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October 03
Hurco Distributors Recognized for Achievements at National Sales Meeting

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INDIANAPOLIS – Hurco Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: HURC), held its annual awards banquet to acknowledge the team of accomplished distributors and agents throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, and South America, who represent Hurco.


The winner of the Top Hurco Sales Representative Award was Tim Navalta of Braun Machinery, the full-service distributor that represents Hurco in Michigan. The other winners of the Hurco Top 5 Award were Jon Doell (#2) of Gage Machine Tool (Kansas), Jim Braun (#3) of Braun Machinery (Michigan), Fred Braun (#4) of Braun Machinery (Michigan), and Chris Queipo (#5) of Applied Machine Solutions (Georgia).


The distributorships were also recognized for their achievements in representing Hurco. The Top 5 Distributors from first to fifth were Braun Machinery (Michigan), Brooks Associates (Massachusetts), Reynolds Machinery (Ohio), Applied Machine Solutions (Georgia), and ACI Machine Tool Sales (Kentucky).


The winner of the Top Market Share Award was given to CJ Smith Machinery Company (Missouri). The other winners from second to fifth were Braun Machinery (Michigan), Foothills Machinery Sales (Colorado), Gage Machine Tool (Kansas), and Alta Machine Tools (Pennsylvania).


Hurco also awarded Northeast Precision Machinery (Pennsylvania) as Most Improved from 2017 to 2018.​

September 10
Hurco Customer Starts YouTube Channel to Attract Millennials to Manufacturing

Wade Moore Moore CNC

INDIANAPOLIS – Hurco customer Wade Moore, owner of Moore Engineering, will officially launch his new YouTube channel “MooreCNC” at IMTS 2018. In order to attract more people to machining, he started a YouTube channel to illustrate to his generation how cool and tech-oriented manufacturing really is. Wade started his shop in 2014 and does mostly short run jobs.


Even though Wade is the great grandson of Richard Moore, of Moore jig borer fame, he wasn’t planning to start his own shop after he graduated from the University of Connecticut with a mechanical engineering degree. Entering the Chipmaker Challenge, a competition sponsored by Hurco at IMTS 2014, inspired him to control his future and pursue his dream. “Doing the Chipmaker Challenge is what really pushed me to make a business plan, and motivate myself to take a leap towards manufacturing as a full time job.”


Wade purchased his first Hurco CNC machine in 2016. “What I didn’t realize was that the Hurco machine was going to be so easy to train my younger brothers and sister on,” Wade chuckles and proudly flips through his phone camera videos that show his siblings operating the Hurco with confidence. “I can teach them how to run the machine for a specific job very quickly and they are so proficient that I can relax and let them work all day while I can run other spindles or set up for the next jobs.”  Wade has found that the quality of the finishes he gets on the stainless steel medical parts are great on the Hurco. “Part after part emerges flawless. It is by far the easiest machine to operate and the definite ‘go to’ machine for any fast job that needs to be done,” said Wade.


Wade will be at the Hurco booth (S-338319) from Tuesday to Friday. Subscribe to the “MooreCNC” channel by visiting Hurco.com/MooreCNC.
September 07
Unleash Your True Potential with Hurco 5-Axis at IMTS 2018

Hurco BX50i CNC Machine

INDIANAPOLIS – Join Hurco Technical Product Specialist Mike Cope, author of The Power of FIVE: The Definitive Guide to 5-Axis Machining for a 5-Axis seminar at IMTS on Wednesday, September 12 at 2:00 p.m. (CDT) in room S-504BC.


