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120-Meter Long FMS in New Okuma Plant

By: Peter Zelinski
25. November 2013

With a broad product line and the need to meet tight delivery requirements, machine tool builder Okuma faces a challenge many of its customers would recognize. Namely: the need to manufacture responsively in an environment of high product variety and low production volumes. A new manufacturing facility in Oguchi, Japan is the company’s response to this challenge.

Automation is used extensively in this plant, particularly flexible manufacturing systems. Various lines consist of multiple machining centers united by Fastems pallet loading systems. This is true even for the largest machined part numbers. A cell 120 meters long consists of a pallet system uniting four large double-column machining centers. Read more about the company’s new “DS1” facility

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