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Methods Partners With Weiler

By Methods Machine Tools Inc. Press Release

Sudbury, Mass. -- Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a supplier of high-quality machine tools and automation systems in North America, began representing select Weiler products in North America effective Jan. 1.

Weiler, a German manufacturer of precision flat-bed lathes, specializes in high-mix, low-volume jobs, and long workpieces. Methods represents the company’s V-Series and E-Series lathes.

Weiler lathes enable everyone from entry-level operators to seasoned machinists to create and alter complex cutting programs on the fly through conversational programming, effortless controls, and ability to run as either manual or CNC machines.

“We’ve long known about the strong history and strength of the Weiler brand. So, in closing our purchase of Koch Machine Tool, we didn’t waste any time pursuing a formal partnership with Weiler,” said Methods president and CEO Mark Wright. “When we visited Weiler’s factory in Emskirchen, Germany, we got a first-hand look at their expert level of craftsmanship and attention to detail the company developed through 80 years of manufacturing. Weiler builds high-quality machines, but like our other partnerships, this is more than just expanding our products and services. We share the same values and long-term vision, so joining forces is a perfect fit.”

Weiler machines utilize cycle-control technology, allowing users to create specific machining processes that can be stored and arranged in any order, making them ideal for high-mix/low-volume jobs. The combination of intuitive software and versatile controls enables quick part-to-part changeovers and minimizes setup time.

Critical components such as the machine bed, slide, and headstock are made out of cast iron to increase vibration dampening capabilities and ensure lifelong accuracy. Users can remove large amounts of hard-to-cut materials without sacrificing speed or accuracy due to the machine's antifriction bearings and torsion-resistant bed.

“Methods’ insightful, diligent network of support, service, and application teams are a perfect fit for Weiler machines,” said Walter Nirschl, Weiler’s head of Sales. “This mutually-beneficial agreement is going to allow more manual machinists to utilize CNC technology and empower CNC experts to take on larger, more complex jobs. Methods is going to help shops understand how a Weiler could fit into their machining ecosystem.”

The E-Series is a versatile line of lathes renowned for their flawless cutting performance, powerful main drives, heavy-duty beds, and expansive spindle bores. The E-series has up to 87 horsepower and can handle a range of maximum workpiece diameters, ranging from 13.0 inches to 78.7 inches.

The machines have spindle bores up to 17.7 inches in diameter. The V-Series comprise two 4-bed way precision lathes with vast work envelopes designed for long workpieces. The machines enable operators to turn through the steady rests, which reduces manual intervention. Weiler designed the V-Series to be more efficient and provide the optimal machining process. The V90 can handle a maximum workpiece diameter of 37.0 inches, while the V110 can machine workpieces up to 45.7 inches. Both series of machines can handle workpieces up to 590 inches.

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