RMIT and Okuma Australia form alliance

RMIT University and Okuma Australia have formed an alliance that establishes RMIT Advanced Manufacturing Precinct as an authorised Okuma machine operation and programming training facility.

According to Okuma Australia’s Managing Director, Phil Hayes the alliance will allow machine operators to tap into the structured extended skills training and knowledge resources of the university at a central location in Melbourne.

The university’s specialist staff will be involved in the enhancement of high level trade skills as well as the safe use, operation and programming of Okuma machine tools. They will have full access to Okuma staff, technical information and documentation.

Okuma has appointed its National Technical Manager, Leigh Milvain as its partnership coordinator, while RMIT has appointed Professor Milan Brandt in a similar role.

Currently the university’s AMP houses Okuma capacity in fully simultaneous 5 Axes Machining, Multifunction turning with fully NC B-axis, CNC Turning with Y axis and live tooling, a strong line-up of high level industrial machine tools plus allied robotic and automation systems.

RMIT’s Dean of Engineering and Head of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Professor Aleksandar Subic said, “The strategic alliance with Okuma provides strong support for the development of our work ready graduates within the Engineering Learning Factory at AMP, and contributes to the development and transformation of the Australian manufacturing sector."

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