The Methods MB 650U five axis bridge type VMCClick image to enlarge

Methods Machine Tools has introduced a new line of Methods branded three axis vertical and five axis bridge type machining centres.

The three axis VMCs include four initial models – the MV 800H, MV 1000H, MV 1100H and MV 1600H ‒ featuring a 15,000 rpm, 30 hp Big-Plus 40-taper direct drive spindle with oil-air lubrication and spindle oil chiller.

Rigid box-way construction in the Z axis utilizes Turcite B, which enhances cutting performance and machining accuracy. Turcite B technology was developed to provide machines with superior rigidity, low friction coefficient, reduced vibration, excellent damping characteristics without stick-slip, as well as very high wear resistance for long machine life.

Additional features include thermal compensation using three thermocouples to allow the software to compensate for actual thermal growth. The MV 800H and MV 1000H have robust 35 mm (1.378 in.) roller guideways in the X and Y axis with 6000 cpm (2,362 ipm). The MV 1100H has a larger structure with 45 mm (1.77 in.) roller guideways in the X and Y axis with a 4800 cpm (1,890 ipm) rapid rate, and its Z axis box ways are over 76 mm (3 in.) wider side-to-side than the MV 800H and MV 1000H.

The MV 1600H is a heavy-duty 19,000 kg (41,888 lb.) machine designed for exceptional cutting performance on large, diverse, complex parts. The MV 1600H has a 55.5 cm (21.85 in.) distance between Z-axis box ways (side to side) and offers 2.17 inch (55 mm) roller g1417uideways in the X and Y-axis with 3599 cpm (1,417 ipm) rapid rates. Automatic tool changers range from 24 tools to 40 tools, depending on the machine.

The MB 650U five axis bridge type machining centre is designed for accurate five axis simultaneous machining of complex parts and reduces the need for multiple setups. Equipped with standard linear scales on the X, Y and Z axes, rotary scales on the B and C axes, and thermal compensation. The MB 650U has a 15,000 rpm, 25 hp Big-Plus 40-taper direct drive spindle with oil-air lubrication and spindle oil chiller. The package also includes a calibration ball, TCP software and probe system for setting/calibrating precise tool centre point. A laser tool measurement system detects tool wear, damage, and breakage, reducing non-productive time and enabling automated operation.

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