Some 150 guests attended a die and mould technology seminar jointly hosted by Okuma and Walter Austria at Okuma’s Technical Centre East in Parndorf, Austria. Accompanied by presentations from companies like Comdata, Nikken and TDM, Okuma and Walter demonstrated in both theory and practice the complete process chain from design to the finished part. Live demonstrations in hard machining, deep-hole drilling, thread milling and other processes complemented the lectures.
Guests had opportunities to discuss the processes during the demonstrations and at a dinner, where a band played local music. Along with Austrian attendees, visitors travelled from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary as well as Poland, Romania and Bulgaria to the seminar. Thanks to the visitor responses, the companies are planning further joint events on various topics at Okuma Technical Centre East.
Okuma Europe’s Jürgen Kläser said, “The serious technical discussions and interested queries about our presentations confirm to us that such events are an absolute must for communicating technical advances.” The company’s seminar partner agreed with that assessment. Christian Kniefacz, an applications engineer at Walter, said, “These kinds of events are an excellent platform to trade ideas with our customers.” He added that the integration of Walter’s research and development department was especially important. “At the end of the day, this is the only way we can guarantee that we always offer a solution that is adapted to the customer and is thus the optimal solution.”
Dieter Altmaninger from the CAM staff at Austrian tooling manufacturer KMB Technik Vorchforf said, “I especially liked the combination of sound and comprehensive oral presentations plus practice-oriented live demonstrations on the CNC machine tools displayed in the Okuma showroom. We were able to closely experience the different applications such as hard machining, deep-hole drilling and modern thread milling.”
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