Methods Machine Tools releases Turn-Assist 200i and 270i for Nakamura-Tome
Methods Machine tools launched RoboJob’s Turn-Assist 200i and 270i as the first standard end-to-end automation system for Nakamura-Tome turning centers.
A semi-collaborative system designed for tower automation, Turn-Assist is designed to be implemented and executed by operators of any skill level. With a simple tablet-like HMI and a standard Ethernet IP interface, workshops can move from room to room successfully in minutes.
“By combining RoboJob’s Turn-Assist with Nakamura-Tome, we have created a unique automation solution for high/low and/or medium volume with frequent changeovers on round parts often associated with Nakamura lathes,” said Zach. Spencer, method automation manager.
“As Methods provides the machine, options, automation system and interface, as well as installation, training and support, customers have the advantage of working with a single supplier for the entire technology and experience.”
Turn-Assist features an open-floor configuration and area sensors to maximize operator safety and accessibility, while a pre-programmable FANUC robot loads blanks and unloads finished parts from the storage table. Various options allow the robot to process shafts, rotate parts and interface with a bar feeder.
The built-in automatic air blower nozzle on the three-jaw double gripper allows the robot to blow chips and coolant away from the workpiece carrier, further simplifying operations without manual intervention.
“Methods and Nakamura-Tome have served their customers for decades with the best solutions in the industry. By introducing Turn-Assist for Nakamura-Tome, machine owners benefit from a user-friendly and reliable automation system that will increase efficiency and production from day one without any operator training requirements,” added Sergio Tondato, Nakamura-Tome Product Manager at Methods.
Those interested in adding Turn-Assist to their existing or new machines should contact their local Methods representative.