Heavy-Duty VMC is built for years of continuous duty.

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Featuring FANUC 31i CNC with simultaneous 3- or 4-axis control, FANUC RoboDrill eco(TM) performs high-speed milling, drilling, deburring, and chamfering. Ratings include 1,181 ipm feedrates, 1,890 ipm traverses, and 1.5 G acceleration. Also capable of rigid tapping to 5,000 rpm and high-speed reverse tapping, 30-taper VMC has 19.7 x 15.7 x 12.9 in. working cube and employs 14.75 hp, 10,000 rpm direct-drive ecological spindle that returns energy to machine in intervals between cutting.



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New VMC Offers Heavyweight Performance at Lightweight Price



SUDBURY, MA - The new heavy-duty FANUC RoboDrill eco(TM) vertical machining center from Methods Machine Tools offers high-speed milling, drilling, tapping, deburring, and chamfering. Named for its economical price and its ecological spindle that returns energy to the machine in the intervals between cutting, the RoboDrill eco is designed and built in Japan for years of continuous duty.

With a working cube 19.7" x 15.7" x 12.9", feedrates to 1181 ipm, rapid traverses to 1890 ipm, accelerations to 1.5 G, 0.8-second tool changes (tool-to-tool), rigid tapping to 5000 rpm, and high-speed reverse tapping (up to 20 times faster than infeed), the 30-taper RoboDrill eco offers the performance of some 40-taper machines. Its FANUC 31i CNC has simultaneous 3-axis control (expandable to 4-axis). Other standard features include a 14.75 HP (peak) 10,000 rpm direct drive spindle with precision-enhancing thermal compensation and HRV control, a 14-station tool changer, an auto lube system, and an interior work light.

The RoboDrill eco's speed and versatility make it ideal for off-loading larger, slower machines as well as for performing secondary operations, regardless of production volumes. Easy to use, it is the perfect all-round workhorse VMC for any job shop. Options include high-speed indexers, a fourth axis, a signal lamp, and robotic loading.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., has been a supplier of precision machine tools and accessories for 50 years. Methods is the exclusive North American source for FANUC RoboDrill vertical machining centers, providing installation, parts, service, and training through a nationwide network of dealers. For more information, contact: John Crean, RoboDrill Product Manager, Methods Machine Tools, Inc., 64 Union Avenue, Sudbury, MA 01776, TEL: (978) 443-5388, FAX: (978) 440-9405, www.methodsmachine.com.

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