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New Turnkey Automated Machining Center Offers Lights Out Manufacturing for OEM's and Job Shops

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has introduced an all-new Methods-YASDA 5-Axis High Precision, Automated Vertical Machining Center, the PX30i, featuring exceptional quality, flexibility and economy to meet challenging OEM and job shop requirements.

"Working together during the design and manufacture of this new machining center for our market, we focused on precision, reliability and versatility, all at a cost-effective price," said Mr. Steve Previti, YASDA Product Manager.. "The PX30i offers the precision and accuracy expected from YASDA, and will be supported by Methods' outstanding sales, service and support organization. The PX30i will be a production workhorse for customers with the most demanding accuracy, quality and production requirements."

The PX30i features a newly designed, YASDA in-house built, direct-drive spindle with self-adjusting preload, which is designed based on Yasda's proven, renowned spindle technology to improve performance and increase spindle life. The new spindle features the torque, speed and horse power to facilitate the efficient machining of a wide range of materials from aluminum to high temperature alloys, including Inconel, titanium and steels with high HRC ratings.

At the core of the PX30i is a robust 2-Axis rotary table, offering flexibility and speed with a wide range of movement. Providing high efficiency and accuracy to operators with a wide range of performance requirements, the B and C-Axes feature a direct-drive motor with advanced thermal stability. Robust bridge and bed designs have been built upon YASDA designs that have long been the choice for the superior metal removal capabilities and high rigidity required for precision machining. The machine table and work envelope are sized for ease-of-operation.

The PX30i offers a turnkey automated machining center solution designed to answer a wide range of manufacturing requirements for OEMs and job shops such as a high volume, low mix of parts or a low volume, high mix of parts with differing lot sizes, part geometries and materials.

Offering manufacturers the ability to do lights-out or unattended manufacturing, the new Methods-YASDA PX30i features a full complement of 32 pallet positions storage and 1 in the work zone for a total of 33. The Automatic Tool Changer (ATC) and Automatic Pallet changer (APC) features a Methods-developed software program for efficient tool / pallet management and advanced scheduling functions. The ATC can be retrofitted for additional tool capacities of up to 500. To maximize valuable floor space, the PX30i offers a footprint of 25 ft. (length) by 11 ft. (width).

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