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The high-rigidity, high-precision CNC lathe

NLX Series: The story behind the development

Customers' Voices

Success Stories


Manufacturing high-quality products with an eye toward establishing its own brand Milling off the rack An Extension of its Customers' Production Cooperation Comes From Reliable Guarantee


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Grinding for High-precision Octagonal Ram (Nara Machine Department, Nara Campus No.1 Plant)

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We continue to offer innovative products and solutions B.U.G. Inc.,

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T h e h i g h - r i g i d i t y, h i g h - p r e c i s i o n C N C l a t h e

NLX Series: The stor y behind the development

The NLX Series of high-rigidity, high-precision CNC lathes has joined Mori Seiki's X-class lineup. This new series was developed with three key concepts: precision, rigidity and competitive price. These were drawn from a thorough analysis of users' feedback on our best-selling NL Series, the predecessor of NLX. The following is an interview with three machine designers who were engaged in the development of the NLX Series. They told us about how the simple yet challenging concepts were embodied in the new machines.

Satoshi Osaki

Leader of the NLX2000/2500MC Design Team, NL Development Section

Osaki (in charge of milling specifications): In order to stay competitive in today's global markets, we were required to develop a CNC lathe that can provide a good return on investment. Our products are used in various industries for various purposes. Then, we thought about ways to make a machine that will be beneficial to all who purchase it.

Could you please give us some background on how and why the NLX Series was developed? Fujimoto (in charge of turning specifications): Recently, machine tools have been in great demand in the overseas market, and competition in the market has become more and more intense. For CNC lathes, in particular, the competition is fiercer than ever, in part due to the rise of overseas manufacturers and fluctuations in exchange rates.

Ido (in charge of Y-axis specifications): First, we thoroughly analyzed over 5,000 valuable comments from the users of the NL Series, our popular lathe series with more than 10,000 units sold. The in-depth analysis led us to reach the concept: "Provide unprecedented value by improving accuracy, machining ability and ease of use."

Did that lead to the idea of dividing the development members into three teams? Fujimoto: Until now, all lathe models in the same series have used the same platform, regardless of specification. Because of this, a machine with Y-axis specifications, which has the simplest

construction, has become unnecessarily big and expensive. The large size also caused poor Tsuyoshi Fujimoto a c c e s s t o t h e s p i n d l e a n d Leader of the NLX Design Team,

Lathe Development Section

deterioration in operability. Osaki: That's why we decided to form three teams and develop the three variations in the NLX Series, namely, the turning, milling and Y-axis specifications, using different platforms. We though that individual platforms would make it possible to create competitive machines. Ido: The dedicated platforms allowed us to achieve the optimal machine design for each specification. As a result, machines with higher rigidity, smaller footprint and much better spindle access have been created.

Rigid and Precise CNC Lathe

So, the dedicated platforms have brought about not only the optimal designs, but also various improvements. Are there any other notable features of the new machine? Ido: Improved feed-axis responsiveness and thermal displacement control. Osaki: For turning and milling specifications, we have achieved a compact design, as well as reducing the weight of moving parts. As a result, sliding


resistance has been reduced and responsiveness has been improved. The use of lightweight moving parts led to reduction in axis travel time. Furthermore, placing the turret center of gravity within the width of the X-axis slideway also contributes to improving responsiveness. These

Yutaka Ido

Leader of the NLX2000 / 2500Y Design Team, NL Development Section

one by one at the design stage. Ido: Our team took into account development efficiency. There had been many inquiries for milling specifications. We therefore started to develop Y-axis specifications after the development project of milling specifications got on the track. Fujimoto: Speaking of efficiency, it is important to share parts among the three teams. We exchanged information of prototype parts with each other, beyond the boarders of the teams. Ido: Our team was also concerned about parts sharing because if the number of shared parts was small, the cost of finished products would be expensive. We used as many shared parts as possible. Osaki: The NLX2500 has many things in common with the NL2500 so that NL2500 users can use the NLX2500 with peace of mind. The strokes and target workpieces of the NLX2500 are the same with those of the NL2500. The tools and options can be shared between the NLX2500 and NL2500.

improvements wouldn't have been possible without the optimallydesigned platforms.

