Online Store Offers CNC Functions for Download

Okuma America has launched its App Store at myokuma.com, providing downloadable applications for CNC functionalities that are designed to increase productivity and streamline machine tool processes.

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Okuma America (Charlotte, North Carolina) has launched its App Store at myokuma.com, providing downloadable applications for CNC functionalities that are designed to increase productivity and streamline machine tool processes. To accommodate this, the company's Thinc-OSP control uses a Windows-based open architecture platform that enables the installation of PC applications. Apps will be added on an ongoing basis, and users can also create custom apps for individual needs. The company will highlight the technology in booth S-8500 at IMTS 2014, where attendees will see hands-on demonstrations and participate in a drawing to win a Microsoft Surface tablet.

Some available apps include Machine Alert, which monitors machine alarm status and automatically sends an email, text or phone message to the user when an alarm condition is activated; Part Flip Monitor, which checks to ensure the operator opens/closes the chuck before pressing cycle start for Op20 of the part flip program; Visual Assistance Support, which displays on-demand images for the operator to assist with machine setup, visual part inspection and other functions; and Scheduled Maintenance, which shows a scheduled maintenance reminder for the machine on which the app is installed.

According to the company, the App Store is intended to provide productivity gains with minimal time and resource investment in order to grow business, reduce overall costs, improve quality and compensate for scarce skilled labor.