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Friday, 16 November 2012 12:15

Grand Opening of Mori Seiki Manufacturing

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On Wednesday, November 7, Dr. Masahiko Mori, President of Mori Seiki Co., Ltd. and a member of the Supervisory Board of Gildemeister AG, addressed key members of the local government, manufacturing community and press at the ribbon cutting of the newly-built Mori Seiki Manufacturing facility. His message for the audience was one of projected continuing prosperity and support for the US manufacturing sector.

Dr. Mori referenced the new factory, a first for the company in America, as a resource not only for manufacturers seeking horizontal machining centers, but, as a collaborative partner for general manufacturing concerns, such as factory automation.

Digital Technology Laboratory

The ribbon cutting ceremony’s audience also included the staff of both Mori Seiki Manufacturing and the adjacent Digital Technology Laboratory (DTL).  Over 80 staff members are employed at DTL – an R&D center that collaborates with Mori Seiki Japan on a 24-hour work cycle to support global manufacturing solutions.  The factory and R&D center comprise a combined 291,000 sq. ft.; spread over 19.2 acres in Davis, CA, with eight additional acres reserved for future expansion.

Behind the Scenes

In addition to the ceremonial ribbon cutting, behind-the-scenes tours of the factory gave a glimpse inside the $50 million state-of-the-art facility.

Mori Seiki NHX4000, NHX5000 and NHX5500 machines are being built at the Davis, CA plant, with column and medium part machining on three NHX10000 machines installed with a linear pallet pool (LPP) system with 60 pallets.  The highly automated factory also boasts two NH6300 machines with 40 pallets that machines pallets and small castings.

The large machining area is equipped with two Toshiba MPC-B Series 5-face, high-performance machines.  With capacity for up to 180 tools and up to 44,092 lbs, this Toshiba cell controlled by DTL’s own LPS III software is able to efficiently produce large NHX Series castings, which are then cleaned by air blow robots.

The castings used in NHX production at the Davis campus come from the same foundry as the NHX machines produced at factories in Japan.  Over forty percent of the machine components are produced domestically, with spindles and ball screws being imported from Mori Seiki Japan. Domestic content will continue to be increased in the future, as additional suppliers are secured.

To maintain economic and environmental standards, the factory performs dry and minimum quantity lubricant (MQL) machining only, with chip evacuation by vacuum, in a temperature controlled facility.  Production started in July of 2012 and current capacity is 80 units per month.

NHX4000 Series Production

The NHX4000 horizontal machining center is ideal for the machining of workpieces of up to 24.8 inches by 35.4 inches, with a loading capacity of up to 880 lbs. Through an in-depth analysis of current market needs, Mori Seiki has improved the already high level of performance of the NH Series. The NHX4000 offers cutting capacity equivalent to the previous NH model, with improved features for greater productivity and efficiency.

For more information, visit: www.moriseikimfgusa.com

Monday, 16 January 2012 11:03

Get ready for iDays 2012

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Big events deserve early announcements! Innovation Days 2012, May 8-10, will be here sooner than you think. This three-day whirlwind of technology demonstrations, expert seminars and valuable one-on-one consultation drew more than 2,000 attendees last year—and we’re planning for another winning event this year.

Held at the DMG / Mori Seiki USA headquarters outside of Chicago, Innovation Days 2012 will again focus on cutting-edge advances in machine technology, software, tooling, programming techniques and automation—all aimed to help manufacturers remain productive and competitive.

Attendees at last year’s event had access to more than 40 dynamic machining demos, 11 technical seminars and the expertise of DMG / Mori Seiki USA engineers and other respected metalworking professionals from across the industry. Hospitality events drew crowds with fantastic catering, drinks and entertainment.

Mark your calendar for this year’s event, and keep your eyes open for additional details, invitations and information on how to register.

For more information, visit: www.dmgmoriseikiusa.com/events

The DMU 60 eVo is the newest model in DMG’s successful eVo Series – having already sold more than 3,000 units throughout the world. In recent years, there has been growing demand for manufacturing complex workpieces, particularly in the aircraft and medical equipment industries.  Mori Seiki and DMG, the world’s largest manufacturers of 5-Axis machines, have launched the DMU 60 eVo in order to meet this demand.