Ido: For Y-axis specifications, we have improved responsiveness by reducing surface pressure on the slideways. We exercised our ingenuity even in "out-of-sight" areas, by, for example, optimally balancing the turret center of gravity and increasing the number of gibs. Fujimoto: As a countermeasure against thermal displacement, we have adopted Mori Seiki's new and original coolant circulation technology. The coolant circulating through the casting parts maintains a uniform temperature inside the casting parts and minimizes deformation in the machine. Osaki: Initially, we had great difficulty in adjusting circulation. After considerable trial and error, we finally settled upon the present construction. The coolant circulation allows the machine to have resistance to changes in ambient temperature and to maintain stable accuracy even during long-term machining. The NLX Series was highly acclaimed in the industry for its outstanding performance, and received the "2010 (53rd) Best 10 New Products Awards (Monodzukuri Prize)."

Do you have something else that you want to share with the readers? Osaki: We focused on creating compact and attractive design. Producing sheet metal for covers with rounded edges required a lot of time and effort, but we stuck to rounded design to create elegant appearance. We also paid attention to detail, including overall balance, arrangement of equipment, and alignment of lines. Turning and milling specifications are different in size, but both are lathes. We kept uniformity in appearance to make the two specifications easily recognizable as a lathe.

Assembly operations

The NLX Series machine features high performance while ensuring a good return on investment for customers. How did you balance the technical performance and cost effectiveness? Fujimoto: To develop turning specifications, we combined existing, successful aspects of our conventional machines with improvements based on users' feedback. We also reviewed the dimensions of parts

Ido: Y-axis specifications are larger than turning and milling specifications. Our team created different appearance design for Y-axis specifications to highlight the Y-axis structure. We reviewed the design over and over again. Fujimoto: It was difficult and challenging to design a compact machine with turning specifications. If you look at the actual machine, you will see how small the machine is. Even the staff was surprised with its compact size when the prototype was assembled. I felt like all my effort paid off when I received praise from customers at an exhibition. We continue to develop new models that meet our customer needs.

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When hearing of a machine tool, many people think of a machine with a heavy appearance. As the engineers mentioned in the interview, one of the features of the NLX machine is its new, elegant appearance and design. Please come and see the newly designed NLX2500.

The assembly of the NLX2500

The high-rigidity, high-precision CNC lathe

NLX Series: The story behind the development

Success Stories


Manufacturing high-quality products with an eye toward establishing its own brand Milling off the rack An Extension of its Customers' Production Cooperation Comes From Reliable Guarantee

02 03 04

Grinding for High-precision Octagonal Ram (Nara Machine Department, Nara Campus No.1 Plant)

We continue to offer innovative products and solutions B.U.G. Inc.,

2011 vol.2



Customers' Voices

Manufacturing high quality products with an eye toward establishing its own brand

JAPAN Takamatsu City, Kagawa President Director Kohei Murakami



Murakami Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is based in Kagawa, a prefecture blessed with the temperate climate of the Seto Inland Sea, and produces hydraulic parts and other equipment used for irrigation/flood control and industrial machinery. The company was founded in April, 1946 as a manufacturer specializing in small petroleum engines for ships, and has gradually expanded its product line. Their current products include hydro-cylinders for construction machinery, hydraulic cylinders for machine tools, as well as sluices and automatic weirs. The company has seen a steady increase in sales, with last year s sales reaching about 4 billion yen. Well-versed in liquids like water and oil, Murakami Manufacturing is widely known as a "liquid specialist" both at home and abroad. The company develops and manufactures products with a new perspective, capitalizing on their original technologies developed through a broad range of expertise. Currently, they turn out 2,000 hydro-cylinders for cranes and 2,000 hydraulic cylinders for CNC lathes per month. The company also provides contract manufacturing service and is now working on rotary cylinders. Murakami Manufacturing, dedicated to water-related work, focuses on the environment, providing eco-friendly equipment for recycling facilities and other related businesses. Mori Seiki's association with this company began in 1976, when they purchased their first Mori Seiki machines, the SL-4 and TL-250A CNC lathes. They were so satisfied with the high precision, rigidity and reliability of both machines that they have continued to use Mori Seiki machines. Recently, the company purchased the SL-603B/2000 2-axis control CNC lathe in 2006 and Taiyo Koki's NVG-5T and NVGH-3T CNC vertical grinding machines in 2008 and 2011 respectively. President Director Kohei Murakami says, "Cylinder machining with a long boring bar used to require two processes. However, the introduction of the SL-603B/2000 allowed us to complete cylinder machining in a single process, without chatter. As a

