Methods Optimizes Three-Axis MV 1600H for Large Workpieces

Methods Machining tools has released its MV 1600H three-axis vertical machining center, which it says can quickly and precisely machine large workpieces.


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A press photo of Methods Machining Tools' MV 1600H three-axis vertical machining center

Methods Machine Tools Inc.’s MV 1600H three-axis vertical machining center (VMC) combines durable construction with the functionality of a rigid boxway Z-axis and versatile linear guideways on the X- and Y-axes. 

"Plain and simple, it's the best of both worlds," says Nicholas St. Cyr, Methods Machining Centers product manager. "The hybrid box-and-linear design allows users to perform deep, exact cuts quickly. Customers don't have to sacrifice agility for precision."

Methods optimized the MV 1600H for cutting large workpieces. The work area spans 63.0" by 31.5" while the table has a capacity of 3,300 pounds and measures 66.9" by 33.5". Rapid rates are 36 m/min on the X- and Y-axes and 24 m/min on the Z-axis, ensuring fast tool movements. Weighing approximately 41,800 pounds, the MV 1600H has a heavy-cast construction, dampening reverberations and giving operators greater precision and improved surface finishing capability.

A 40-tool automatic tool changer (ATC) with big and heavy tool functionality comes standard on the MV 1600H. The comprehensive chip management system includes an external chip conveyor, chip flush in the bed, spindle flush and an extra coolant gun, all designed to maximize machine uptime.

The FANUC 0i-MF control comes with a 200 block look-ahead and preinstalled MANUAL GUIDE i software, allowing operators to program operations at the machine for increased versatility.

The MV 1600H is a part of the Methods Machining Center product line. Having drawn on its experience to develop the line and having partnered with Litz Hitech Corporation for manufacturing, Methods says that it backs each machine with its service and support. The company also says it engineers Methods Machining Centers to precise standards, fully inspects them to meet strict quality and design specifications and ensures they comply with ISO/ASME standards.