The distinctive features of the DMU 60 eVo include a revolutionary gantry design for highest rigidity and precision, improved swivel rotary table, space saving design and optional linear motor drive.

The DMU 60 eVo has a gantry construction in which the X and Y axes are placed in the upper part of the machine. This construction enables the machine to minimize spindle overhang and increase stability and rigidity, thereby maintaining high precision. Additionally, the optimally positioned Y-axis saddle and the rounded design for the front of the machine provide efficient setups and outstanding accessibility to the working area from two sides.

The eVo Series’ proven swivel rotary table has been further strengthened. The 600 x 500 mm swivel rotary table (corner: f630 mm) maintains the successful design concept, while doubling the loading capacity to 400 kg. With a swivel range from -5°to +110°, the machine is capable of handling a wide range of machining. Turning specifications with a C-axis rotational speed of 1,000 min-1 (FD specifications) are also available as an option.

A standard DMU 60 eVo uses a ball screw drive for the X and Y axes (rapid traverse rate: 50 m/min). The optional linear motor drive (rapid traverse rate: 80 m/min) is ideal for customers who need even greater efficiency. The linear motor drive offers high speed and high acceleration feed, and achieves superb positioning accuracy, with a positioning error only one-tenth of that of the ball screw drive. Additionally, the machine uses fewer consumable parts, which requires less maintenance.

With a footprint of 6.1 m2, the DMU 60 eVo is the most compact machine in its class.  And, due to the machine's unique construction, the footprint stays almost the same, regardless of the size of the tool magazine.

For more information, visit: www.dmg.com/en,milling,dmu-60-evo-linear

Mori Seiki is pleased to announce a new development initiative that would bring machine tool manufacturing to North America. Groundbreaking on the new plant in Davis, CA will take place on June 22, 2011.

Talks of development in the United States is based on the possibility of continuing decrease in the exchange rate between the US and Japan.  Dr. Masahiko Mori asserts, “If the value of the US dollar declines, it will become fiscally advantageous to manufacture machine tools in North America, eliminating the cost of importing from Japan.”  The addition of a new North American factory could be expected to offset any disparity in the exchange rate between the two currencies and would ensure Mori Seiki customers the continued quality, precision and value they have come to expect in their machine purchase.

Mori Seiki currently operates a total of four factories in the Nara, Mie and Chiba prefectures of Japan. The company’s prospective manufacturing presence in North America would build upon an existing overseas unit in Le Locle, Switzerland (DIXI Machines).  Mori Seiki acquired DIXI in 2007 to manufacture and market products under the DIXI brand, but also to expand its capacity in order to manufacture and sell Mori Seiki branded products.

The projected addition of a new North American factory would raise Mori Seiki's total monthly output capacity by approximately 100 units to slightly more than 900, preparing Mori Seiki for the anticipated global expansion of machine tool sales in the coming decade.

Manufacturing in the US would enhance the company’s existing infrastructure in North America.  Engineering operations are already established in the US at the Digital Technology Laboratories (DTL) in Davis, CA.  Software and machinery has been designed at DTL since 2000, when the group was launched.  Today, the group boasts over 80 employees; the creation of a North American manufacturing plant would create further opportunity for R&D collaboration in the US.

Mori Seiki remains focused not only on R&D and production, but also on installation and proper maintenance.  Mori Seiki’s recent launch of the Mori360 Total Support package in the United States and Canada highlights the company’s commitment to complete customer service.  Mr. Thomas R. Dillon, President of Mori Seiki USA, says “The integration of North American production into operations represents a continued effort to increase Mori Seiki machine tool value and total customer satisfaction.”

Dr. Masahiko Mori reinforces this statement, pledging that, “Relocating a plant abroad is not enough; we must provide the best in high-quality product, service and support to machine shops all over the world.”

Through this development, Mori Seiki would increase their presence both in the US market and globally.  Plant development and other key corporate arrangements have not yet been finalized.

Mori Seiki produces extremely reliable machine tools and distributes worldwide. The American headquarters is in Chicago with offices in Boston, Toronto, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Curitiba, Brazil, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Monterrey, Mexico, Mexico City, São Paulo, Brazil, Seattle and San Francisco.

