10/16/2018 | 1 MINUTE READ

Methods Machine Tools Partners with Niigata

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Methods Machine Tools Inc. has announced it has entered into an agreement to represent Niigata Machine Techno Inc. throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.

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Methods Machine Tools Inc. has announced it has entered into an agreement to represent Niigata Machine Techno USA Inc. throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. Niigata machines have a 25-year design life, are hand finished to be "naturally accurate" and are suited for large to oversize component machining.

The new Niigata N7 model HMC has a stationary and ultra-rigid “box-in-box” column design, providing optimum cutting performance over the entire Y-axis stroke. The machine is equipped with the new 15" color LCD screen, new slant design spindle snout to facilitate use of shorter tools, a 3-point leveling base and ultra-rigid/high load roller guideway system for high-speed productivity. A field-expandable ATC magazine and pallet system accommodates work load increases, enabling lights-out or minimally attended machining.

The HN-S series has the largest work envelope in its class (featuring a new HN800-S bar), providing increased flexibility, productivity and accuracy. A high rapid traverse rate and long axes strokes results in faster cut and non-cut times. A new hybrid guideway system has a large, ultra-rigid roller guide block on X and Z axes to optimize heavy-duty machining. The Y-axis has a hardened and ground box-way system to provide vibration dampening at the tool point, increasing accuracy and tool life.

For heavy-duty/low-frequency machining, the box-way HN, HN V guideway and HN DII series feature super-high torque spindles and up to 126" maximum work swing diameter. High stiffness, geared head spindles are ideal for titanium, Inconel and hastelloy. Niigata HN-5X five-axis series HMC's offer a highly rigid, heavy-duty box-way design solution for five-axis, high precision machining of complex parts found in a broad range of industries such as aerospace, automotive, power generation, die and mold, and semiconductor. The five-axis models offer low frequency machining of challenging materials such as high nickel alloys.

The extremely versatile, high rigidity HN-FC facing center series, provide heavy-duty W-axis and U-axis spindles for long tool, long reach and large stationary part turning operations. The HN-BAR and HN-S-BAR series configurations provide unique, application driven, 5.12" diameter bar/quill spindles in a true machining center format.

The Niigata SPN series features a double box design and offers innovative T-shaped casting and a stationary column for accurate, consistent machining, including the SPN901—an 800 mm pallet workhorse for aerospace applications. Niigata solutions also include precise, versatile horizontal boring mills for extra-large parts.

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