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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Methods Machine Tools Introduces New VMC for Drilling

Fanuc supplier and training supervisor Methods Machine Tools (MMT) have introduced a new series of high-speed vertical machine centers for drilling operations.

The series of Fanuc D21 RoboDrill VMCs is designed for high-speed processing and has advanced control systems. The increase of high-technology electronic processing, according to the suppliers, decrease the need for extra controls and consolidates the control area for a more ergonomic machine.

Additionally, operators have access to increased troubleshooting functionality to improve the maintenance function and shorten machine downtime.

The Fanuc D21 RoboDrill is available in three models representing three sizes: the D21-S (small), D21-M (medium) and D21-L (large). The units are available in 14- or 21-tool setups and can operate with torques up to 56 ft-lbs and rigid tapping of 5,000 rpm, with an optional upgrade to 8,000 rpm. Feedrates are clocked up to 1,181 ipm with an optional upgrade up to 2,362 ipm. The spindle ranges from 10,000 to 24,000 rpm, but the VMC features the option “to use tool-changeable air spindles of up to 90,000 rpm.

Methods Machine Tools emphasizes the increased control functionality as a top selling point of the unit.

“The high-speed processing provided by the new Fanuc control greatly improves performance on the RoboDrill, especially in multiaxis/5-axis applications,” MMT National Sales Director Stephen Bond said in a statement.



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