Methods Machine Tools announces new partnership

18 October 2019

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., North America's foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tools and automation, has announced that effective October 1, 2019 it is representing OKK Corporation in North America. For more than 100 years, customers worldwide have relied on OKK Horizontal, Vertical, and 5-Axis machines for quality, reliability, precision, and innovation. 

"We are very pleased to announce our new partnership with OKK to import, distribute and provide service and support for its broad range of high-quality machine tools," says Mark Wright, President and CEO of Methods Machine Tools, Inc. "The addition of the larger capacity line-up of OKK Horizontal, Vertical, and 5-Axis machines ideally complements our current machine solutions."

Takahiro Kawano, President, OKK USA Corporation says, "We are delighted to partner with Methods, whose reputation for service and machine integration is unsurpassed, and we look forward to a long, mutually rewarding partnership. Methods' established distribution organization, vast network of technology centers and dealers, and first-class applications expertise will help increase OKK presence in North America."

OKK machines have a rigid construction and versatile design, and offer more than 60 models of Horizontal, Vertical, and 5-Axis machines to serve industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy, die/mold and more. 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. 

Powerful, dependable Horizontal Machining Centers from OKK include the HM Series which are the fastest and most powerful machines in their class, and provide easy access, maintenance and operation. The OKK HM Series is offered in several sizes with Big Plus 50-Taper spindle, and a high-speed rotation APC and ATC by synchronization cam (OKK patent), delivering smooth performance and production efficiency. The HM6000S is an all-new HMC that supports face mills up to 11.81 inches and features an extended rigid spindle that enables tools to reach to the back side of the work envelope. The OKK HM6000S has an X/Y/Z travel of 31.49 inches by 29.52 inches by 34.64 inches. The HM1000S HMC has a rigid frame in a box-shaped structure to support large linear roller guides that handle very large loads, providing heavy duty cutting performance. It is a high-speed, durable machining center with a larger X/Y/Z travel of 55.12 inches by 43.31 inches by 39.37 inches.

OKK Vertical Machining Centers are exceptionally well positioned for aerospace, mold making and other demanding applications. The VM/R Series, featuring large box-ways, high torque and high horsepower spindles, is designed for ultra-heavy duty cutting of titanium and other exotic materials. The VM/R Series comprise of several models including the VM53R which features increased rigidity in the main body, as well as the spindle to provide high cutting performance. The VMCs have highly rigid and accurate box-ways similar to traditional machining centers ‒ suitable for general parts machining as well as difficult-to-cut materials. The X/Y/Z travel is 41.34 inches by 20.87 inches by 20.08 inches.

For reduced setup time and efficient operations when machining complex components, OKK 5-Axis Machining Centers include several series of machines such as the HM-X Horizontal Machining Centers (HMC). The HM-X models have a high power 50-taper spindle with pre-tensioned, dual anchored core chilled ball screws and massive linear cross roller guides for the feed system, as well as a rigid cast body, designed and proven for the most challenging exotic materials.

The Heavy Duty OKK HM-X6000 5-Axis HMC features a new innovative trunnion table, and offers exceptional rigidity and accuracy with a large capacity X/Y/Z travel of 41.34 inches by 35.43 inches by 32.28 inches, and travels on the A-Axis of -20⁰ to 110⁰ and B-Axis at 360⁰. Another 5-Axis Series, the VC-X Vertical Bridge Type Machining Centers, are based on the OKK high production VP series. A Big Plus 40-taper chilled spindle with high horsepower and large cross roller guideways are standard. The rigid OKK VC-X350 5-Axis includes a 60-tool magazine, ideal for integration with an automatic work changer and featuring a table that can handle titanium and other hard metals. The X/Y/Z travel is 23.62 inches by 16.93 inches by 18.11 inches, and has travels on the A-Axis of -120⁰ to 30⁰ and B-Axis at 360⁰.

Methods is currently representing OKK in North America with the exception of: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Virginia.

Press release and image courtesy of Methods Machine Tools