Methods Machine Tools to Launch California Tech Center

May 14-15 event to feature latest machine tool technology, live demonstrations, technical seminars and prize raffles.

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Methods Machine Tools Inc. will host a grand opening of its new state-of-the-art technology center in San Leandro, California, on May 14-15, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.  Manufacturing professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The company established the new 10,280-square-foot facility to support Northern California, Oregon and Washington. It features the latest machine tools and automation technology, and application experts are based on-site. Machines on display during the open house will include Methods’ new line of Yasda precision machining centers; FANUC RoboDrill vertical machining centers and RoboCut wire EDMs; Feeler high-performance machining centers and turning Centers; and Kiwa-Japan horizontal machining centers. Also featured will be metrology solutions including VisionGauge digital optical comparators, tooling, spare parts and more.

Live demonstrations of automation solutions will include 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.

The grand opening will also feature technical seminars each day on topics including Automation Solutions for Machine Shops; Preventative Maintenance; Air Turbine Tools (for RoboDrills) by John Sizemore of Air Turbine Tools; Anodizing 101 by Joe Osborn of 2 Dye 4 Inc.; and 5-Axis Inspection by Patrick Beauchemin of Visionx. In addition, technical representatives will be on hand, and visitors will be able to check out the latest tooling, workholding, software and probing technology products being displayed by participating companies. 

Methods also will hold two grand prize raffles: one for 6 months free use of a FANUC 21-tool, 24-K spindle RoboDrill, and one for 6 months free use of a feature-loaded Feeler FTC-30, FANUC-controlled two-axis CNC lathe (certain restrictions apply). Several raffles will also be held for 8 hours of complementary service and support, as well as for two iPads. To further celebrate the occasion, Methods will hold a traditional Japanese sake-barrel smashing ceremony on May 14. Door prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served throughout the event.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit or call 510-636-1430.