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Methods Machine Tools, Inc., the foremost supplier of high-quality machine tools in North America, recently released the MV 1600H, a three-axis vertical machining center (VMC).
The MV 1600H combines durable construction with an elegant design, featuring a rigid box-way Z-axis and versatile linear guideways on the X- and Y-axes.
“Plain and simple, it’s the best of both worlds,” said Nicholas St. Cyr, Methods Machining Centers Product Manager. “The hybrid box-and-linear design allows users to perform deep, exact cuts quickly,” he said. “Customers don’t have to sacrifice agility for precision.” Rapid rates are 36 meters per minute (m/m) on the X- and Y-axes and 24 m/m on the Z-axis, ensuring fast tool movements.
Methods designed every aspect for cutting large workpieces. The work area spans 63.0″ by 31.5″ while the table has a capacity of 3,300 pounds (lbs.) and measures 66.9″ by 33.5″. Weighing approximately 41,800 pounds (lbs.), the MV 1600H has a heavy-cast construction, dampening reverberations and giving operators greater precision and improved surface finishing capability.
A host of features come standard on the MV 1600H, such as a 40-tool automatic tool changer (ATC) with big and heavy tool functionality. 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 industry-leading FANUC 0i-MF control comes with a 200 block look-ahead and MANUAL GUIDE i software preinstalled, allowing operators to program operations at the machine for increased versatility.
The MV 1600H is a part of the Methods Machining Center product line. Developed by Methods utilizing decades of engineering and service experience and manufactured by Litz Hitech Corp., each machine is fully backed by Methods’ industry-leading service and support. All Methods Machining Centers are engineered to precise standards, fully inspected to meet strict quality and design specifications, and comply with ISO/ASME standards. Additionally, the product line is the only brand of machining centers manufactured by a Taiwanese company with FANUC controls.

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