Today’s subcontract engineering businesses must focus on the immediate order book, but at the same time has to keep an eye on the future, says Hurco. It is essential to be as flexible as possible and to be able to advance seamlessly to the next level of technology.
The company’s machine tool range is designed specifically to meet this demand. The same Max5 control is fitted to the simplest three-axis machining centre, the high specification five-axis machines and the firm’s entire lathe range.
Conversational prompts guide the user through the programming process. There are canned cycles for all of the usual routines, calc-assist to find intersection points and clear graphical representation of toolpath and component on the nine-inch colour LCD screen.
Operators can be up to speed quickly, producing one-offs or small volumes and less programming mistakes, claims the company.
Two of its most popular and compact, entry-level machines were at the show. The VM5i, three-axis machining centre provides full machining centre performance, despite the machine being able to fit into a space that is less than 2m in height, depth and width. It provides 8,000 rpm and 7.5kW of power from the spindle and has a 16-station automatic toolchanger.
There was also the updated XP version of the TM8i lathe. This model boasts a more compact footprint and bigger spindle bore, with some innovative control system enhancements.