Hurco showcased the simplicity of operation of its proprietary Max 5 control for all types of machining operations at Southern Manufacturing 2017. The CNC system, which runs the latest WinMax software, is intended for graphical, menu-based, conversational programming but is equally capable of handling NC code. Customers can now take delivery of a single-screen control, which comes as standard with entry-level VM-series machining centres, and upgrade it later to a twin-screen version with a hinged auxiliary screen. The operator can then view images of a part as it is being created or monitor a machining process while the next job is being programmed.
Further benefits derive from the control now being an integral part of the machine, coupled with the ability to retract the QWERTY keyboard, drop the keypad from horizontal to vertical, close the auxiliary screen if fitted and swing the whole control assembly flush to the front of the machine.
One of the exhibits at Southern Manufacturing was the compact Hurco VM10Ui 5-axis machining centre with a working volume of 533 x 406 x 483 mm. Demonstrations showed how quickly and easily 5-sided components can be programmed directly at the Max 5 control using the standard conversational software. The manufacturer‘s Transform Plane facility allows all five sides to be input as simple, 2D profiles which are then rotated to the relevant face. The flexibility of the Max 5 control was further underlined by showing simultaneous 5-axis programs being loaded from a selection of different CAM systems.
Also highlighted was the Hurco TM6i 2-axis CNC lathe. It turns parts up to 316 mm in diameter, 340 mm long, and is well suited to bar work up to 45 mm diameter. The performance of this compact, accurate turning machine is complemented by the Max 5 control, says the firm, using simple, easy-to-follow graphics to guide the user through all operations and tooling options. The slant-bed lathe is supplied as standard with a 6-inch hydraulic three-jaw chuck, parts catcher, swarf conveyor and vouchers for MacInnes coolant and lubricants, plus £1,000 worth of Kyocera tooling.
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