Methods Machine Tools to Host Metal Storm 2014

More than 50 machines, 11 technical seminars and Many new machines to be featured at open house event.

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Methods Machine Tools, Inc., is hosting Metal Storm 2014 June 11-12, 2014 from 9am to 5pm each day at the company's recently expanded, renovated headquarters and corporate technology center at 71 Union Avenue in Sudbury, Massachusetts.  

Metal Storm 2014 will feature  more than 50 machines under power. This year Methods will showcase YASDA’s Precision Machining Centers including the new H40i-PC24 5-Axis High Precision Machining Center for exceptional repeatability and accuracy, and the new YBM 640V3 and YBM 950V 3-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 will be introduced at Metal Storm.  With the new KIWA KMH Series, the competitively priced KIWA line 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 are among the KIWA machines that will be on hand.  Several Nakamura models will be showcased, including the new AS-200 High Performance Multitasking Turning Center featuring a single spindle, single turret in a heavy duty and compact machine for exceptional value.  New FEELER models will include the FT-250SY 4-Axis Turning Center that is making its North American debut at the event, as well as the new SBM 2000 Universal Milling Machine with articulated head and integrated 4th Axis.  The FEELER High Performance line includes Vertical Machining Centers, Turning Centers including Vertical Turning Lathes and Bridge / Boring Mills, all which will be demonstrated at Metal Storm.

Numerous FANUC D-Series RoboDrills will be under power with demonstrations including the Pallet Changer model with a 4th Axis shuttle package and a D21LiA 5-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 4th Axis with tailstock and trunion fixture.  FANUC RoboCut EDM machines will be demonstrating PCD and anti-recast cuts and featuring the capabilities of the latest version of Automatic Wire Feed Systems.  Current EDM with be demonstrating CNC EDM Drilling of small holes on the CT-400 machine.  

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 CMM’s and surface / roundness checking machines, and the VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator 300, 500 and new 700 Series.  The VisionGauge 700 Series is a full 5-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. 

Please register no later than June 10th.