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Five-Axis Machine Tool with Automation System

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. recently released the MB 650U Automatic Manufacturing Package (MB 650U AMP).

"The MB 650U AMP blends the precision and speed of Methods' 5-axis MB 650U and the convenience of the 6-pallet Indunorm automatic pallet changer (APC). The result is a versatile, high-precision machine capable of unattended, lights-out operation," said a company spokesperson.

"Methods created the MB 650U AMP to provide a simple solution for anyone looking to add automation to their shop," said Nicholas St. Cyr, Methods Machining Center Product Manager. "The integrated package provides the perfect mixture of accuracy, speed and automation on day one."

The APC measures just 82.68" x 82.68" (2,100 mm x 2,100 mm). The compact APC gives the MB 650U AMP the ability to complete multiple workpieces without the need for additional automation. The work envelope spans 19.7" (500 mm) in diameter and 19.7" (500 mm) in height, with a weight of 425 lbs. (192 kg), allowing users to handle workpieces of various sizes and weights with ease. The confluence of the APC and the 48-tool automatic tool changer (ATC) reduces set-up and changeover times.

"Accuracy is still at the core of the bridge-type machining center," said the spokesperson. "Features include 21 hand-scraped surfaces, a BLUM spindle probe and laser tool probe with kinematic calibration capabilities, enabling precise, quick workpiece measurements." All five axes have Heidenhain scales, giving users the capacity to obtain more accurate measurements. Users can take on challenging applications due to the BIG-PLUS 40 taper direct-drive, 15,000 RPM spindle with 25 HP, while the thermal compensation components help ensure absolute stability."

For more information contact:

Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

65 Union Avenue

Sudbury, MA 01776

877-MMT-4CNC (877-668-4262)

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