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Methods Machine Tools released the Turn-Assist 200i and 270i from RoboJob as its first, end-to-end standard automation system for Nakamura-Tome turning centers.

A semi-collaborative system engineered for lathe automation, Turn-Assist is designed to be implemented and run by operators of any skill level. With a tablet-style HMI and standard Ethernet IP interface, shops can successfully change over from one part to another within minutes.

“By pairing the Turn-Assist from RoboJob with Nakamura-Tome, we have created a unique 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, Methods.

The integrated, automatic air blow nozzle on the dual, three-jaw gripper enables the robot to discard chips and coolant away from the work holding further streamlining operations without any manual intervention.

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