Wire EDMs use FANUC 31iWB Control with LCD touchscreen.

Press Release Summary:

FANUC RoboCut CiA Series, including C400iA/C600iA Wire EDMs, employ Ai Pulse Control II, which offers optimized straightness and cutting speeds for roughing and finishing in interrupted cuts. While FANUC Auto-Threader promotes reliability, Eco Mode reduces wire consumption up to 30%. PCD power supply allows for efficient burning in difficult-to-cut materials, such as CBN and some carbon fibers. Capable of manufacturing complex components, EDMs offer 7-axis simultaneous machining as option.

Original Press Release:

Methods Introduces FANUC Wire EDM Series Featuring Significant Upgrades

New C400iA and C600iA EDMs Offer Improved Accuracy, Speed, Finish and Efficiency.

Sudbury, MA, U.S.A. -- Today, Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, automation and accessories has announced they have introduced the new FANUC RoboCut CiA Series including the C400iA and C600iA Wire EDMs.  These EDM machines include several important upgrades including the new FANUC 31iWB Control which is loaded with new features for improved accuracy and finish, especially in high-taper 4-Axis cutting. ( www.methodsmachine.com/machines/region/21/products/1/5 )

The Ai Pulse Control II now offers better straightness and faster cutting speeds for both roughing and finishing in interrupted cuts.  And the world-renowned FANUC Auto-Threader offers enhanced reliability, including when threading soft wire while submerged and in the cutting gap.

"The C400iA and C600iA lines provide our EDM customers with the latest in proven FANUC technology with major upgrades to optimize productivity," said Mr. Stephen Bond, National Sales Manager for FANUC RoboDrill, RoboCut & EDM Products, Methods Machine Tools, Inc. 

The new FANUC Wire EDM Series also features several new control enhancements designed to reduce overall operational costs by monitoring electrical component usage for minimizing power consumption.  Costs are further reduced with the new "Eco Mode" which reduces wire consumption up to 30%.  And the PCD power supply has been upgraded to allow for more efficient burning in difficult¡Vto-cut materials such as CBN and some carbon fibers.  Also, cutting technology is available for machining complex, detailed graphite electrodes up to 6 inches thick with a super fine finish.

Significant upgrades have been made to RoboCut Link i cut monitor software that is standard on RoboCut machines for monitoring and operating the machine remotely.  A new, extremely user-friendly interface is now available for Apple iPad¡¦s and other remote smart devices.

Like the FANUC iE and iD EDMs, the new FANUC RoboCut C400iA and C600iA Wire EDMs are capable of manufacturing complex components and offer seven-axis simultaneous machining as an option.  The CiA Series is ideal for machining a wide range of materials including cobalt-chrome, high-nickel alloys and titanium often found in challenging applications such as aerospace, medical and military.

The CiA Series is equipped with the powerful and exclusive FANUC 31iWB Control with a 15.1" LCD touch screen.   Models include:

- C400iA 10" standard and iMed with X, Y, Z travels of 14.6" x 10.6" x 10.2" and U, V travels of ± 2.362"

- C600iA 12" standard and iMed with X, Y, Z travels of 23.6 " x 15.7" x 12.2" and U, V travels of ± 3.937".

- C600iA 16" standard with X, Y, Z travels of 23.6 "x 15.7" x 16.2" and U, V travels of ± 3.937".

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has been the leading supplier of precision machine tools, automation and accessories for over 50 years, providing installation, parts, service and training through a network of technology centers and dealers throughout North America.  Methods Machine Tools, Inc. is the exclusive North American source of sales, service, and training support for FANUC Wire EDM Machines and Vertical Machining Centers.

For more information, please contact Mr. Steve Bond, National Sales Manager, RoboDrill, RoboCut and EDM Products, 65 Union Avenue, Sudbury, MA 01776, TEL: (978) 443-5388, FAX: (978) 440-9405, Email: sales@methodsmachine.com or visit their website at www.methodsmachine.com .

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