Okuma Corporation Opens New High-Efficiency Factory

Okuma Corporation has held a formal dedication ceremony celebrating the opening of the first building of its new manufacturing facilities in Oguchi, Japan. The new factory transforms operations into an agile manufacturing environment, where an increased range of CNC machine products, in short run production, will be produced efficiently, enabling enables shorter delivery times, reduced costs, and enhanced market competitiveness.

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Okuma Launches New eStore

Okuma Launches New eStore

Okuma America Corporation announces the launch of the company’s eStore, designed to provide a streamlined self-service purchasing process for Okuma-branded sportswear, apparel and premium items. The eStore is open to both distributors and consumers, allowing easy access to attractive lifestyle products that are specially selected for practical business use or simply to celebrate the renowned Okuma brand.

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Okuma Launches

Okuma Launches "Tell Us Your Okuma Story" Campaign

Okuma America announces the launch of its “Tell Your Okuma Story” campaign, designed to share success stories and best practices amongst users in the CNC machining industry. Okuma users are encouraged to write a brief synopsis or send in a candid video that relates their Okuma CNC machine experience, and how they have achieved greater efficiencies and productivity in their CNC machining processes. All entries will be featured on the Okuma website, and all entrants receive an Okuma t-shirt.

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Okuma Opens New Tech Center in Mexico

Okuma Opens New Tech Center in Mexico

Okuma America Corporation, a world-leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, and HEMAQ, exclusive sales agent of Okuma CNC machine tools in Mexico, announce the opening of the new Okuma Tech Center in Monterrey, Mexico. This is the first international tech center for Okuma America Corporation. Located in the “Industrial Capital of Mexico,” this 25,000-square-foot, world-class facility allows manufacturers to fully experience the excellence and quality of Okuma CNC machine tools by participating in live, hands-on cutting demonstrations.

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Okuma Demonstrates THINC<sup>®</sup> CNC Control at 2013 MTConnect Conference

Okuma Demonstrates THINC® CNC Control at 2013 MTConnect Conference

Okuma America Corporation,a world leader in CNC machine tools and CNC controls, will be a leading sponsor and exhibitor at the upcoming MTConnect [MC]2 conference on April 10-11, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Okuma’s Director of Technology, Brian Sides, will participate in a panel discussion, “MTConnect Sensors: Anywhere and Everywhere”, presenting real-world solutions that enable machine shops to achieve greater productivity by incorporating MTConnect protocols via Okuma’s THINC®-OSP CNC controls.

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Okuma Appoints New Managing Director for Okuma Latin America

Okuma Appoints New Managing Director for Okuma Latin America

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, today announced the appointment of Mosheen Hatia as Managing Director for Okuma Latin America (OLA). OLA is part of Okuma America Corporation, the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of CNC machine tool builder Okuma Corporation. Mr. Hatia reports to Jim King, president and COO of Okuma America Corporation, and succeeds Alcino Bastos, who served for 12 years in the Managing Director position.

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Okuma Renames Flexible Manufacturing System and Unveils New Online Calculator

Okuma Renames Flexible Manufacturing System and Unveils New Online Calculator

Okuma America Corporation announced that the company’s flexible manufacturing system , AMPS (Automated Modular Pallet System), is now named PALLETACE, reflecting its advanced technology, reliability and efficiency for linear pallet pools. With the unveiling of the new name, Okuma now offers a new online calculator that allows manufacturers to estimate savings that can be achieved with the PALLETACE through increased productivity and quick return-on-investment. The new online calculator can be accessed at www.okuma.com/calculate.  

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CNC Machine Tool Builder Okuma Continues Fundraising for JDRF

CNC Machine Tool Builder Okuma Continues Fundraising for JDRF

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, will support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through corporate fundraising initiatives in 2013. The commitment to JDRF, now in its second consecutive year, is part of Okuma’s community involvement, which mobilizes company and employee resources to improve quality of life for fellow citizens.

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Introducing the New All-Okuma Wheel Cell Featuring the MB-56VA-AW Aluminum Wheel Drilling Machine

Introducing the New All-Okuma Wheel Cell Featuring the MB-56VA-AW Aluminum Wheel Drilling Machine

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 features the new MB-56VA-AW aluminum wheel drilling machine – designed to deliver the reliability of Okuma lathes in a dedicated machining center/drill. The new wheel cell is specifically designed to enable wheel manufacturers to increase productivity and efficiency while minimizing downtime.

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CNC Machine Tool Builder Okuma and Target Chip Ganassi Racing Renew Sponsorship

CNC Machine Tool Builder Okuma and Target Chip Ganassi Racing Renew Sponsorship

CNC machine tool manufacturer Okuma America Corporation and Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Inc. have renewed their multi-year sponsorship agreement for the No. 9 and No. 10 Indy cars driven by Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti in the IZOD IndyCar Series and for the No. 01 Daytona Prototype driven by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.

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Okuma to Host CNC Machine Tool Technology Event, December 4-6

Okuma to Host CNC Machine Tool Technology Event, December 4-6

Okuma America Corporation and Partners in THINC will hold the 2012 Technology Showcase December 4 through 6 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event will feature 26 CNC machines, including the MCR-BIII double-column machining center, the new MU-10000H 5-axis horizontal machining center and other CNC machines that were shown at IMTS. A wide variety of equipment, including small and large horizontal lathes, 5-axis machines, multi-function machines and vertical and horizontal machining centers will be tooled up and running.

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Okuma & Hartwig Houston Host Profitability Event Featuring CNC Machine Tools

Okuma & Hartwig Houston Host Profitability Event Featuring CNC Machine Tools

Okuma America Corporation and distributor Hartwig Houston are hosting an event on Thursday, November 15 that will focus on machine tool solutions designed to optimize profitability. There will be 10 Okuma machines on display as well as metrology and automation equipment. Additionally, the Okuma THINC®-OSP control will be available for hands-on demonstration and trials.

