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  • ​Hurco Launches New WinMax8 Control Software

    INDIANAPOLIS—Hurco announced the release of WinMax8TM, the most substantial upgrade to its WinMax control software since it was introduced in 2006. A...Read more  >>Tags:

    INDIANAPOLIS—Hurco announced the release of WinMax8TM, the most substantial upgrade to its WinMax control software since it was introduced in 2006. A free trial of WinMax8 is available at

    WinMax8 includes advancements to existing features that make them more robust and a number of new features that will prove revolutionary to the industry, which resulted in four patent awards for Hurco, according to Greg Volovic, Executive Vice President of Technology and Operations for Hurco.

    “A feature we call UltiMotion is probably the biggest advancement in control technology since we launched WinMax. UltiMotion is the result of years of research and development, and is a combination of Hurco’s proprietary control technologies and advanced modern control theories. The primary benefit to customers includes the ability to cut higher quality parts in a shorter period of time, especially for high speed machining, parts with complex geometries, and jobs with repetitive tasks, such as drilling and tapping,” explained Volovic.

    UltiMotion’s 3D compensation of machine squareness (perpendicularity), compensation of the mechanical system dynamics, and advanced motion control improve the system accuracy. Hurco’s unique acceleration and vibration control system reduces vibration and results in smoother motion without sacrificing speed, which means better surface quality and longer machine life, according to Volovic.

    UltiMotion’s rapid cornering capability allows the spindle to travel through corners at high speed with negligible deviation without overshooting or stopping. This is especially beneficial in reducing cycle time when machining parts with many repetitive tasks, such as drilling or tapping. For rigid tapping, UltiMotion deploys a coordinated motion control mechanism that monitors the spindle angle at all times and controls the axes to follow the spindle position. It also has the flexibility to choose higher speed/rpm to retract the tap tool of out the hole. Volovic says this means customer will get better tap performance in less time.

    UltiMotion also includes a proprietary dynamic variable lookahead mechanism. Unlike traditional lookahead, it doesn’t require a fixed number of blocks. Instead, the control evaluates the geometry and motion profile and makes sure there is enough lookahead information to make optimized maneuvers. The patented lookahead mechanism is another reason why better surface quality can be obtained in a shorter period of time, according to Hurco’s Volovic. Additionally, UltiMotion is available for both conversational and G-code programs.

    Other new features include UltiMonitor, Absolute Tool Length, and Tool Change Optimization. UltiMonitor combines networking/internet with Extended Shop Floor, which is a machine monitoring, communications, and diagnostics feature. Absolute Tool Length makes the tool setup and part setup independent from each other, which means the tool information only needs to be entered once for that tool and can be used on other Hurco machining centers. Tool Change Optimization analyzes the part program and automatically reduces the number of tool changes by rearranging the program for optimal efficiency.

    While Hurco is known for its conversational programming, the WinMax8 upgrade includes multiple enhancements to the NC side of the control, such as Tool Review for NC, probing offsets that take full advantage of the 99 work offsets available, and NC Cutter Compensation with Work Plane Transformation.  

    For more details, visit and try the free trial.
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    P.O. Box 68180
    Indianapolis, IN 46268


    About Hurco Companies, Inc.

    Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hurco manufactures sophisticated, yet shop floor friendly machine tools designed for virtually any application and budget. The flagship VMX Series is a production-oriented line of mills designed for speed while the high performance TMX Series is its counterpart in the lathe category. The popular VM Series of mills and the TM Series of lathes combine small footprints with huge work cubes and best-in-class features. The U Series and SR Series feature application machines with 5-axis technology. The TMM Series includes lathes equipped with live tooling for multi-tasking. Each machining center and turning center from Hurco includes the integrated Hurco control with WinMax® which has multiple programming methods and is the most efficient way for machine shops to increase productivity.


    Published: 2/15/2011 |  4:06 PM