The company's hydraulic parts

result, our productivity has increased dramatically." Mr. Murakami also expresses his satisfaction with Taiyo Koki's grinding machines, saying, "We have achieved significant reduction in defective products thanks to successful process integration in I.D. and O.D. grinding." Having a high appreciation of Mori Seiki machines, the company will introduce the CL2000BT 2-axis control CNC lathe this summer. At Murakami Manufacturing, all staff members are given "Management Plan Handbook" that describes corporate philosophy, management policy, annual goals, etc., for the purpose of sharing Murakami's corporate vision and strategic goals. This approach helps the company to strengthen the sense of solidarity among the employees, and redouble their efforts to promote their products, including water-pressure cylinders that are now under development, for sluices, food machinery and semi-conductors. Their future goal is to manufacture Murakami brand products. Mori Seiki will continue to support Murakami Manufacturing to achieve that goal.

An aerial view of the company

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297-1, Shinden-cho, Takamatsu City, Kagawa URL

Mr. Murakami and the NT4300 DCG



Milling off the rack



Managing Director Oscar Kellner

Ernst Graf GmbH

The turning tools made by Ernst Graf GmbH are almost entirely milled. The tools are machined complete on a Mori Seiki NL2000SY equipped with a 20-Station turret, Y-axis and Sub-spindle. Compared with the previous cutting on machining centers, Graf company achieves an up to 30% higher productivity. Founded in 1983, Ernst Graf is known for advanced tool technology in the turning sector. It is one of the pioneers of cutting insert-tools for CNC-swiss type machines and, over the years, it has patented a variety of other turning tool systems. Managing Director Oscar Kellner is convinced, "Our tooling systems are characterized by the highest quality and provide six times higher durability compared to low-cost-products." Their product's detailed, elaborate construction contributes to workflow optimization and production efficiency. The adjustable tooling which is accurate up to a tenth of a millimeter, is another benefit of Graf-tools. In 2006, when capacity at the Dietingen-Böhringen plant was running short, the company decided to invest in a new facility. As production also reached its performance limit, an additional machine needed to be purchased at the same time to increase productivity. Kellner and his cutting team went on a search for the optimal production solution for the backside- and roundshank-tools. Soon, it became obvious that a Mill-turn Center was most appropriate for their needs. Because they were producing complex, milled parts, they decided that the lathe had to have a powerful turret with driven tools, Y-axis and a sub-spindle. After numerous demonstrations and testing arrangements, for which two representative workpieces were used, choice for Graf was clear. They selected a Mori Seiki NL2000SY. Their decision was made, however, not strictly by the brand of the machine, but by the value of the equipment. Kellner goes into detail, "We manufacture all our backside- and roundshank-tools on the Mori Seiki NL2000SY. The machine has been built up from the bed with such a high stiffness that high-performance cutting can be performed. This is the most important part in manufacturing our tool holders, because the precision needed for the interleaving and Insert seating is very high." Graf has run the Mori Seiki NL2000SY for two years at more than ten hours a day, six days a week. A service call has never been necessary. So, the Managing Director is very pleased with his investment, "We are absolutely sure that we have made the right choice with the Mori Seiki NL2000SY. It has proven to be excellent. If the economic situation remains stable, in autumn we will order another NL-machine, which will replace a vertical machining center."

Company's product

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Ernst Graf GmbH

Rosenstraße 1 D-78661 Dietingen-Böhringen URL

NL2000SY was able to reduce the calculated processing times by about 50%



Customers' Voices

An Extension of its Customers' Production

Canada President and General Manager Tim Walls


Pazmac Enterprises Ltd.

