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Next Generation JobShop Cell PRO

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., supplier of precision machine tools and automation, has introduced the JobShop Cell PRO, a new standard 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 a range of part and capacity requirements.

"Building on nearly 15 years of experience with the popular JobShop Cell, we are pleased to provide a reimagined standard PRO version which accommodates multiple infeed and outfeed options for high mix, medium volume machining applications," said John Lucier, FANUC Automation Manager, Methods Machine Tools, Inc. "Having an in-stock automation solution featuring exceptional, proven technology saves cost and speeds delivery to our customers."

JobShop Cell PRO features an industrial grade, articulating FANUC 6-axis robot in a versatile aluminum enclosure that 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 10,000 RPM or 24,000 RPM 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 fast 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 the automation solutions. "The automation department continually looks for ways to reduce costs and increase production as well as maintain the quality of the end products. Methods' automation is a complete solution for customers throughout North America," said a company spokesperson.

For more information contact:

John Lucier

FANUC Automation Manager

Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

65 Union Avenue

Sudbury, MA 01776


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