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Okuma Receives Charlotte Mayor’s International Community Award for Philanthropy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 25, 2017) – Okuma America Corporation, a world leading builder of CNC machine tools, is the recipient of the 2017 Mayor’s International Community Award (MICA) for a medium business and was honored Thursday, May 11 at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, North Carolina for philanthropy. Okuma was chosen by the Charlotte International Cabinet for their contributions to higher education.

Okuma’s donation of $100,000 in machine tools to the engineering technology programs at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), enables students to gain valuable hands-on machining experience and the skill set needed to enter the manufacturing workforce.

“The lack of skilled labor is one of the biggest threats to the U.S. manufacturing industry,” said Jim King, President and COO, Okuma America. “We’re excited to partner with CPCC in educating and training the next generation of operators, machinists, and programmers and we’re honored to receive this award.”

Jim King, President and COO, Okuma America, receives the Mayor’s International Community Award for philanthropy from Charlotte Mayor, Jennifer Roberts.

Okuma also received this award in 1998, during the inaugural year of MICA awards. The annual Mayor’s International Award program is hosted by the Charlotte International Cabinet in collaboration with the Office of the Mayor and the Office of International Relations. More information can be obtained by visiting www.charlotteinternational.org.

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, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on https://www.facebook.com/OkumaAmericaCorporation or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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NEW PRODUCT FROM EXAIR: High Lift Chip Trapper Moves Liquid Farther and Higher

EXAIR’s new patented High Lift Chip Trapper™ offers a fast, easy way to clean coolant sumps, waste oil pits or wells. High Lift Chip Trapper removes the solids such as chips, swarf and shavings out of used coolants and other liquids with up to 15 feet of lift or 20 feet of horizontal vacuum. Extend the life of coolants and eliminate the worry of waste oil solids damaging equipment.

Metal chips in a machine sump can block the intake of the coolant pump which reduces the coolant flow and causes heat-related damage to the expensive parts and tooling. Regular cleaning of the sump with a High Lift Chip Trapper eliminates this problem, the lost production and downtime.

The compressed air powered High Lift Chip Trapper vacuums the dirty liquid into the included drum, trapping all the solids in a reusable filter bag. With a turn of the flow valve, clean liquid pumps back out. There are no motors or impellers to clog or wear out. Safe operation is assured with built-in pressure/vacuum relief and an automatic safety shutoff to prevent spills or overfilling.

Exair High Lift Chip Trapper Moves Liquid Farther and HigherThe Model 6190 High Lift Chip Trapper is available in 30, 55 and 110 gallon capacities. Systems include the stainless steel two-way pump, directional flow valve, drum, lever lock drum lid, shutoff valve, 10′ vacuum hose, 20′ compressed air hose, chip wand, (2) filter bags and a drum dolly. High Lift Chip Trappers and all industrial vacuums are CE compliant. Price starts at $1617.00.

For more information contact:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/106/hlctrpr.htm

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Okuma Video Demonstrates Flat Turning Feature for Machining Polygons

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 15, 2017) – A new video from Okuma America Corporation, a world leading builder of CNC machine tools, shows how Flat Turning, a feature on the OSP control, is used for machining polygons. Flat Turning allows for continuous spindle rotation, which reduces both machining time and part cost while eliminating the need for time intensive milling operations. By synchronizing the rotation of the rotary tool spindle (M-spindle) with the rotation of the main spindle, both flat surfaces and radii can be manufactured in a single process.

The workpiece and the cutter are rotated synchronously with the defined rotation frequency ratio. This frequency ratio is maintained by synchronously controlling the spindle motor and the rotary tool motor. M codes are established in flat turning mode to set the ratio between the rotary tool spindle and the main spindle.

When using the Flat Turning feature flat edges are produced directly on the lathe in a single process using polygon cutters. The part and cutter head turn in the same direction, synchronizing rotation of the revolving tool spindle (M-spindle) with the main spindle to generate polygon shapes.

This is the second in a series of videos that show how a CNC control can be used to innovate and drive business growth in machine shops. To view this video please visit http://bit.ly/2pBYrhr.

