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New VMC Offers Dedicated Trunnion, 30% Increased Rigidity

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has expanded its FEELER line to include the FEELER HV-1100V, a high performance vertical machining center that features a rigid design and many innovative features to provide exceptional accuracy and machining efficiency.

The newest of the FEELER HV line, the HV-1100V features a dedicated trunnion, 4+1 axis configuration and a 13.8" (350 mm) rotary table. The trunnion is solidly built Autocam with roller cam technology, and offers a 16" (406 mm) by 14" (356 mm) work envelope. The tilting A-axis has a full +/- 120 degree of motion.

The FEELER HV-1100V's reinforced cross-ribbed column structure and no counter-balance weight design dramatically improves torsional torque resistance and reduces low frequency resonance for optimal stability. This innovative design greatly reduces peck-drilling vibration and prevents oscillation normally caused by a counter-balance weight. The new FEELER design dramatically improves movement stability on the Z-axis and delivers 30 percent increased rigidity for more accuracy, better workpiece finish and less waste.

The FEELER HV-1100V offers an X-Axis travel of 33.5" (850 mm), a Y-Axis travel of 19.3" (490 mm) and a Z-Axis travel of 20.7" (5250 mm). Rigorous speed vibration control is ensured by utilizing a high-rigidity spindle that increases metal removal rates by over 30 percent and improves machining accuracy and tool life. A maximum spindle speed of 12,000 RPM on 30 HP direct drive, 40 taper spindle is standard.

The HV-1100V also features a 30 tool magazine swing arm, and an automatic tool changer with a tool-to-tool time of 1 second/60Hz. A fast chip removing system with chip conveyor, automatic lubrication system, dust-proof electrical cabinet and Methods' safety package are all standard on the HV-1100V. A reliable, easy-to-use FANUC 0iMFControl with 4th Axis prep and a 10.4" color LCD is also standard and available in a swiveling control box for ergonomics and convenience.

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