Methods Machine Tools Inc. offers the KIWA-Japan KH-55 Horizontal Machining Center—a heavy duty HMC with a full range of features designed to accommodate precision machining of a wide variety of large work components. Having the largest work envelope in its class, the 50-Taper KH-55 can machine work pieces of up to 35.4” x 39.4” high (900mm x 1000mm) in size, and 1,650 lbs (750 kg) in weight.
Large component machining requires exceptional machine tool rigidity, which the KH-55 provides with a box-type structure where the bed, column and spindle head are symmetrically designed to uniformly absorb force. The column also has an elevated X-Axis roller guide design which increases rigidity while reducing column weight.
The KIWA KH-55 has high speed features for maximum production efficiency. Spindle speed is 10,000 rpm, with a spindle acceleration time of 2.95 seconds and deceleration at 3.32 seconds. Tool-to-tool and chip-to-chip times are 1.8 and 3.8 seconds, respectively. The KH-55 features a full rotary B-Axis and will also be available with a 15,000 rpm, 40-Taper spindle as an option.
Also featured will be the new FANUC RoboCut α-CiA Series including the C400iA and C600iA Wire EDMs. These EDM machines include several important upgrades including the new FANUC 31iWB Control which is loaded with new features for improved accuracy and finish, especially in high-taper 4-Axis cutting.
The Ai Pulse Control II now offers better straightness and faster cutting speeds for both roughing and finishing in interrupted cuts. And the world-renowned FANUC Auto-Threader offers enhanced reliability, including when threading soft wire while submerged and in the cutting gap.
The new FANUC Wire EDM Series also features several new control enhancements designed to reduce overall operational costs by monitoring electrical component usage for minimizing power consumption. Costs are further reduced with the new “Eco Mode” which reduces wire consumption up to 30 percent. And the PCD power supply has been upgraded to allow for more efficient burning in difficult–to-cut materials such as CBN and some carbon fibers. Also, cutting technology is available for machining complex, detailed graphite electrodes up to 6 inches thick with a super fine finish.
Significant upgrades have been made to RoboCut Link i cut monitor software that is standard on RoboCut machines for monitoring and operating the machine remotely. A new, extremely user-friendly interface is now available for Apple iPad’s and other remote smart devices.
Methods will be at IMTS in Booth S-9119.
More technology – a lot more!
IMTS 2012 will be the year’s largest showcase of new product technologies and new process innovations. If you’re looking for machining, tooling, systems, software, solutions and more, you’ll find it at IMTS 2012.