Pazmac opened in 1972 and is a sole proprietorship developed around the vision of owner Steve Scarlett. The objective is to excel in every element of delivering machined components to their client base. They pride themselves on offering up cost effective manufacturing solutions for challenging, highly technical parts to their customers. Pazmac's facility exemplifies this attitude as well. President and General Manager Tim Walls states that the company's customer base has been limited to a small number of large OEMs in diverse fields of manufacturing. These customers are targeted to develop long term relationships which are mutually beneficial. Pazmac focuses on high precision, tight tolerance work with quick turnaround times. The company does not see itself as a typical "Job Shop" but rather as an extension of its customer's production. The secret to Pazmac's success is, in part, its people. Its motto is "hire to retire" and company leaders see that an investment in employees is reciprocal. By providing employees with an exemplary experience and incentives, Pazmac gains exemplary talent, commitment and employee retention. By creating a desirable professional environment, Pazmac attracts qualified machinists. And they are always recruiting. The

technical schools and offers a very generous apprenticeship program. In order to meet the goals and objectives for dealing with the pressures of the economic climate Pazmac has moved to invest in advancing its technology as well. "We have always been partial to Mori Seiki machine tools as they have a reputation for producing quality equipment" says Walls. Further, "We have received excellent support from both Mori Seiki directly and Ellison Technologies of Kent, Washington relative to our machine tool requirements." Ron Wallace, head of quality control, said that he was "impressed by the NL Series machines," in particular, "the robust nature of the Mori turning centers is ideal for the level of reliability and precision we expect." Moreover, they were pleasantly surprised when they first purchased an NT Series machine and discovered they could run a significant cross-section of different parts on the multi-axis machine tool. To summarize, Pazmac has created a highly capable, extremely well equipped facility that attracts and retains some of the best talent in the world of machining. This dynamic work place then challenges itself every day to improve. "It seems like a whole lot of common sense to us" says Walls, "I am proud of the staff at Pazmac ­ they are the reason we are successful."

Workpieces machined by Pazmac Enterprises

company challenges itself to constantly raise the bar when looking for new talent. As such, Pazmac has a close alliance with the regional

Tim Walls confers with employees at an NT Series machine

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Pazmac Enterprises Ltd.

26777 Gloucester Way Langley, B.C. Canada, V4W 3X6 URL

Exterior of the company



Cooperation Comes From Reliable Guarantee


General Manager Xu QiSheng


After achieving a 30% annual increase on output of die casting parts, The General Manager, Xu QiSheng, realize the company had to pay more attention to maintaining the stability of company staff. He brought in outstanding talent enhancing the cohesive affinity of the entire company's team and maximizing their ability to compete.

Factory Company's product

APEX believes that the best feedback the company can receive is its customers' loyalty and support. Therefore, they strictly control quality

Focusing on serving customers on machining, casting and manufacturing, SHANGHAI APEXMETAL CO.,LTD. paces the entire industry during the past 11 years. The company was established in 2000, accelerating the Dawn of the 21st Century in their own way. In a short span of time, APEX impressed customers tremendously with their high level of technique and experience, as well as strict quality control. Located in Jiading District of Shanghai, the company, occupying 100,000 m2 (1,076,000 ft2), has a modern building with advanced machines. There are several precision machining centers, such as the NH4000 DCG High-Precision Horizontal Machining Center and NH6300 DCG High Precision Horizontal Machining Center for manufacturing

and have made a commitment to the goal of the customers' satisfaction. APEX successfully exports auto parts, electric tools, and compressors to meet the market needs of Japan and Europe. According to the requests of different customers and the features of different products, the company has built a steady relationship with customers including Black & Decker, Carrier and Nacco. Sustainable development requires cooperation, and long-term cooperation comes from reliable guarantees. Thus, precision equipment, such as Mori Seiki machine tools, equipment strengthens their abilities and their customers' belief in their technological capabilities. The company has consistently adhered to a motto of "quality first, customer supreme" as both the purpose and the spirit of company.

precise products. Those machines matter for the whole company in producing auto parts and compressors. Mori Seiki machines, with their high accuracy and outstanding after-sales service, have a strong contribution to the overall purpose of the company's manufacturing.

