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  • Hurco Introduces 5-Axis Feature to Reduce Cycle Time

    INDIANAPOLIS—The VMX30U 5-axis machining center is equipped with control technology for both NC and Conversational that makes programming and processin...Read more  >>Tags:


    INDIANAPOLIS—The VMX30U 5-axis machining center is equipped with control technology for both NC and Conversational that makes programming and processing part programs for aerospace jobs painless. While Hurco focuses on technology that reduces setup and programming, the newest 5-axis feature, UltiMotionTM, simultaneously reduces cycle time and improves surface finish quality. Hurco released UltiMotion for 3-axis machining centers last year, and just finished field testing of UltiMotion on its 5-axis machines.


    UltiMotion is based on Hurco’s proprietary look-ahead technology and includes rapid cornering capabilities, which allow the spindle to travel through blended corners at high speeds instead of stopping between rapids. According to the company, customers report improved surface finish quality, less machine vibration, less chatter marks, and increased accuracy while reducing cycle time by 30-35%.


    The VMX30U has X/Y/Z travels of 30 x 20 x 20.5 inches, rapids that are 1,378 per minute in X and Y, and 1,181 inches per minute in Z. The Hurco 5-axis machining center yields more clearance in the Z-axis because Hurco uses an integrated trunnion table design instead of simply attaching a trunnion table to a 3-axis machine. Beyond the expert design that results in a rigid and reliable machine tool, the advanced Hurco control technology has exclusive 5-axis software features that increase efficiency, reduce setup time, and improve surface finish in addition to holding tolerances required for high-precision parts.


    One VMX30U customer who manufactures aircraft circuit board housings says 5-sided machining on his VMX30U saves him approximately six hours compared to milling the aircraft part on his 3-axis machining center. In addition to eliminating repeated manual re-fixturing and reducing the number of operations from six to two, programming the part at the control with Hurco’s 5-sided conversational method takes less time than programming the part with his CAD/CAM software and frees up the CAD/CAM system for more complex programming. The other significant benefit to employing a 5-sided machining process is the elimination of cumulative errors that can occur with flipping parts.


    Hurco Companies, Inc.

    One Technology Way

    P.O. Box 68180

    Indianapolis, IN  46268-0180

    www.hurco.com

    www.FiveAxisMachining.com               

    1-800-634-2416                   

    info@hurco.com

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    ​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: 4/17/2012 |  2:21 PM
  • ​Hurco Customers Reduce Cycle Time by 30% with UltiMotion.

    INDIANAPOLIS--Hurco announced the release of UltiMotion for all of its 5-axis machining centers. The proprietary control feature was released last yea...Read more  >>Tags:


    INDIANAPOLIS--Hurco announced the release of UltiMotion for all of its 5-axis machining centers. The proprietary control feature was released last year for Hurco 3-axis mills and has proven even more successful than anticipated, according to the company. The primary benefits to customers include reduced cycle time and improved surface finish quality. The reduction in cycle time increases with the complexity of the part and with the addition of repetitive tasks, such as drilling and tapping.


    UltiMotion’s 3D compensation of machine squareness (perpendicularity), compensation of the mechanical system dynamics, and advanced motion control improve system accuracy. Therefore, UlitMotion has rapid cornering capability that allows the spindle to travel through corners at high speed with negligible deviation without overshooting or stopping. This is especially beneficial in reducing cycle times 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 out of the hole.


    The proprietary dynamic variable lookahead mechanism of UltiMotion is completely unlike traditional lookahead. With UltiMotion, the control software 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 the company.


    Customers who use UltiMotion on their 3-axis Hurco mills have reported reduced cycle times ranging from 30 to 40 percent. Tom Miller, President and founder  of M-Tech Lab reported, “With UltiMotion we’re seeing 30-35% faster throughput…our machine runs very fast and we don’t get an jerks.”


    The Tool Room Manager at Wepco Plastics says the surface finish quality is so good with UltiMotion that he doesn’t have to polish the molds. “We had a cut that would have been at least 100 hours long on our old machines and it only took us 30 hours with UltiMotion… and we don't have to polish the mold!  The finish is that good!”


    For more than 40 years, Hurco has been developing technology that helps the machinist get the job done faster without sacrificing quality. While most of our control advantages reside in programming and setup reduction via conversational programming features that benefit shops with a high mix of parts, UltiMotion reduces cycle time and improves surface finish quality for both NC and conversational programs. Technology that is only available from Hurco. Now, UltiMotion is available for 5-axis machining centers in addition to 3-axis mills. For more information, go to http://www.hurco.com/ultimotion.


    www.hurco.com
    info@hurco.com

    www.FiveAxisMachining.com
    1.800.634.2416
    One Technology Way
    P.O. Box 68180
    Indianapolis, IN 46268


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    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: 4/7/2012 |  1:53 PM