For more about Mori Seiki and the products in the Mori Seiki line, visit: www.moriseikius.com

Mark Mohr has been appointed President, DMG / Mori Seiki USA.  In his new role at the Hoffman Estates, IL Headquarters, Mohr will oversee operations of all Technical Centers across the country to optimize the value of the DMG and Mori Seiki collaboration in America.

As President, Mohr will continue focusing on the importance of total customer care and the advantages of DMG /Mori Seiki 360 Support.  He will work in tandem with Randall Harland, newly appointed Executive Vice President, National Sales, in leading the company’s domestic sales of DMG and Mori Seiki equipment, with both reporting to Natsuo (Jim) Okada, President of Mori Seiki Americas.

Previously, Mohr served as Executive Vice President, Service and Parts for DMG / Mori Seiki USA.   Prior to the April 2010 collaboration between Gildemeister and Mori Seiki, Mohr had held positions as both Vice President, Engineering of Mori Seiki USA and President of the former Mori Seiki Mid-American Sales Group.  With fifteen years of prior experience in the machine tool business, he first joined Mori Seiki in 2002 as Sales Manager in the Chicago Technical Center.  

“With these changes, our operation’s priority of customer satisfaction remains the same,” says Mohr.  “The entire organization is focused on continuing the development of the DMG / Mori Seiki collaboration in all areas -- R&D, technology, education, service, parts and partner products.”

Mohr is the successor to Thomas R. Dillon, who has taken on the recently created role of Vice Chairman.  With over thirty years of manufacturing leadership, Dillon has fostered tremendous growth—and spearheaded the US efforts in one of the most important machine tool collaborations in DMG and Mori Seiki’s history.

As Vice Chairman, says Dillon, “Customers will continue to be my number one priority, and in my new role, I will be advocating for them.” Specifically, Dillon will act as a distributor liaison to provide another channel of direct communication between DMG / Mori Seiki USA and its customers.

On Mark Mohr’s appointment, Dillon says, “He has been a terrific leader for Mori Seiki and DMG / Mori Seiki USA and I’m confident that his many qualities will be an asset to our continuing success.”

DMG / Mori Seiki offers extremely reliable machine tools that are distributed worldwide. DMG / Mori

Seiki’s American headquarters is in Chicago with offices in Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, San Francisco and Seattle.

For more about DMG / Mori Seiki USA and the products in the DMG / Mori Seiki line, visit www.dmgmoriseikiusa.com or call (847) 593-5400.

A new joint technical center in Houston will showcase DMG and Mori Seiki machine tools and technology for the energy and oil field industries. The official grand opening will be held June 21 & 22.

The 22,500 sq ft facility is one of the largest of Ellison’s 21 locations across the U.S and Canada and includes a full staff of over 25 service, application and sales engineers, including engineering support staff from DMG / Mori Seiki USA.

“Our vision for this tech center is to provide a place where our customers have access to the latest in machine tool technology, engineering services, automation, and robotics,” said Kevin Flanagan, President of Ellison Technologies Texas. “From the moment they walk in, we want them to have the ultimate manufacturing experience and leave with the ideas and tools to make their company more efficient, productive, and most of all, profitable.”

The 6,500 sq ft showroom was designed to demonstrate the latest in DMG and Mori Seiki technology and advanced machining processes. Customers will be able to see live demonstrations on technology specific to their business and create an opportunity for customer process testing and development. The facility also features a state-of-the-art training and media area for customer seminars, product demonstrations and training sessions.

Ellison Technologies and DMG / Mori Seiki support engineers will be onsite to supply customers with engineering services including test cuts, turnkeys, and accessory integration. The nearby DMG / Mori Seiki distribution center in Dallas houses more than $125 million in spare parts.

“Not only was our tech center designed around our customers but also for our employees,” said Flanagan. “We have the best and most highly-skilled people in the industry and it’s important for us to provide them the tools and environment to remain innovated and inspired.  It’s truly the collaboration of people, technology, and engineering solutions that differentiates us from the competition.”