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Current Office



Grinding for High-precision Octagonal Ram

[Nara Machine Department, Nara Campus No.1 Plant]

The Nara Machine Department, Nara Campus No.1 Plant manufactures parts for machine tools using a total of 40 units, including 5-face machining centers, horizontal and vertical machining centers, and grinding machines. An Octagonal

1,260 mm (49.6 in.)


Ram is a component that requires high-precision finishing. Here we introduce our grinding process for the Octagonal Rams mounted on the NMV1500 DCG, NMV3000 DCG and NMV5000 DCG high-precision 5-axis control vertical machining centers.



Strict accuracy control for achieving high precision

An Octagonal Ram for the NMV5000 DCG, for example, consists of 120 mm (4.7 in.) × 1,260 mm (49.6 in.) slideways with a distance between opposite sides of 290 mm (11.4 in.). The Octagonal Ram combined with a spindle unit moves vertically on the Z-axis. Since its guideways require highprecision finishing, flatness, parallelism, and squareness, we perform grinding of an Octagonal Ram on a bridge-type surface grinding machine with great attention. Additionally, to achieve high-precision finishing and less variation, we pay close attention to operating procedures, repeatability of setup changes, accuracy control and maintenance of our grinding machines, and management of grinding coolant. During grinding operations for an Octagonal Ram, indexing of grinding faces and setup changes are required 16 times. We, therefore, determined the procedures so that no special skills are required and any operator can perform the operations accurately and quickly according to the Operation Standards Form. Additionally, to protect ground surfaces from being damaged during the operations, we attach lowMitsuhiro Tamura

General Manager of the Nara Machine Department

290 mm (11.4 in.)

Octagonal Ram

The structure of an NMV5000 DCG machine

friction sliding material (which is usually used when the Octagonal Ram is mounted on the machine) on seating faces and parts to be clamped. Periodic checks are indispensable for providing high precision grinding. We check straightness and squareness of all the axes of our grinding machines every month, and adjust them if the accuracy becomes poor. We also do maintenance checks regularly. In addition, we check grinding coolant concentration and sludge accumulation every week, and conduct replacement of the coolant and cleaning of the tank. Once the parts are completed, we perform coordinate measurement. The feedback is given to the grinding team when the measured values vary, even when the values fall within tolerance. The grinding process of an Octagonal Ram requires careful attention to accuracy. We guarantee the accuracy of the Octagonal Rams to be sent to the Assembly Plant and DIXI through strict accuracy control, so that our customers can use NMV machines with peace of mind. We continue to improve accuracy to provide better products.

Grinding on a surface grinding machine

Octagonal Ram going through a coordinate measuring machine

Monitor screen of a CMM



Mori Seiki takes part in the WorldSkills competition as an official supplier, providing the X-class machines

Mori Seiki has been chosen to be an official supplier to the 41st WorldSkills Competition (WorldSkills London 2011), which will be held from October 5 to 8, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. This is the company's third sponsorship, following the 39th WorldSkills Competition in Shizuoka, Japan in 2007 and the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary, Canada in 2009. Mori Seiki will support the event with a total of 24 machines of the NLX2500MC/ 700 high-rigidity, high-precision CNC lathe and the NVX5100/40 high-precision vertical machining center, both of which are models in the X-class, the flagship product range launched last September. Started in 1950, the WorldSkills competition takes place every two years to raise the technical level of the participating countries, as well as to promote vocational training and international exchange. So far, more than 10,000 young skilled technicians have competed. This year, approximately 1,000 young people from 50 countries and regions, each of whom won fierce regional preliminary competitions, will compete in 45 different skill categories. Approximately 150,000 people are expected to visit the competition. Mori Seiki continues to provide support for young skilled technicians and improvement of their technical skills through its products, machine tools.