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Okuma to Host Multiple Showcase Events for CNC Machine Tools

Okuma to Host Multiple Showcase Events for CNC Machine Tools

Okuma America Corporation is hosting a series of open house events, at various locations throughout the fall, to showcase new and existing CNC machine tool and control technology. “Okuma is committed to helping manufacturers go beyond what they believe is currently possible, by introducing them to existing technology that helps them improve their operations. Allowing them to see the equipment in-person and interact with our engineers and our partners enables them to test the waters of possibility,” states Jim King, President and COO, “and eventually make it reality.”

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Okuma Announces World Debut of New, 5-Axis, High-Speed Horizontal Machining Center at IMTS 2012

Okuma Announces World Debut of New, 5-Axis, High-Speed Horizontal Machining Center at IMTS 2012

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, today announced the world debut of the MU-10000H, a new 5-axis, high-speed, horizontal machining center, to be shown for the first time at IMTS 2012 (Okuma Booth S-8500). The MU-10000H is Okuma’s largest and most agile CNC machine – designed for ultra-challenging applications for aerospace machining, heavy equipment and other large parts.

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CNC Machine Tool Builder Okuma Launches New Website

CNC Machine Tool Builder Okuma Launches New Website

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, today launched a new website at www.okuma.com. The site is designed to deliver expanded content offerings and state-of-the-art usability features – all within a highly engaging online environment. The website serves as the centralized hub for all of Okuma’s online properties, with connections to specialized platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Okuma Announces New Machines to be Unveiled at IMTS 2012

Okuma Announces New Machines to be Unveiled at IMTS 2012

Okuma America Corporation today announced the equipment lineup to be shown at IMTS 2012. Okuma booth S-8500 will feature eight new machines, one of which is Okuma’s largest 5-axis machine to date. All machines on display will be equipped with peripheral equipment, software and accessories from members of Partners in THINC. Okuma’s theme, “Go Beyond”, represents its dedication to providing state-of-the-art innovation through strength of technology, depth of service and support, and expansive breadth of product. This empowers customers to increase productivity, improve quality and reduce costs.

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CNC Machine Tool Builder Okuma Hires New Engineering Leader

CNC Machine Tool Builder Okuma Hires New Engineering Leader

Okuma America Corporation has hired Jim Kosmala as VP of Engineering and Technology.  Mr. Kosmala brings more than 20 years of engineering experience to the Okuma team and has an extensive background in manufacturing and controls engineering.  He is responsible for the engineering department, including applications, mechanical, electrical and software.  He will also direct the development of new technologies for Okuma machine tool and THINC®-OSP control applications and lead the continued work of Partners in THINC.

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Okuma America Corporation Announces the 2012 Graduates of the Okuma Service Apprentice Program

Okuma America Corporation Announces the 2012 Graduates of the Okuma Service Apprentice Program

Okuma America Corporation is pleased to announce the 2012 graduates of its Service Apprentice Program. Kenji Shoul, Samuel Ortiz, Anthony Musolino, Chris Jenkins, Levi Wagner, Wes Thomas, Brandon Jiggetts, and Luis Cardona all completed the 33 week program sponsored by York Technical College and Okuma America Corporation. Of the 8 graduates, 2 will be working for Okuma and the others for Okuma's distribution network.

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Okuma’s Larry Schwartz Retires

Okuma’s Larry Schwartz Retires

Okuma America Corporation announces that Larry Schwartz, former president, will officially retire effective March 31, 2012. Larry has worked in the manufacturing industry for over 40 years and has been with Okuma for 17 years, working in manufacturing, sales, and marketing, serving as president from 2005 to 2011, most recently serving as Chief Strategy Officer. Larry will serve in an advisory capacity to Okuma for a minimum of 18 months.

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Okuma Hires 3 Sales Engineers to Support CNC Machine Tool Customers

Okuma Hires 3 Sales Engineers to Support CNC Machine Tool Customers

Okuma America Corporation has hired 3 new Sales Engineers (John Soukup, Robert Lacey and Brandon Glenn) to support the existing team of Regional Sales Managers, the Okuma distribution network and customers. The sales engineers will work closely with the distributor territory sales staff to ensure customer productivity needs are met, provide sales and engineering support for events, and conduct training as needed.

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Lunch & Learn Series to Take Place at Okuma Facilities

Lunch & Learn Series to Take Place at Okuma Facilities

Okuma America Corporation and Partners in THINC have announced a year-long series of educational events to introduce manufacturers to new and existing technologies that will improve their CNC machine tool operational efficiencies, increase their productivity and reduce costs.

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Okuma Hires 5-Axis Product Specialist

Okuma Hires 5-Axis Product Specialist

Okuma America Corporation has hired Kyle Klaver as a 5-axis Product Specialist, specifically to work with distributors and customers on their 5-axis product and application needs. Mr. Klaver comes to Okuma with 26 years of machining, programming and engineering experience, most recently have served as the manufacturing manager for Roush Yates Racing Enterprises.

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Okuma Promotes Lisa Rummel to Chief Financial Officer

Okuma Promotes Lisa Rummel to Chief Financial Officer

Okuma America Corporation has promoted Lisa Rummel from Vice President of Finance to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Mrs. Rummel will be responsible for the finance, contract administration, information technology and human resources departments.

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RCR and Okuma Showcase Renewed Partnership

RCR and Okuma Showcase Renewed Partnership

Richard Childress Racing and Okuma America Corporation, the U.S.-based affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in the development of computer numeric controls (CNC) and machining technology, have extended their partnership through 2017.

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