Vertical Machining Center utilizes high-rigidity spindle.

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Built with reinforced cross-ribbed column structure and no counter-balance weight design, FEELER HV-1100V minimizes peck-drilling vibration and prevents oscillation caused by counter-balance weight. Machine features 4+1 axis configuration, 13.8 in. rotary table, and dedicated trunnion with roller cam technology and 16 x 14 in. work envelope. Equipped with 30 hp, direct drive 40 taper spindle with max speed of 12,000 rpm, HV-1100V provides X, Y, and Z axis travels of 33.5, 19.3, and 20.7 in.



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Methods Presents New Feeler High Performance Vertical Machining Center



FEELER HV-1100V Increases Machining Efficiency by Over 30%.



Sudbury, MA, U.S.A.  – Methods Machine Tools, Inc.( www.methodsmachine.com), a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, 3D printing technology, automation and accessories, has expanded its FEELER line to include the FEELER HV-1100V, a high performance vertical machining center that features a rigid design and many innovative features to provide exceptional accuracy and machining efficiency.



The newest of the FEELER HV line, the HV-1100V features a dedicated trunnion, 4+1 axis configuration and a 13.8” (350 mm) rotary table. The trunnion is solidly built Autocam with roller cam technology, and offers a 16” (406 mm) by 14” (356 mm) work envelope. The tilting A-axis has a full +/- 120 degree of motion. 



The FEELER HV-1100V’s reinforced cross-ribbed column structure and no counter-balance weight design dramatically improves torsional torque resistance and reduces low frequency resonance for optimal stability. This innovative design greatly reduces peck-drilling vibration and prevents oscillation normally caused by a counter-balance weight. The new FEELER design dramatically improves movement stability on the Z-axis and delivers 30% increased rigidity for more accuracy, better workpiece finish and less waste.



The FEELER HV-1100V offers an X-Axis travel of 33.5" (850 mm), a Y-Axis travel of 19.3” (490 mm) and a Z-Axis travel of 20.7" (5250 mm).  Rigorous speed vibration control is ensured by utilizing a high-rigidity spindle that increases metal removal rates by over 30% and improves machining accuracy and tool life. A maximum spindle speed of 12,000 RPM on 30 HP direct drive, 40 taper spindle is standard.



The HV-1100V also features a 30 tool magazine swing arm, and an automatic tool changer with a tool-to-tool time of 1 second/60Hz. A fast chip removing system with chip conveyor, automatic lubrication system, dust-proof electrical cabinet and Methods’ safety package are all standard on the HV-1100V. A reliable, easy-to-use FANUC 0iMFControl with 4th Axis prep and a 10.4” color LCD is also standard and available in a swiveling control box for ergonomics and convenience. 



FEELER machines are manufactured by Fair Friend Group (FFG).  Established in 1979, FFG is one of the world’s largest machine tool builders and has major manufacturing operations in Taiwan, China, Japan and the U.S.A.  FEELER is known for rigorous quality control and has invested significantly in highly advanced manufacturing equipment and research and development.



All FEELER machines include extensive design and engineering by Methods Machine Tools, and are backed by Methods’ application expertise, support and extensive network of technology centers. The full range of FEELER machines encompasses Vertical Machining Centers, Turning Centers, Vertical Turning Lathes and Bridge / Boring Mills.



Methods Machine Tools, Inc., in operation for over 55 years, is a leading supplier of precision machine tools, 3D printing solutions, automation and accessories, providing extensive applications engineering support, installation, parts, service and training through a network of large state-of-the-art technology centers and dealers throughout North America.  For more information, please contact Methods at 65 Union Avenue, Sudbury, MA 01776, TEL: (978) 443-5388, FAX: (978) 440-9405 or visit www.methodsmachine.com.

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