Methods Machine Tools Inc. partners with Ocean Technologies Co. Ltd.

December 03, 2018 - 04:00pm
Methods Machine Tools Inc.

Sudbury, MA, U.S.A. (November 8, 2018) – Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a North American supplier of precision machine tools and automation, has recently partnered with Ocean Technologies Ltd. Inc. to offer high-quality, cost-effective EDM Drills throughout the U.S. and Canada including Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

Specializing in Small Hole EDM Drilling, Ocean Technologies excels at applications ranging from simple wire start holes to advanced full 5-axis EDM drilling applications used throughout the aerospace and energy industries. Known for their high speed and low wear burning technology, Ocean has earned a reputation for high quality, competitively priced EDM Drilling solutions.

"We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Ocean Technologies", said Mr. Steve Raucci, EDM Product Manager, Methods Machine Tools, Inc. "The Ocean EDM Drills broaden our EDM portfolio and are an excellent complement to our line of leading Wire EDM machines."

"Due to Methods' extensive EDM technology expertise, existing customer base and distribution depth, teaming up with Methods is a natural fit," said Ms. Sunny Liao, Owner, Ocean Technologies. "We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship."

The full line of Ocean models range from easy-to-use manual machines to fully programmable 5-axis machines, capable of drilling complex parts. Ocean’s EDM Drills have patented technologies for break-thru detection, and a proprietary HP1+ Power Supply for significantly reduced wear and shorter burn times while reducing energy consumption. The capabilities of Ocean machines include drilling fine holes from 0.004" to 0.25", even in spherical and curved work pieces, on materials such as hard alloy steels or powdered metals. Also, E-Learning software allows new operators to easily run the machines or seasoned operators to review processes on the fly.

Included in the range of Ocean EDM Drills is the compact, entry-level River 300, featuring high-efficiency linear guideways, a 100L Filter and a DI (die electric) System that comes standard. The X-axis travel measures 11.8" (300 mm), Y-axis at 7.9" (200 mm), Z-axis at 11.8" (300 mm) and W-axis at 13.8" (350 mm). Table dimensions are 13.8" x 9.9" (350 x 250 mm).

Mid-size Ocean EDM Drills include the River 600 6-axis computer controlled CNC with A/B axis configuration available. The X-axis travel measures 23.6" (600 mm), Y-axis at 15.8" (400 mm), Z-axis at 15.8" (400 mm) and W-axis at 17.7" (450 mm). Table dimensions are 23.6" x 15.8" (600 x 400 mm) and a 180L Filter System and DI System comes standard.

For demanding, complex applications, Ocean solutions include the River 1000, featuring 5-Axis tool center point (TCP) control drilling capabilities suitable for irregular shaped work pieces or special alloy steel parts. Its flexible working range is ideal for all kinds of aero-engine blades and aero-engine diffusers. High table capacity allows for a maximum work piece weight of 6,614 lbs (3,000 kg) with a Tilt Table up to 120°. The X-axis travel measures 39.4" (1,000 mm), Y-axis at 47.2" (1,200 mm), Z-axis at 39.4" (1,000 mm) and W-axis at 27.6" (700 mm). Table dimensions are 47.2" x 49.2" (1,200 x 1,250 mm).

Related Glossary Terms

  • alloy steels

    alloy steels

    Steel containing specified quantities of alloying elements (other than carbon and the commonly accepted amounts of manganese, sulfur and phosphorus) added to cause changes in the metal’s mechanical and/or physical properties. Principal alloying elements are nickel, chromium, molybdenum and silicon. Some grades of alloy steels contain one or more of these elements: vanadium, boron, lead and copper.

  • burning


    Rotary tool that removes hard or soft materials similar to a rotary file. A bur’s teeth, or flutes, have a negative rake.

  • computer numerical control ( CNC)

    computer numerical control ( CNC)

    Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.

  • electrical-discharge machining ( EDM)

    electrical-discharge machining ( EDM)

    Process that vaporizes conductive materials by controlled application of pulsed electrical current that flows between a workpiece and electrode (tool) in a dielectric fluid. Permits machining shapes to tight accuracies without the internal stresses conventional machining often generates. Useful in diemaking.

  • wire EDM

    wire EDM

    Process similar to ram electrical-discharge machining except a small-diameter copper or brass wire is used as a traveling electrode. Usually used in conjunction with a CNC and only works when a part is to be cut completely through. A common analogy is wire electrical-discharge machining is like an ultraprecise, electrical, contour-sawing operation.