Methods Machine Tools Inc

13607 South Point Blvd
Charlotte,  NC  28273-7710

United States
704-587-0507
http://www.methodsmachine.com
  • Booth: 1909

Work with Methods Machine Tools and you can count on superior products, parts, and service—all from a superior team. There is more to efficient shop production than simply owning the right machine; this is why so many machine shops benefit from their relationships with Methods Machine Tools.

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ince 1958, Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has been North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tool and additive solutions – providing superior products, engineering and automation, parts and service, training, and integration.

Visit us at www.methodsmachine.com to see our full line up of machine tool soltions.


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 Press Releases

  • Methods Machine Tools, Inc., North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tools and automation, has introduced a new line of Methods Branded 3-Axis Vertical and 5-Axis Bridge Type Machining Centers, all engineered and built to Methods’ highest specifications and quality standards. The Methods Machining Centers are available in North America, and offer an affordable, accurate and reliable best-in-class mid-range machining solution. Click Here for more information on Methods Machining Centers.

    “We are very pleased to announce the introduction of Methods Machining Centers,” said Mr. Jerry Rex, President and CEO of Methods Machine Tools, Inc. “Methods’ engineering team has ensured that our new branded line meets our customers’ needs and expectations in North America. These machines will provide an ideal value-to-performance solution in the marketplace and complement our full portfolio of leading lines.”

    Methods Machining Centers are made to Methods’ design and engineering standards by Litz Hitech Corp., a reputable, well-established machine tool builder, and are fully backed by Methods industry-leading service and support. All Methods Machining Centers are fully inspected to meet strict quality and design specifications, while also in compliance with ISO/ASME standards. Laser and ball bar testing ensures performance and accuracy of each machine.

    Methods 3-Axis Vertical Machining Centers include four initial models ‒ 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, providing power, speed, superior surface finishing, long spindle life and thermal stability. Rigid box-way construction in the Z-axis utilizing Turcite B ensures exceptional cutting performance and machining accuracy. Turcite B technology was specifically 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 in the Methods Vertical Machining Centers include thermal compensation using three thermocouples to allow the software to compensate for actual thermal growth. The MV 800H and MV 1000H have robust 1.378 inch (35mm) roller guideways in the X and Y-axis with 2,362 IPM rapids. The MV 1100H has a larger structure with 1.77 inch (45 mm) roller guideways in the X and Y-axis with a 1,890 IPM rapid rate, and its Z-axis box ways are over 3 inches wider (side-to-side) than the MV 800H and MV 1000H. The MV 1600H is a heavy-duty 41,888 lb. machine designed for exceptional cutting performance on large, diverse, complex parts. The MV 1600H has an impressive 21.85 inch distance between Z-axis box ways (side to side) and offers 2.17 inch (55 mm) roller guideways in the X and Y-axis with 1,417 IPM rapid rates. Automatic tool changers range from 24 tools to 40 tools, depending on the machine.

    Methods MB 650U 5-Axis Bridge Type Machining Center is designed for the high accuracy, 5-axis simultaneous machining of complex parts and significantly reduces the need for multiple setups. Equipped with standard linear scales on the X, Y, Z-axes, rotary scales on the B & C-axes, and thermal compensation results in stable, high precision part production. 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 for long spindle life. This performance package also includes a Calibration Ball, TCP Software, and Probe System for setting/calibrating precise tool center point. A Laser Tool Measurement System detects tool wear, damage, and breakage, reducing non-productive time and enabling automated operation.

    All Methods Machining Centers feature FANUC controls, the industry’s benchmark for quality and reliability. Methods VMC’s have the FANUC 0iMF Control with 10.4 inch LCD screen, manual guide I, AICC II, 2 m/ sec Block Processing Time (BPT) and 200 Block Look Ahead. For the highest level of performance and processing power required for complex 5-axis machining, the MB650U Bridge Type Machining Center features the FANUC 31iMB5 Control with 15 inch TFT screen including a data server, manual guide I, AICC II, 1 MB of NC memory, .4ms BPT, 600 Block Look Ahead, Collision Detection (built in 3D interference check), Fast Package III, Ethernet and 2GB CF card.