According to Mike, “I’ve always seen myself as a machinist first and want to educate machinists and shop owners on the value of 5-axis machining – because I truly believe it is the future of our industry and the most efficient way to produce parts. Making the transition to 5-sided machining on a 5-axis CNC machine solves many of the problems so many shops face: finding qualified machinists (the skills gap); excessive setup costs due to inefficiency; and reacting to pressure from customers, both pricing pressure and delivery pressure. To be blunt, 5-axis saves time and money. Since time is money in our industry, 5-axis makes each part more profitable. It offsets the skills gap issue because you can do more with fewer machines – reducing the need for finding and hiring more skilled employees. The technology makes the process more efficient so you will increase your productivity because you’re not wasting time flipping parts. And you can react to pressure from your customers because you can switch from one job to another quickly and efficiently. Basically, you can do more with less if you select the right 5-axis CNC machine.”


In this seminar, Mike will break down the information about 5-axis and 5-sided machining from a machinist’s perspective. All are invited to attend – please register online. Visit Hurco.com/5-Axis to learn more.

September 07
Hurco to Present Entrepreneur Seminar by Eli Crane, Former U.S. Navy SEAL

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INDIANAPOLIS – Join Hurco at IMTS on Wednesday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) 
in room S-504BC for a seminar by Eli Crane, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and owner of Bottle Breacher.​


Eli Crane turned his hobby of making bottle openers out of spent ammunition casings into a successful business. After he got a deal on the TV show Shark Tank, sales tripled and Eli knew he needed to have control of manufacturing to keep up with demand. After he evaluated many different brands, he chose Hurco due to its reputation as a solid CNC machine equipped with a control that is easy to learn and easy to use.


Wednesday’s seminar topics will include an overview of the challenges and freedoms that come with owning a small business, developing your mission, Eli’s experience on the reality show Shark Tank and Veteran advocacy. All are invited to attend – please register online. Visit Hurco.com/Breacher to learn more about Eli and his company.


Eli and his wife/business partner, Jen, will also be at the Hurco booth Wednesday and attend the Hurco 50th Anniversary Party Wednesday.


To celebrate Hurco's 50th Anniversary, stop by the Hurco booth (S-338319) to register for a chance to win a commemorative Bottle Breacher  ​a gift made on a Hurco by a Hurco customer.

September 07
Automation Exhibit at Hurco Booth Focuses on High Mix/Low Volume Part Production

Hurco VMX30Ui with FANUC Robot

INDIANAPOLIS  To celebrate the company's 50th Anniversary, Hurco will showcase the latest automation technology surrounding the Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 against the backdrop of historical treasures, such as the company's first CNC machine, the KM1.


Automation will be the featured exhibit at Hurco Booth (S-338319) with collaborative robots, multi-axis serial robots, and pallet systems demonstrating automation for high-mix/low volume part production found in many job shops. The automation exhibit at the Hurco booth is a collaborative effort between Hurco and Erowa, Universal Robots, FANUC robots, Online Resources, and Industrial Controls & Automation.


A collaborative robot will 3D scan the faces of attendees, generate a solid model to create a tool path, and then either a 5-axis Hurco VMX30Ui CNC will cut the head from cylindrical aluminum stock or a 3-axis Hurco VM10i CNC will cut the profile into a brass coin. Both Hurco CNC machines will be connected to fully automated robot systems coordinated by a centralized job management system.


Dr. Paul Gray, Manager of Path Planning, Front-End Design and R&D for Hurco notes that “Automation integration used to be more expensive and difficult because you had simple I/O connections and needed to reprogram a PLC when changing parts. CNC manufacturers and automation providers have been working together to provide seamless integration between the CNC control and the robot control. With software systems talking to each other over an Ethernet connection, users can now bundle all aspects of the job together. Hurco has created a new level of flexibility and simplicity in part change-over in production cells.”


Additionally, Hurco will introduce 3D Import with 3D DXF technology at IMTS. According to Mike Cope, Product Technical Specialist for Hurco, “The customer can simply load the file they receive from their customer directly into the control, which eliminates the need for extra steps.”