For more information and to register, visit: www.etgrandopening.com

Friday, 17 June 2011 08:43

iDays Student Day A Success

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Educational outreach efforts play a key part in promoting manufacturing career paths. As such, in cooperation with the Golden Corridor Manufacturing Group and the Village of Hoffman Estates, DMG / Mori Seiki USA presented a program to students from District 214 to provide information on and promote careers in the manufacturing community.

Student Day featured demonstrations geared toward youth, to spark an interest in the math, science and technology behind manufacturing. A representative from The National Robotics League (NRL) gave a battle robot exhibition developed to prompt curiosity and insight into robotics technology. NRL’s founding organization, the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), designed the league, in part, to overcome popular myths about manufacturing – most notably, that manufacturing is a dirty or boring career choice. Instead, attendees saw that manufacturing is high-tech, exciting, financially rewarding and growing.

For more information visit: www.dmgmoriseikiusa.com

Austech will be remembered as the show with a strong attendance generating huge numbers of sales leads and purchase agreements. Austech organiser AMTIL reports that Austech and National Manufacturing Week (NMW) attracted a total of around 12,000 visitors from 24 to 27 May 2011. This represents growth of 10 to 15% over the comparable 2009 event. Almost all of the exhibitors were pleased with the results of the show, which surely reflects the strong economic recovery in the major industrial markets around the globe.

For DMG/Mori Seiki Australia, Austech proved to be very successful this year with more than 10 machines sold over the four days of the show. At the DMG/Mori Seiki stand over 1000 trade visitors sought information on trend-setting technologies as well as on industry-focused solutions for the aerospace, automotive, medical and mining sectors.

German machine tool builder GILDEMEISTER AG commenced joint sales and services with the Japanese machine tool manufacturer Mori Seiki Co Ltd in Australia on 1 March 2010. The joint company DMG/Mori Seiki Australia plans to increase its market share in Australia and New Zealand to more than 50% in the next one or two years, explained Dr. Jens Hardenacke, CEO - Cooperation Markets at DMG/Mori Seiki.

“We plan to grow stronger than our competitors and to become the market leader in the Australian and NZ market, if not this year then latest next year and we want to manifest our position here. In terms of growth, we plan a 2-digit growth in sales within the next three years,” Mr Hardenacke said. “In the Asia-Pacific region we experienced a 50% growth per year over the past two years, and we plan to grow our business by more than 50% again this year. Although Europe is performing extremely well, we see greater potential in the Asia-Pacific region.” 

The array of machine tools presented by DMG/Mori Seiki was one of the eye-opening exhibits at this year’s Austech exhibition in Melbourne. The 6 DMG and Mori Seiki machines on display ranged from milling centres and turn/mills to multi-axis machining centres in horizontal, vertical and universal configurations.

The newly developed DMU 65 monoBLOCK, offering the entry into the high-tech world of simultaneous 5-axis machining, generated a lot of interest among visitors and was sold off the stand. Previously, the complexity and expense of 5-axis machine tools limited their application to only the most sophisticated and well-funded factories. Today, though, the versatile machines are finding use in shops of nearly every size and description, and advancing technology continually improves their performance.

“We see huge growth potential for our 5-axis high-end machine tools in Australia,” said Mr Hardenacke. “We exhibited the DMU 65 monoBLOCK and Mori Seiki’s X-Class series during this year’s Austech, offering a high-end machine at a better price compared to its predecessors. But we also see potential for entry-level machines, our ECOLINE. We can now attack the market from two sides, the lower-end and high-end.”

The design of the economy version of the DMG turning and milling machines is based on the idea of delivering proven DMG quality at the best possible price by combining consistent standardisation, simple and reliable construction methods and state-of-the-art 3D control technology. While the universal turning machines in the CTX eco series have already become the international top sellers at DMG, the latest winning model in the ECOLINE world is the new CNC universal milling machine DMU 50 eco, which was also exhibited at this year’s Austech exhibition.

Mori Seiki’s recently launched NTX2000 high-precision, high-efficiency integrated mill/turn centre also proved to be a crowd puller, as well as the NLX2500, the first model to be released from the new X-Class series – a CNC lathe packed with extensive features including high rigidity, measures against thermal displacement, energy saving, space saving, MAPPS IV + ESPRIT, and compliance with safety standards.

