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Okuma’s third smart factory expands company’s capabilities and production efficiencies for machining centers and double-column machines

Okuma Corporation has completed the construction and started operation of the new Kani Dream Site 3 (DS3) factory, that continues the concept behind the headquarters’ factories, Dream Site 1 (DS1) and Dream Site 2 (DS2).

Dream Sites are parts factories for machining and  assembly at Okuma’s corporate headquarters in Japan. DS factories are equipped with many of our own smart machines,an they are the reality of what an Okuma Smart Factory*2 can do. By utilizing IIoT, we can maintain levels of mass production even in small quantities,  and thus achieve mass customization. By combining the latest IT and automation systems with “artistic” skills cultivated over a long history, our products are made with high added value.

Evolutionary automation

In the Okuma DS factories, the production schedules of cutting-edge machines and robots, served by automatic guided vehicle systems (AGVS), are all smoothly interweaved. As a result, it became possible to complete material input to final machining, without human intervention. In addition, logistical automation of each process assured continuous operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Front loading

To keep our Dream Sites operating at peak utilization rates, we front load as much as possible. Part programming, as well as machine and robot simulations, can be left to a PC in advance to minimize setups in the machine shop.

Factory-wide optimization

We do take full advantage of IIoT to centrally manage various types of information. By accurately grasping complex process and system operating status, tool information, the location of blanks and finished parts, efficient overall factory control became possible. What’s more, accumulating information and repeating the PDCA (plan-do-check-act) cycle allows us to shorten lead times.

With the DS2 Smart Factory, a second model of a next-generation factory has been built as part of the ongoing “collaborative creation” between Okuma and Hitachi, to achieve factory-wide optimization at highly efficient production levels to deliver mass customization.

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Meet your Newest Machine Tending Employee – the SNAPMate – Demos in July

SNAP Resources is inviting any manufacturer or distributor involved with CNC or Injection Mold machines to participate in a SNAPMate Demonstration.

Fremont, OH – SNAP Resources (SNAP), a Motion Controls Robotics’ affiliated company, recently introduced an innovative automation solution called the SNAPMate Station featuring a FANUC Cobot.

Join SNAP to see a machine tending load/unload operation and participate in some hands-on programming with our two portable SNAPMate Stations. The FANUC CR-15iA has the reach capabilities for machine tending and the FANUC CR-7LiA is perfect for assembly or inspection operations.

There will be three demonstration days to select from:

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019, from 11am to 1pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019, from 11am to 1pm
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019, from 11am to 1pm

The SNAPMate can be programmed to load and unload every CNC in a facility. Then just roll the station up to the CNC, and it becomes a new Machine Tending Employee. This eliminates any bottlenecks caused by inconsistent workforce needs and provides the option to have a 2nd and 3rd shift to make the most of existing machining equipment.

These stations answer the common issues of having employees leave or call-in sick unexpectedly. Many companies are needing to spend a lot of money hiring temporary agencies and still falling short in meeting production demands.

The SNAPMate 15 machine tending demo will show how it is possible to quickly program a collaborative robot and increase productivity in less than a week.

RSVP today at then come by 1500 Walter Ave Fremont, OH during one of the demonstrations times listed above to:

  • Get an introduction to the SNAPMate and see it load/unload a CNC onsite.
  • Discuss grippers and accessories that are available.
  • Sit down for a lunch with colleagues and ask questions.
  • Try programming the SNAPMate using the drag and drop touchscreen interface
  • Get pricing information and brochures to share

Contact SNAP Resources for more information ( or visit our site ( to RSVP. There will also be the opportunity to view the demonstration and ask questions on Facebook Live on Wednesday, July 24 from 11 am – 1pm. Follow @motioncontrols for more information and updates on the event.

About SNAP Resources, SNAP Resources, a Motion Controls Robotics’ affiliated company, combines the experience of a FANUC Level 4, Certified Servicing Integrator with the flexibility and ease of use of a Forge workstation making it a snap for manufactures to quickly increase productivity through collaborative automation.

