New Cell PRO Automation Machinery Comes with FANUC 31i-B5 Nano CNC Controller

Press Release Summary:

  • Incorporates main enclosure with several different pre-engineered end-of-arm and infeed/ outfeed options
  • Features articulating FANUC 6-axis robot in aluminum enclosure
  • Offers multi-axis simultaneous machining with 10,000 or 24,000 RPM BBT-30 spindle

Original Press Release:

Methods Machine Tools Introduces Next Generation JobShop Cell PRO

In-Stock, Economic Automation Solution for Medium Volume Applications

Sudbury, MA, U.S.A. (January 5, 2021)Methods Machine Tools, Inc., North America's foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tools and automation, has introduced the JobShop Cell PRO, a new standard automation solution featuring the RoboDrill D21SiBadv Vertical Machining Center Series. The JobShop Cell PRO incorporates a main enclosure with several different pre-engineered end-of-arm and infeed/ outfeed options for a range of part and capacity requirements.

"Building on nearly 15 years of experience with the widely popular JobShop Cell, we are pleased to provide a reimagined standard PRO version which accommodates multiple infeed and outfeed options for high mix, medium volume machining applications," said Mr. John Lucier, FANUC Automation Manager, Methods Machine Tools, Inc. "Having an in-stock automation solution, featuring exceptional, proven technology, saves cost and speeds delivery to our customers."

JobShop Cell PRO features an industrial grade, articulating FANUC 6-axis robot in a versatile aluminum enclosure which allows the RoboDrill to be placed on the left or right side, or in a twin cell with two machines. In the twin cell, two side-by-side RoboDrill machines with a FANUC robot entering from the side of each machine gives operators full, open access to the front of the RoboDrills for tool changes, off-sets and maintenance. Removable panels on the common enclosure allow for several different infeed and outfeed options including conveyors, drawers, lazy susan style pallet systems, as well as interfaces for vibratory and other bulk feeding solutions.

The Compact, High Speed RoboDrill D21SiBadv offers multi-axis simultaneous machining with a 10,000 or 24,000 RPM BBT-30 spindle. Customers may choose from a 3, 4 or 5-Axis configured RoboDrill, and an array of standard hydraulic or pneumatic workholding options. The RoboDrill features 1.3 second chip-to-chip tool change and 1.5g acceleration/ deceleration. A powerful FANUC 31i-B5 Nano CNC controller provides extremely fast FSSB high-speed processing.

To view a JobShop Cell PRO video, please click here.

Methods’ automation group has more than 30 automation engineers nationwide and provides highly innovative machine tool automation solutions. The automation group includes design engineers, control engineers, fluid engineers, integration/assembly engineers, field service/installation engineers, electrical/mechanical engineers and machinists.

The department quotes, engineers, assembles, tests, installs, trains, runs-off and implements all of their automation solutions. The automation department continually looks for ways to reduce costs and increase production as well as maintaining the quality of the end products. Methods' automation is a complete solution for customers throughout North America.

About Methods Machine Tools, Inc.
Methods Machine Tools, Inc., headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts USA and in operation since 1958, is North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tool and automation solutions – providing superior products, engineering, service, parts, training, and integration. With over 300 employees, nine sales and technology centers, and over 40,000 machines installed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, Methods supplies high quality machine tools, automation equipment and more. For more information call 877-668-4262 or visit

Editorial Contact:
Mr. Michael McCue
McCue & Associates LLC

Methods Contact:
Mr. John Lucier
Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

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