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