The 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary, Canada in 2009

EMO Hannover 2011 ­The world of Metalworking

DMG / MORI SEIKI will be showcasing around 100 high tech machines in action at EMO in Hannover, including 25 world premieres from all areas of technology. The first joint appearance in Europe at the EMO in Hannover is an imposing symbol of this cooperation. The EMO Hannover, held from 19 to 24 September 2011 is the leading international trade fair for its

Irene Adler

Marketing Europe and Asia MORI SEIKI GmbH

7 premieres out of a total of 12 which will be presented at the booth in the Mori Seiki area. Further more visitors will find the large machine area, the 5-axis area, the mass production area and the special area showing the new tapping center which was developed in cooperation with DMG. EMO visitors will also have the opportunity to visit Mori Seiki's experience areas at the booth and make themselves familiar with the Mori Seiki software products, as well as mandrels and chucks from Tobler, measurements solutions from Magnescale and two grinding machines from Taiyo Koki. The EMO Hannover 2011 will be a great event for DMG / MORI SEIKI showcasing pure technology and complete solutions.

Exhibition Center of the EMO Hannover 2011

sector and features the entire spectrum of metalworking technology at the world's largest exhibition center. On a total area of actually registered 172,000 m


(1,851,400 ft2) exhibition space about 2,000 international exhibitors will show their product. DMG / MORI SEIKI will be the biggest exhibitor at the exhibition center, showing its competence on around 7,300 m (78,600 ft ) in total.

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The Mori Seiki area at the booth will be presented in different areas like a huge X-class area showing 13 Machines of the successful X-class including

Main machines scheduled for display

Rigid and Precise CNC Lathe Two-Turret CNC lathe Vertical CNC Lathe High-Precision, High-Efficiency Integrated Mill Turn Center Multi-Axis Machine for Mass Production High-Precision Vertical Machining Center

Products displayed are subject to change without notice.

High-Precision, High-Speed Horizontal Machining Center High-Precision, 5-axis Control Vertical Machining Center

High-Precision, 5-axis Control Horizontal Machining Center Super-High-Precision 5-axis Control Machining Center


CNC Vertical Grinding Machine Turret-Type Multi-Process Grinding Machine



We continue to offer innovative products and solutions

B.U.G. Inc., founded in 1980 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, is an IT venture company originating from Hokkaido University. With expertise in both software and hardware, the company develops a diverse range of platform systems and products. B.U.G.'s core business includes entrusted development. The company has worked on various development projects, ranging from mission-critical systems to telecommunication devices, embedded middleware and hardware, and has received high praise from the customers. Currently, about 130 employees are dedicated to product development, taking advantage of their creativity and technical prowess cultivated in the rich natural environment of Sapporo.

Main line of business

- Mori Seiki-related business - B. U. G. original products & services - Entrusted development In-house meeting

Extensive and high levels of technical expertise

In the original product & service sector, we provide a wide variety of IT products and ser vices, with the focus on RFID technology and mobile solutions. B.U.G. currently develops and supplies the

Last year, MPC received a commendation from NASA.

ISS Communications satellite

Inside the pressurized part of ISS

PitTouch Series of contactless IC card readers/writers and related solutions. The PitTouch Series, one of B.U.G.'s flagship products, can be utilized for various business purposes. It offers easy attendance management, office access control and authentication systems, which are necessary for daily business operations. PitTouch is also available for "Osaifu-Keitai" (mobile wallet). By passing your Osaifu-Keitai over PitTouch that is installed next to the cash register in a retail store or a restaurant, your mobile phone functions as a loyalty card, enabling you to accumulate points on the phone, or get a discount coupon for future purchase. Today, PitTouch can be seen at the take-out boxed meal chain HottoMotto, the karaoke chain Karaoke-Kan, and many other places throughout Japan. In the entrusted development

PitTouch Mini Multi-Protocol Converter (MPC)

Masumi Teramachi

Public Relations, Marketing & Business Development

IEEE1394 MPEG2-TS HDV camera

TAXI To HRDL (High-Rate Data Link) Earth station

Providing technical support for Mori Seiki

In 2008, B.U.G. entered into business and capital collaboration with Mori Seiki. Since then, we and Mori Seiki engineers have worked together in design, development, verification and maintenance of the Mori Seiki MAPPS operating system. Additionally, we have been taking part in the design work of the NHX Series of horizontal machining centers since 2010. As technological innovation progresses, our awareness, actions, lifestyles and social systems are changing. We, at B. U. G., respond quickly to these changes and offer innovative products and solutions, hoping to contribute to the development of society.

division, our highly-skilled

engineers are working to provide ideal solutions for audiovisual and embedded/communication devices. For example, we were engaged in the development of the Multi-Protocol Converter (MPC), an image signal conversion device for the high-definition television transmitting system used at the International Space Station (ISS). MPC is used to transmit high-definition images from ISS to the earth in real time.



