Twin-Spindle, Multitasking Turning Center has built-in automation.

Press Release Summary:

Able to complete parts machining in one operation, Nakamura-Tome NTRX-300 features true opposing twin spindles – 8 in. A2-6, 25 hp or 10 in. A2-8, 30 hp – as well as 25 hp tool spindle with 12,000 rpm and 5-axis capabilities. Unit has 104 ft² footprint, can machine 10 in.² on part face without C-axis rotation, and comes in 2 models with 8 in. or 10 in. chucks and respective 2.5 and 3.15 in. bar capacities. Load/unload automation system and operator recognition management software are standard.

Original Press Release:

Methods Introduces Nakamura-Tome Heavy-Duty Multitasking Turning Center with Full Twin Spindles, Built-In Automation and Advanced Software

SUDBURY, MA. U.S.A. – Today, Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools and automation, has introduced the new Nakamura-Tome NTRX-300, a multitasking turning center featuring complete parts machining in one operation, with a built-in load/unload automation system and advanced operator recognition management software. The NTRX-300 features true opposing twin spindles; an 8" A2-6 25 HP or a 10" A2-8 30 HP. The machine also features a robust 25 HP tool spindle with 12,000 RPM and full 5-Axis capabilities, with a Fanuc 31I A5 Control and offers  a large machining area for application versatility. The NTRX-300 can machine a 10" square on the face of a part, with no C-Axis rotation required due to X-Axis capability of 5" (125mm) below center travel and a Y-Axis capability of 10" (250mm). (

Taking up a compact footprint of only 104 sq./ft. (9.66 sq. meters) of floor space and weighing in at a hefty 37,480 lbs. (17,000 kg) for maximum rigidity, the NTRX-300 is available in two models; 8" (203mm) chucks with 2.5" (63.5mm) bar capacity or 10" (250mm) chucks with 3.15" (80mm) bar capacity. The NTRX-300 is designed with a long 53.15" (1,350 mm) distance between spindles to eliminate any interference of tooling during multitasking. The machine has a standard 40 tool ATC and is available with options for 80 and 120 tool ATC's.

The machine has a unique bed design with a vertical column structure mounted on a horizontal machine bed for superb rigidity and thermal stability. A uniform load applied over the machine bed during slide movement ensures exceptional stability. The compact design also allows easy reach of the spindle center and a versatile operation panel ensures optimum comfort for the operator. The high performance automation system is equipped with loading and unloading grippers at the ATC magazine.

"The NTRX-300 offers state-of-the-art multitasking, automation and software all in a compact, heavy-duty machine," said Mr. Richard Parenteau, Director of Application Development/Nakamura-Tome at Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

The NTRX-300 features an advanced graphic user interface for ease of operation on a large 19-inch

Color LCD Monitor. The new Nakamura-Tome (NT) Smart X Operation Software (using Windows v. 8.1), offers an Operation Level Management Function to view operator clearance level; Productivity Monitor Function that shows the status, productivity graph and capacity utilization of the machine, and a Loading Monitor Function that offers detailed load information.  NT setting screen commands and buttons are all integrated into one screen, ensuring easy operation. The NT Smart X Screen enables an operator to view the NC program, while watching 3D interface check, or look at CNC coordinates while watching the machining area through a video camera.

In addition, the NTRX-300 offers an NT Collision Guard feature to avoid machine collision and an air bag function to minimize damage in the event of a collision. Voice guidance, production management and 3D collision check are all furnished standard.

CAMplete TruePath Turn/Mill software is also standard on the Nakamura-Tome NTRX-300. CAMplete Turn/Mill software is an integrated suite of G-Code editing, optimization, analysis and verification tools, enabling a full range of turn/mill functions.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has been a leading supplier of precision machine tools, automation and accessories for over 55 years, providing installation, parts, service, and training through a network of dealers throughout North America.  Methods Machine Tools Inc. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Nakamura-Tome machines.

For more information, please contact Methods at 65 Union Avenue, Sudbury, MA 01776, TEL: (978) 443-5388, FAX: (978) 440-9405, Email: or visit their website at

Mr. Richard Parenteau

Methods Machine Tools, Inc.


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