For more information visit: www.dmgmoriseiki.com or www.austechexpo.com.au

On May 2, Rolls-Royce held the grand opening event for its new 180,000-square-foot “Crosspointe” plant, located near Petersburg, Va. As the company’s largest U.S. manufacturing facility, the plant has been an exciting undertaking—one which will eventually create an estimated 500 new jobs.

The facility also encompasses the Commonwealth Center of Advanced Manufacturing—an R&D venture on behalf of Rolls-Royce, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

To machine the aircraft engine discs that make up the factory’s primary production, the facility will employ three DMC 125 FD machines. These were on full display at the grand opening event, as Jim Guyette, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America, and Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell pressed the cycle start button on the machine and the audience watched it cut the plant’s first disk.

Media in attendance had plenty of photo opportunities as Guyette and Governor McDonnell spoke in front of the machines. Ellison and DMG / Mori Seiki USA representatives were also at the event.

To view photos of the event visit: www.flickr.com/photos/governorva/sets/72157626508590399/show

After a whirlwind three days, Innovation Days 2011 has come to a close, leaving attendees to return home with fresh ideas on increasing their productivity and profits.

More than 2,000 guests attended the event to get a peek at the DMG / Mori Seiki USA Hoffman-Estates headquarters, and enjoy more than 40 dynamic machining demos, 11 enlightening seminars and expertise from respected metalworking professionals from across the industry.

Attendees ranged from loyal DMG / Mori Seiki USA customers to prospects interested in purchasing their first DMG or Mori Seiki machine. In addition to DMG / Mori Seiki USA engineers and executives, a range of other industry experts—including big names such as Boeing and Siemens and DMG / Mori Seiki USA Qualified Products partners—were on hand, interacting one-on-one with guests for an enlightening and personal show experience.

Attendees we talked with were impressed by the new technologies they saw, including the Ultrasonic and LASERTEC series, and their potential applications. The new X-Class machines and the massive DMU 210 P also impressed.

Progress in peripherals, tooling and new applications was another exciting show highlight. Greg Hyatt, VP of Engineering and Chief Technical Officer at DMG / Mori Seiki USA, along with representatives from Sandvik, Seco and Kennametal, gave a “Technology Preview” seminar on these advances.

One segment of the seminar highlighted a new technique for high-performance gear milling. This exciting capability, shown in live demos on the DMU 210 P, allows manufacturers to machine large gears on five-axis machines with a single setup, using standard CAD/CAM and post-processing software and off-the-shelf tooling. One attendee commented that this technique could easily triple his throughput.

The seminar and several demos also covered three recent DMG / Mori Seiki USA Machine Technology Laboratory (MTL) developments. The first was a new spinning tool designed for use with milling spindles on mill-turn machines. The spinning tool provides a constantly changing point of contact, decreasing tool temperature and wear. Axial loading of the tool eliminates vibration and chatter for increased productivity and better finish quality.

Another MTL technology, HydroGage, uses water pressure to enable fast, accurate measurement of parts in the machine with closed-loop feedback. The final MTL technology on display, grind hardening, allows machinists to heat-treat parts on mill-turn machines using a grinding wheel. The process lowers heat-treating costs by delivering a dramatic reduction of energy consumption and better quality thanks to a reduction in distortion.

Of course, no event would be complete without great food and a little fun. Attendees enjoyed diverse spreads of sushi, meats and cheeses, BBQ, Italian and more over the course of the show.

Mori Seiki President Dr. Masahiko Mori and newly appointed DMG / Mori Seiki USA President Mark Mohr were on hand throughout the event, and expressed great satisfaction over the turnout and customer engagement, as well as excitement for the near future of the company.

Couldn’t make it? Visit www.iDays2011.com for a recap of the seminar topics and machine demos.

DMG / Mori Seiki USA has announced the annual Innovation Days event will take place at the company’s Headquarters and Chicago Technical Center on May 3 – 5, 2011 where progressive machine technology will collide with the latest tooling, automation, software, training and application strategies. Manufacturers will have the opportunity to experience everything needed to stay at the forefront of manufacturing - all in one place.

