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June open house planned by Methods Machine Tools

Manufacturing Group | April 15, 2014

Metal Storm 2014 will feature demonstrations from companies such as Fanuc, Feeler, Carl Zeiss, and more.

Methods Machine Tools Inc. will host an open house June 11-12, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the company’s headquarters in Sudbury, Mass.

Metal Storm 2014 will feature more than 50 machines under power from companies such as Yasda (including 5-axis machining center plus two 3-axis CNC vertical jig borers) Kiwa (featuring several horizontal machining centers), Nakamura (including a multitasking turning center), and Feeler (marking the North American debut of a 4-axis turning center). Fanuc will hold numerous demonstrations of its RoboDrills, RoboCut EDM machines, and pre-engineered automation solutions. Carl Zeiss will showcase its metrology solutions, including VisionGauge products. 

The open house will also hold technical seminars presented by industry experts from different industries, including automation. The list of seminars can be found below.

“Metal storm offers manufacturers an opportunity to discuss their applications and see the latest machine tool and automation technology in a more causal environment than a traditional tradeshow,” said Byron Deysher, president and CEO of Methods. 

Metal Storm is expected to attract more than 1,500 people from nearly 450 companies.

For more information or to register, click here or call 978.443.5388. Methods requests registrations to be completed no later than June 10.

Metal Storm technical seminars
ROI & Production Benefits of Purchasing Machine Tool Automation will cover how to determine what you need in an automation solution by providing an overview of what comprises an automation cell and what the associated costs are. 

CAMplete Turn / Mill Technology – The Reality of Developing the Process will review options and explain how to determine which platform – 2-turret, 3-turret or Y-axis – is best for your requirements.

EDM Precision for Success will be an in-depth review of the features of the Fanuc RoboCut wire EDM including AIP2, new cutting technology for PCD machining, tapered automatic wire repair though the kerf, auto select mode in automatic wire feed, and RoboCut Link machine monitoring.

Turnkey Engineering from Methods Machine Tools will be presented by a Tier 1 automotive speaker. Learn how Methods and their partners supply full turnkey responsibility and engineering including machining centers, robotic interfacing, programming, fixturing, tooling, and documentation, cradle to grave, time study, and design to final run-off and acceptance. 

Understanding Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DfMA) will be presented by the former leader of the Sikorsky Aircraft DfMA team. The seminar will cover the critical role that design for manufacturing & assembly plays at all stages of the manufacturing process as part complexity and demand for high precision increases. Those involved at the design stage, production, delivery or any role in-between, will benefit from learning essential strategies. Job shop owners should not miss this seminar!

Introduction to Jobs will provide an overview on Jobs, the world's leading composite manufacturing solution for large aerospace structural components and automotive molds.

5-Axis Inspection - The new 700 Series VisionGauge will review the latest developments with the VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator with emphasis on the new 5-axis 700 Series. The seminar will help you determine your best inspection solution and discuss application successes.

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) in the Manufacturing World Today will be presented by Mark Foster, president of AFI, offering over 30 years of teaching, coaching, and mentoring experience in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing as well as Zeiss Metrology solutions.

Understanding Geometric & Volumetric Accuracy will discuss the design and construction of a machine tool as it relates to geometric and volumetric accuracy. The seminar will cover the definitions of the terms, the specific effect it has on part manufacture and why a higher accuracy machine is beneficial. 

Introduction to Sigma will provide an overview on Sigma Machine Tools & the high accuracy Tandem 6A platform for breaking bottlenecks and improving throughput. On display at Metal Storm, the versatile Tandem 6A can act as a 3-sided machining center for 80” parts, or offer horizontal pallet changing or 5-axis pallet changing.

Digitally Powering Productivity will cover whether you have the right tools on your machines, in the right sequence. Learn about an on-demand digital assistant incorporating data-rich machining strategies to optimize productivity from part quoting through programming, presetting, and production.

Source: Methods Machine Tools

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