5-Axis VMC Features Direct-Drive Spindle

Collaboratively designed and built by Methods Machine Tools and Yasada, the PX30i five-axis automated vertical machining center features a direct-drive spindle with self-adjusting preload, designed for improved performance and increased spindle life.

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Collaboratively designed and built by Methods Machine Tools and Yasada, the PX30i five-axis automated vertical machining center features a direct-drive spindle with self-adjusting preload, designed for improved performance and increased spindle life. The spindle offers the torque, speed and horsepower to facilitate 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 thermal stability, and 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 one 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.