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Polygon Solutions’ New Rotary Broach!

Polygon Solutions’ latest rotary broach product not only expands their tooling product line, but it also brings an innovative solution to manufacturers hoping to capitalize on the ‘Made in USA’ re-shoring trend.

Polygon Solution Inc.’s new ‘Made in USA’ broach is a rotary broach with multiple text letters allowing machinists to stamp or mark their part in a lathe or milling machine without removing the part from the machine. Polygon’s rotary broaching system is usually used for making hexagon or square holes in precision machined products. The new ‘Made in USA’ broach will have its official debut at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), September 8-13, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

Polygon Solutions first introduced an innovative and award winning adjustment free Rotary Broach Tool Holder in 2010, ideal for CNC machines because of maintenance free sealed bearings and a new pressure relief system. The company later announced a series of letter broaches in 2012. The broaches have letters or numbers and are inserted into Polygon’s broach holder to mark parts. The different identifying marks improve quality to distinguish between mixed lots of parts made in the same machines.

Students examining a Polygon Broach

The ‘Made in USA’ broach was first tested during Polygon’s annual National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Manufacturing Day tour in 2013. Lee Virtual School students in Fort Myers, FL were taught about product development and how the new rotary broach ‘wobbles’ or displaces material to create the text. Polygon showcases new products to students in hopes of promoting the desire for STEM education in a new generation of engineers and machinists.

“Made in America is one of the strongest selling points we have, even for our U.S. Customers,” says Matt Chambers of Marine Concepts in Cape Coral, FL. “The quality of the overseas product has been from the start an inferior product, and as the cost of quality is more than ever being taken into account, not only are we sought after for quality but our total cost for our customer is less.” Marine Concepts and Polygon Solutions Inc. actively work together as members of the Florida’s Southwest Regional Manufacturing Association (SRMA).

Polygon’s new broach is not limited to the ‘Made in USA’ mark. The company sells its tools worldwide and is also developing the system to mark logos, slogans and symbols. “We’ve had a few challenges to get it to work perfectly,” says Peter Bagwell, Product Engineer at Polygon. “But we keep working with our customers and our partners to get it right. Customers re-shoring their parts want to show they are now made in the United States.”

Partners include the Precision Machined Product Association and National Tooling & Machining Association. Bagwell adds “We’ve learned from our customers that our rotary broach holder is very easy to set up in the machine and very easy to use for making small hexagon and square holes. We hope the new ‘Made in USA’ broach helps them achieve an even higher level of satisfaction in both their parts and ours.”


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ICON Technologies Presents the ICON 6-150 Mill/Turn Machining Center To Trade Show Audiences For First Time at IMTS 2014 in Booth #S-8348

ST. LOUIS, MO -   ICON Technologies, a division of Hydromat, presents a unique multi-station Mill/Turn center, the ICON 6-150, to the precision metal cutting marketplace at IMTS 2014. Designed with four machining stations and two dedicated loading/unloading stations, the ICON was developed around flexible machining principles. Equipped with a six position table, it shuttles pallets to four machining modules for fast, ultra-precision cutting.

Each of these four machining modules is equipped with one cartridge style motor spindle. Each spindle type is selected based on the type of cutting to be performed at that station. ICON offers high torque spindles in the following configurations; 10,000 RPM, 20,000 PRM, 42,000 RPM, & 60,000 RPM. These spindles are air-purged and liquid cooled, or permanently grease lubricated, and therefore are virtually maintenance free.

The machine is equipped with four servo driven, direct drive B-axis motors. These B-axis motors are installed on stations 2, 3, 5, & 6 and have a position accuracy of +/- 4 seconds. Each table is equipped with a zero point clamping system, made by EROWA in Switzerland, to securely and accurately clamp the base pallet to the B-axis motors. The positional repeatability of these pallets is 0.002 mm. An optional 350 Nm disc brake can be added for precise positioning during heavy cutting at an elevated level of force. Stations one and four are for loading, unloading, gauging, A/B loading and inverting for sixth side machining.

