As MACH 2014 is the first national machine tool exhibition in the UK since Hurco redesigned its entire range of machining centres and lathes, every model on show in Birmingham will be new. The company will demonstrate six machining centres and two CNC lathes sporting the latest logo and livery, plus a representative model from its agency range of high-speed machining centres manufactured by Roeders, Germany. All machines will be under power and cutting metal.
At 240 square metres, the stand is equal to Hurco's largest-ever at a MACH event. To look after the anticipated high volume of visitors, the company will have more than 20 people working throughout the show.
Hurco's best-selling VM machining centre range, with more than 1,000 in operation throughout the UK, will be represented by the compact VM10i and VM20i. They are the third generation of models first introduced in 2002, but with longer travels, faster rapids and 10,000 rpm spindles. Ultimotion high-speed profiling software is a standard feature. The popularity of these machines is underlined by the fact that they are rarely available as used machines.
Representing the higher power, high capacity VMX range will be a VMX30Ui five-axis trunnion machine and a VMX24HSi, the latest high-speed machine with 18,000 rpm / HSK63A / 35 kW spindle.
At the other end of the size scale, a DCX22i dual column machining centre will occupy a large area on one corner of the stand. With 2.2 m x 1.7 m x 0.75 m travels and 6 tonnes table load capacity, it suits machining of the biggest and most awkwardly shaped components. Compared with other dual column machines on the market, it has the advantage of being fully enclosed and having a 40-station automatic toolchanger.
Completing Hurco's prismatic machining line-up at MACH 2014 will the VMX42SRTi with a swivelling B-axis and a horizontal rotary C-axis built flush into the table. This 5-axis configuration is becoming increasingly popular due to the ease with which it can be switched between 5-axis and 3-axis work without losing capacity. The machine is equipped as standard with 20 bar coolant through the spindle.
The 14-model Hurco lathe range will be represented by a TMM10i with 18 kW spindle and 250 mm chuck, plus milling capability on all of its 12 VDI 40, axial tools. There will also be a TM6i, a compact, 2-axis CNC lathe with 42 mm bar capacity.
A further Hurco turning centre, a TMM8i, together with a VM10i machining centre, will be on the stand of Horn Cutting Tools, 5661, helping to demonstrate the company's range of tooling products.
Hurco has successfully represented Roeders in the UK and Ireland for over a decade. This year, a super-high-precision Roeders RXP500 will be exhibited, with linear motors on all axes giving 40 m/min feed rate and acceleration in excess of 2g. The levels of accuracy and quality of surface finish achievable by this machine exceed those of all other machining centres on the market, according to David Waghorn, managing director of Hurco's UK subsidiary in High Wycombe.
All demonstration machines at MACH 2014 will be available for shipment to customers immediately after the show and are subject to an ex-demonstration discount if the order is placed before the exhibition starts.
High technology control software and hardware
All of the latest Hurco machines incorporate Version 9 WinMax software. Five years after the first integration of the Windows operating system as part of the proprietary control, a number of developments and performance improvements have been made.
Version 9 includes Ultimotion software with up to 10,000 blocks variable look-ahead. This is now a standard feature on Hurco machines, giving up to 30 per cent faster cycle times and improved surface finish.
Another new software enhancement is the addition of Ultimonitor web-based networking to allow remote surveillance and diagnostics. Lights-out operation can be monitored via the internet, giving real-time visibility of the control screens and live video via a webcam.
Furthermore, the control hardware has seen improvements to reduce the number of electrical connections, enhance reliability and at the same time simplify service operations in the field. The new Mini-ITX platform boasts a 2 GHz dual-core Intel processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 64 GB solid state hard drive. This is fitted to all Hurco machines, as are the latest Yaskawa Sigma V drives and high intensity LED lighting.
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Hurco Europe Ltd
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High Wycombe, Bucks, HP12 3SN
Tel: 01494 442222
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Web site: www.hurco.co.uk
Release no: 1139(EX)