He explained the evolution of the 3D Import, which illustrates Hurco’s commitment to continuous innovation of conversational programming, which was invented by Hurco co-founder Gerald Roch in 1976. “When Hurco introduced the DXF Transfer option in 1992, it was a real game changer for the end user because many shops received DWG or DXF drawing files. This made it very easy to transfer the files to the machine and use them to create their programs on the shop floor (right at their Hurco CNC Machine), and also eliminated incorrect data being entered, or ‘fat-fingering numbers’ as we say in the shop. Today, it is common for shops to receive solid models of the parts that they need to produce, and even paper prints are becoming obsolete. Therefore, Hurco engineers developed 3D Import, which includes 3D DXF technology that displays all geometry that the CAD system outputs, including splines. With 3D DXF, the customer can select the bottom of a contour, and the Z-axis depths will also be automatically input into the conversational block.


All previous versions of DXF translators only displayed lines and arcs data, and were only useful in 2D – no Z-axis data was translated. 3D Import (the solid model portion) will automatically create the necessary Transform Plane data blocks in conversational programming for 5-sided programs.”


For more information, visit Hurco.com/IMTS.​


 
June 21
Hurco to Celebrate 50th Anniversary at IMTS 2018

Hurco Machine TimelineINDIANAPOLIS — Hurco will bring the party to McCormick Place to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with customers, industry partners, and IMTS attendees. Hurco will feature its latest CNC technology innovation on its 50th Anniversary Edition CNC machines.

 

“IMTS is the perfect venue to celebrate all of our loyal customers and all of the people who have been a part of Hurco’s success this past 50 years to help us fulfill our founder’s mission to make manufacturing companies of all sizes more productive and more profitable. We’ve designed the booth to honor our past while also celebrating the future with the latest technologies, including Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the introduction of new control features, such as 3D Import. To honor the past, we will have the very first Hurco CNC machine model (KM1) on display in addition to a timeline mural highlighting key events that have shaped Hurco. It’s fitting that our year-long celebration will culminate at IMTS since our co-founder, Mr. Roch, exhibited the very first CNC machine at IMTS in 1974. As the inventor of conversational programming, his commitment to leverage technology that’s easy to use in order to make manufacturing more efficient continues to drive innovation at Hurco,” said Maggie Smith, Hurco Marketing Manager. 

 

In addition to plenty of machine demos and technology previews, Hurco will toast the company’s 50th anniversary with a happy hour each day at 4:00 p.m. (CDT) and host a 50th Anniversary After-Hours Party on Wednesday, September 12 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hurco booth (#338319).

 

“We’re excited to use our 50th Anniversary IMTS events to showcase our customers who make some really cool products. Beverages will be dispensed from a Bottoms Up Beer system, made by an Indiana company that is turning the beer industry upside down—literally! And our 50th Anniversary IMTS gift was made by Bottle Breacher, an Arizona customer, Eli Crane, who used his winnings from the television show Shark Tank to buy his Hurco VM20i. Eli is a Navy SEAL veteran who turned his hobby into a thriving business. We hope the owners of both Bottoms Up Beer and Bottle Breacher will be able to break away from their shops for a few days and celebrate with us at IMTS. Both companies are a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit that is indicative of Hurco customers everywhere,” said Smith.

 

The Hurco booth will be divided into four quadrants: Automation, 5-Axis, 3-Axis, and Turning. In the Automation quadrant, attendees will see Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) in action with Hurco CNC machine demonstrations in partnership with Erowa, Universal Robots, FANUC robots, Online Resources, and Industrial Controls & Automation. The 5-Axis quadrant will feature the latest 5-axis models and CNC technology that make the transition from conventional 3-axis machining to 5-sided machining easy and straightforward. The 3-Axis quadrant will feature our most popular CNC machines, the VMX6030i and the new VMX42Di with the direct drive spindle. In the turning quadrant, attendees will see the latest control software release that streamlines turning and milling. Hurco will also premiere its 3D Import feature with 3D DXF.

