Okuma Introduces New Okuma Factory Automation Division

Appears in Print as: 'Company Launches Factory Automation Division'

Okuma America Corp. launches business segment focused on automation solutions for manufacturers


Okuma America Corp.’s Okuma MA-600HIII. Photo Credit: Okuma

Okuma America Corp.’s Okuma MA-600HIII. Photo Credit: Okuma

Okuma America Corp., a global builder of computer numeric control (CNC) machine tools, controls and automation systems, has launched a business segment created to recommend, sell and support manufacturing production line systems comprising Okuma CNC machine tools and integrated automation technologies. The division is based at the Okuma America headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The decision to launch the Okuma Factory Automation Division was in direct response to increased demand from manufacturers seeking automated machining systems and cells for their operations to address labor shortage issues and to increase production capacities. With the launch of this division, Okuma says it is optimally positioned to offer customers a broad range of Okuma machine tools and automation system pairings.

Solutions will include both proprietary and seamlessly integrated automation systems, including automated material loading and unloading systems, machine tending and industrial robotics, automated work piece pallet changers (APC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), smart manufacturing systems and more.

“The launch of the Okuma Factory Automation Division is a strategic milestone in the company’s 125-year history of creating products and services that meet customer needs of the day,” says Jim King, Okuma America president and COO. “Manufacturing has significantly evolved over the last five years with the broad adoption of automated technologies and changes in workforce trends. With our newly created Factory Automation Division, we are well positioned to advise and provide customers of all sizes with manufacturing systems to optimize their operations.”

To support the new business segment, company leaders have appointed Wade Anderson as the division’s new general manager. He has worked for Okuma for 17 years in a variety of roles, including engineering, technical sales, sales leadership, product management and technology partner relationships. Additional organizational resources will be appointed to support the division’s infrastructure and customer applications.

“For 125 years Okuma has always been on the leading edge of manufacturing technologies. As we set our sights to the future, the creation of the Okuma Factory Automation Division will foster the development and delivery of the most user-friendly OEM and industry leading partner automation solutions on the market,” Anderson says. “We have proven that automated processes deliver the highest machine tool utilization, which ultimately yields higher profits for our customers. With our goal of creating ‘Automation for All’ solutions — coupled with Okuma’s well-known quality, expertise, service and support infrastructure — there is no limit to the solutions we can provide for our valued customers.”