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Robust, High End Features Include Unique, Powerful FANUC Control

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tools and automation, has introduced the all-new Methods MB 450U Simultaneous 5-Axis Bridge-Type Machining Center, loaded with features and capabilities for efficiently manufacturing complex parts with a high degree of quality, reliability and accuracy, as well as offered in an excellent value package. Due to the FANUC 31i-MB5 control, this machine is able to perform full five-axis precision machining of challenging parts, significantly reducing the need for multiple setups. Thanks to the control that is available exclusively to Methods, due to its partnership with FANUC, Methods Machining Centers are the only machines from Taiwan that can offer 5-axis simultaneous.

“In addition to having a unique, powerful FANUC control, the MB 450U machining center is packaged with comprehensive, high end functionality for exceptional performance,” said Mr. Nicholas St Cyr, Methods Machining Centers Product Manager.  “We are pleased to offer customers a 5-Axis machining solution that is fully loaded with robust features, and provides high value for the cost.  Also, we offer our customers tremendous depth of support through Methods industry leading application engineers, technical service and parts support.”

The FANUC 31i-MB5 Simultaneous 5-Axis control has a 15″ color display and includes a range of powerful standard features including a 2 GB data server, Manual Guide I, AICC II 600 Block Look Ahead, 1 MB of NC memory and 0.4 ms Block Processing Time.  The FANUC control offers collision detection with a 3D interference check and a Fast Package III with tool center point control.

Methods MB 450U features a 15,000 RPM Big Plus, 40-Taper Spindle with air-oil lubrication and a spindle chiller for longevity.  A 15 HP hollow shaft spindle motor with 1,000 psi (70 bar) coolant-thru spindle prep and couple is also standard.  The new MB 450U 5-Axis Bridge-Type Machining Center includes a large capacity, dual swing arm-type 48-tool automatic tool changer.  Travel is 15.7″ (400 mm) on the X-axis and 13.8″ (350 mm) on the Y and Z-axes.  The B-axis has -50°~ +110° tilting capability and the rotary C-axis has a 360° rotation angle.

Offering high machining stability, the MB 450U has a robust bridge-type construction with thermal compensation including 1.771″ (45 mm) linear roller guide ways in the X/Y-axes and 1.377″ (35 mm) in the Z-Axis, and weighs 13,250 lbs. (6,000 kg).  Heidenhain linear scales in the X/Y/Z axes and Heidenhain rotary scales in the B & C axes offer high precision part production.  Kinematic calibration features a spindle probe with a table center point calibration ball and kinematic software.  A Laser Tool Measurement System detects tool wear, damage and breakage, reducing non-productive time and enabling automated operation.

Methods Machining Centers were developed by Methods by combining years of engineering and service, long term partnerships with machine tool builders, and the capabilities of Litz Hitech Corp to provide customers with another solution to their machining needs. Each machine is made to Methods’ design and engineering standards, and is fully backed by Methods industry-leading service and support. All Methods Machining Centers are fully inspected to meet strict quality and design specifications, and also be in compliance with ISO/ASME standards. Laser and ball bar testing ensures performance and accuracy of each machine.  “By taking the lessons we have learned over the years, we are able to develop a machining platform that we are proud to put our name on the line for,” said St Cyr.

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