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Conversational Programming Now Standard on Select Okuma Machines

By Okuma Press Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 15, 2021 — Okuma America Corp., a leading builder CNC machine tools, has announced that select machines from Okuma's core product line now come equipped with the Advanced One Touch-Interactive Graphics Function (AOT-IGF), a conversational programming software designed for Okuma's lathes, machining centers and multitasking machines. AOT enables shops to create simple part designs without the need for highly-trained programmers, achieve faster setup times, and increase machine productivity, according to Okuma.

With AOT onboard, an intuitive graphical user interface provides step-by-step instructions that guide operators through the process of selecting material type, tooling, processes, and cutting motions for the desired part design. From there, the system simulates the cutting process in a 3D graphical view before exporting the NC (numeric control) program. According to Okuma, using AOT to create custom programs allows shops to maximize their machine tool's full potential, while eliminating concern regarding correct program syntax.

A key benefit of AOT is that it allows shops to get the most out of their machine tools while avoiding typical manufacturing pitfalls. Specifically, it allows users to:

  • Easily create and edit part designs directly at the machine tool
  • Follow step-by-step instructions to streamline the process of selecting material type, shape, tooling, processes and cutting motions
  • Import 2D drawings straight into AOT using the DXF (drawing exchange format) import function
  • Simulate the cutting process and show a cutting time study
  • Program conversational files and run the NC (numeric control) code
  • Import NC code straight into AOT from CAM (computer-aided machining) systems or other programs
  • Automatically post program notes for future reference
  • Perform a process restart from the conversational file, making it easier to re-run features without knowing specific line numbers to restart from

Shops that do not currently have AOT installed on their machines can give Advanced One Touch a try by downloading a free 60-day trial. The trial version is for use on a PC and will provide an interactive preview of the functionalities and benefits of the software. For more information and to download the free trial visit Okuma's AOT webpage.

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