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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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
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.”
information, visit Hurco.com/IMTS.
INDIANAPOLIS — 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
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, 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
- BX40i – GWS Tool Group Booth
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 37.4" 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Orrin Brown (right) of Stone Machinery accepts the Hurco Top Five Distributor Award from Scott Camloh, Hurco National Sales Manager.
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.