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    Okuma signs on as "Official Machine Tool Sponsor of the NHRA"

    Just thought I'd point this out as I'm in the same industry. As race fans or people in the business, are any of you aware of Okuma?

    Do you know anything about machine tools or companies that make them? If you know of any, name them.

    I guess you could call this some crude research I'm doing. Thanks.

    MB
    BRAWNDO - THE THIRST MUTILATOR...IT'S GOT WHAT PLANTS CRAVE!

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    Okuma Obama is the jr senator from Illinois

    I think it's cool he's signed on to be an official NHRA sponsor. I guess it is because they are so far along with their diversity plan.
    ...Always follow the money

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      MB: My father was once the Chairman of the IEEE Machine Tool Commitee, back when they actually still had a US machine tool industry. Most of those companies are now gone, or have been gutted and broken up into bits and pieces under various owners. Most of the big players these days, not surprisingly are from Asia, such as Okuma.

      Here are the names of some of the bigger boys in the market these days: Haas, Hardinge, Okuma, Cincinnati Lamb, Makino, Shenyang. There are a lot of medium and small OEM's in this arena too.

      What kind of research are you working on?

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        I've heard of a number of machine tool companies -- but I suspect you know that already.

        The you're waiting for people to list... Well, I bet it will be a long wait...
        Griz In Indy

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          Learned M Code / G Code programming on some Okumas back in the day. Can't remember the models.
          "The face of a child can say it all. Especially the mouth part of the face" - Jack Handey

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            Okuma? Isn't that the big ape in 'The Lion King?'

            Or is Okuma one of those companies that builds and sells equipment under a variety of names, some of which are sold by outfits like Harbor Freight?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jim Wilke
              Okuma? Isn't that the big ape in 'The Lion King?'

              Or is Okuma one of those companies that builds and sells equipment under a variety of names, some of which are sold by outfits like Harbor Freight?
              I doubt you'll find a $140,000 machining center at Harbor Freight.
              REAL race cars have kingpins. :p

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Griz
                I've heard of a number of machine tool companies -- but I suspect you know that already.

                The you're waiting for people to list... Well, I bet it will be a long wait...
                Haven't seen you around here in a while. And, I wasn't expecting anyone to list the manufacturer you were mentioning.
                BRAWNDO - THE THIRST MUTILATOR...IT'S GOT WHAT PLANTS CRAVE!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Media Boy
                  I wasn't expecting anyone to list the manufacturer you were mentioning.
                  Good!
                  Griz In Indy

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Shadow101
                    MB: My father was once the Chairman of the IEEE Machine Tool Commitee, back when they actually still had a US machine tool industry. Most of those companies are now gone, or have been gutted and broken up into bits and pieces under various owners. Most of the big players these days, not surprisingly are from Asia, such as Okuma.

                    Here are the names of some of the bigger boys in the market these days: Haas, Hardinge, Okuma, Cincinnati Lamb, Makino, Shenyang. There are a lot of medium and small OEM's in this arena too.

                    What kind of research are you working on?
                    Just trying to see what names people know. You've been helpful, thanks. I know MANY, MANY names in this business.
                    BRAWNDO - THE THIRST MUTILATOR...IT'S GOT WHAT PLANTS CRAVE!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Media Boy
                      Just trying to see what names people know. You've been helpful, thanks. I know MANY, MANY names in this business.

                      List could take all day ( I am in the industry also) -I can start with a few of the machine tool OEMs with associate race sponsorships that I know of:

                      AGR-Clausing/Cholchester (sp?)
                      Penske (Rusty)-Mazak
                      Hendrick Motorsports-Haas
                      Haas Motorsports-Haas
                      Joe Gibbs racing-Daewoo
                      John Force-Fadal (not sure if the sponsorship is still in effetct)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Shadow101
                        MB: My father was once the Chairman of the IEEE Machine Tool Commitee, back when they actually still had a US machine tool industry. Most of those companies are now gone, or have been gutted and broken up into bits and pieces under various owners. Most of the big players these days, not surprisingly are from Asia, such as Okuma.

                        Here are the names of some of the bigger boys in the market these days: Haas, Hardinge, Okuma, Cincinnati Lamb, Makino, Shenyang. There are a lot of medium and small OEM's in this arena too.

                        What kind of research are you working on?
                        Missed a number of the bug boys but it depends on the part of the industry you are familiar with.

                        There have been some major developments in the industry lately. Over the past six months, a US investment company-Maxcor-has purchased some of the worlds largest machine tools companies-assembling an american based machine tool company-MAG (Maxcor Automation Group) Industrial Systems. No one is sure at this point what the effect will be on the industry here in the US and Globally.

                        Some of the included companies:
                        Giddings & Lewis
                        Fadal
                        Cincinnati Lamb
                        Huller Hille
                        Cross Huller
                        Ex-Cell-O
                        Hessapp
                        Witzip & Frank

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