I even saw a car with a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo sticker in the parking lot. And the machinery and technology were well worth the drive.
Michael Jakubowski, industrial technology instructor at Illinois’ Hampshire High School was one of the many visitors at Methods Machine Fest. “We plan to use controls automation in our robotics and machine shops,” he explained. “I went to see what is new, talk to professionals in the field and look for new ideas for my kids. I saw a multi-spindle, multi-turret lathe that was super interesting and quite intimidating. I saw touchless tool setting systems on a few machines. That’s pretty cool, compared to our probing system. I watched some mills being fed by conveyors and robotics. That’s what we would like to do in our shop one day.”
In the wake of Machine Fest, Methods and Yasda Precision Tools agreed to continue Methods’ role as the single importer, distributor and service provider of Yasda’s portfolio of precision machining centers in the United States (Figure 5).
“For nearly a decade, we have held the distinct privilege of offering Yasda’s world-class machines in the United States, directly and through our dealer network,” said Dale Hedberg, chief operating officer at Methods.
“As the most advanced and established machine importer in the United States, Methods is the best partner to convey, supply and support our machining technologies for manufacturers throughout the country,” said Yasushi Kimura, president of Yasda Precision America. “Our machine designs and unique manufacturing processes provide the highest level of accuracy and stability to satisfy demand for the tightest precision across all industries. With growing needs for automation, Methods’ engineering capabilities expand the possibilities customers can achieve when working with Yasda and Methods.”