HMC Series Features Pallet Range of 300-1,250 mm

Methods Machine Tools has expanded its line of Kiwa horizontal machining centers with the KMH series, featuring pallet sizes ranging from 300 to 1,250 mm.

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Methods Machine Tools has expanded its line of Kiwa horizontal machining centers with the KMH series, featuring pallet sizes ranging from 300 to 1,250 mm. The series includes the compact KMH-300, offering a 15,000-rpm direct-drive, 30-taper spindle and dual 300-mm pallets; and the KMH-630B, which offers a 10,000-rpm, 50-taper spindle and dual 630-mm pallets.

Both machines offer an integrated, full rotary B-axis, and a FANUC Oi-MD control with a 15" LCD screen. A spindle oil cooling system and coolant-through ballscrews also are standard.

The KMH-300 has a compact footprint of 140" × 107", including the chip conveyor, and offers XYZ travels of 18.1" × 18.1" × 13.7". A 40-taper version of this model is due out early this year as well. The KMH-630 offers a footprint of 235" × 137", including the chip conveyor, and travels of 39.7" × 33.4" × 37.4".

Also available from Methods are Kiwa KH series models, including the KH-55, a 500-mm dual-pallet machine, which offers a 10,000-rpm, CAT 50-taper spindle and expanded 240-tool automatic toolchanger. The KH-4500 features increased rapid rates of 74 m/min. and a “ball drive system” for the 4th axis that is said to provide no backlash, resulting in higher rigidity and longer axis life. This model also features Kiwa’s 150-bar (2,000-psi) coolant-through spindle option, which, according to Methods, offers twice the pressure of most models within its class and is well-suited for deep-hole drilling, especially in hardened steel applications. To watch a video featuring KH series machines, click HERE.

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