These four cutting stations produce 5-sided machining with 4-axis interpolation; 6 sides if the idle station is used for work piece inversion. Each machining unit is equipped with its own HSK E40 size, 12-tool changer allowing for maximum tooling flexibility. HSK E32 size is available as an option.

ICON Technologies Introduces the ICON 6-150 Mill/Turn

An additional heavy cutting B-axis motor type is also offered for profile machining utilizing the 4th axis. With a more stout design, it has a more rigid profiling capability with increased torque. Power is driven through a zero backlash worm drive gear box rather than the direct drive of the standard B-axis motor.

The ICON 6-150 also can also come equipped with a 5th axis machining unit that features a high-speed integrated direct-drive motor spindle, one created by the designers at ICON Technologies in conjunction with the Fischer Precise spindle company. Available with this optional 5th axis, the ICON 6-150 Mill/Turn Center is perfect for medical applications and the production of aerospace, hydraulic, automotive, and other precision machined parts.

Workpieces are mounted by hand or by robotics on pallets that are transferred to each station by the rotary table. At each of the four machining stations the B-axis motors engage with the pallets for indexing or turning of the workpieces. The part sizes can range up to 150mm in diameter and the height is dependent on part configuration, work holding, and cutting force requirements.

The Machine frame is designed as a sturdy, welded, steel construction. It supports the indexing table and the four (4) machining units. The openings below the machining stations assure an optimal evacuation of coolant and chips from the working area. Individually arranged and controllable coolant nozzles are installed inside of the machine frame for the purpose of providing coolant to the cutting tools and preventing chip accumulation inside the machining area.

The openings below the machining stations assure an optimal evacuation of coolant and chips from the working area. Individually arranged .and controllable coolant nozzles are installed inside of the machine frame for the purpose of providing coolant to the cutting tools and preventing chip accumulation inside the machining area

This Multi-station transfer technology enables simultaneous machining on all four stations, making the machine ideal for medium to high production of complex work pieces requiring multiple operations, complex cuts, and where tight tolerances are critical. The ICON Technologies engineering team embodies a rich history of manufacturing disciplines and they work closely with the customer to develop an innovative production solution.

Sales Contact:   Mr. Matthias Walter
Chief Sales Officer
Hydromat, Inc.
11600 Adie Road
St. Louis, MO  63043
Phone: 314.432.4644
Fax: 314.432.7552

For more information, visit our website:

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Hydromat Shows Updated Features on EPIC R/T 45-12 Rotary Transfer Machine at IMTS 2014 in Booth # S-8348

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Hydromat EPIC R/T 45-12 is a collet style rotary transfer machine for precision metal cutting of stock sizes up to 1.75 inch round, 1.5 inch hex and 1.25 inch square and a length up to 6 inches. This machine utilizes 12 horizontal tool spindles and has the capacity of up to 6 vertical tool spindles, featuring up to 18 tools in the cut at once.  It also has the rigidity to handle all components and all material types within its work envelope. Hydromat’s non-rotating bar stock design provides quiet, vibration free operation.

All Hydromat Rotary Transfer machines are built as modular systems consisting of horizontal and vertical tool spindles rigidly mounted around a cast base with high-precision machining of all critical surfaces. This arrangement provides tremendous versatility and flexibility in a turnkey machining system. This current version of the EPIC R/T 45-12 machine features the new Bar Change Stop, an automatic hard stop built into the bar feeder that further refines bar position by giving accurate position reference for the end of the new bar. It then begins the countdown for the remnant based on a known and fixed distance.

Hydromat’s updated two axis programmable flange offers up to +/- 30mm of extended travel for offset features, rotary O.D. and I.D. recessing, thread milling, chamfering and in-process de-burring. This innovation eliminates costly secondary operations while adding value to the manufacturing processes.

The new Overhead Cut-Off saw is now utilized on many Hydromats on short part applications, or in a chuck machine where the clearance below the blade is constrained. It also offers easier access to the saw for easier blade changes. The overhead saw configuration eliminates the possibility of chipping a saw tooth on the blade from a falling remnant during the bar change sequence.

