Methods, Yasda Collaborate on 5-Axis VMC

This week at IMTS 2014, Methods Machine Tools introduced the Methods-Yasda PX30i  five-axis automated vertical machining center, collaboratively designed, engineered and built by the two companies.

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This week at IMTS 2014, Methods Machine Tools introduced the Methods-Yasda PX30i  five-axis automated vertical machining center, collaboratively designed, engineered and built by the two companies.

“Working together during the design and manufacture of this new machining center for our market, we focused on precision, reliability and versatility, all at a cost-effective price,” says Steve Previti, Yasda product manager. “The PX30i offers the precision and accuracy expected from Yasda, and will be supported by Methods’ outstanding sales, service and support organization. The PX30i will be a production workhorse for customers with the most demanding accuracy, quality and production requirements.”

The PX30i features a direct-drive spindle with self-adjusting preload, designed for improved performance and increased spindle life. The spindle is said to offer the torque, speed and horsepower to facilitate the efficient machining of materials ranging from aluminum to high-temperature alloys including Inconel, titanium and steels with high HRc ratings. A robust two-axis rotary table offers flexibility and speed with a range of movement. The B and C axes feature a direct drive motor with advanced thermal stability. Robust bridge and bed designs provide high metal removal and rigidity. The machine table and work envelope are sized for ease of operation.

The 25 × 11-ft. VMC is well-suited for a range of manufacturing applications, including a high volume, low mix of parts or a low volume, high mix of parts with differing lot sizes, part geometries and materials. With the ability to do lights-out or unattended manufacturing, the PX30i features a total of 33 pallet positions—32 storage and 1 in the workzone. The automatic toolchanger and automatic pallet changer feature a Methods-developed software program for efficient tool /pallet management and advanced scheduling functions. The ATC can be retrofitted for additional tool capacities ranging to 500.