This once-yearly event gives machine tool users access to over thirty live cutting demonstrations and dozens of engineers specializing in advanced machining solutions. Technical seminars at the three-day event will be presented by industry experts and span several productivity-boosting topics including: Expanding Production, Shop Floor Networking & Communication, Machine Tools for the Future, Practical Strategies for Reducing Set Up Times and Laser and Ultrasonic Use In New Markets.

Other presentations will encompass a wide variety of topics, including technical and new product seminars, as well as peer learning sessions. Cutting demonstrations will concentrate on the newest DMG and Mori Seiki equipment with process integration, automation and complex machining, as well as partner companies exhibiting tooling, software and accessories.

“We continue in the tradition of past Innovation Days by presenting the biggest event of the year,” said Thomas R Dillon, President of DMG / Mori Seiki USA. “Visitors will have the chance to see how the outstanding results of our collaboration efforts continue to benefit them in every area, including technology, engineering solutions, training, service, and parts."

Also highlighted at Innovation Days 2011 will be the innovative new products from DMG / Mori Seiki’s engineering group, Machining Technology Laboratory (MTL). MTL realized significant accomplishments in the past year and will exhibit several of them, including the use of Mori Seiki’s own patented water gauge technology, the Hydrogage, on the DMG Sprint 42 linear machine. MTL’s mission to develop disruptive technologies that offer a solution beyond the machine is embodied in the revolutionary work that will be presented on both Mori Seiki and DMG equipment at the exhibition.

Showcased at the event will be the new X-Class Series of machines from Mori Seiki. The X-Class, which successfully debuted in the US at IMTS 2010, has quickly become in demand for its unprecedented levels of precision, quality and reliability at an affordable price with the flexibility to meet changing customer needs.

For more information and to register to attend Innovation Days, visit http://www.idays2011.com

Combining the technology of a world-class machine tool builder with the expertise of a renowned Research & Development facility, Mori Seiki’s Digital Technologies Laboratory (DTL) will demonstrate the industry’s leading-edge machining methods at the annual INNTERCONNECT showcase taking place on April 7 & 8 in Davis, CA.

This once-yearly event gives machine tool users access to over 80 engineers specializing in software development, programming and shop floor networking solutions. Technical seminars at the two-day event will be presented by industry specialists and span several innovative topics including: Solutions for Sustainable Manufacturing, Expanding Production, Shop Floor Communications & Connectivity, Changing Strategies in the Dental Market and Applications for Laser Machining Technology.

A limited number of small-group presentations will be given to exhibit new strategies, tips and tricks from the experts with programming and networking challenges. Sessions will be repeated daily on: Manufacturing Suite for Post Processing & Simulation, Shop Floor Networking with Ethernet IP, Best Programming Practices in Esprit CAD/CAM and Flexible Manufacturing Systems (LPS-III for Linear Pallet Pools).

DMG / Mori Seiki USA’s inventive machining solutions will be demonstrated, with over ten opportunities to see live cutting. Machines both small and large will be highlighted, including Mori Seiki’s NMV1500DCG, NL2000SY and NH8000, as well as DMG’s DMU50, Ultrasonic 10 and CTX Beta 1250 TC.

Discover new technologies that are redefining manufacturing productivity in the age of information at the DTL INTERCONNECT event. Register early at http://www.DTLevent.com, as space is limited.

Since 2000, DTL has created high-performance and low-cost solutions for clients by providing innovative analysis methodologies, advanced mechanical design techniques and high-performance software solutions. Created to help Mori Seiki provide customers with high added value and the best possible machining solutions, DTL has shortened the product development cycle and improved the quality of new machines.

DMG / Mori Seiki offers extremely reliable machine tools that are distributed worldwide. DMG / Mori Seiki’s American headquarters is in Chicago with offices in Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, San Francisco and Seattle. For more about DMG / Mori Seiki USA and the products in the DMG / Mori Seiki line, visit http://www.dmgmoriseikiusa.com or call (847) 593-5400.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 11:22

DMG / MORI SEIKI Australia appoints new President

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DMG/ MORI SEIKI, Australia’s leading CNC machine tool provider, has appointed Stefan Weiwadel as its new President. Together with Vice President and QCD Manager Wada Tetsuji, Mr Weiwadel will lead the company’s expansion efforts into new and existing markets. He brings to the job an impressive track record for success, having served more than 25 years at leading international tooling companies where he held multiple executive positions.

