TORINO, ITALY - Prima Electro S.p.A. (PRIMA INDUSTRIE Group) and YASKAWA Europe GmbHhave signed an important Strategic Partnership Agreement for the CNC market.

Prima Electro chose SIGMA-5 SD drives and motors by YASKAWA to implement its new OSAI OPENcontrol CNC family, consisting of a unique platform combining the leading edge technologies of the two companies. The CNC and SIGMA-5 SD drives will be linked via the new Mechatrolink III fieldbus. Thanks to this partnership YASKAWA drives & motors are now part of the new OPENcontrolproduct line, whose extreme modularity and scalability allow customers to select hardware and software components according to their specific application needs.

The platform and cooperationcover all the OPENcontrol software (OPEN-10 for GMC – General Motion Control, OPEN-20 and 30 for 2D and 3D applications, respectively) and hardware (OPEN-XS/M/L/XL) components. The high scalability of OSAI numerical controls by Prima Electro with the new servo product line by YASKAWA will deliver a unique multi-drive system with power regeneration.OPENcontrol steps into the market to become a reference platform for machine tools, even more in the wood/stone/glass working, where together OSAI and YASKAWA represent a strong position worldwide. The new platform will be properly positioned to enter the metalworking arena as well. Prima Electro’s OPEN Control will be available for milling machines and lathes.

Under this agreement YASKAWA will make its products available to Prima Electro for their integration and resale, while the two companies join forces in the after-sales service thanks to their international networks of qualified engineers providing customized field services and support.

Federico De Sario, Prima Electro Executive VP Sales & Marketing, said:“This new platform represents a reference point in the machine tools market and thanks to the already known collaboration OSAI-YASKAWA; these brands confirm their leading role in the wood, glass and stone machinery, being one of the most used platforms in the machine tools industry.”



Ralph Klein, YASKAWA Executive Officer Drives & Motion Division, said: “With the new OPENcontrol

platform, YASKAWA and Prima Electro can offer an optimized package for CNC applications. Due to this

cooperation, customers will benefit by the synergies due to combining the knowledge of a strong, specializedCNC manufacturer and a marketleader in the Drives and Motion area.”


Prima Electro S.p.A., founded in 1978, is 100% owned by Prima Industrie, a company listed in the STAR segment on the Italian Stock Exchange.Prima Electro designs, manufactures and sells industrial-grade electronics and is prominent in the market with three different brands: DOTS®, OSAI® and Convergent™laser.

DOTS(Dedicated Off-The-Shelf) Electronics: is a pioneer in this sector; PRIMA ELECTRO offers “dedicated” solutions for specific customer applications at the top industrial level, with highly competitive prices and fast time-to-market. DOTS Electronics solutions are installed in principle Italian and international cities specializing in the motion-control, automation, energy and transport industries.

Thanks to its OSAI CNC product family, a leader in the field of wood, glass, stone and special metal working machines, Prima Electro SpA is today Italy’s main manufacturer of computerized numerical controls. The company product range is further enhanced by a network of technical support facilities providing maintenance and retrofit services for numerical controls and machine tools.

The acquisition of the Convergent laserbrand has enabled Prima Electro to gain a leading role in the industrial laser market with more than 4,000 installations currently in use worldwide.


Prima Industrie is the Group leading two Divisions, one operating in the Machinery sector, named Prima Power, and one in the Electronics and Laser sector, named Prima Electro. Prima Industrie Group has a new corporate identity, created to celebrate its 30+ years of innovation and experience in sheet metal machinery, laser and electronics, its highly skilled and professional 1,400 employees, its production sites in Italy, Finland, the USA and China, centers of excellence in their fields.

The new brand is born to show that PrimaIndustrie Group is in the top list of sheet metal machinery manufacturers, an absolute leader in 3D laser systems for automotive, aerospace and energy applications, and a leading specialist in electronics and laser technologies. It is born to mark an outstanding leap ahead in matters of environmental sustainability.

YASKAWA is a world-leading manufacturer of servo drives, inverter drives and industrial robots. For almost 100 years, the company philosophy has been based on the principle of highest quality, making YASKAWA a global leader. YASKAWA products are used in a wide range of industrial target markets, among them automotive construction, packaging, wood processing, semiconductor technology, pump technology, and the passenger lift & escalator sector.

YASKAWA is the largest global supplier of AC inverters, servo drives, direct drives, machine controllers and robots. Its strong investment focus on Research & Development has yielded numerous inventions, patents and innovations. This high level of technological leadership has allowed YASKAWA to assume market leadership in several industries. Manufacturing more than 1,800,000 inverter drives, more than 800,000 servo systems, and over 20,000 industrial robots per year, YASKAWA can justly claim to be the largest supplier in its product sector. YASKAWA Europe GmbH services the markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the territory of the former Soviet Union.


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