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Okuma Laser Applications Innovate Die/Mold and Auto Parts Productivity
27 Jun 2017

In addition to the LASER EX super multitasking machines, Okuma is extending it laser applications technology in developing applications for double column machining centers and 2-saddle CNC lathes that consolidate hardening processes for automotive press dies and mass production parts applications, which have a strong market demand.

For large press die parts, Okuma developed a double-column machining center that achieves cutting and hardening in a single machine. A new attachment type laser heat treatment head was developed and mounted on the MCR-BIII. Uniform hardening is possible with NC control, significantly reducing lead time without die/mold changing.

For mass production parts machining, Okuma developed a laser heat-treatment turret and mounted it on the LU3000 EX 2-saddle CNC lathe. This makes it possible to incorporate heat treatment processes in mass production lines. Case hardening can be done in just 2 minutes, and hard-turn finishing after hardening is consolidated on a single machine, greatly reducing both lead time and line length.

The MU-8000V LASER EX, based on a 5-axis vertical machining center, and MULTUS U4000 LASER EX, based on a multitasking machine, have been developed as new additions to the LASER EX Series.

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