 

In addition to the 50th Anniversary parties and displays, Hurco will showcase the next generation 3D print head adapter that was first introduced at IMTS 2016. The following Hurco CNC machines will be under power at the Hurco booth:

 

Hurco CNC machines will also be featured at the AMT Emerging Technologies Center and at customer GWS Tool Group booth (#432480).

  • VM5i - AMT Emerging Technologies Center
  • BX40i – GWS Tool Group Booth

June 20
Hurco Expands BXi Line for IMTS

Hurco BX50i CNC MachineINDIANAPOLIS – Hurco has added two new models to the BXi CNC machine series as part of the company’s 50th Anniversary exhibition at IMTS: the BX50i (XYZ Travels 3​​​​7.4" x 53.2" x 23.6") and BX60i (XYZ Travels 52.1" x 63" x 27.6"). The rigidity and thermal stability of the double-column design and the overall weight of the machines provide exceptional accuracy and outstanding surface finish capabilities. Designed with the mold and aerospace industries in mind, the BXi machines meet the needs of any high speed machining application that requires tighter tolerances.


The BXi Series utilizes a double-column design – minimizing machine distortion and thermal deformation. The ladder design of the BX50i bridge provides maximum support to the head casting; and the spindle center line is closer to the supporting structure, allowing increased rigidity. Additionally, the bridge structure is isolated from part weight and operates in a stable and predictable manner.


The BX50i differs from other bridge-type CNC machines due to the integrated Hurco control powered by WinMax® control software and the patented motion system called UltiMotion® (www.hurco.com/ultimotion). The control helps machinists and job shops be more productive and profitable by supporting multiple programming methods: conversational programming; NC programming; and a Hurco-specific feature called NC/Conversational Merge that optimizes efficiency even further.


UltiMotion is the sophisticated motion control system invented by Hurco that determines the optimal trajectory to run the tool, provides consistent programmed feed rates and reduces cycle time. With UltiMotion, cornering velocity is 2.5 times faster than conventional motion and machine jerk is reduced by half. UltiMotion includes up to 10,000 blocks of dynamic look ahead and is smart enough to adapt as required by the tool path. UltiMotion is different than the smoothing features offered by CAD/CAM software and improves upon CAM output by providing better handling of the machine mechanics and dynamics. All Hurco CNC machining centers are equipped with UltiMotion.


BX50i Specifications:
Table Size 59.1" x 37.8"
Table Load 5,512 lbs
XYZ Travels 37.4" x 53.2" x 23.6"
XYZ Rapids 1,535 ipm
(Direct Drive Ballscrews)
Spindle Taper HSK 63A
Spindle RPM 18,000 (Motorized)
Spindle HP 47
Spindle Torque 88 ft-lbs @ 2,800 rpm
ATC Stations 30
Machine Weight 28,600 lbs

December 15
Flexible control makes shops more profitable. Hurco upgrades control’s technical specifications.

When software engineers at Hurco develop features for the Hurco control powered by WinMax® software, they focus on features that will make customers more profitable, according to the company. Additionally, the flexibility of the Hurco control is especially valuable for shops that have a high mix of parts because it is equally powerful for industry standard NC programming as it is for conversational programming.Hurco MAX5 Control

In order to support large programs that are becoming increasingly common with CAD/CAM and industry standard NC, Hurco recently upgraded the already robust technical hardware specifications to 128-GB Solid State Storage Drive, 4 GB of RAM, and 3,000 bps of processing power.

 

As for conversational programming, Gerald Roch, co-founder of Hurco, invented this method of user-friendly programming in 1974 and the Hurco engineering team is continually improving it by inventing new features and evolving the user interface. For example, Hurco has introduced many 5-sided conversational features that make it possible to program at the control on a 5-axis machining center without a CAM system. Transform Plane is one of the key features that eases the transition from a 3-axis machining center to a 5-axis machining center to manufacture 5-sided parts because it essentially changes programming on a 5-axis machining center back to 2.5D programming that is used on a 3-axis machine. The machinist simply establishes the initial part origin and programs the first side of the part. Then, he enters the axis angle(s) to the next side, programs the features on that side of the part and tells the control the axis angle(s) to the next side. After following those steps for each side of the part, Transform Plane does the rest, calculating the tilting and rotating required.


