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Grand opening of San Francisco technology center

Manufacturing Group | March 17, 2014

Methods Machine Tools' event features latest machine tool technology, live demonstrations, technical seminars, and 2 grand prizes.

San Leandro, CA. – Methods Machine Tools Inc. will be holding a grand opening at their new state-of-the-art Technology Center in San Leandro, Calif., on May 14-15, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Manufacturing professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The new 10,280ft2 Methods facility has been established to support Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. Located at 650 Whitney St. in San Leandro, the technology center features the latest machine tools and automation technology, and application experts are based on-site. Machines on display will include Methods’ new line of YASDA precision machining centers, FANUC RoboDrill vertical machining centers & RoboCut wire EDM machines, FEELER high performance machining centers & turning centers, KIWA-Japan horizontal machining centers, metrology solutions including VisionGauge digital optical comparators, tooling, and spare parts.

Live demonstrations of automation solutions will include a RoboDrill JobShop Cell with fully integrated robotic loading / unloading, small hole drilling on a FANUC RoboDrill, aerospace part machining, KIWA machines that offer expandability in-the-field, EDM wire cutting and more.

The grand opening will also feature technical seminars to be held each day. Seminar topics will include Automation Solutions for Machine Shops, Preventative Maintenance, Air Turbine Tools (for RoboDrill's) by John Sizemore of Air Turbine Tools, Anodizing 101 by Joe Osborn of 2 Dye 4 Inc. and 5-axis Inspection by Patrick Beauchemin of VISIONx. In addition, technical representatives will be on hand and visitors will be able to check out the latest tooling, workholding, software, and probing technology products being displayed by participating companies. 

“Methods is committed to bringing the best machine tools, solutions and support to the west coast market,” says Fernando R. Garcia, general manager, West Coast Operations at Methods Machine Tools Inc. “We are proud to officially introduce our new facility in California and we are looking forward to having our customers and other manufacturing professionals attend the grand opening event.” 

Methods will be hosting a special raffle that includes 2 Grand Prizes: one for 6 months free use of a FANUC 21-Tool 24K spindle RoboDrill and one for 6 months free use of a feature-loaded FEELER FTC-30 FANUC-controlled 2-axis CNC lathe (certain restrictions apply). Several raffles will also be held for 8 hours of complementary service & support, as well as for two iPads. To further celebrate the occasion, Methods will hold a traditional Japanese sake-barrel smashing ceremony on May 14. Door prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served through-out the event. Complementary event valet parking will be provided. 

For more information or to register for the event, please visit http://www.methodsmachine.com/news-events/open-house.aspx or call 510.636.1430. Registration will open on March 17, 2014. Please register no later than May 9, 2014.

Source: Methods Machine Tools

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