Methods Machine Tools to Host Massachusetts Open House

June 11-12 event to showcase the company’s recently expanded, renovated headquarters and corporate technology center.

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Methods Machine Tools Inc. will host Metal Storm 2014, an open house at its recently expanded, renovated headquarters and corporate technology center in Sudbury, Massachusetts, on June 11-12, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The event will showcase more than 50 machines, including Yasda’s new H40i-PC24 five-axis high-precision machining center for exceptional repeatability and accuracy, and the new YBM 640V3 and YBM 950V three-axis CNC vertical jig borers, which provide high-speed, precision boring and milling operations for superior accuracy in mold, die and complex component manufacturing.

A newly expanded line of Kiwa horizontal machining centers also will be introduced at Metal Storm. The new KMH series now has pallet sizes ranging from 300 mm to 1,250 mm. A 30- and a 40-taper 300-mm pallet machine, and a 40-taper 500-mm model also will be on hand. Also showcased at the event will be several Nakamura models, including the new heavy-duty and compact AS-200 high-performance multitasking turning center featuring a single spindle and single turret. New Feeler models will include the FT-250SY four-axis turning center, which is making its North American debut at the event, as well as the new SBM 2000 universal milling machine with articulated head and integrated fourth axis. Feeler high-performance vertical machining centers, turning centers, vertical turning lathes and bridge/boring mills all will be demonstrated at Metal Storm.

Numerous FANUC D-Series RoboDrills also will be under power at the event, with demonstrations including the pallet changer model with a fourth-axis shuttle package and a D21LiA five-axis machine featuring the latest RTT-112 tilt/rotary axis linear table from Tsudakoma. Additionally, there will be a demonstration of the FANUC DDR-T linear fourth axis with tailstock and trunion fixture. FANUC RoboCut EDM machines will be demonstrating PCD and anti-recast cuts, and will feature the capabilities of the latest version of Automatic Wire Feed Systems. Current EDM will be demonstrating CNC EDM drilling of small holes on the CT-400 machine.  

Methods will also introduce four high-end machine builders from Italy who specialize in aerospace and automotive manufacturing. This FFG Europe Group consists of Jobs, Sigma, Sachman and Rambaudi. A Sigma Tandem 6A will be featured.

Several pre-engineered automation solutions will also be demonstrated at Metal Storm, including the popular RoboDrill JobShop cell for efficient part loading/unloading. A RoboDrill Twin Cell featuring two FANUC RoboDrills being serviced by a single robot and optimizing loading/unloading time will be under power. The Methods Lathe JobShop cell will feature the new single spindle Nakamura AS-200 in a pre-engineered, flexible cell. For large parts, the Nakamura NTJX will be set up in a cell with capacity to load up to 60 lbs of blanks into and out of the NTJX. And attendees can learn firsthand how easy FANUC robots are to control by participating in an interactive Methods/FANUC Robot Learning Lab. Fastems will be onsite with a working scaled model which showcases their high pallet capacity flexible manufacturing system (FMS) and its full capabilities.

Metrology solutions will include demonstrations of Carl Zeiss CMMs and surface/roundness checking machines, and the VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator 300, 500 and 700 series. This new VisionGauge 700 series is a full five-axis inspection and measurement system developed for the aerospace industry.

Attendees are also invited to participate in leading-edge technical seminars conducted throughout the two-day event by manufacturing industry experts in automotive, aerospace, automation and more on key topics including Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing; EDM solutions; CAMplete Turn/Mill Technology & Selecting the Right Turning Machine; Choosing the Best Automation Solution; 5-Axis Inspection; Turnkey Engineering Solutions; Understanding Design for Manufacturing & Assembly; and more.

Door prizes will be awarded throughout the event and lunch will be served each day. For more information or to register, please visit methodsmachine.com/news-events/open-house-ms.aspx or call 978-443-5388.

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