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, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on https://www.facebook.com/OkumaAmericaCorporation or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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EXAIR NEW PRODUCT: Small 316SS Cabinet Coolers With Digital Control Resist Heat and Corrosion

EXAIR’s new Small 316 Stainless Steel Cabinet Cooler® Systems with ETC (Electronic Temperature Control) keep electrical enclosures cool with 20°F (-7°C) air while maintaining the NEMA 4X rating of the enclosure and resisting the heat that could adversely affect the internal components. The wear, corrosion and oxidation resistance of Type 316 stainless steel assures long life and maintenance free operation. Cooling capacities up to 550 Btu/hr. are ideal for small enclosures and heat loads. Models with higher cooling capacities up to 5600 Btu/hr. for NEMA
12, 4 and 4X enclosures are also available.

The ETC accurately maintains a constant temperature in the electrical enclosure that is slightly under the maximum rating of the electronics. It permits just enough cooling for the electronics without going so cold as to waste compressed air. A digital LED readout displays the temperature of the electric
al enclosure (°F or °C), then displays the user temperature setting when pressing the “push to set” button. When that setting is exceeded, the Cabinet Cooler System is activated. Cabinet Cooler Systems include an automatic drain filter separator to ensure no moisture passes to the inside of the electrical enclosure.

Small 316 Stainless Steel Cabinet Coolers are available with cooling capacities of 275 and 550 Btu/hr. and are UL Listed and CE compliant. There are no moving parts to wear out. Applications include cooling control panels used in food processing, pharmaceutical, foundries, chemical processing and other corrosive locations. Prices start at $1567.00.

For more information contact:
EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH  45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/106/sm316cc.htm

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NEW FANUC MACHINING SIMULATOR BRINGS DESIGN-TO-PRODUCTION TRAINING TO THE CLASSROOM


ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – (February 28, 2017)
FANUC America has developed a new machining simulator that encompasses the complete manufacturing process from part design and engineering to CNC programming to virtual production simulation. The FANUC Machining Simulator features Autodesk Fusion 360 CAD/CAM/CAE software and a custom machining simulation program designed by ModuleWorks.

The FANUC Machining Simulator comes with Fusion 360, a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM and CAE software platform that helps bridge the gap between design and machining and works on both Mac and PC. Students can use Fusion 360 to perform CAD/CAM work and the included post processors will convert the designs into G-code suitable for the included CNC. The CNC will use this G-code to command the machine tool. The simulation system also includes a simple G-code editor for making modifications before the program is sent to the CNC. Students can easily import their programs directly to the CNC using the FANUC FASBacCNC user interface and also back-up the critical CNC data.

The core of the system is the flexible and powerful FANUC CNC Simulator. This portable CNC Simulator provides users with the experience of working with real look and feel of a true hardware-based FANUC control. Based on the industry standard FANUC Series 0i-Model F, the CNC Simulator can be operated as either a 3-axis mill or a 2-axis lathe. Users can run programs, manage tooling and make any modifications on the control just like they would in a manufacturing environment. The FANUC CNC Simulator includes FANUC Manual Guide i conversational programming software for users who would like to learn shop floor programming. An integrated PC is embedded in the FANUC CNC Simulator to run the Fusion 360 and ModuleWorks simulation software.

The machining simulation component was developed in partnership with ModuleWorks, a leading supplier of CAD/CAM components for toolpath generation and simulation. Users can virtually manufacture parts in milling or turning environments with realistic kinematics and structure. The simulation is based on actual CNC position data, not on the G-code program, this provides the most realistic simulation as the virtual machine reacts exactly as a real machine. Manual machine functions like jog, hand-wheel and reference cycles also work exactly like a real machine. The software also uses color-coded tool paths, back-plot and cut locations to make it easy for users to identify the tool, path and cutting result. Real-time collision detection uses visual and audio signals to notify users of collisions. The milling simulation includes a 21-tool changer and the turning simulation includes a 12-tool turret. Milling tool data can be freely assigned or

imported from the CNC Simulator, while turning uses a predefined set of turning tools that cover a wide range of applications.

Fusion 360 is free for students, startups, educators and hobbyists once they create an Autodesk account. Commercial users can sign up for a free one-year subscription through a special promotion with FANUC.

For more information visit www.fanucamerica.com/cncsimulators.

