MX-100 Multitasking Machining Center Equipped with 15-hp Upper Tool Spindle
Methods Machine Tools Inc.’s Nakamura-Tome MX-100 multitasking turning center offers high productivity milling and turning for an array of part manufacture, including medical. The 96-tool-capacity multitasking turning center is equipped with a 15-hp upper tool spindle with 20,000 rpm and turning capability. An 8,000-rpm milling turret offers 12 tool stations with 24 indexing positions.
The MX-100 is especially well-suited for medical part manufacture and is also excellent for the high mix/short lot production of aerospace parts and more.
A compact design maximizes floor space at 171" (4,350 mm) length x 110" (2,795 mm) width, while heavy duty construction includes a rigid design casting and column at 37,200 lbs ‒ 30% heavier than other machines in its class. An eco-friendly solution, the MX-100 has grease lubrication of slide axes.
The Nakamura MX-100 features a 12,000 rpm (optional 20,000 rpm) upper tool spindle with a 2.5" (65-mm) diameter bar capacity. Total Y-axis travel is 8.26" (210 mm), and the X-axis travel is up to 1.9" (50-mm) below spindle center. The MX-100 features a SmartX touchscreen, PC-based 19" high-resolution color display LCD panel, which works in conjunction with the FANUC 31i-B5 control.
The MX-100 comes equipped with the NT Work Navigator that can recognize the coordinates of machine parts with non-round shapes such as those in forgings and castings, without any additional costs involved. This feature eliminates the need for costly positioning fixtures and clamping devices.
The Advanced NT Nurse System all-in-one software package is also included, providing easy-to-use support for the operation, programming and production on the MX-100. Critical functionality includes phase recognition (key for multitasking), direct chucking enabling transfer without positioning error, and precise synchronization of the left/ right-hand spindles. Additional functions include a load monitor for identifying tool wear/ breakage, tool life management and machine monitoring.
CAMplete TruePath turn/mill software is standard on Nakamura-Tome multitasking, multi-turret machines including the MX-100. The software is an integrated suite of G-Code editing, optimization, analysis and verification tools, enabling a range of turn/mill functions and offering users everything needed to simulate and verify complex programs in an intuitive 3D environment.
All Nakamura-Tome machines are equipped with a standard electronic detector safety feature that reduces the impact and force of a machine collision. Should a crash occur, within 4 milliseconds after the crash, servomotor-feeding direction is reversed and the machine will stop in EMG mode.
Methods is the exclusive U.S. importer of Nakamura-Tome multitasking turning centers.
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