Modern Machine Shop

AUG 2018

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SHOP TALK MMS AUGUST 2018 58 Industry News machining centers and Versatech double-column machining centers. The facility also devotes f loor space to performing test cuts for custom- ers. When the facility is finished in 2019, the 603,000-square-foot (56,000-square-meter) pro- duction f loor will take over operations from the Seiko plant in Kuwana City, which will serve as a machining facility for the Inabe plant. The current operations have increased Mazak's production capacity in Japan by 20 percent, and the company plans to prioritize the expansion of its production f loor to meet high levels of worldwide machine tool demand. Like the company's North American head- quarters in Florence, Kentucky, the Inabe plant will ultimately become a Mazak iSmart Factory. This concept represents the digital integration of factories with the use of state-of-the-art man- ufacturing technology. The facility will employ the MTConnect open communications protocol and Smooth Technology process support software to collect data from production f loor machines, cells, devices and processes. | Mazak Corp. | 800-231-1456 | Coherent Acquires Laser Additive Manufacturing Machine Manufacturer Coherent, provider of industrial laser-based machine tools, has recently acquired O.R. Lasert- echnologie GmbH, based in Dieburg, Germany. O.R. Lasert- echnologie produces a range of compact, high-precision tools for laser additive manufacturing, including direct metal deposi- tion (DMD) and selective layer melting (SLM) technologies, as well as systems for cutting, welding, marking and engrav- ing. The company's products are used in the dental, medical, jewelry, automotive and aero- space industries. "O.R. Lasertechnologie now gives us a complementary product line that specifically increases our solutions portfo- lio in additive manufacturing," notes Thomas Merk, executive vice president and general man- ager of industrial lasers and systems at Coherent. "Their products will integrate with our current offering because the O.R. Lasertechnologie approach is congruent with the Coherent philosophy: provide high-perfor- mance, precision systems which deliver unmatched value and ease of use." | Coherent Inc. | 408-764-4000

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