“Five axis reduces part handling and the time needed to build fixtures, we’ve actually gone from two weeks to just two hours on some jobs”
– Leemark Enterprises

Okuma MU-8000V Vertical Machining Center

By Show Metalworking Technology Along the way, McCaughrin decided he needed different technology if he were to remain competitive in mouldmaking. In 2004, he called Okuma distributor EMEC Machine Tools Inc., and purchased an MB-46 VAE vertical machining centre. “Dah Lih still has a place in our shop,” he says. “They’re workhorses, and I love them..”

Leemark now has six Okumas, including an LB200-M lathe, a Genos M-560V vertical machining centre, and a four axis MB-4000H horizontal with a spindle speed of 15,000 rpm. The most recent machine is a definite departure from tradition, however: an Okuma MU-8000V five axis machining centre that hit the floor in January, 2016. Since that time, the company has been on a learning curve, although it’s not quite as steep as some would expect.

The Problem:

  • Reducing manufacturing lead time from weeks to hours

The Solution:

  • Five axis, high speed universal machining technology