Method Machine Tools releases end-to-end automation system for Nakamura-Tome turning centres

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Methods Machine Tools (Methods), an automated system supplier, has released the Turn-Assist 200i and 270i from Robojob as its first end-to-end standard automation system for machine manufacturer Nakamura-Tome’s turning centres.

Turn-Assist is a semi-collaborative system engineered for lathe automation and was designed to be deployed and operated by those at any skill level.

According to the company, the transition from one part to another can be achieved in minutes, thanks to a simple tablet-style human-machine interface (HMI) and standard ethernet internet protocol (IP) system.

“By pairing the Turn-Assist from Robojob with Nakamura-Tome, we have created a unique, complete automation solution for high-mix/low-volume and/or mid-volume with frequent changeovers on round workpieces often associated with Nakamura lathes,” said Zach Spencer, automation manager at Methods.

“As Methods provides the machine, the options, the automation system, and the interface, along with the installation, training and support, customers have the advantage of working with one supplier for the entire technology and experience stack.”

To maximise safety, Turn-Assist was built with an open-floor setup and area sensors, while a pre-programmable robot (supplied by Japanese automation group Fanuc) loads blanks and unloads completed parts from the stocking table.

Methods claims the robot includes options to process shafts, rotate parts and interface with a bar-feeder.

Additionally, an automatic air blow nozzle on the dual, three-jaw gripper reportedly enables the robot to discard chips and coolant away from the workholding, removing the need for manual intervention.

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