Mr. Roch acquired more than 40 patents, due in large part to his fascination with efficiency combined with his background at the family tool and die shop, his collaborative personality, and his drive to solve problems. His patents for interactive control technology, which we refer to as conversational programming, are considered the most significant.
Despite all of his inventions and success, Mr. Roch was extremely humble, saying in an interview for the company’s anniversary, “I’ve never really been an expert in any one area. I know relatively little about software and electronics, but I’ve been fortunate enough that I conceptually understand how things should work. Then, it’s a matter of hiring capable engineers to make it happen.”
At Hurco we know technology should help you, not get in your way. Our mills and lathes minimize tedious and redundant tasks so your machinists can be more productive and each job can be more profitable.
We are a team of committed professionals who are focused on our customers' success. Whether you're ordering parts, scheduling service, talking to accounting about your bill, getting advice from our applications engineers, or thinking about buying a CNC machine, you will be interacting with people who speak your language...we understand that your business is your livelihood...we realize your time is valuable.
In 1968, Gerald Roch and Edward Humston formed a company they called Hurco ("Hu" for Humston, "R" for Roch, and "CO" for Company ). Roch was the idea guy and Humston was the business guy...actually, Mr. Humston was Mr. Roch's boss as the owner of E.L. Humston Company where Mr. Roch was a sales representative for eight years.
Mr. Roch grew up around his grandfather's tool and die shop where he discovered his passion for building things. After he graduated from Purdue University with an industrial engineering degree, he returned to his grandfather's shop (which was now owned by Mr. Roch's father and two other partners). Mr. Roch's fascination with simplifying processes, combined with the emergence of computers, would lead Mr. Roch to start Hurco.
To a younger generation, Mr. Roch's foresight to realize that computer technology could be used to make manufacturing more efficient might not seem particularly revolutionary. For historical perspective, the computers of the 1960s were expensive; owned exclusively by institutions, such as government agencies, universities, and large corporations; and they were huge--one computer consumed an entire floor of a commercial building.
Even though creating a computer to machine parts seemed far-fetched, Humston believed in Gerry Roch's vision and the two men set out to make computers work for the working man.
People often talk about innovation, but rarely talk about the innovators. Mr. Roch is the epitome of a true innovator. He is curious. Asks questions and he never accepts the status quo. He has acquired more than 60 patents, due in large part to his fascination with efficiency combined with his background at the family tool and die shop, his collaborative personality, and his drive to solve problems. His patents for interactive control technology, which we refer to as conversational programming, are considered the most significant. Machine tool builders throughout the world had to obtain a license from Hurco to implement this technology into their products because Mr. Roch, Hurco co-founder, invented it.
Despite all of his inventions and success, Mr. Roch remains extremely humble, saying, "I've never really been an expert in any one area. I know relatively little about software and electronics, but I've been fortunate enough that I conceptually understand how things should work. Then, it's a matter of hiring capable engineers to make it happen."
The connection between technology and people is the core of our culture at Hurco. At the end of the day, machine tools aren't about iron, and technology isn't about software codes. They are about people...people like Gerald Roch and people like you, who work each day to identify ways to continually improve their processes, their business, and the parts they manufacture.
True to our co-founder, Gerald Roch, we strive each day to develop technology and build machine tools that simplify work to make you and your business more successful.
Hurco has been advancing the manufacturing industry for 50 years.From the first computer controlled back gauge in 1969 to our patented UltiMotion system,we are dedicated to technology innovation that makes manufacturing more efficient
and manufacturing companies more profitable.
Hurco foundedby Edward Humston and Gerald Roch
First product inroduced (Autobend)
Hurco exhibits first computer controlled back gauge
Hurco becomes publicly held company
Hurco demonstrates first computer numerically controlled (CNC) mill at IMTS
Hurco invents Conversational Programming
First CNC mill Introduced (KM1)
Hurco Europe established
UltiMax control introduced
BMC machining centers introduced
UltiMax 2 control introduced
Hurco Germany established
Hurco France established
Hurco Southeast Asia established
Hurco opens international headquarters
UltiMax 3 control introduced
DXF transfer invented
IMS Technologies established to oversee patent licensing
MAX single screen control introduced
VMX machining centers introduced
UltiMax 4 control introduced
Hurco Italy established
Hurco Manufacturing Ltd established
WinMax Desktop software released
VM machining centers introduced
First Hurco 5-axis machine introduced
TM turning centers introduced
WinMax control software released
TMM turning centers with live tooling introduced
SR 5-axis machining centers introduced
Hurco India established
TMX turning centers introduced
U-Series 5-axis machining centers expanded
DXC double column machining centers introduced
TM and TMX Series expanded to include heavy duty turning and multi-axis
Hurco invents UltiMotion
Hurco China established
Global rebranding initiative launched
New "i" series machine design introduced
HSi high speed machining centers introduced
SRTi 5-axis machining centers introduced
Hurco acquires LCM
USA machine assembly operation established
HBMXi boring mills introduced
MAX5 control introduced
Hurco acquires Milltronics and Takumi
BXi machining centers introduced
3D print head introduced
HM horizontal machining centers introduced