Okuma opens a new Engineering Centre in Germany
The Engineering Centre will be equipped with a main crane with a 32-tonne loading capacity as well as six ancillary cranes, each allowing a 2-tonne loading capacity
Individual all-in-one solutions to suit customer requirements
Okuma, one of the world’s market leaders for CNC tooling machines and process optimisation, will soon be opening a new Engineering Centre at its site in Krefeld, Germany. In future, the standard machines kept in stock will be individually tailored to meet the needs of customers across Europe.
Okuma Europe works in most European countries with long-standing sales partners that are able to provide service and individual solutions particularly quickly due to their customer proximity. After Okuma changed over to direct sales in Germany, it was then up to the company itself to lay the foundations for continuing to generate successful growth locally.
1200 m² for faster individual all-in-one solutions
In 2018, plans were drawn up for the new Engineering Centre to increase the workshop capacity. August 2019 marked the start of construction. Just under a year later, the building designed and realised by the Toenisvorst based company Hagelstein architecture, is set to open soon, despite the coronavirus crisis and all the delays that entailed.
The opening ceremony cannot presently be held as to protect customers and employees from COVID-19. However, Norbert Teeuwen, managing director of Okuma Europe, still has reason to be pleased: “In future, the Engineering Centre will enable us to respond even better and faster in satisfying special requests and providing all-in-one solutions for the manufacturing needs of our customers all across Europe.”
Over 1200m² floor space will soon be an assembly area for up to 20 machines, along with communal areas for the 17 employees currently working in the Engineering department. The centre will focus on fitting Okuma machines with local accessories and automation solutions to suit customer requirements. A variety of the most in-demand machines will be kept in stock in the warehouse, ready to go at any time. Furthermore, the Engineering Centre will be equipped with a main crane with a 32-ton loading capacity as well as six ancillary cranes, each allowing a 2-ton loading capacity, to support the team’s great work. Preliminary acceptance testing of the systems will then also be carried out in Okuma’s own workshop in Krefeld.
Okuma Europe GmbH is the Germany-based sales and service affiliation of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. Okuma is the industry’s only single-source provider, manufacturing the CNC machine, drive, motor, encoder, spindle and CNC control. 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.
Okuma will soon be opening a new Engineering Centre at its site in Krefeld, Germany
NCMT wins machining centre agency
Following its appointment by Rema Control as sole agent for the UK and Irish markets, NCMT will show at MACH 2020 a 5-axis NBT5.25 machining centre
With immediate effect, NCMT has been appointed sole sales and service agent in the UK and Ireland for the range of vertical machining centres (VMCs) manufactured by Rema Control at its factory in Stezzano, near Milan, Italy.
Founded in 1987, the company is a member of UCIMU, the Italian Association of Machine Tool Manufacturers, specialising in building large, 3- and 5-axis, moving-column machines with travels up to 8,000 mm in the X-axis and 1,200 mm in Y. The manufacturer also produces trunnion-type 5-axis VMCs, ultra-rigid universal milling machines with box ways, and gantry-type VMCs with a rotary pallet changer.
The long-bed machine programme, which fills a gap in the NCMT range, is particularly well suited to production applications in the energy, shipbuilding and other heavy industrial sectors as well as in the mouldmaking and aerospace industries.
At MACH 2020 (Hall 19 Stand 130), NCMT will be showing for the first time a moving-column machine from the principal’s Newton Big range, a model NBT5.25 with linear travels of 2,500 x 800 x 800 mm capable of simultaneous 5-axis metal cutting. The two other CNC axes are provided by a flush rotary table for 360-degree positioning and a ± 92 degree B-axis spindle head. A 10,000 rpm spindle delivers 22.5 kW of power and 190 Nm of torque (optionally 33 kW / 260 Nm), while the integral motor spindle alternative is rated at 12,000 rpm / 38 kW / 268 Nm.
Capable of heavy-duty machining, the BT40 / HSK-A63 machine supports 1.5 tonnes on its rotary table or 1 tonne/m2 over the 2,800 x 820 mm fixed table area. Rapid traverse in the linear axes is 50 m/min and installed weight is 15 tonnes. The machine on show will be controlled by a Heidenhain TNC640, although Siemens and Fanuc CNC systems may be specified.
A video of the machine in action can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP3I6qLOCfU
NCMT to hold gear machining event
A one-day seminar and Open House on the manufacturing of gears will be held at NCMT’s Coventry technical centre and showroom on 9th July 2019. A variety of production methods will be demonstrated on Japanese-built Makino and Okuma machining centres as well as on one of the latter manufacturer’s multi-tasking turn-mill machines.
Methods covered will include hobbing, power skiving and InvoMilling, with the capability to produce different gears using the same standard machine platform. Gear grinding will also feature, involving the use of NCMT’s proprietary EasyGear grinding software. Other techniques on show will be both wire-cut and ram-type production solutions on Makino electric discharge machining equipment.
The main message during the event will be the flexibility, high productivity and relatively low investment cost offered by producing external and internal gear types on 5-axis machining centres, multi-tasking lathes and EDM machines, coupled with the short lead-times and high levels of accuracy and repeatability that are achievable.
Another focus will be inspection of the gears to verify their accuracy. This will be done in-cycle via a touch probe on an Okuma Multus multi-tasking lathe and off-line inspection on a Hexagon Metrology Leitz CMM equipped with Quindos software.
Rounding off the exhibits will be an automated system configured for gear blank production based on an Okuma Genos L3000 lathe fitted with a Cellro robotic system from Holland for automatically loading billets and unloading components.