Another Hydromat innovation has streamlined the coolant plumbing by creating a high/low coolant ring positioned above the table. This allows for unlimited options for both high and low coolant pressures where they are required most, while doing away with excess plumbing.

The EPIC R/T control gets updates for 2014 that include new programming features. While navigating from the main menu there is now an integrated Coolant Temperature Sensor read-out that gets its data from probes in the machine. This allows the operator to pre-set a certain temperature that the machine must reach before allowing it to go into automatic cycles.

The new Advanced Parts Counter screen features production status for the export breakdown of data for production count, Warm-up, Starved, Blocked, In Fault, Pending Action, and calculate Total Production Efficency.  With the optional Quality Control software system, based on an advanced product quality plan with scheduled inspection intervals, the operator sees an alarm right on the EPIC interface screen advising an inspection of the next part.  The EPIC control will search for the latest CMM report based on a time code stamp. The operator is able to see trends, and pull quality inspection reports from the interface screen, knowing when to make offsets based on the data. The QA Department can actually stop the machine from the lab if problems are detected.

The EPIC R/T 45-12 possesses the characteristics of more conventional Hydromats – maintaining the integrity, reliability and flexibility of its predecessors – while featuring the latest in CNC rotary transfer technology – Embedded Motion Control (EMC), a special plug & play control architecture embedded into each toolspindle unit, offering fully independent functionality for each axis motion. Modular tool spindle system with quick-change pre-settable heads help the EPIC R/T offer quick and easy changeovers – typically 1-3 hours. The EPIC R/T 32/45-16, as with all Hydromat machines, supports Lean Manufacturing principles and competitive manufacturing at small, medium and large production quantities.

A wide variety of rotary transfer machines offered by Hydromat give the manufacturing professional the right tool for the right job. The Hydromat machine is the solution for the elimination of secondary operations by producing parts complete from barstock, castings, forgings or cold formed blanks. The Hydromat machining platform eliminates secondary operations and reduces work in progress. Additional cost reduction occurs due to extremely short remnants and thin cutoff for significant material saving. Also increased productivity is partially due to modular tool spindle system with quick-change pre-settable tool heads for easy changeover.

Typical components ideally suited for machining on Hydromats include automotive ABS and brake systems, fuel, electrical, engine and steering components; plumbing and HVAC valve castings, faucet bodies and gas valves and connectors; hardware power tool and appliance housings; electrical wire connectors and switch bodies; defense and aerospace fuse bodies and instrument housings.

Hydromat, Inc., is the industry leader in the manufacture and assembly of precision transfer machines — Rotary, Inline, and Trunnion models, the revolutionary AT Advanced Technology machines, as well as the ICON line of mill/turn productivity centers  — and has a reputation built on a commitment to product quality, customer service and technological innovation.

Sales Contact: Mr. Matthias Walter, Chief Sales Officer

Hydromat, Inc.
11600 Adie Road
St. Louis, MO  63043
Phone: 314.432.4644
Fax: 314.432.7552

For more information, visit our website:

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EXAIR: Longer Super Air Knives Cover Wide Spans

EXAIR has expanded Long Super Air Knives to include a maximum length of 108′′ (2743mm) and is now manufacturing all knives 60′′ (1524mm) and longer in one piece construction. New one piece construction ensures seamless airflow and eliminates coupling multiple short length air knives together. One piece construction decreases overall height by 1⁄2′′ making it better for tight spaces. Super Air Knives produce a laminar sheet of airflow to blow off, dry or cool wide surfaces up to 108′′ (2743mm) wide. The energy efficient design minimizes compressed air use by entraining 40 parts room air to one part compressed air. It is ideal for use on wide parts, webs and conveyors.