About FANUC America Corporation

FANUC America Corporation is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan, and provides industry-leading robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation. FANUC’s innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize efficiency, reliability and profitability.

FANUC America is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, and has facilities in: Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Montreal; Pine Brook, NJ; Pontiac, MI; San Francisco; Seattle; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, and Manaus, Brazil; and Aguascalientes, Mexico City, and Monterrey, Mexico. For more information, please call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287) or visit our website: www.fanucamerica.com. Also, connect with us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

Autodesk and Fusion 360 are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, , Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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Edge Technologies announces new Regional Sales Manager: Abraham Barragán

St. Louis, MO –Edge Technologies announces Abraham Barragán as the Regional Sales Manager for Mexico. Barragán’s territory will include Mexico and Latin America. His home office will reside in the city of Querétaro.

Barragán is from Monterrey city, in the state of Nuevo León, just 124 miles from the Laredo, Texas border. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and German. Barragán graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Internal Business & Commerce from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. He continued his education at Tecnológico de Monterrey, earning a Master’s Degree in Quality Engineering and Productivity Systems.

Barragán is a 5 year veteran in the machine tool industry and has over 10 years of experience working with international companies. In 2003, at the age of 18, Barragán began working for General Electric, in their internship program. He soon joined Deckel Maho Gildemeister (DMG), before the company merged with Mori Seiki. Later Barragán was hired by Jeyes Limited, a British maquiladora, as a Purchasing & Production Planning Executive. After the merge of DMG Mori; Barragán returned to DMG Mori as the Spare Parts Team Leader in 2013. While at DMG Mori, Barragán oversaw CNC spare parts purchases, negotiated and reviewed contract arrangements and pricing, and performed sales support.

Abraham Barragán, Edge Technologies Regional Sales Manager

Barragán reports: “I’m ready to take Edge Technologies to the Spanish-speaking machine-tool market in Mexico and Latin America.”

Rick Bauer, Vice President of Edge Technologies reports: “Abraham will be a great asset to our sales team; he brings strong international sales experience to this position. We look forward to developing solid, lasting business relationships with our dealers and customers in Mexico and Latin America.”

Edge Technologies provides bar feeding, loading and unloading products for CNC lathes in the precision metal working industry. Edge Technologies has extensive experience and a history of success, demonstrated by 30 years of sales and service, including more than 11,000 successful installations of magazine bar feeders in the North American marketplace. For more information visit: www.edgetechnologies.com

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EXAIR: New Anti-Static Ion Air Cannon is CE, UL and RoHS Certified

EXAIR’s new Ion Air Cannon eliminates static electricity and cleans at distances up to 15 feet, with no moving parts. It is ideal for bench-tops, machine mounting, and those “hard to reach” spaces that require a concentrated flow of static eliminating ions. This engineered product has undergone independent laboratory tests to certify it meets the rigorous safety, health and environmental standards of the USA, European Union and Canada that are required to attain the CE and UL marks. It is also RoHS compliant. New design features include a metal armored high voltage cable to protect against abrasion and cuts, a replaceable emitter point, integrated ground connection and electromagnetic shielding.

The Ion Air Cannon incorporates EXAIR’s patented Super Air Amplifier that minimizes compressed air use by inducing surrounding airflow at a ratio of 22:1. The unique amplified airflow carries the ions to the target, making it possible for the Ion Air Cannon to eliminate static charges in less than a half second. Air volume and velocity are infinitely controllable from a “breeze” to a “blast” to gently wipe or forcefully blow away contaminants.

The Ion Air Cannon comes complete with a sturdy stand that incorporates a swivel adjustment for directing the airflow. A hose or tube can be easily connected to the air intake to draw air from another area. The electrical ion source is shockless and there is no radioactive element. A new selectable voltage power supply has been designed to operate the Ion Air Cannon. Visit EXAIR.com to see the entire static elimination product line. Applications include bag opening, sheet separation, cleaning molded parts, pre-paint dust removal, package cleaning and container neutralization. Price is $588.

For more information, contact EXAIR Corporation:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/106/iac.htm

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Edge Technologies announces new Regional Sales Manager: Abraham Barragán

St. Louis, MO –Edge Technologies announces Abraham Barragán as the Regional Sales Manager for Mexico. Barragán’s territory will include Mexico and Latin America. His home office will reside in the city of Querétaro.

