Okuma Collaborates with GE Digital to Connect Manufacturing Machines to the Industrial Internet

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Manufacturers can incorporate real-time insights, data collection and analytics for superior CNC manufacturing performance.

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Okuma showcasing GE Predix at JIMTOF 2016, Tokyo, Japan.

We developed a PC-based, open architecture CNC to allow companies to easily connect and write software, allowing for creative ways to interface with our machine tools.

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, announces their collaboration with GE Digital (NYSE: GE) to provide solutions that connect and control manufacturing machines on the plant floor by embedding GE Digital’s Predix operating system for the Industrial Internet on Okuma machines.

GE Digital’s Predix platform enables Okuma to offer customers a global, cloud-based data collection service tailored and optimized for data from machine tools and the metal cutting process. Predix combines cutting-edge technology and GE’s decades of industry experience into a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) targeted to securely ingest machine-grade data at scale and analyzes it to deliver outcomes for customers. The Predix platform is purpose-built for developing, deploying, operating and monetizing Industrial Internet applications.

By embedding Predix on Okuma machines, asset Performance Management (APM) tools can be created for the machine so companies can move from alert-based interactions to prescriptive, analytic real-time solutions. In addition, Brilliant Manufacturing Solutions can be used for monitoring in the factory.

“We developed a PC-based, open architecture CNC to allow companies to easily connect and write software, allowing for creative ways to interface with our machine tools. By running Predix directly on our machines and providing an easy way to connect without needing any extra hardware, customers can easily get connected and take advantage of the data and analytics of the Industrial Internet,” said Yoshimaro Hanaki, President & CEO, Okuma Corporation.

“We are building an ecosystem with world-class companies who share our belief that customers benefit from the Industrial Internet,” said Paul Boris, Manufacturing Industry Leader for GE Digital. “Manufacturers both large and small, are moving quickly to take advantage of data, so connecting their machine tools is an important step to utilize the Industrial Internet in the same way consumers have leveraged the Internet for years.”

For more information on Predix visit http://www.ge.com/digital/predix.

To learn more about Okuma America Corporation visit http://www.okuma.com/americas.

About Okuma America Corporation
Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit http://www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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