Automotive / High Performance

Lean machines that deliver extremely efficient manufacturing

For more than 40 years, automotive manufacturers have used Okuma machines to produce a wide variety of parts, including die molds, drive trains, pistons, camshafts, turbo chargers, and aluminum wheels. Our LU-series of horizontal lathes are popular in automotive manufacturing due to their two turrets and 4-axis configuration, which consistently provides high accuracy and powerful machining, and ultimately grants you the ability to utilize redundant tooling and incorporate tool life management. The wide variety in Okuma’s machine tool lineup also provides a unique advantage to the industry since manufacturers can choose from horizontal and vertical lathes, double column machining centers, and even grinders to establish a lean and well-integrated stable of machine resources.

No matter which Okuma machine tools make the most sense for your operation, our goal is to help our customers reduce their overall cost of ownership and achieve the lowest cost per part possible. That’s why our machines are designed to let you create efficient processes, reduce downtime, and fulfill high-volume requirements. There’s a reason the world-class Richard Childress Racing and Target Chip Ganassi Racing teams utilize Okuma machine tools to produce parts and equipment for their programs. In addition, the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), where leading-edge applied research is conducted, only uses Okuma machine tools.

The following features also help our automotive customers achieve their manufacturing goals:

Hand Scraping: Every Okuma machine tool is hand scraped, which allows for production of more parts over a longer time frame. The result is increased accuracy, decreased costs, and maximized profitability.

Intelligent Technologies: Innovations like our Thermo-Friendly Concept automatically compensate for ambient temperatures and heat generated during machining so that high accuracy can be achieved without interventions from the CNC machine tool operator.

CNC Controls: Our OSP-P300 control is built using the Windows®-based, open-architecture platform. You can send production orders to your MRP systems right from the machine tool, track production with scanned barcodes, and generate reports to share with the management team.

Customer Care: With our vast distribution network, you have 24/7/365 access to support, which includes $200 million parts inventory worldwide, $40 million parts inventory at Okuma in North Carolina, and $20 million distributor parts inventory in North America.

Partners in THINC: With our best-in-class technology partners we efficiently fulfill high-volume requirements such as in-process and post-process gaging, as well as offer seamless integration with peripheral equipment like gaging and robotics.

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