Mr Weiwadel has extensive experience in cutting and machine tool technology sales, and prior to joining DMG / MORI SEIKI in July 2010 as General Manager for the South-East-Asian market, he spent two years as General Manager with a local company in Singapore.

After German machine tool builder GILDEMEISTER AG commenced joint sales and services with the Japanese machine tool manufacturer Mori Seiki Co Ltd in Australia on 1 March 2010, the joint company DMG / Mori Seiki Australia is now market leader in Australia, and plans to increase its market share to 50%, Mr Weiwadel says.

“While we see huge potential for growth in the mining industry in WA and QLD as well as general engineering in all states, I believe we will see long-term growth coming from the local aerospace sector,” Mr Weiwadel says. He anticipates positive impacts on DMG / MORI SEIKI sales through the Joint Force Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, which has recently been restructured. The Australian Government approved the acquisition of the first 14 aircraft in November 2009 and the first two aircraft will be delivered in 2014.

With the combined strength of two leading global machine tool builders, DMG / MORI SEIKI offers solutions for 95% of all metalcutting applications. While the company offers high-end, quality CNC lathes, 5-axis milling machines, mill/turns and ultrasonic laser machines, not all machines come with the high price tag, Mr Weiwadel emphasises.

“We work closely with our customers to ensure that they have the best possible solutions for their machining needs,” he says. “When it comes to economical turning and milling products, DMG offers its ECOLINE range of machines. The idea behind the design is to deliver DMG’s usual high quality standard through consistent standardisation and a simple, reliable machine construction that has an unbeatable price-performance ratio.”

Moreover, Mori Seiki has launched its new X-Class series range of machines, which covers the NTX1000 and NTX2000 mill-turn centres, the NHX horizontal machining centres, the NLX2500 CNC lathes, and the NVX5000 vertical machining centres. The NLX2500 Series CNC lathe was the first machine to be launched in the X-Class, optimised to ensure high rigidity, longer tool life, and the capability to perform heavy duty cutting operations.

Mr Weiwadel and Mr Wada join the company at a time when a growing number of companies in Australia get ready to get involved in major international projects and are gearing up to face competition from not only Asia, but also Europe and the US, where manufacturers who have survived the GFC have done so by streamlining their processes.
“Faced with this increased competition, Australian manufacturers must become even smarter with their manufacturing techniques, and DMG/Mori Seiki is the right partner for companies seeking greater production efficiencies,” Mr Weiwadel says.

About DMG / MORI SEIKI
DMG and Mori Seiki, two worldwide leading machine tool manufacturers, closely collaborate in Australia and plenty of other markets around the globe. The strategic partnership includes production, purchasing, research and development as well as sales and service in selected markets and customer financing. The company manufactures and sells high precision machining centres, turning centres and multi 5-axis machines as well as ULTRASONIC / LASERTEC Technologies. Product lines include DMG, Mori Seiki, Taiyo Koki vertical grinders and DIXI ultra-high-precision machining centres.

Contact:

DMG Mori Seiki Australia Pty Ltd
6 - 6 Garden Road
Clayton, 3168, VIC
Phone: 03 8545 0900
Fax:      03 9561 4999
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A new joint technical center in Houston will showcase DMG and Mori Seiki machine tools and technology for the energy and oil field industries. The official grand opening will be held in early 2011.

The 22,500 sq ft facility is one of the largest of Ellison’s 21 locations across the U.S and Canada and includes a full staff of over 25 service, application and sales engineers, including engineering support staff from DMG / Mori Seiki USA.

“Our vision for this tech center is to provide a place where our customers have access to the latest in machine tool technology, engineering services, automation, and robotics,” said Kevin Flanagan, President of Ellison Technologies Texas. “From the moment they walk in, we want them to have the ultimate manufacturing experience and leave with the ideas and tools to make their company more efficient, productive, and most of all, profitable.”