Barragán is from Monterrey city, in the state of Nuevo León, just 124 miles from the Laredo, Texas border. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and German. Barragán graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Internal Business & Commerce from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. He continued his education at Tecnológico de Monterrey, earning a Master’s Degree in Quality Engineering and Productivity Systems.

Barragán is a 5 year veteran in the machine tool industry and has over 10 years of experience working with international companies. In 2003, at the age of 18, Barragán began working for General Electric, in their internship program. He soon joined Deckel Maho Gildemeister (DMG), before the company merged with Mori Seiki. Later Barragán was hired by Jeyes Limited, a British maquiladora, as a Purchasing & Production Planning Executive. After the merge of DMG Mori; Barragán returned to DMG Mori as the Spare Parts Team Leader in 2013. While at DMG Mori, Barragán oversaw CNC spare parts purchases, negotiated and reviewed contract arrangements and pricing, and performed sales support.

Barragán reports: “I’m ready to take Edge Technologies to the Spanish-speaking machine-tool market in Mexico and Latin America.

Rick Bauer, Vice President of Edge Technologies reports: “Abraham will be a great asset to our sales team; he brings strong international sales experience to this position. We look forward to developing solid, lasting business relationships with our dealers and customers in Mexico and Latin America.”

Edge Technologies provides bar feeding, loading and unloading products for CNC lathes in the precision metal working industry. Edge Technologies has extensive experience and a history of success, demonstrated by 30 years of sales and service, including more than 11,000 successful installations of magazine bar feeders in the North American marketplace. For more information visit: www.edgetechnologies.com

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New From Exair: No Drip Spray Nozzle Conserves Liquid, Fits in Tight Spaces

EXAIR’s patented 1/4 NPT No Drip Internal Mix deflected flat fan atomizing spray nozzle atomizes fluid and sprays at a right angle to the nozzle orientation. This allows spray to be placed precisely where it is needed when the mounting and work areas are limited. This new nozzle works in the same way our standard atomizing nozzles do, but has the added benefit of positively stopping liquid flow when compressed air is shut off.

When spraying any type of liquid, post-spray liquid flow can cause big problems. Unwanted drips can ruin product function on sealing or mating surfaces. Drips can also ruin the appearance of painted or coated finishes. In addition, excess liquid flow wastes precious resources such as expensive coatings, chemicals or water. EXAIR’s No Drip Atomizing Nozzles are ideal where no post-spray drip is permissible. When the compressed air supply is shut off, the No Drip nozzles positively seal off the flow of liquid eliminating the possibility of drips.

EXAIR’s No Drip Internal Mix Atomizing Nozzles are available in five patterns: narrow angle round pattern, wide angle round pattern, flat fan pattern, deflected flat fan pattern and 360° hollow circular pattern. They are for pressure fed applications that don’t require independent air and liquid control. Internal Mix, External Mix, No Drip External Mix, Siphon Fed and No Drip Siphon Fed are also available in 1/4 NPT or 1/2 NPT.

Applications include painting, coating, rinsing, cooling, quenching, wetting (moistening), and humidification and dust control. The compact Atomizing Nozzles are fully adjustable to minimize air and liquid consumption and have interchangeable liquid and air caps. All No Drip liquid nozzles are CE compliant and conflict mineral free. Prices start at $348.

For more information contact:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/ndsmad.htm

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Okuma is the First Machine Tool Builder to Earn ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Certification

Okuma meets new standards for delivering exceptional customer service and quality products.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 27, 2016) – Okuma America Corporation has been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certification by PRG Inc., (Preferred Registrar Group). Okuma is the first, and currently the only CNC machine tool builder to earn the latest ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certification.

This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. Using ISO 9001:2015 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.

By implementing ISO standards, Okuma reduces operating costs by minimizing waste and errors through improved systems and processes. It also gives Okuma the ability to work with various markets to ensure the compatibility of products and services. All of these practices make it possible for Okuma to offer machine tool customers a high quality product at a competitive price.

For detailed information on Okuma’s ISO certification you can read the blog post at http://www.okuma.com/blog-iso-certification. For more information about acquiring an ISO certification visit http://www.iso.org/iso/home.htm.

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, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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