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information directly to and from our control in operation. For instance, there are currently two alarm monitoring apps that will send you an e-mail or text message if the machine has stopped for some reason, so that you can go to that machine and clear the stoppage. Obviously, that needs to run on the machine. However, Sandvik Coromant, one of our Partners in THINC, came to us and suggested they adapt their already- available mobile apps for calculating op- timum feeds and speeds for their tools to run as an app on our PC-based control. That is what is currently posted to the Okuma App Store. Now we are currently working with them to include links from the Okuma App Store to both Apple App Store and Google Play for their mobile versions. Again, we want to use technol- ogy to make manufacturing easy. ME: What are the main advantages of an open-architecture control like THINC OSP for today’s machine tools? Sides: Opening your control so anyone can do it is the difference. As providers of technology to the metalcut- ting industry, it is incumbent upon us the OEMs to offer our customers access to the best of the best technology. The auto- mobile OEMs long ago gave up develop- ing their own audio systems and said, “Why don’t we just call Bose? They’re the audio experts.” Now you can get any new GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, etc., with a superior audio system. Similarly, Okuma doesn’t pretend to be metrology or business systems experts. You will find apps from Renishaw and Blum for me- trology and soon you will see apps from Memex and 5ME posted for manufactur- ing business execution, with more from others to come in both contexts. And that is just the beginning. ME: How did IMTS look from your perspective? How does 2015 look for the manufacturing industry?


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