“Hurco engineers have focused on the development of 5-sided programming features like Transform Plane because the fastest way for shops to instantly increase their profit margins on existing parts is to transition from 3-axis machining to a 5-sided machining process on a 5-axis VMC. It’s been a major initiative at Hurco since 2008 to make sure that the Hurco control leads the industry in making this transition to 5-sided machining as easy as possible in an effort to help customers be more profitable,” said a company spokesperson.


Another control feature that shops of all sizes find valuable is NC/Conversational Merge because it combines NC programming with conversational programming. With NC/Conversational Merge, the machinist can call up an NC program, and apply popular conversational features, such as pattern operations, scaling, tool probing, and part probing, to G-Code programs.

August 15
Hurco Distributors Recognized for Achievements

INDIANAPOLIS—Hurco Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq:HURC), held its annual awards banquet in Indianapolis to acknowledge the team of accomplished distributors and agents throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, and South America, who represent Hurco. The national meeting of Hurco distributor partners was held near Hurco’s Indianapolis headquarters at John Force Racing (JFR) to kick off the new partnership Hurco has established with the legendary NHRA team. Banquet attendees toured JFR’s 40,000-square-foot facility, including the Force American Made machine shop that features the latest Hurco CNC machines.

 

The winner of the Top Hurco Sales Representative Award was Gary Kittredge, of Brooks Associates, the full-service distributor that represents Hurco in New England. The other winners of the Hurco Top 5 Award were Jim Braun (#2) of Braun Machinery (Michigan), Mark Finnell (#3) of Reynolds Machinery (Ohio), Tim Navalta (#4) of Braun Machinery (Michigan), and Dennis Visser (#5) of Machinery Source (Illinois).

 

The distributorships were also recognized for their achievements in representing Hurco. The Top 5 Distributors from first to fifth were Braun Machinery (Michigan), Brooks Associates (Massachusetts), Reynolds Machinery (Ohio), Humston Machinery (Indiana), and a tie for fifth place, Stone Machinery (Minnesota) and Applied Machine Solutions (Georgia).

Humston Machinery won the Top Distributor Market Share Award and Top Distributor Growth went to Brooks Associates.

 

Hurco also welcomed new distributors Alta Enterprises (representing Hurco in western Pennsylvania) and CNC Solutions (representing Hurco in northern Calif.)