The 6,500 sq ft showroom was designed to demonstrate the latest in DMG and Mori Seiki technology and advanced machining processes. Customers will be able to see live demonstrations on technology specific to their business and create an opportunity for customer process testing and development. The facility also features a state-of-the-art training and media area for customer seminars, product demonstrations and training sessions.

Ellison Technologies and DMG / Mori Seiki support engineers will be onsite to supply customers with engineering services including test cuts, turnkeys, and accessory integration. The nearby DMG / Mori Seiki distribution center in Dallas houses more than $125 million in spare parts.

“Not only was our tech center designed around our customers but also for our employees,” said Flanagan. “We have the best and most highly-skilled people in the industry and it’s important for us to provide them the tools and environment to remain innovated and inspired. It’s truly the collaboration of people, technology, and engineering solutions that differentiates us from the competition.”

About DMG / Mori Seiki USA
DMG / Mori Seiki offers extremely reliable machine tools that are distributed worldwide. DMG / Mori Seiki’s American headquarters is in Chicago with offices in Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco. For more about DMG / Mori Seiki USA and the products in the DMG / Mori Seiki line, visit www.dmgmoriseikiusa.com or call (847) 593-5400.

About Ellison Technologies
Ellison Technologies is the largest machine tool distributor in North America, representing 80% of the metal cutting market. With 21 locations across the U.S and Canada, Ellison is committed to the success and growth of the North American manufacturing industry. In addition to distributing the latest CNC machine tool technology, Ellison provides engineering service and parts support, robotic automation, and machine tool financing.

Contact:

DMG/ Mori Seiki USA
2400 Huntington Blvd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60193
Lyndi Bandur
847.387.1146
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DMG / Mori Seiki USA exhibited the DMU 50 eco CNC 5-axis control machining center for the first time in September’s tremendously successful International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS).

The DMU 50 eco machine is designed to be the ideal 5-axis machine tool for low-cost, high-quality parts machining with a shortened delivery time. This next-generation standard machine reduces cost by also reducing fixturing and setup time while improving accuracy.

Offering excellent cost performance, the DMU 50 eco is especially advantageous for users who are introducing 5-axis machining to their manufacturing process for the first time. Equipped with the same configuration as the DMG DMU 50, the DMU 50 eco has all basic functions necessary for indexing 5-axis machining.

The DMU 50 eco uses an NC swivel rotary table with digital drives as standard. The NC swivel rotary table consists of the B-axis with the tilt angle from -5° to +110° and the C-axis that can rotate 360°. The B-axis, which can tilt another 20° from vertical position, allows back side milling and flexible indexing 5-axis machining by combining with the C-axis. Additional standard features include a maximum rotational speed of 8,000 min-1, 16 tool storage capacity and manual pulse handle. The machine also achieves both space saving and excellent operability by using a cantilevered table and wide-opening front doors, offering excellent accessibility to the table, thereby maximizing productivity per unit area.

Furthermore, the DMU 50 eco is an even greater value because it is now covered by DMG / Mori Seiki USA’s comprehensive customer service plan, including a 24-or-FREE guarantee for replacement parts and 2-year warranty. Other DMG models that are covered, effective September 1, 2010, by the 24-or-FREE guarantee and the 2-year warranty in the US include: DuraTurn eco, DuraVertical eco, CTX beta TC, DMU 60 monoblock and the DMU 50.

DMG / Mori Seiki USA’s attention to customer satisfactions goes beyond standard service by providing a value-added package for customer support. The extensive 2-year warranty applies to the aforementioned six DMG models, as well as all new Mori Seiki model purchases and includes all replacement parts for the first 2 years of machine tool ownership. The 2-year parts warranty is further enhanced by the 24-or-FREE guarantee on replacement parts. The guarantee promises that if any current model Mori Seiki or select model DMG machine is inoperable, the required part will be shipped within 24 hours or that part is free.

DMG / Mori Seiki offers extremely reliable machine tools that are distributed worldwide. DMG / Mori
Seiki’s American headquarters is in Chicago with offices in Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Seattle and San Francisco. For more about DMG / Mori Seiki USA and the products in the DMG / Mori Seiki line, visit http://www.dmgmoriseikiusa.com or call (847) 593-5400.

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