High-speed machining centers

High-speed machining centers

June 25, 2019

Methods Machine Tools Inc.


Sudbury, Massachusetts – Machine tool and automation supplier Methods Machine Tools Inc. has introduced the Fanuc RoboDrill ecoPLUS, offering a 21-tool capacity and increased speed via an optional 24,000rpm spindle. Two ecoPLUS models are available including one with a larger X-axis travel and table size.

Fanuc RoboDrill eco/ecoPLUS high-speed machining centers offer milling, drilling, tapping, deburring, and chamfering. Speed and versatility make the machining centers suitable for off-loading bigger, slower machines as well as for performing secondary options, regardless of production volumes. Easy-to-use, the RoboDrill eco/ ecoPLUS high-speed machining centers are an excellent all-round workhorse solution for any job shop.

The ecoPLUS D21MiB has a working cube of 19.7″ x 15.7″ x 13″ (500mm x 400mm x 330mm). The ecoPLUS D21LiB offers travels of 27.6″ x 15.7″ x 13″ (700mm x 400mm x 330mm). Standard features on both systems include a 14.75hp (peak) 10,000rpm or 24,000rpm direct drive spindle with precision-enhancing thermal compensation, HRV control and a 21-station tool changer.

The ecoPLUS D21MiB has a table size of 25.6 ″ x 15.7″ (650mm x 399mm) and the ecoPLUS D21LiB offers a table size of 33.5″ x 16.1″ (951mm x 409mm). Both machining centers have rapid traverses to 1,890ipm (41m/min), accelerations/ decelerations to 1.5G, 0.9-second tool changes (tool-to-tool), rigid tapping to 5,000rpm; and high-speed reverse tapping (up to 20x faster than infeed). Each are equipped with a Fanuc 31i-B Nano CNC with simultaneous 3-axis control.

Options include high-speed indexers, a fourth axis, a signal lamp, and robotic automation packages from Methods.