The Long Super Air Knives provide a uniform, high volume, high velocity curtain of air that is infinitely adjustable from gentle blowing force to a hard-hitting blast of air. The compact profile measures 1.75′′ x 1.44′′ with compressed air inlets located on each end and the bottom to permit easy mounting in tight spaces. The Long Super Air Knife is quiet, maintenance free, has no moving parts to wear out and is CE compliant.

Long Super Air Knives are available in 60″ (1524mm), 72″ (1829mm), 84″ (2134mm), 96″ (2438mm) and 108′′ (2743mm) lengths. They ship from stock in your choice of aluminum, Type 303 or Type 316 stainless steel. A factory installed plumbing kit is also available that makes it easy to connect Long Super Air Knives to any plant compressed air system and obtain the best performance. Prices start at $1063.

For more information contact: EXAIR Corporation

11510 Goldcoast Dr.

Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621

Phone: (800) 903-9247

Fax: (513) 671-3363




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Boston Centerless Opens Third Distribution Center on the West Coast

Woburn, MA – June 11, 2014 — Boston Centerless has opened a third distribution center located in Nevada to better service customers on the West Coast.  The new warehouse located in Sparks, just outside of Reno, will provide customers in the western part of the country with materials that are specifically produced for CNC Swiss screw machining applications. The Sparks location will decrease delivery time to these customers by as much as 70%.  Materials stocked will include various sizes and grades of AccuRod.0002TM precision ground bar product and Carpenter’s Project 70®+ PDB® stainless steel.  They will be available for immediate delivery to the surrounding states.  Both products offer the benefits of precision ground bar without the wait of custom grinding.

In addition to AccuRod.0002 and Project 70+ PDB, Boston Centerless will also stock nominal sizes of 17-4 and 17-4 PH900 stainless as well as Ti 6AL4V ELI titanium and other medical grade alloys.

The Sparks facility is the third distribution center to be opened by Boston Centerless in the past year to help fuel their continued growth. “Having a presence on the West Coast will greatly benefit our customers in that area, enabling us to get product to them much faster,” said Steven Tamasi, CEO of Boston Centerless.  “It will also help attract customers that felt distance was a barrier to doing business with us previously.” The two other distribution centers are located in Minnesota and New England.


Boston Centerless supplies customers worldwide with precision ground bar materials for close tolerance machining applications.  The company also provides grinding services for customer-supplied material and components and manufactures a line of ultra-precise gages.  For more information, visit

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Titanium Bone Screws focus of Rotary Broach Plant Tour

Fort Myers, FL – Polygon Solutions Inc. is a manufacturer of rotary broach tools for the precision machining industry focused on medical and aerospace parts. Polygon first entered the rotary broach market with an award winning tool holder, and continues to innovate with new tooling for manufacturing hexagon and six-lobe forms in titanium bone screws. These new tools were featured at the recent plant tour for the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association.

Polygon’s advancements with rotary broach technology have continued with a new Micro size rotary broach holder for machining small shapes using Swiss type CNC machines and lathes. The innovative design of the tool holders includes sealed bearings for easy maintenance and pressure relief holes for smoother machining operations. However, the main interest of this year’s tour was the broaches used for machining Titanium fasteners and bone screws.

Polygon has been making the cutters out of high speed steel, a very hard substrate that resists wear and chipping. The company currently offers M-2, M-42, PM M-4 and PM T-15 varieties for machining different materials. Peter Bagwell, a Product Engineer for the company, was asked about which materials are used for broaching bone screws, and explained how the choice of substrate material depends on the method of broaching. Bagwell also talked about a new rotary broach material the company is researching.

The demand for rotary broach tools is growing as more exotic materials are being used to make innovative aerospace and medical device fasteners. Polygon is working with bone screw manufacturers to help them choose the right method of broaching in addition to the selecting the right tools. Polygon specializes in standard hexalobular (or Torx-type) rotary broaches in addition to custom shapes and sizes. The six-lobe ISO standard hexalobular form is currently the most popular.

