The MU-V LASER EX and MULTUS U LASER EX, machines in Okuma’s LASER EX Series of multitasking machines that combine laser machining technology, received one of the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun’s (Business & Technology Daily News) 2016 Best 10 New Product Awards. Best 10 New Product Awards are given to selected products for their contributions to the development of manufacturing and the strengthening of Japan’s international competitiveness. Winners are chosen from among all products developed and in practical use in a given year. This is the 13th time Okuma has received a Best 10 New Product Award in the years from 2003 to 2016.

p 170105 1

The LASER EX multitasking machines go beyond the traditional concept of a multitasking machine that performs cutting operations. These machines can perform metal additive manufacturing (3D printing), hardening and coating in addition to cutting and grinding without remounting the workpiece.

Machining efficiency can be freely controlled by steplessly changing the laser spot diameter from ø0.4 to 8.5 mm, achieving the highest performance in response to machining statuses. High-definition, thin multilayer applications of 1 mm or less, considered difficult with laser metal deposition (LMD), is also possible. The improvement in additive manufacturing efficiency is 60–80%, among the highest in the world. Precision hardening with little distortion and no hardening inconsistency and surface coating of dissimilar metals are also possible.

The LASER EX Series goes beyond the framework of traditional cutting machines and will serve core roles in next-generation smart factories.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Recipient of the 34th Machine Design Award sponsored by the Nikkan Kogyo Business &anp; Technology Daily News, Ltd., the MU-400VA embodies Okuma's Thermo-Friendly Concept and assures the extremely high accuracies guaranteed by the MB-V vertical machining center series on which it is based.

Equipped with hypoid gears and the trunnion table that make possible fast movement and high accuracy control, this Universal Center has been acclaimed for its design, which was conceived to provide high accuracy through minimal setup and removal under 5-axis control.

The Society to Honor Machine Tools of Historical Value (head office in the Museum of Industrial Technology, Nippon Institute of Technology; Chairman Sadao Moritomo) presents awards to machine tools that were continuous best-sellers or were epoch-making in a certain age and contributed to the growth of Japanese industry. The Society established the Long-Life Best-Seller Award and Best Technical Machine Award for "machine tools of historical value" with the aim of contributing to the further growth of the machine tool industry. This year (the 7th Awards), Okuma's radial drilling machine DRA-J was presented with the Long-Life Best-Seller Award. The DRA-J was manufactured from 1958 to 1977, and was the definitive radial drilling machine of its time-fast and powerful even in boring tasks. This is the third time Okuma has won this award, more than any other company. Okuma's first two awards were for the GHU-300 hydraulic universal grinder at the 3rd Awards, and the LS center lathe at the 4th Awards. These awards attest to Okuma's high standing in the industry for its approach of pursuing ease of use and productivity in the development of its machines.

The MCR-BII 35E double-column machining center for 5-sided applications won the 2004 Outstanding Product Award, which is one of the Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards. 

Award-winning product
MCR-BII 35E double-column machining center for 5-sided applications

Okuma's MCR-BII 35E . . . the ideal machine for large press dies or LCD related components

  • Effective width between columns: 3.5 m
  • Table width: 3 m
  • Y-axis travel: 4.2 m


Productivity is greatly improved—from powerful cutting to high accuracy finishing—from a machine designed with superb rigidity based on sound, square column engineering, roller/slide combination table guideways, and ram spindlehead to provide truly outstanding machining accuracy. The AAC (automatic attachment changer) changes the attachment heads to provide even more efficiency, and the edge required by the highly competitive end-user.

The Universal Center MU-500VA, Okuma's 5-axis multitasking vertical machining center, has won a Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Top 10 New Products Award.

The Top 10 New Products Awards are presented every year through careful selection to the most outstanding new products developed and commercialized in Japan. The awards given this year are Special Awards to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.

This is the third consecutive year Okuma has won a Top 10 New Products Award; the fifth consecutive year of the Machine Design Awards, also presented by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, are included.