Multitasking Turn/Mill System has two 24-tool ATC magazines.

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Occupying 102 ft² footprint, Super NTMX offers full 5-axis milling capability via Fanuc 31iA5 Control for manufacturing complex contoured components. Front location of ATC Magazines facilitates setup, and inserts can be changed without stopping machine. Machining center employs left and right spindle with speeds up to 5,000 rpm at 15/10 hp. Distance between spindles is 38.58 in., with max turning diameter of 7.67 in. and max turning length of 30.70 in.

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Methods Machine Tools Inc. Introduces World's First Twin ATC B-AXIS Multitasking Turn / Mill System

Affordable "Super NTMX" Offers Extremely Simple Operation and High Precision 5-Axis Machining.

SUDBURY, MA. U.S.A. (October 5, 2009) - Today, Methods Machine Tools Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, has introduced the Nakamura-Tome Super NTMX Multitasking Turn / Mill Machining Center. The Super NTMX is the world's first system to offer dual 24-tool ATC magazines, a unique design to simplify complex multitasking machining. Full 5-axis milling capability via a Fanuc 31iA5 Control provides high precision and accuracy for manufacturing complex contoured components, including medical, aerospace and more, in large or small volume production.

"With the introduction of the cost-effective Super NTMX, today's manufacturers have a simple, high performance 5-axis multitasking solution in a system which is very easy-to-operate," said Mr. Richard Parenteau, Director of Application Development at Methods Machine Tools Inc. "In addition, it offers shops a great deal of flexibility due to its 2 ATC magazines and programming, process versatility."

The design of the dual 24-tool ATC magazines, including one for the left spindle and one for the right, enables tools to be separated from a central magazine and placed on the side closer to where they will be used. If 24 tools are insufficient for one side operations or the operator wants to use the same tool for similar operations on both spindles, tools may be used from the left magazine on the right spindle or the right magazine on the left spindle. Further, the programming or process is completely up to the operator and can be easily, fully optimized.

The new system offers several features for simplified operations, including easy access and faster set-up via the front location of the ATC Magazines and an easy-to-operate tool spindle. Faster tool changing is provided with the ability to change the inserts without stopping the machine. Minimal programming and checking via the Fanuc control make the Super NTMX easy-to-operate. And for increased profile milling accuracy, the tool spindle gage line is very close to the center of rotation.

The Super NTMX includes one lower turret with a 12 station bolt-on turret with ½ index capabilities for a total of 24 available tools. The turret enables turning, drilling, boring, grooving and threading. The dual 24-tool ATC magazines offer a maximum 48-tool capacity. The system provides a left and right spindle with speeds up to 5,000 RPM at 15 / 10 HP, and a 6 inch (150mm) chuck and 2 inch (51mm) bar capacity. A tool spindle is featured at 10 / 5 HP with speeds up to 12,000 RPM. The distance between the spindles is 38.58 inches (980mm) with a maximum turning diameter of 7.67 (195mm) inches and a maximum turning length of 30.70 inches (780mm).

The system is offered in a 102 sq. ft. footprint with dimensions (W x L x H) 112.4" (2,855mm) x 132" (3,353mm) 106.2" (2,697mm). The Super NTMX weighs 31,972 lbs (14,500 kg).

Methods Machine Tools Inc. has been a leading supplier of precision machine tools and accessories for 50 years, providing installation, parts, service, and training through a network of dealers throughout North America. Methods Machine Tools Inc. is the exclusive U.S. and Mexico importer of Nakamura-Tome machines.

For more information about Methods Machine Tools Inc., please contact: Mr. Scott McIver, Chairman & Vice President of Product Development, 65 Union Avenue, Sudbury, MA 01776, TEL: (978) 443-5388 x506, FAX: (978) 440-9405, Email: or visit their website at

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