Double Column Roughs and Finishes Press Dies in One Setup

The MCR-S double column machining center from Okuma America Corporation reduces cycle time by 25%.


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Okuma America's MCR-S double column machine Photo Credit: Okuma America Corp.

CNC machine tool manufacturer Okuma America Corp. (Charlotte, North Carolina), debuts the MCR-S double column machining center (DCMC), which roughs and finishes press dies in one setup and is designed for heavy-duty machining of process-intensive press dies. It features full 5-face and 5-axis machining and is excellent for die repair work.

The MCR-S is also said to accommodate a wide range of stamping die requirements making it an ideal fit for the automotive and aerospace industries. It can easily handle hardened cast iron, nonferrous and exotic materials.

Maximum productivity and accuracy are achieved through various intelligent technologies and innovations. For example, the MCR-S one setup process achieves a 25% reduction in cycle time compared to similar models by utilizing faster cutting feed rates and spindle speeds, and eliminating the process-intensive steps of manually finishing a die. Okuma’s Thermo-Friendly technology reduces heat in the machining process and compensates for any ambient temperature changes, allowing for continuous long runs of cutting without comprising accuracy. The Hyper-Surface feature detects and automatically compensates surface disturbances in the part program to eliminate streaks or stripes for a high-quality surface finish, and innovative die-alignment processing reduces concave/convex die-alignment times.

Okuma adds that its MCR-S won a “2019 Best 10 New Products” award by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun (Business & Technology Daily News).