    “We are confident that our new Methods Machining Centers will exceed customer expectations for quality, reliability, accuracy and longevity at a competitive price,” said Jeff Ervay, Methods Brand Product Manager. “To meet the needs of our customers, we are continuing the development of the Methods product line with additional models in the future.”

  • ecoPLUS is New Introduction to the RoboDrill eco Line.

    Methods Machine Tools, Inc., North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tools and automation, has announced the introduction of the new FANUC RoboDrill ecoPLUS, offering a larger 21 tool capacity and increased speed via an optional 24,000 rpm spindle. Two ecoPLUS models are available including one with a larger X-axis travel and table size.

    FANUC RoboDrill eco/ecoPLUS high-speed machining centers offer milling, drilling, tapping, deburring, and chamfering. Originally named for offering an economical price and an ecological spindle that returns energy to the machine in the intervals between cutting, the line is designed and built in Japan for years of continuous duty. Speed and versatility make the machining centers ideal for off-loading bigger, slower machines as well as for performing secondary options, regardless of production volumes. Easy-to-use, the RoboDrill eco/ ecoPLUS high-speed machining centers are an excellent all-round workhorse solution for any job shop.

    “The entire RoboDrill line is distinguished for its unsurpassed, exceptional reliability. We are pleased to continue this tradition with introduction of the ecoPLUS,” said Mr. Ken Corklin, RoboDrill Product Manager, Methods Machine Tools, Inc. “Building on the success of the RoboDrill eco, which is known for heavyweight performance at an affordable price, our customers now have more options for machining larger parts faster and more efficiently with the ecoPLUS.”

    The ecoPLUS D21MiB has a working cube of 19.7″ x 15.7″ x 13″ (500 mm x 400 mm x 330 mm). The ecoPLUS D21LiB offers travels of 27.6″ x 15.7″ x 13″ (700 mm x 400 mm x 330 mm). Standard features on both systems include a 14.75 HP (peak) 10,000 rpm or 24,000 rpm direct drive spindle with precision-enhancing thermal compensation, HRV control and a 21-station tool changer. The ecoPLUS D21MiB has a table size of 25.6 ″ x 15.7″ (650 mm x 399 mm) and the ecoPLUS D21LiB offers a table size of 33.5″ x 16.1″ (951 mm x 409 mm). Both machining centers have rapid traverses to 1890 ipm (41 m/min), accelerations/ decelerations to 1.5 G, 0.9-second tool changes (tool-to-tool), rigid tapping to 5,000 rpm; and high-speed reverse tapping (up to 20 times faster than infeed). Each are equipped with a FANUC 31i-B Nano CNC with simultaneous 3-axis control.

    Options include high-speed indexers, a fourth axis, a signal lamp, and robotic automation packages from Methods.


 Products

  • Methods MV 800H
    The All-New Methods MV 800H 3-Axis Vertical Machining Center engineered & built to strict Methods specifications and quality standards....

  • The Methods MV 800H 3-Axis Vertical Machining Center is packed with standard features & benefits that will exceed the expectations of our customers looking for quality, reliability, accuracy & longevity at a competitive price.
    FEATURES & BENEFITS
    • Reliable FANUC 0i-MF Control with 10.4” LCD Screen
    • Includes Manual Guide I, AICC II, 2ms BPT, and 200 Block Look Ahead
    • 15,000 RPM Big Plus, 40 Taper Spindle with Oil-Air Lubrication, Spindle Chiller
    • Powerful 30 HP (15 min.) Direct Drive Hollow Shaft Spindle Motor w/1000 psi CTS Prep
    • Rigid Box-Way Construction in the Z-Axis
    • Robust Roller Guideways in the X and Y-Axis Feature 2362 IPM Rapid Rate
    • 24 Tool ATC
    • Thermal Compensation
    OPTIONS
    • Heidenhain Linear Scales in X/Y/Z axes
    • Tool and Part Probe Measurement
    • High Pressure Coolant (70 bar)
    • Pallet Changer
    • Rotary Tables
    • Oil/Coolant Separator
    • Filter Mist Collector
    • Electrical Cabinet Air Conditioner
    • Transformer
    • Rotary Window
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