Hurco distributor partners tour John Force Racing at the Hurco National Sales Meeting.Hurco distributor partners tour John Force Racing at the Hurco National Sales Meeting.
Hurco distributor partners tour the John Force Racing machine shop at the Hurco National Sales Meeting.Hurco distributor partners tour the John Force Racing machine shop at the Hurco National Sales Meeting.
Hurco distributor partners tour the John Force Racing manufacturing operation at the Hurco National Sales Meeting. John Force Racing has a fleet of Hurco CNC machines to manufacture parts for their NHRA dragsters and funny cars in addition to parts for their Force American Made division.Hurco distributor partners tour the John Force Racing manufacturing operation at the Hurco National Sales Meeting. John Force Racing has a fleet of Hurco CNC machines to manufacture parts for their NHRA dragsters and funny cars in addition to parts for their Force American Made division.
Gary Kittredge (right) accepts the Top Hurco Sales Representative Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.Gary Kittredge (right) accepts the Top Hurco Sales Representative Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.
Jim Braun (right) of Braun Machinery accepts the Hurco Top Five Hurco Sales Representative Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager. Jim Braun (right) of Braun Machinery accepts the Hurco Top Five Hurco Sales Representative Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.
Mark Finnell (right) of Reynolds Machinery accepts the Hurco Top Five Hurco Sales Representative Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.Mark Finnell (right) of Reynolds Machinery accepts the Hurco Top Five Hurco Sales Representative Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.
Dennis Visser (right) of Machinery Source accepts the Hurco Top Five Hurco Sales Representative Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.Dennis Visser (right) of Machinery Source accepts the Hurco Top Five Hurco Sales Representative Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.
Tim Navalta (right) of Braun Machinery accepts the Hurco Top Five Sales Representative Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager. Tim Navalta (right) of Braun Machinery accepts the Hurco Top Five Sales Representative Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.
(From L to R) Fred Braun, Scott Camloh, Jim Braun, Tim Navalta, stand on stage during presentation of Top Hurco Distributor Award, which was won by Braun Machinery.(From L to R) Fred Braun, Scott Camloh, Jim Braun, Tim Navalta, stand on stage during presentation of Top Hurco Distributor Award, which was won by Braun Machinery.
Joe Klier (left) of Brooks Associates accepts the Hurco Top Five Distributor Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager. Joe Klier (left) of Brooks Associates accepts the Hurco Top Five Distributor Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.
Scott Mays (right) of Reynolds Machinery accepts the Top Five Distributor Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.Scott Mays (right) of Reynolds Machinery accepts the Top Five Distributor Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.
Jay Shultz (right) of Humston Machinery accepts the Hurco Top Five Distributor Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.Jay Shultz (right) of Humston Machinery accepts the Hurco Top Five Distributor Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.
Skip Thomson (right) of Applied Machinery accepts the Hurco Top Five Distributor Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.Skip Thomson (right) of Applied Machinery accepts the Hurco Top Five Distributor Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.
Orrin Brown (right) of Stone Machinery accepts the Hurco Top Five Distributor Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.Orrin Brown (right) of Stone Machinery accepts the Hurco Top Five Distributor Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.
June 16
Hurco IMTS 2016 General Press Release
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INDIANAPOLIS— Hurco will bring the spirit of Indianapolis, the location of the company’s worldwide headquarters since its founding in 1968, to McCormick Place for IMTS 2016. Since Indianapolis is home to the single largest one-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500, Hurco created a scaled down version of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, complete with a blimp and leaderboard, for their booth where IMTS attendees can race RC IndyCars. Attendees can check www.hurco.com/imts to see what hours open racing will take place and/or to register for a spot to race competitively. Prizes will also be announced on the website.

 

“With all of the hype that surrounded the 100th Running of the Indy 500 this past May, we decided to use IMTS not only to showcase our CNC machines and control technology, but to showcase our home and bring the excitement of IndyCar to the show,” said Maggie Smith, Marketing Manager of Hurco.

 

“In addition to sponsoring IndyCar team Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) with drivers Ed Carpenter and Josef Newgarden, the team uses our CNC machines at their machine shop. Since we know that both racing and machining rely on speed, power, and precision to succeed, we thought the race to profitability theme would be a fun way to showcase how Hurco CNC machines make our customers more profitable,” said Smith.

 

In addition to the IndyCar centerpiece RC track, nine machines will be on display at the Hurco booth and a working model of our new 3D print head adapter. New machines include the high speed double-column bridge type BX40i; the new open bed CNC mill, the HTM30i; the new 5-axis CNC machining center VC600i; and popular models from the other product lines, such as the 5-axis VMX42SWi CNC machining center, the 3-axis VMX6030i, the trunnion style 5-axis VM10Ui, the high speed 3-axis VMX24HSi CNC machine equipped with an Erowa robot, the general performance 3-axis VM20i, the TMX10MYSi slant-bed lathe with live tooling and subspindle, and the general purpose TM6i slant-bed lathe. Hurco’s new 3D print head adapter that connects to Hurco CNC mills for accelerated prototyping will be demonstrated at the booth.

 

 

 

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