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October 20, 2008

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Dual y-axis design cuts cycle times by half


A unique dual y-axis design, combined with what the company reports as the highest horsepower and torque of any machine in its class, gives the new Nakamura-Tome WY-250 multitasking turning/milling center a reported cycle time reduction of up to 50% from competitive machines. Exclusively sold in the United States and Mexico by Methods Machine Tools (Sudbury, MA), the WY-250’s opposed two-spindle, two-turret construction features a unique upper and lower y-axis capability for milling or drilling simultaneously on both turrets. New Super Mill drive train milling motors on the turrets (25 hp on the left and 20 hp on the right) can produce milling speeds up to 6000 rpm. To accommodate these speeds, the 26,460-lb machine offers high rigidity and a 60° slant bed for easy access to the work and tooling.

The system includes 24 rotating, milling tool stations, with two 12-station turrets with half-index capability (for a total of 48) as standard. The machine has a maximum turning diameter of 8.5 inches and a turning length of 23 inches. The left spindle has a bar capacity of 2.6 inches; the right has 2 inches. The footprint dimensions are 175 by 105 by 94 inches, and Manual Guide I conversational programming simulation and optimization software is standard.

“When combined with the dual y-axis, very aggressive chip removal rates are obtained along with the ability to perform one-hit machining, which reduces operations and cuts cycle times by up to 50%,” reports Richard Parenteau, director of application development at Methods Machine Tools.

Methods Machine Tools Inc.


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