INDIANAPOLIS—Charles Boyce, owner of Boyce Technologies in New York, broke the Hurco USA record for the largest single purchase of Hurco CNC machines in the division’s history. Boyce Technologies designs and manufactures security and communications equipment for the mass transit market, including emergency response systems, intercom systems, security alarm systems, radio and wireless networks, and customer information display systems. Their newest system, called Help Point, is what subway riders in New York City use to get information and to get help when needed.
Founded in 2007, the company has grown from one employee, the owner Charles Boyce, to 60. Boyce Technologies received the 2015 Inc. Top 5000 Honors with a rank of #166 due to its 3-year growth rate of 2,442%. Inc. also ranked Boyce #16 of the Top New York Companies, and #3 for Top Manufacturing Companies.
Charles Boyce purchased his first Hurco CNC machine from Hurco distributor Brooks Associates in 2008 before he had a commercial building. “The first VMX30 was installed in the living room. We had to cut the ceiling joists away to allow the Z travel to retract fully,” said Boyce.
With this latest order, the Hurco fleet of CNC machines at Boyce Technologies numbers 21. Boyce credits the ability to choose the best manufacturing technology as one of the key components that has made his company successful in developing technology solutions for its customers in the mass transit sector. Specifically, the Hurco control powered by WinMax® provides the versatility required to go from concept to finished part. The control also has the specifications to handle large program part files with a solid state drive that has 2GB of RAM, a 2 GHz processor, 64GB hard drive, and Hurco’s patented motion system, UltiMotion, that provides up to 10,000 blocks of lookahead.
In addition to the original 3-axis VMX30, seven Hurco VMX42i mills, five VMX84i mills, two high-speed mills, and a lathe with live tooling, Boyce has invested in high-end 5-axis technology from Hurco with his purchase of two VMX42SRTi swivel head 5-axis mills and three trunnion style 5-axis mills. The VMX42SRTi is equipped with a C-axis, torque, rotary table that has unlimited angular movement. The extra large table delivers exceptional manufacturing flexibility to manufacture a high mix of parts because the additional table space can be used for secondary operations or 3-axis work.
Hurco recently released the MAX5 control console, which features numerous ergonomic design features focused on operator usability. “Our trust in Hurco has led us to purchase the largest quantity of Max 5 controllers in the world, making our new LIC (Long Island City) production center one of the most advanced production centers in America,” said Boyce.
In addition to selecting the right CNC technology to develop technology solutions, Boyce credits his team of designers, CAD drafters, CNC programmers, machinists, welders, engineers, assemblers, field technicians, project managers, software designers, salespeople and administrative support for the company’s rapid success. “Together, they find innovative solutions to deliver emergency response systems, intercom systems, security alarm systems, radio and wireless networks, customer information display systems and integrated software that are reliable in the harsh conditions of mass transit and other such venues. They are a team that solves problems and takes pride in the work they do,” said Boyce.
INDIANAPOLIS—“Maximum usability is the foundation of the
new control from Hurco that is referred to as Max5,” said Maggie Smith,
Marketing Manager for Hurco Companies, Inc. “The numerous ergonomic features
are a testament to the collaborative relationship we share with our customers,
who tested preliminary designs of MAX5 and gave their feedback during multiple
usability tests we hosted during the development process. We incorporated more
than 80 changes based on those usability tests. That’s why we feel comfortable
saying the MAX5 control was designed and built for machinists: customer refined
and customer approved,” said Smith.
Key features of the Hurco MAX5 control include a keypad
that is adjustable up to 90 degrees, a 19-inch LCD screen with touch-screen
navigation that includes a second folding auxiliary screen with die-cast
stainless hinges, which is standard on most models in the company’s 65-model lineup.
The verification graphics screen has been redesigned so
the machinist can customize what information appears: full screen verification
graphics, digital readout (DRO), or both. The new full screen DRO or Mini-DRO
can be selected instead of the graphics screen to best suit the task at hand,
be it programming, machining or concurrent operations (running the current job
while simultaneously programming another job). Additionally, the new Quick Menu
minimizes multiple button presses so the machinist can quickly access the
The Hurco MAX5 control has three remote jog options:
standard, LCD, and LCD wireless. The LCD units allow the machinist to set up
tools and parts right from the remote jog unit. All jog units feature a large
70 mm hand wheel with finger cup spinner, graspable over molded body,
integrated flashlight, magnetic base, and T-slot tongue.
In addition to the ergonomic design of the control,
intuitive navigation, and three remote jog unit options, Hurco has included new
WinMax® software features that will make customers more productive
and more profitable whether they use conversational programming on the shop
floor or Industry Standard NC.
of the new WinMax® software features of the MAX 5 control is
AdaptiPathTM, a conversational pocketing feature used in high-end
CAD/CAM packages that increases metal removal rates, supports rest machining,
reduces cycle time, and extends tool life due to controlled engagement cutting.
AdaptiPath creates a smooth tool path motion, controls chip load, provides
constant tool engagement, and also includes rest machining. With rest
machining, larger diameter tools can be used to efficiently remove material,
followed by a rest machining pass that uses a smaller cutter to access the areas
of the feature that the larger tool couldn’t access. The faster material
removal significantly reduces cycle time, especially for pocketing
applications. Our test cut results showed that AdaptiPath was 60% faster: 02:21
with AdaptiPath compared to 06:09 without it,” Smith said.
Hurco MAX5 is also equipped with features that benefit NC shops, such as the
new Job List feature that lets you group files together and run them
sequentially without operator intervention. Job List promotes automation, lights-out
machining, program stitching, file bundling, and adaptive processes,” Smith