Methods Machine Tools's automation cell
Methods Machine Tools Inc. has introduced the JobShop Cell PRO, an automation solution featuring the RoboDrill D21SiBadv vertical machining center series. The JobShop Cell PRO incorporates a main enclosure with several different pre-engineered end-of-arm and infeed/ outfeed options for high mix, medium-volume machining applications.
JobShop Cell PRO features an industrial grade, articulating Fanuc 6-axis robot in an aluminum enclosure which allows the RoboDrill to be placed on the left or right side, or in a twin cell with two machines. In the twin cell, two side-by-side RoboDrill machines with a Fanuc robot entering from the side of each machine gives operators full, open access to the front of the RoboDrills for tool changes, off-sets, and maintenance. Removable panels on the common enclosure allow for several different infeed and outfeed options including conveyors, drawers, lazy susan style pallet systems, as well as interfaces for vibratory and other bulk feeding solutions.
The Compact, High Speed RoboDrill D21SiBadv offers multi-axis simultaneous machining with a 10,000rpm or 24,000rpm BBT-30 spindle. Customers may choose from a 3-, 4- or 5-axis configured RoboDrill, and an array of standard hydraulic or pneumatic workholding options. The RoboDrill features 1.3 second chip-to-chip tool change and 1.5g acceleration/ deceleration. A Fanuc 31i-B5 Nano CNC controller provides FSSB high-speed processing.
Methods’ automation group has more than 30 automation engineers nationwide and provides highly innovative machine tool automation solutions. The automation group includes design engineers, control engineers, fluid engineers, integration/assembly engineers, field service/installation engineers, electrical/mechanical engineers, and machinists.
The department quotes, engineers, assembles, tests, installs, trains, runs-off and implements all of their automation solutions. The automation department continually looks for ways to reduce costs and increase production as well as maintaining the quality of the end products. Methods' automation is a complete solution for customers throughout North America.