About Motion Controls Robotics – Founded in 1995, Motion Controls Robotics is a leading provider of automation solutions to manufacturing industries. The company provides full service robotic solutions from concept to installation and service/support that keep manufacturers competitive. Motion Controls Robotics provides automation solutions to manufacturers for a variety of applications including material handling (case packing, palletizing and machine tending), and vision-guided systems. Motion Controls Robotics is an exclusive Level 4 Certified Servicing Integrator for FANUC Robotics.

Motion Controls Robotics’ northwest Ohio headquarters is located at 1500 Walter Avenue, Fremont, Ohio.

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Join Universal Robots’ Joe Campbell for a Free Webinar June 27th: Resolving the Labor Crisis in Manufacturing

Resolving the Labor Crisis in Manufacturing

Webinar hosted June 27, 2019

12PM – 1PM ET


In this webinar, Universal Robots’ Senior Manager for the Americas, Joe Campbell will present a critical topic for all companies – the labor crisis in manufacturing.  Joe will deliver detailed background and industry statistics to define the problem, and present automation strategies and case studies that will help companies fill key gaps on the shop floor, increase production and ROI, and attract new talent to manufacturing.

This webinar will be valuable to:

  1. Managers, owners, executives struggling to fill open positions in manufacturing.
  2. Production and manufacturing managers struggling to meet customer requirements.
  3. HR representatives battling the labor shortage and hiring challenges in manufacturing.
  4. Engineers and managers trying to justify investments in automation in a demanding financial environment.

Click here to register for the webinar on the Universal Robots website. 

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TRACER 65V/80V Large-Capacity Hydrodynamic Magazine Bar Feeder From CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies Accurately Feeds Bars From 10mm – 80mm Diameter in Lengths Up to 12′

[MASON, OH – JUNE 2019] The large-capacity TRACER 65V/80V Hydrodynamic Magazine Bar Feeder from CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies can accommodate bars up to 12′ long in diameters from 10mm – 65mm and, following a simple channel change, up to 80mm in diameter. The feeder holds multiple bars, depending on the diameter size. For example, it can hold 36 bars that are 10mm in diameter.

Large-diameter bar stock typically requires the use of loaders that can handle only 4′ and 5′ lengths, limiting productivity in long-term or lights-out operations. The TRACER hydrodynamic system, however, balances clamping action and oil pressure to hold and feed larger-diameter bars up to 12′ long securely and precisely, providing an economical solution for long production runs.

The new 65V/80V bar feeder is engineered for users of fixed- and sliding-headstock CNC lathes who need to feed production-run quantities of long, large-diameter bar stock. An operator can adjust the machine quickly for different bar sizes without any tools, and fast changes of guide channels increase throughput while minimizing changeover and setup times. Torque force and speed are easily adjustable to assure consistent feeding. In addition, all TRACER bar feeders feature the patented TRACER external blue light display that provides visual monitoring of bar status and alarms.

Jessica Presutto, National Sales Manager of CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies said, “The TRACER 65V/80V Hydrodynamic Magazine Bar Feeder enables manufacturers to economically feed larger-diameter bar in extended production runs on both fixed headstock and sliding headstock lathes. CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies continually improves its hydrodynamic magazine bar feeder technology to increase its usefulness for the production turning industry.”

For more information visit CNC Indexing’s website at, or email

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MANN+HUMMEL Recognized by General Motors as a 2018 Supplier of the Year

Detroit/Ludwigsburg, Germany, June 07 2019 – MANN+HUMMEL was named a Supplier of the Year by General Motors during their 27th annual ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards ceremony held in Detroit in May. It is the 24th time MANN+HUMMEL has received the award.

“We hold our suppliers to a high bar,” said Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “They went above and beyond to deliver the innovations and quality that will help us earn customers for life.”

Kurk Wilks, President and General Manager OEM at MANN+HUMMEL, accepted the award together with Bill Peers, Director Global Sales for GM. “General Motors is a very important longstanding customer for MANN+HUMMEL. We believe in their direction and remain deeply committed to aligning to their business priorities,” said Wilks. “To be recognized for our 24th Supplier of the Year is an honor and demonstrates the deep commitment each of us at MANN+HUMMEL have towards our longstanding partnership.”

More than half of the suppliers are repeat winners from 2017. The Supplier of the Year award winners were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives. Winners were selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Global Purchasing and Manufacturing Services, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics.

