Methods Presented Nakamura-Tome NTRX-300 IMTS


Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, 3D printing technology and automation showcased the Nakamura-Tome NTRX-300 multitasking turning center at IMTS 2016, Booth# S-9119 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, September 12-17, 2016.


The Nakamura-Tome NTRX-300 features complete parts machining in one operation, with a built-in load/unload automation system and advanced operator recognition management software.

In addition, Nakamura-Tome has developed the new NTRX-300L, a full 20″ (1,850mm) longer in the Z-Axis than the NTRX-300, offering a larger work envelope for larger part applications, and offers three additional tools (with a maximum length of 15.75″ 400mm) in a separate storage area.

The NTRX-300 features true opposing twin spindles; an 8″ A2-6 25 HP or a 10″ A2-8 30 HP. The machine also features a robust 25 HP tool spindle with 12,000 RPM and full 5-Axis capabilities, with a Fanuc 31I A5 Control and offers a large machining area for application versatility. The NTRX-300 can machine a 10″ square on the face of a part, with no C-Axis rotation required due to X-Axis capability of 5″ (125mm) below center travel and a Y-Axis capability of 10″ (250mm).

Taking up a compact footprint of only 104 sq./ft. (9.66 sq. meters) of floor space and weighing in at a hefty 37,480 lbs. (17,000 kg) for maximum rigidity, the NTRX-300 is available in two models; 8″ (203mm) chucks with 2.5″ (63.5mm) bar capacity or 10″ (250mm) chucks with 3.15″ (80mm) bar capacity.

The NTRX-300L is designed with a extra long 72.83″(1,850 mm) distance between spindles to eliminate any interference of tooling during multitasking. The machine has a standard 40 tool ATC and is available with options for 80 and 120 tool ATC’s. The NTRX-300 and NTRX-300L have a unique bed design with a vertical column structure mounted on a horizontal machine bed for superb rigidity and thermal stability. A uniform load applied over the machine bed during slide movement ensures exceptional stability. The compact design also allows easy reach of the spindle center and a versatile operation panel ensures optimum comfort for the operator.

“The NTRX-300 and the NTRX-300L offer state-of- the-art multitasking, automation and software all in a compact, heavy-duty machine,” said Mr. Richard Parenteau, Director of Application Development/Nakamura-Tome at Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

The NTRX-300 and the NTRX-300L feature an advanced graphic user interface for ease of operation on a large 19-inch Color LCD Monitor. The new Nakamura-Tome (NT) Smart X Operation Software (using Windows v. 8.1), offers an Operation Level Management Function to view operator clearance level; Productivity Monitor Function that shows the status, productivity graph and capacity utilization of the machine, and a Loading Monitor Function that offers detailed load information. NT setting screen commands and buttons are all integrated into one screen, ensuring easy operation. The NT Smart X Screen enables an operator to view the NC program, while watching 3D interface check, or look at CNC coordinates while watching the machining area through a video camera.

In addition, the NTRX-300 and NTRX-300L offer an NT Collision Guard feature to avoid machine collision and an air bag function to minimize damage in the event of a collision. Voice guidance, production management and 3D collision check are all furnished standard.

CAMplete TruePath Turn/Mill software is also standard on the Nakamura-Tome NTRX-300 and 300L. CAMplete Turn/Mill software is an integrated suite of G-Code editing, optimization, analysis and verification tools, enabling a full range of turn/mill functions.

About Methods Machine Tools
Methods Machine Tools, Inc., in operation for over 55 years, is a leading supplier of precision machine tools, 3D printing solutions, automation and accessories, providing extensive applications engineering support, installation, parts, service and training through a network of large state-of- the-art technology centers and dealers throughout North America.

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