Pallet-Changer System offers repeatability of ±0.0002 in.

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Designed for use with RoboDrill machining center, RoboDrill PC-2 employs dual pallet system that allows part loading or fixture changes on one pallet while machining is under way on second pallet. Pallets, up to 27.5 x 15.3 in., accommodate load capacities to 220 lb, and pallet-change time is 6.3 sec. Suited for low- to medium-volume production of short cycle parts, unit can be used as fixture changer for low-volume production runs.

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Pallet-Changer System Increases Productivity

SUDBURY, MA - The RoboDrill PC-2 Pallet Changer System is the ideal productivity-enhancing option for low- to medium-volume production of short cycle parts. Designed for use with the RoboDrill machining center, it provides the quick changeover flexibility of a stand-alone machine plus the productivity of a pallet shuttle.

With a pallet-change time of 6.3 seconds, the PC-2's dual pallet system dramatically reduces downtime by allowing part loading or fixture changes on one pallet while machining is under way on a second pallet. Large pallets - up to 27.5" x 15.3" - accommodate more fixtured parts, vises, and larger fixtures and have a load capacity of 220 lbs. Pallet changer repeatability is ±0.0002". Unlike lazy-Susan-type machines, the PC-2 can be used as a fixture changer for low-volume production runs. Located at the side of the RoboDrill, it allows easy access to the work zone for faster setups and changeovers.

The versatile 30-taper RoboDrill E Series machining center can handle even the toughest metals. Equipped with the lightning-fast Fanuc 31i-A5 CNC, it is capable of feedrates to 1181 ipm, accelerations to 1.5 G or more, rigid tapping to 8000 rpm, peck tapping for blind holes, high-speed reverse tapping (at speeds up to five times faster than infeed), and advanced drill-wear monitoring. With CNC options such as 1000 block "look-ahead," high-speed control software, and NURBS interpolation, the RoboDrill E also offers precision boring, high-speed deburring, and exceptional surface finishes on milled contours. HRV control, thermal compensation, and thread milling further improve speed, flexibility, and accuracy. The RoboDrill E boasts positioning accuracy of 0.0002" and repeatability of ± 0.000080", comes standard with a 14- or 21-station tool changer, and is available with a choice of 5/7.5 HP 10,000 rpm or 2/5 HP 24,000 rpm Big Plus(TM) spindles.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., has been a supplier of precision machine tools and accessories for over 45 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,

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