Methods Machine Tools Introduces OKK High Precision Vertical Machining Center for Die and Mold Machining

Sudbury, MA, U.S.A. (June 12, 2020) Methods Machine Tools, Inc., North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tools and automation, has introduced the OKK VB53α Vertical Machining Center (VMC) that is ideally suited for die and mold machining. The high-speed OKK VB53α features a range of features which minimize vibration and maximize accuracy, resulting in superior surface finishes for high-end die and mold applications, and precision parts.

“We are pleased to offer mold makers and manufacturers with a new, highly productive and operator friendly VMC solution from OKK,” said Bob Meier, Technical Sales Engineer, Methods Machine Tools, Inc. “In addition to providing exceptional reliability and precision, the OKK VB53α work space is designed with the operator in mind, offering up to 50% more accessibility than conventional machines.”

The OKK VB53α has several features for high rigidity and accuracy. A rigid machine base, wide size linear roller guide and fine pitch high-resolution ball screw increase machining precision. Enhancing positioning accuracy, a 0.05 micron resolution linear scale is offered. Soft Scale Cube technology features thermal sensors that monitor and compensate for any displacement in real time. 

An externally located isolated oil cooler removes a common source of machine vibration and results in better die and mold quality. Due to the coolant sheltered work environment, the machine casting is protected from chips and coolant to avoid thermal distortion. The Y-Axis shutter is designed to reduce chip accumulation and reduce operational downtime, while coil-type conveyors clear out chips quickly and efficiently. An automatic grease lubrication system ensures there is no waste oil contamination of the coolant.

The OKK VB53α features a powerful FANUC F31i-B control together with Hyper HQ control technology, which is critical for efficient and accurate manufacturing. Hyper HQ control consists of a 64-bit, high speed RISC processor including a look ahead multiple block (multi-buffer). It automatically detects the corner on parts from the NC part program, and controls the feed rate so it does not exceed the machine’s permissible acceleration rate. A large capacity, 1 GB data server holds large files and sends it through a high-speed Ethernet connection for external analysis on the RISC so that the VB53α is never starved for data.

The new OKK VMC features a 20,000 RPM, 20/15 HP spindle and has X,Y,Z travels of 41.3 x 20.8 x 20.1 (1,050 mm x 530 mm x 510 mm), respectively. The automatic tool changer will store up to 30 tools. The table work surface area is 49.6 x 23.6 (1,260 mm x 600 mm), and offers load capacity of 2,646 lbs (1,200 kg).  The OKK VB53α is a compact size machine with a footprint of 98.23 (2,495 mm) x 120 (3,050 mm) for economical use of floor space.

For over 100 years, customers worldwide have relied on OKK machines, including Vertical, Horizontal, and 5-Axis machines for quality, reliability, precision and innovation. To ensure 100% quality control, OKK produces all key machine tool components in-house such as spindles, mechanical gears, precision square slide guide ways and special controller features. 

Methods is currently representing OKK in North America with the exception of: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Virginia. For a complete listing of OKK machining centers and for information on regional availability, visit here.

About Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts USA and in operation since 1958, is North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tool and automation solutions – providing superior products, engineering, service, parts, training, and integration. With over 300 employees, six Technical Centers, three Solution Centers, the Methods Precision Center, and over 40,000 machines installed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, Methods supplies high quality machine tools, automation equipment and more. For more information call 877-668-4262 or visit www.methodsmachine.com.

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