CNC Automation | Job Shop Automation | Hurco

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The owner of Oakridge Fabrication was skeptical about automation for high-mix manufacturing after he heard stories about robots sitting idle in the corner due to complex integrations.

Hurco’s Job Shop Automation empowered his shop to control their automation because the robot is completely integrated with the Hurco control—no robot programming needed!

With Hurco’s Job Shop Automation, Oakridge Fabrication found the flexibility needed for high-mix manufacturing. Part changeover is five minutes or less, a job that used to be three days of hand-loading parts is completed overnight, and they report unattended run times of 12 to 16 hours.

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Why Automate?

As the skills gap continues and labor shortages mount, automation allows shops to maximize the contribution of their existing employees, increase productivity, and increase machine utilization. While traditional automation focused on mass production manufacturing, Hurco customers require automation that is flexible enough for high-mix manufacturing.

Why Hurco Developed Automation for High-Mix Manufacturing

Our mission at Hurco is to help customers be more productive and profitable by delivering manufacturing technologies that make sense for high-mix manufacturing. After we interviewed customers, did our research, and vetted automation partners, we developed Practical Job Shop Automation to eliminate the problems job shops had experienced with automation—inflexibility, complex integrations, complicated robot programming.

How Practical Job Shop Automation Helps Hurco Customers

The key advantage of Hurco’s automation for high-mix manufacturing is the complete integration of the robot into the Hurco control.

This control integration gives our customers complete control over their automation—quick changeover (less than 5 minutes), flexibility (ability to move the robot to another Hurco machine), quick installation, and no robot programming (everything is done on the Hurco control’s Automation Job Manager feature). If you can program a Hurco, you can program the robot.

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Cobot with hurco 5-axis cnc machine

Hurco Control Features

CNC Automation Job Manager with WinMax

Automation Job Manager

Runs on the MAX 5 Control or a separate PC

  • Easy Job Setup and Robot-CNC Graphical User Interface.
  • Job and queue progress bars.
  • Run multiple jobs sequentially.
  • Setup Wizard for part trays.
  • Load and save job setups.
  • No programming to set up or run.
  • Less than 5 minutes part changeover time.

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PRODUCT LINE-UP

COBOTS WORK FOR YOUR WORKERS AND LET THEM FOCUS ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT!

ER Work
ER Work

  • Ideal for smaller CNC machines.
  • Built for simple machine tending.
  • Docking station for repeatable locating.
  • Different types of part trays available as options.

ProFeeder Table
ProFeeder Table

  • Most flexible solution
  • Heavy-duty design
  • Large worktable
  • Extruded aluminum top
  • Easy grid tray changeover
  • Optional leveling castors

ProFeeder
ProFeeder

  • Comes with two movable carts
  • Fastest job changeover
  • Includes standard part trays and grid plates
  • Sturdy pneumatic cart lock
  • Optional leveling castors

ProFeeder Compact
ProFeeder Compact

  • 6-drawer system
  • Includes robot pedestal
  • 3-position drawers for continuous production

ProFeeder X
ProFeeder X

  • 5- or 10-drawer systems available
  • 3-position drawers allows for replenishing stock and removing finished parts while robot and machine are running
  • High capacity with compact footprint
  • Robot mounts to drawer system

PrtoFeeder Flex
ProFeeder Flex

  • Higher capacity portable system
  • Comes with 3 trays
  • Control mounts inside cabinet
  • Suitable for UR5e or UR10e

PRACTICAL Job Shop Automation
Job Shop Automation

HIGH-MIX/LOW-VOLUME

HIGH-MIX/LOW-VOLUME
AFFORDABLE AUTOMATION

Hurco has eliminated all of the obstacles associated with traditional automation. With Hurco’s job shop automation, high-mix manufacturing can have all the benefits of advanced robotics without the hassle (and cost) associated with traditional automation. The collaborative robots (cobots) from ProCobots, combined with Hurco technology, ensure the cobots are easy to set up and easy to program.  Bonus: No shielded work cells needed.

