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METALCUTTING TECHNOLOGY FOR A NEW DECADE, WITH AN ACCENT ON AUTOMATION

Friday 31 January 2020, 11:57 AM 121 Views

Hurco’s location at MACH 2020 will be the same as two years ago, but will be even larger at nearly 300 square metres. The exhibition will mark the launch of two product ranges.

There will be an integrated robot loading solution from Hurco’s new automation division, ProCobots. Four standard products of different sizes constitute the range, all equally well suited to feeding machining centres or lathes.

To be shown for the first time ever will be the company’s new range of lathes with driven tooling, which will be represented by the TM8Mi model.

Focus on 5-axis machining

Hurco is increasingly seen as a major 5-axis machining centre supplier, with customers replacing 3- and 4-axis machines with these higher-end products. Some not only have extra CNC axes but also enhanced specification in terms of higher feed rates and spindle speed, plus linear scales rather than rotary encoders in X, Y and Z and torque motors rather than standard drives in the rotary B and C axes.

The company will be showing examples of all 5-axis machining centre configurations in its portfolio. The flagship VMX42SRTi, with torque motor-driven B-axis swivel head and C-axis rotary table, flush with the fixed horizontal table, offers the most flexible production possibilities within a relatively compact footprint.

The more traditional cantilever table design of the VC500i is ideal for one-offs and more complex applications, while the VMX30Ui is a more economical solution incorporating a swivelling trunnion with 250 mm diameter rotary table.

The range will be completed by the addition of a Kitagawa TT150 table to a 3-axis Hurco VM20i. The combination gives full simultaneous 5-axis capability plus the option to remove the compound table for machining of larger components or multiple parts using the machine’s three CNC axes.

Hurco will demonstrate the latest software developments for its WinMAX machining centre controls, including the 3D DXF and solid model import functions that allow 5-sided parts to be programmed conversationally, directly from a STEP or IGES file, by automatically inserting transform plane commands.

Plug and play automation (NEW)

As automation solutions become more cost-competitive and easier to integrate, Hurco will be showing two different approaches. The ProCobot collaborative robot is designed as a plug and play solution that can be moved from machine to machine.

There will also be a Hurco 5-axis machining centre on the stand fed with pallets by a dedicated Erowa Robot Compact system, ideal for automated production of one-offs and low volumes. Such a set-up is able to service a pair of machines if desired.

Dual-column DCX machines include large 5-axis model (NEW)

At the larger end of the Hurco size range, a 3-axis DCX22i twin-column, bridge-type machining centre will occupy a significant part of the stand. With 2,200 mm x 1,700 mm x 750 mm axis travels and six tonnes table load capacity, it suits machining of big components, particularly those requiring the maximum Y-axis travel.

Although too large to show at this year’s MACH exhibition, Hurco will be launching the Mark II upgrade of the huge, 5-axis DCX32-5Si model.

Machining centre from Roeders

Hurco has for more than 15 years been the sales and service agent in the UK and Ireland for Roeders machining centres. The German-built, high-speed, high-accuracy equipment will this year be represented on the stand by a RXP601DSH 5-axis model. An applications engineer from the factory in Soltau will be present throughout the show to demonstrate cutting strategies.

Growing turning centre range (NEW)

The long-anticipated addition of a driven tool lathe to the popular Hurco XP range will come to fruition at MACH 2020. The new TM8Mi turning centre with axial tooling will be available to view for the first time.

Additionally, a TM10i XP with robot automation will show the capabilities of this 2-axis lathe range. The XP suffix denotes an upgraded version of the previous models, including larger spindle bore and roller guideways, plus control features such as concurrent programming and enhanced rigid tapping.

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