RFID (Radio Frequency Identification): a type of automatic identification/management system that transmits the identification information of an object or person wirelessly using a tiny chip

Pickles made with pickling melons that are specialties of Iga

Yokanzuke pickles are the most popular products of Miyazakiya, a pickle shop founded in 1865. Yokanzuke pickles were portable foods for Iga Ninja (a group of secret agents in feudal Japan) and samurais. The name means "pickles that restore spiritual energy and vitality of samurais". Yokanzuke pickles are made with pickling melons whose cores are removed. The pickling melons are stuffed with small pieces of Japanese basil, ginger and Japanese radishes, and are left in soy sauce to mature for one to two years. Since the pickles have a strong taste of soy sauce, they are usually sliced and eaten with hot cooked rice. Please have a taste of the traditional pickles! A tour of the storehouse is also available by appointment.

Yokanzuke pickles can be eaten with Ochazuke (rice with green tea), too. Photo credit: Miyazakiya


Pandas come to Japan!

A pair of giant pandas that arrived from China in February was shown to the public at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo on April 1. The two pandas had originally debut, about 3,000 people stood in line before the zoo opened. The male panda that munches on bamboo is named Ri Ri. The female panda that loves relaxing at her favorite place in the exhibition space is named Shin Shin. On holidays, the Ueno Zoo is bustling with people who want to catch a glimpse of the two adorable pandas.

Ri Ri (left) and Shin Shin. Photo credit : Tokyo Zoological Park Society


been scheduled to make their debut in the middle of March. However, the public viewing was postponed until April 1 due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. On the first day of their public

Nara Tokae, a new summer event in Nara


Nara Tokae is a 10-day festival that has been held in summer since 1999. During the event, many candles are placed throughout the Nara Park, and lit at night. Toka means flower-shaped wax produced on the tip of a wick, and it is considered as an auspicious sign. Music performances also take place during the festival, attracting many

visitors each year. Please come and enjoy the festival and the mystical atmosphere of Nara, the place that has many historic monuments designated World Heritage Sites. Festival period: Friday, Aug. 5 to Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011 Lighting time: 7 p.m. to 9: 45 p.m.

A view of Ukigumoenchi area of Nara Park during the event. Photo credit: Nara Visitors Bureau

Nagaoka Festival

People in Nagaoka began holding a festival on August 1, 1946 with wishes for the restoration of the city that had been destroyed by the air attack on August 1, 1945. The festival was originally festival. Nowadays, a memorial service for the war dead, a lantern floating ceremony and a parade with a portable shrine take place on August 1, the eve of the festival. The fireworks show, which has become a major event, takes place on the banks of the Shinanogawa River on August 2 and 3, attracting many tourists from outside of the city.

The fireworks show is worth seeing.


called "Festival for Restoring Nagaoka". In 1951, the name was changed to "Nagaoka Festival", and a fireworks show began to be held during the

Le couteau suisse

A Swiss Army knife (French: Couteau suisse) is a type of multi-function pocket knife or multitool. It originated in Ibach Schwyz, Switzerland in 1897. The term "Swiss Army knife" is a Swiss Army knife has a blade as well as various tools, such as screwdrivers and can openers. These attachments are stowed inside the handle of the knife through a pivot point mechanism. The handle is usually red, and features a Victorinox or Wenger "cross" logo or for military issue knives the coat of arms of Switzerland.

Multi-function pocket knife adored by out doors people.


registered trademark owned by Wenger S.A. and Victorinox A.G., longtime suppliers of knives to the Swiss Armed Forces. Generally speaking, a



2011 vol.2

Issued in September, 2011





Ever-expanding X-class lineup!

Thermal displacement control Energy saving Extensive machine models Compliance with safety standards MAPPS

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Marketing Section 2, Marketing Department, Mori Seiki Co., Ltd.


CNC Lathe

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Vertical Machining Center

Integrated Mill Turn Center

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