Polygon Solutions has hosted an open house with the SRMA for two years in a row. “We value the partnership with our local customers and suppliers and are happy to bring them in and show them what we’re offering,” says Bagwell. We also maintain healthy relationships with other organizations like the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA). The company believes participation in each of these networks is key to remaining the leader in rotary broach technology.

Polygon is a newer member to the SRMA, which boasts a wide variety of manufacturing business. “Many people move here and move their businesses her due to the great lifestyle Southwest Florida has to offer,” says Bagwell. “However, the exposure to the growing number of innovative medical and aerospace companies is really making it an attractive place for all manufacturers.”

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Uniquely Flexible PartMaker Version 2015 to be Previewed at IMTS

Latest PartMaker version featuring a range of more powerful and flexible enhancements to be demonstrated at IMTS 2014

Booth #E-3222

Figure 1: PartMaker Version 2015 will be previewed at IMTS 2014. The new version, set for release in the 4th quarter of 2014, features a host of new functionality including enhanced support for the latest breed of multi-function machine tools.

Fort Washington, PA – PartMaker Inc., a division of Autodesk’s Delcam unit, will unveil its latest version of PartMaker Software for programming CNC Mills, Lathes, WireEDMs, Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes at IMTS 2014 in Chicago, IL.  Major highlights of PartMaker Version 2015 include improved support for today’s latest breed of multi-tasking machine tools, more powerful milling and turning functionality and a unique approach to post processing for multi-axis Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes among other productivity enhancements.

PartMaker will be exhibited in the booth of its parent company, Delcam, at IMTS 2014.  The Delcam booth will be the largest CAM software booth at IMTS 2014.

“The innovations in PartMaker Version 2015 further cement the software’s position as the preeminent CAM system on the market for programming of multi-tasking machining applications,” says PartMaker Inc. President Hanan Fishman.  “PartMaker 2015 extends support of the product’s patented approach to programming multi-tasking machine tools to support today’s latest breed of multi-function machines.”

“Additionally, the power of the machining algorithms driving PartMaker will be enhanced in Version 2015, giving our users even more capability while retaining the software’s trademark ease of use,” says Fishman.

PartMaker 2015 includes specialist support for a new breed of machine tools that has been growing steadily in popularity in recent years called Vertical Mill-Turns (VMT).  These machine tools are unique because they provide the turning functionality typically found on a VTL (Vertical Turret Lathe) with that of a 5-axis VMC (Vertical Machining Center).  PartMaker 2015 will also offer support for turret based Swiss lathes with programmable B-axis live tooling attachments.

Also headlining PartMaker Version 2015 is a unique approach to post processing for multi-tasking machine tools.  This new approach includes a variety of improvements to the software’s post processing technology and new software functionality to help guide users on how to best take advantage of their specific multi-tasking machine tool’s unique capabilities.

More on PartMaker

PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features.  It thus relieves the user from reentering the same features information for subsequent parts.  It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions.

PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for Turn-Mills and Swiss-type lathes with its patented Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling. It assures quicker learning and easier use. It makes an extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data.  Synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved by a few mouse clicks.

PartMaker Inc. is a subsidiary of Delcam, the world’s leading developer and supplier of complete CAD/CAM software solutions.  Delcam is a division of Autodesk. Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone – from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists — can use Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. In North America PartMaker is sold directly by PartMaker Inc. PartMaker is sold overseas through a network of sales partner offices operating in over 120 countries.

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NEW PRODUCT: PEEK Super Air Nozzle Features Strong Non-Marring Blowoff

EXAIR’s new PEEK 3/8 NPT Super Air Nozzle™ has been engineered to produce the highest performance attainable. The protective aerodynamic slots guide the airflow to a single point of convergence for hard-hitting force and dramatic noise reduction over typical blowoffs. Its PEEK plastic construction provides non-marring protection to production items and excellent resistance to damage from harsh chemicals and it operates in temperatures up to 320°F (160°C). The PEEK Super Air Nozzle is suitable for blowoff, cooling and drying applications located in general industrial or corrosive environments.