GM recognized 133 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value or introduced innovations to the company.

The pictures shows from left to right:

James Danahy, GM Executive Director, Global Functional Leader Chassis Engineering

Jerry Beemer, GM Director, Global Transmission Hardware Engineering

Kurk Wilks, President Original Equipment, MANN+HUMMEL

William Peers, Global Director Sales, MANN+HUMMEL

David Drouillard, GM Executive Director, Engine, Transmission and Thermal Purchasing

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New Methods Precision Center is First-of-Its-Kind

Sudbury, MA, U.S.A. (June 5, 2019)Methods Machine Tools, Inc., North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tools and automation, has announced the opening of its new Precision Center in Acton, Massachusetts. The facility was built for customers who need the ultimate in tight tolerance test cuts. A model of leading technology for precision machining and strategically located in the U.S., the center is the first-of-its-kind in North America for precision machining where customers can conveniently test and prove out challenging parts

The center will enable manufacturers to arrive at the most accurate and efficient machining solutions for complex components, saving them costly trial and error in their operations. Designed and built by Methods, the center offers a state-of-the-art, stringent climate controlled environment that monitors and maintains temperature, air pressure and humidity within the space at all times. To maintain complete environmental stability, the Precision Center features a secured airlock entrance and exit. For ultimate machining stability, the building has one-meter-deep isolation pads with vertical and horizontal steel reinforcements.

“We are very pleased to open this truly state-of-the-art center. It represents a significant investment and will be an extremely valuable resource for the industry, our machine builder partners and customers,” said Mr. Jerry Rex, President & CEO, Methods Machine Tools, Inc. “Now North American manufacturers can send parts, tooling and material to our Precision Center without having to go outside the country. Intricate, challenging, tight tolerance and confidential test parts can be made right here in the U.S.”

Methods offers the most advanced, optimal technology for each machining discipline or class. Methods’ machine tool partners feature: Nakamura-Tome; FANUC, Yasda, KIWA, VisionGauge, Ocean Technologies, Markforged and Litz Hitech.

To learn more about the new Methods Precision Center, contact Cathy Lambert at

About Methods Machine Tools

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., in operation since 1958, is North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tool and additive solutions – providing superior products, engineering and automation, parts and service, training, and integration. With over 350 employees, eight sales and technology centers, and over 40,000 machines installed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, Methods supplies leading-edge precision machine tools and solutions. For more information about Methods Machine Tools contact us at, EMAIL: TEL: 978.443.5388, FAX: 978.440.9405 or visit

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New Thomson Online Selection Tool Simplifies Linear Bearing Specification and Purchase

05.30.2019 – RADFORD, VA – Thomson Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has announced availability of an online tool that streamlines the selection and purchase of linear bearings. This addition to the Thomson website enables design engineers and system integrators to zero in on the right bearings for their applications in mere minutes.

“Linear bearings, including Linear Ball Bushing® bearings, are among our most popular products, and we want to be sure that our customers can find what they need in the way that is most efficient for them,” said Charles Isaac, Product Line Manager – Linear Bearings and Guides at Thomson. “After interviewing numerous bearing users, we found that an increasing number want to buy online, and when they do, they expect the same ease of use they get from retail sites like Amazon. We created this new capability in close collaboration with those customers, and our continued testing shows high acceptance.”

Thomson offers the world’s largest selection of inch and metric linear bearings and is the inventor of the Ball Bushing bearing. These are used in applications that benefit from the noise reduction and vibration control of a bushing, and the low-friction and long-life capabilities of ball bearings, including packaging machinery, medical equipment, automation equipment, electronics manufacturing, and machine tooling. With the new online selection tool, machine designers and builders can find the configuration that is right for their application with just a few clicks.

Streamlining bearing selection

The process begins with the selection of “Linear Ball Bushing Bearings” from the visual, application-based product menu on the Thomson home page ( This returns images of main bearing types, including open or closed plain bushings, open or closed pillow block bushings, flanges and roller bearings. Selecting a bushing type reveals a set of four images on which users click to designate standard, corrosive, washdown or high-temperature operating conditions. This choice reveals a single table showing all available dimensions, load capacities and part numbers. To narrow their search even further, users can take advantage of real-time adjustments as defined by filter parameters  ̶  all without leaving the page. Additionally, the online tool provides an enhanced shopping experience with up-front pricing and lead times for all bearings, and suggests accurately sized, related products such as shafting and supports based on search results.

