Methods Machine Tools Inc. Welcomes Newest Addition with Celebration

Methods Machine Tools Inc. held a grand opening at its latest Technology Center.

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Methods Machine Tools Inc. held a grand opening at its new, state-of-the-art Technology Center in San Leandro, California, on May 14 and 15, 2014, with approximately 300 manufacturing professionals in attendance. To further celebrate ribbon cutting on May 14, Methods held a sake-barrel smashing, a traditional Japanese custom to grant good fortune to the new technology center.

The 10,280-square-foot facility supports the Northern California, Oregon and Washington regions and is located on 650 Whitney St. The center has engineers and service and support staff based on-site.

Fernando R. Garcia, general manager of West Coast operations at Methods Machine Tools, said the event was a resounding success, and stressed the company's "open door" policy to welcoming customers interested in previews and demonstrations at the center.

Live demonstrations of automation solutions at the event included a RoboDrill JobShop cell with fully-integrated robotic loading/unloading, small-hole drilling on a FANUC RoboDrill, aerospace part machining, Kiwa machines that offer expandability in-the-field, EDM wire cutting and more.

Machines currently on display include Methods’ new line of Yasda precision machining Centers, Nakamura multitasking turning centers, FANUC RoboDrill vertical machining centers & RoboCut wire EDM machines, Feeler high-performance machining centers & turning centers, Kiwa-Japan horizontal machining centers, and metrology solutions including VisionGauge digital optical comparators.