December 4, 2009

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Utah College Forms Machining Partnership with Hartwig and Okuma

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Okuma Institute of Technology at DATC is equipped with CNC lathes, vertical machining centers, multitasking machines, and a horizontal machining center.

Machine-tool distributor Hartwig Inc. (St Louis) and CNC and machining technology provider Okuma America Corp. (Charlotte, NC) are partnering to install six high-technology machines at Davis Applied Technology College (DATC; Kaysville, UT), one of eight campuses of the Utah College of Applied Technology located near Salt Lake City. With the new state-of-the-art working showroom and training center, Okuma and Hartwig will be able to provide DATC with a cutting-edge facility equipped with CNC lathes, vertical machining centers, multitasking machines, and a horizontal machining center. The equipment and facility will be used for two primary purposes: supporting local manufacturing companies in Utah and providing students with hands-on training on state-of-the-art equipment for the development of future CNC machinists, programmers, and quality control and inspection specialists. Hartwig will maintain a sales, engineering support, and service staff at the facility to showcase products and build a local customer, technology, and manufacturing base. It will also host additional training and information seminars at the facility. The DATC curriculum provides students with a hands-on, self-paced learning experience that prepares them for employment. Nationally accredited through the Council on Occupational Education (Atlanta), DATC courses emphasize the acquisition of skills required on the job, providing training through instructors with extensive industry experience. Students are required to complete 1140 hours of course work to receive a machine tool technology degree.Although machines are already in place and training has begun, the Okuma Institute of Technology at DATC will formally open January 12.For readers interested in Utah's medical device industry, the April 2010 issue of Medical Product Manufacturing News will feature a regional focus article on that state's contribution to medical device development, design, and manufacturing.

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