The process typically takes less than five minutes and yields an optimized list of bearings that meet the application requirements. Once the user chooses one, they can either add it to a shopping cart for immediate purchase, download a 3D model into their CAD program or download a PDF containing additional details on the product features, benefits and technical specifications. A live customer support person is only a click away to answer any questions.

Continuously improving the online experience

The new linear bearing selection tool is part of Thomson’s initiative focused on enhancing its interactive engineering environment and user experience. Similar capabilities are in the works for other Thomson products, along with a concurrent project to update and republish configurable 3D models for all Thomson products.

The Thomson linear bearing selecting tool can be found at

About Thomson

With more than 70 years of motion control innovation and quality, Thomson is the industry’s premier producer of Linear Ball Bushing® Bearings and Profile Rail Bearings, 60 Case® Shafting, ground and rolled Ball Screws, Linear Actuators, Gearheads, Clutches, Brakes, Linear Systems, and related accessories. Thomson invented the Linear Ball Bushing Bearing in 1945, and has set the standard ever since with an unsurpassed set of mechanical motion control solutions serving global commercial and aerospace & defense markets. Thomson Industries, Inc. has facilities in North America, Europe and Asia with over 2000 distributor locations around the world.

Thomson Industries, Inc., 1500 Mittel Boulevard, Wood Dale, IL 60191-1073; 1-540-633-3549; 1-540-633-0294 (fax);;

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Omron Helps University of Houston Engineering Students Gain Real-World Skills with New Design and Robotics Laboratory

Omron Foundation, the charitable arm of the U.S.-based operations of industrial automation solutions provider Omron, donated a new laboratory complete with workstations and state-of-the-art equipment to give University of Houston students the opportunity to prepare for real-world engineering challenges.

Hoffman Estates, IL., May 29, 2019 – The University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering recently unveiled a cutting-edge laboratory donated by the Omron Foundation, the charitable arm of automation solutions provider Omron in the United States. Designed for electrical and computer engineering students, the lab includes advanced technologies and equipment donated by Omron.

At the lab’s opening ceremony, UH faculty and Omron representatives looked at a variety of senior capstone projects, including a sorting robot and a mobile robotic billboard. The lab contains an area dedicated to senior design projects, which provides real world design experience, which is helpful for gaining employment after graduation.

“Prospective employers will expect them to speak intelligently about what they worked on for their design project so the experience they gain at this stage is very important,” says Len Trombetta, the associate department chair. “This makes our graduates very marketable because these are skills companies want. We’re grateful to Omron for making this possible.”

Omron Automation Americas President, CEO and COO Robb Black described the importance of preparing today’s students for the latest challenges in engineering and manufacturing. “We want to bring the skills they have learned in school into the manufacturing sector,” says Black. “I think it’s a great way for students to learn real-world technology and apply it once they leave.”

Omron Foundation has been supporting the Cullen College’s electrical and computer engineering students since 2010, when it established the Omron Scholarship in electrical engineering and sponsored a team of students applying their engineering knowledge to real-world industry problems in the Capstone Design course. Omron also provides one-on-one mentoring to UH engineering students.

About University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning, groundbreaking research and strategic industry partnerships.

Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city and one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse regions in the country, UH is a federally designated Hispanic- and Asian-American-Serving institution with enrollment of more than 46,000 students.

About OMRON Foundation, Inc.
Founded in 1989, OMRON Foundation, Inc. (OFI) coordinates the charitable efforts of OMRON offices in the US to achieve the greatest positive social impact. The Foundation is funded by OMRON’s subsidiaries in the US, which contribute a portion of sales revenue to the Foundation. The Foundation divides its charitable resources among organizations benefiting education, people with disabilities, cultural programs, health, and other social concerns including disaster relief.

OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation based on its core technology of “Sensing & Control + Think.” Established in 1933, OMRON has about 36,000 employees worldwide, working to provide products and services in 117 countries. The company’s business fields cover a broad spectrum, ranging from industrial automation and electronic components to automotive electronics, social infrastructure systems, healthcare, and environmental solutions. For more information, visit OMRON’s website:

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FANUC to Demonstrate its Easy to Use Cobots at Amazon’s re:MARS Conference

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FANUC America, the leading supplier of robotics, CNCs and ROBOMACHINEs has expanded its line of easy to use collaborative robots to include six models. Look for FANUC at Amazon’s re:MARS Tech Showcase (June 4-7 in Las Vegas) where we’ll demonstrate how easy it is to program and use a FANUC CR-7iA collaborative robot.

FANUC’s series of power and force limiting collaborative robots can handle 4-35 kg payloads and a 550-1813 mm reach. Easy to program and use – even for those with little or no experience – FANUC’s cobots are equipped with FANUC’s iHMI intuitive touch screen user interface that includes step-by-step programming instructions right from the teach pendant. Simple and straightforward programming helps reduce costs associated with operator training, minimizes setup time and increases system productivity. In addition, FANUC’s Hand Guidance feature allows operators to teach a collaborative robot by leading it through paths at the press of a button and/or use it to lift heavy objects manually.

FANUC’s six cobot models combine world-renowned automation technology, proven reliability and very sensitive built-in sensors that allow them to work safely alongside people in a variety of industrial/manufacturing jobs including machine tending, dispensing, inspection, kitting, palletizing, e-commerce, and more. In addition, FANUC’s collaborative robots are equipped with intelligent options such as iRVision® and force sensing.

“We offer the industry’s widest range of collaborative robots in terms of payload, reach and speed options,” said Amanda Nixon, collaborative robot product manager, FANUC America. “In addition, our cobots are very easy to program with FANUC’s Hand Guidance or the iHMI touch screen, and provide easy plug-and-play for intelligent options like vision and force sensing. No other cobot brand in the world can offer what FANUC provides to our customers, including lifetime product support.”

Learn more about FANUC’s line of easy to use collaborative robots at:

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 productivity, reliability and profitability.

FANUC embraces a culture of “Service First” which means that customer service is our highest priority. We are committed to supplying our customers with parts and support for the life of their FANUC products.

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, Monterrey, and Queretaro, Mexico. For more information, please call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287) or visit our website: Also, connect with us on YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.


FANUC America Corporation PR contacts:

Cathy Powell
Public Relations and Communications Manager
FANUC America Corporation
T: 248-377-7570

Derek Sheedy
Marketing Communications Specialist – CNC
FANUC America Corporation
T: 847-898-5679

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Eurotech to Offer FANUC Training Webinar and Onsite Training in June

By listening to our customers’ needs, Eurotech has established a value that delivers more benefits to our customers than anything else in the industry, benefiting companies such as G.E., Pitney Bowes, Parker Hannifen, Goodrich Aerospace, Honeywell, Westinghouse, Stryker, Timken, Smith Nephew, Textron, Tyco, Festo, Gates, Beretta, Bennelli, Taurus, Remington, Ferrari, Perazzi, Keltec, Infinity, Sako and many others.

For over 30 years we have offered FREE lifetime training to our valued customers as well as free engineering phone support. We have found this to be an important factor in helping our customers become profitable. Thousands of CNC machinists have trained at our FREE Eurotech College.

NOTE: We are now offering webinar program training and the webinar training is free to all attendees (limited to the first 30 sign ups). Click here to learn more about webinar training>

Classes ran by Eurotech’s Engineering Manager, Larry Greenawalt, programming expert since 1984.

  • Factory Certified Training
  • Proven to Increase ROI
  • Reduces Machine Downtime
  • 100% Guaranteed Better Cycle Time
  • New & Unique Ideas for Parts Processing
  • YOUR Parts in One Operation

Program Training Classes are Free to Eurotech customers. Non customers = $350 per day.

Classes are held from 8 AM to 5 PM with an hour break for lunch unless otherwise indicated. Directions, hotel recommendations, and agenda are sent upon registration.

Non Eurotech customers are welcome to attend if seats are available; an invoice will be sent upon resistration.

Learn more and sign up.

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