FANUC CiB-Series wire EDMs from Methods Machine Tools, Inc. (Sudbury, MA) feature the powerful FANUC 31i-WB control with an iHMI User Interface, advanced Automatic Wire Feeding and an Economy Mode for energy and wire usage savings. CiB-Series machines burn with virtually no re-cast and the AWF2 has been enhanced to thread thicknesses of up to 20 in submerged. Innovative design efficiencies, such as Core-Stitch slug retention, thermal displacement compensation, a moving tank design and 3D compensation function, offer significantly increased accuracy, speed, and throughput. The automatic wire tension meter and servo motor adjustment on RoboCut CiB-Series EDMs ensure accurate, straight parts. RoboCut CiB-Series EDMs are built 100 percent in Japan.
Methods partners with Ocean Technologies Ltd. Inc. (Wufeng, Taiwan) to distribute their high quality, cost-effective EDM Drills that range from easy-to-use manual machines to fully programmable 5-axis machines capable of machining complex aerospace parts. Ocean EDM Drills have a proprietary HP1+ power supply for significantly reduced wear and shorter burn times while reducing energy consumption. The capabilities of these competitively-priced machines include an A/ B axis tilt/ turn table for patented break-thru detection, a reliable electrode changer and drilling of fine holes from 0.004 in to 0.25 in, even in spherical and curved workpieces, on materials such as hard alloy steels to powder metallurgy materials. E-Learning software allows new operators to easily run the machines or seasoned operators to review processes on the fly. These EDM Drills can perform high-speed, low wear burning of holes in 4 in tall Inconel rods and in 1 in thick steel plates.
For multi-cavity programmable drilling, the mid-size River 600 CNC has CAM programming software that utilizes TCP for accurate and easy program generation for complex 5-axis workpieces. The compact, entry-level River 300 features high-efficiency linear guideways and a 100L DI/Filter that comes standard. The X-axis travel measures 11.8 in (300 mm), Y-axis at 7.9 in (200 mm), Z-axis at 11.8 in (300 mm) and W-axis at 13.8 in (350 mm). Table dimensions are 13.8 in x 9.9 in (350 mm x 250 mm). Maximum workpiece height is 11.8 in (300 mm) with maximum workpiece weight capacity at 330 lb (150 kg).
Methods Machine Tools, Inc., 65 Union Avenue, Sudbury, MA 01776, 978-443-5388, Fax: 978-440-9405, www.methodsmachine.com.
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