5-axis bridge-type machining center

5-axis bridge-type machining center

February 21, 2020

Methods Machine Tools Inc.


Sudbury, Massachusetts – Methods Machine Tools Inc.’s MB 450U Simultaneous 5-Axis bridge-type machining center is for complex parts with a high degree of quality, reliability, and accuracy. Due to the FANUC 31i-MB5 control, this machine is able to perform full five-axis precision machining of challenging parts, significantly reducing the need for multiple setups. Thanks to the control that is available exclusively to Methods, due to its partnership with FANUC, Methods Machining Centers are the only machines from Taiwan that can offer 5-axis simultaneous.

The FANUC 31i-MB5 Simultaneous 5-Axis control has a 15" color display and includes a range of powerful standard features including a 2GB data server, Manual Guide I, AICC II 600 Block Look Ahead, 1MB of NC memory, and 0.4ms Block Processing Time. The FANUC control offers collision detection with a 3D interference check and a Fast Package III with tool center point control.

Methods MB 450U features a 15,000rpm Big Plus, 40-Taper Spindle with air-oil lubrication and a spindle chiller for longevity. A 15hp hollow shaft spindle motor with 1,000psi (70bar) coolant-thru spindle prep and couple is also standard. The new MB 450U 5-Axis Bridge-Type Machining Center includes a large capacity, dual swing arm-type 48-tool automatic tool changer. Travel is 15.7" (400mm) on the X-axis and 13.8" (350mm) on the Y and Z-axes. The B-axis has -50°~ +110° tilting capability and the rotary C-axis has a 360° rotation angle.

Offering high machining stability, the MB 450U has a robust bridge-type construction with thermal compensation including 1.771" (45mm) linear roller guide ways in the X/Y-axes and 1.377" (35mm) in the Z-Axis, and weighs 13,250 lb (6,000kg). Heidenhain linear scales in the X/Y/Z axes and Heidenhain rotary scales in the B & C axes offer high precision part production. Kinematic calibration features a spindle probe with a table center point calibration ball and kinematic software. A Laser Tool Measurement System detects tool wear, damage and breakage, reducing non-productive time and enabling automated operation.