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Hurco to Hold April Open House

Hurco to Hold April Open House

Added to MTDCNC by Hurco Europe Ltd on 13 March 2013

New machining centre announcements, innovative technology for control, diagnostics and networking, and a complete rebranding of the company logo and machine tool livery will make Hurco Europe's forthcoming Open House one of the most significant. The event will be held on 23rd, 24th and 25th April 2013, 9.00 am until 5.30 pm each day, at its High Wycombe showroom, Halifax Road, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP12 3SN. (Tel: 01494 442222.)

Four vertical machining centre introductions will underline the higher level of technology being incorporated into the manufacturer's machines. Two are high-speed models, VMX24HSi and VMX42HSi, with an 18,000 rpm, 47 HP (35 kW), motorised spindle, 45 m/min rapids and 4 seconds chip-to-chip time. The new VM10UHSi is a compact, high-speed, 5-axis machine with 30,000 rpm spindle, 30 m/min rapids and direct encoding on the rotary-tilt table. The VMX42SRTi has a flush rotary table to facilitate easy switching between 3- and 5-axis work.

The new machine designations incorporate the suffix “i” for “intelligent”. However, Hurco is keen to emphasise that the updating of all its machine models means significantly more than a renaming and a facelift.

All of the latest models sporting the new logo and livery incorporate Version 9 WinMax software. Five years after the first integration of the Windows operating system as part of the Hurco control, a number of developments and performance improvements have been added. 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 networking to allow remote diagnostics functionality. Hurco will demonstrate how 'lights-out' operation can be monitored via the internet, giving real-time visibility of the control screens and live video via webcam.

Furthermore, the control hardware has seen additional improvements to reduce the number of electrical connections, improve 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.

David Waghorn, Hurco Europe's managing director said, “In a competitive business such as ours, it is essential that we strive for continuous improvement.

'We are delighted with the appearance of the new machines and, by any standards, the latest product enhancements mark a significant technological step forward as well for Hurco.'

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