The Model 1104-PEEK 3/8 NPT Super Air Nozzle provides a strong blowing force. High amplification of airflow produces a blowing force of 1.9 pounds (850 grams), with air consumption of only 35 SCFM at 80 PSIG. Safe operation is assured since the airflow of the CE compliant Super Air Nozzle cannot be blocked, which meets OSHA dead-end pressure standard 29 CFR 1910.242(b). Sound level is very low at 82 dBA and meets OSHA noise requirement 29 CFR 1910.95(a).

The 1104-PEEK Super Air Nozzle is designed to easily replace existing wasteful nozzles or open pipes. The 3/8 NPT Super Air Nozzle is also available in Type 316 Stainless Steel and Zinc Aluminum alloy. Price starts at $85. Other PEEK thermoplastic air nozzles are available in M4x.05, M5x.05, M6x.075, 1/8 NPT and 1/4 NPT thread sizes.

For more information contact:    EXAIR Corporation

                        11510 Goldcoast Dr.

                        Cincinnati, OH  45249-1621

                        Phone: (800) 903-9247

                        Fax: (513) 671-3363



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AMT Machine Systems Restructures; Advanced Machinery Solutions Formed

Columbus, OH – April 29, 2014 – AMT Machine Systems, Ltd. (AMT), manufacturer of the ServoCam® line of machine tools and CNC upgrades, has announced a major business restructuring.

Advanced Machinery Solutions LLC (AMS) has been formed as an independent company to focus on sales, training, and service for Lico Machinery and for ServoCam® equipment.  In addition, AMS will perform final assembly of ServoCam® machinery.  Greg Knight is President of AMS.

“AMS serves the precision production machining market with a cost-effective selection of single-spindle, fixed headstock machinery, says Mr. Knight.  Whether your parts are simple or complex, we have the right machine for the job.”

AMT will focus on the continued development and commercialization of its intelligent-motor control system technology, and will continue producing and servicing the CyberNet™ control systems for ServoCam® machines.  As a necessary part of the restructuring process, AMT filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 25.  Dennis Pugh will continue to serve as President of AMT.

According to Mr. Pugh, “A fundamental goal of AMT’s restructuring is to ensure ongoing service and support for the installed base of ServoCam® equipment.  It’s unfortunate that a Chapter 11 process is necessary in order to achieve that goal, but it is clearly in the best interests of our customers.  We fully expect to emerge from Chapter 11 as a much stronger company.”

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Okuma’s ServoNavi CNC Machining Technology Improves Cycle Time for Heavy Parts

ServoNavi prevents inaccuracies by addressing three areas of the CNC machining process

High-precision technology improves cycle times and accuracy for heavy parts

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 17, 2014) – Okuma’s ServoNavi is a high-precision technology that improves cycle times and accuracy when machining heavy parts. This technology can be applied on all Okuma double column, vertical, and horizontal machining centers.

ServoNavi uses the weight of the part/workholding to control servo control accuracy. In the past, the weight was set manually, but incorrect weight would cause machining inaccuracies. ServoNavi prevents inaccuracies by addressing three areas of the CNC machining process:

  • Work Weight Auto Setting: On previous machining centers, actual table feed acceleration varied with different table loads (workpiece, fixture). ServoNavi’s Work Weight Auto Setting function automatically estimates table loads to adjust for the best acceleration speed – and achieve faster cycle times.
  • Reversal Spike Auto Adjustment: Machine tool utilization times and slide loads vary from the ideal servo control settings determined at initial machine delivery. This may produce crease marks at motion reversals and affect part surface quality. ServoNavi’s Reversal Spike Auto Adjustment compensates for slide load variations, and with optimized servo control, maintains the required CNC machining accuracies (surface quality).
  • Vibration Auto Adjustment: Noise or vibration may occur when machine conditions change over time. ServoNavi’s Vibration Auto Adjustment makes the required adjustments for the changed conditions to effectively eliminate noise and vibration.

To request additional information on ServoNavi CNC machining technology, contact Okuma America Corporation or your local Okuma distributor

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 or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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