EXPAND YOUR PEOPLE POWER

EXPAND
YOUR PEOPLE POWER

Cobots let you expand your people power so one operator can run three or four machines at once. With ProCobots, your machinists are free to utilize their skills and expertise to optimize your manufacturing operations while the cobots do the monotonous and low-skill tasks.

MAXIMIZE YOUR PROFITS

​MAXIMIZE
YOUR PROFITS

Reduce production downtime and increase quality with precision and high repeatability. Cobots can work 24 hours a day and seven days a week–even when you’re not there!​

Automation Done Right

​The Solution?

Cobots - Collaborative Robots. ProCobots​ partnered with Universal Robots (UR), innovator and world leader in collaborative robots, to create practical CNC machine automation solutions that are affordable, practical, flexible, compact, and eliminate the need to call an expensive integrator each time you want to change your automation or move the system to different machines.

Additionally, ProCobots Job Shop Automation will maximize the contribution of your machinists. They won't need to waste time on repetitive, redundant, and simple tasks. Instead, the cobots will do the monotonous and low-value tasks so your machinists can maximize the high-value skills they contribute to each job.

Cobots work for your workers and let them focus on what’s important!​

 
 

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​​Why Hurco?

Hurco was founded on the principle to develop practical technology for high-mix manufacturing and to deliver it in ways that our customers can easily improve their productivity.

We know the struggles shops have experienced with traditional automation. That’s why we formed a partnership with ProCobots to create a completely integrated job shop automation system that is portable, reliable, easy to set up, and easy to program.

The Automation Job Manager software feature on the Hurco control was created specifically for you. Straightforward screens with the information you need to make automation work for you!​

 

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Case study: Hurco Practical Job Shop Automation | Oakridge Fab

Alexa Meets
Hurco CNC

IMTS 2018 Job Shop
Automation Highlights

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Automation Exhibit at IMTS 2018

Published Stories

​30 leaders transforming manufacturing

Published on Mar 25, 2020 by SME

Since its founding in 1968, Hurco has delivered machines with sophisticated and intuitive control technology. “We have a long list of products and technologies we’ve invented or included in our products to help customers be more productive,” Volovic said. While brands like Harley-Davidson, Caterpillar and John Deere use Hurco CNC machines, most customers are family-owned firms. “The vast majority of our customers find ways to bring order to the ever-changing, competitive landscape of high-mix manufacturing that defines job shops,” he said. “Delivering machines equipped with technology that helps them reduce setup time and be more productive is simply part of our DNA.” Ultimately, he points to Hurco technology that democratizes manufacturing.

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“The most recent example surrounds automation. For years, automation has been a practical solution for traditional manufacturing to deal with the skills gap and increase efficiency. However, it was out of reach for many customers who have a high mix of parts. Automation didn’t have the flexibility they required, and integration could be costly. We made job shop automation a top priority and have utilized the power of our control’s architecture and partnerships with automation firms to provide effective and efficient CNC automation.”
- Greg Volovic, Hurco President and Chief Operating Officer
30 leaders transforming manufacturing

​Hurco Machining Center Adapted Into N95 Mask Production System

Published on June 19, 2020 by Modern Machine Shop Magazine

Greg Volovic, president of machine tool supplier Hurco, gave a challenge to engineering staff members at the company’s Indianapolis headquarters: Within four weeks, adapt a machine tool into a system for making N95 masks for virus protection. It didn't have to be an optimized system — refinement could come later — but he asked for a system that could make the mask (sans straps) complete. The challenge was met, so Hurco is now theoretically self-sufficient for N95 mask production. Capacity allowing, the company can make masks for its customers, employees and distributors. And in developing this capability, the company says its team was witness to one of the perils of offshoring: the way that knowledge gets offshored, too. Paul Gray, PhD, VP of R&D and product development, says one of the project’s challenges was just to re-learn how N95 masks are made. Unable to find procedures for how to make an item now largely produced overseas, team members were left to disassemble existing masks as part of their effort to find out.

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