Okuma America names new VP of engineering

February 27, 2024 - 07:30am

Okuma America Corporation, a global manufacturer of CNC machine tools, controls and automation systems, has appointed Wade Anderson to the position of Vice President of Engineering & Factory Automation Division for the Americas.

This new role was created to optimally position Okuma to serve customer needs for evolving and next-generation manufacturing solutions.

Anderson brings more than 30 years of machine tool industry experience to his new role, having held previous positions as a machinist, application engineer, sales engineer and manager, product specialist manager, technical center manager, and most recently the general manager of Okuma America’s Factory Automation Division.

In this new role, Anderson will lead Okuma America Corporation’s Engineering Department which includes applications engineering, product engineering, and quality assurance teams.

Additionally, Anderson will continue to lead the Okuma Factory Automation Division, a business division created in 2023 to develop and expand a comprehensive line of CNC automation solutions to be used with Okuma machine tools. Anderson also serves as a member of the company’s executive steering committee.

“Wade embodies our mission, vision, and values through his strong and passionate leadership,” said Jim King, president and COO of Okuma America Corporation. “I am confident that his diverse background, deep process knowledge, and ability to build effective teams and programs will continue to drive excellence in engineering and automation technology at Okuma America.”

Related Glossary Terms

  • computer numerical control ( CNC)

    computer numerical control ( CNC)

    Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.

  • quality assurance ( quality control)

    quality assurance ( quality control)

    Terms denoting a formal program for monitoring product quality. The denotations are the same, but QC typically connotes a more traditional postmachining inspection system, while QA implies a more comprehensive approach, with emphasis on “total quality,” broad quality principles, statistical process control and other statistical methods.


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