Hurco to make major turning centre launch at MACH 2022

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A new range of four driven-tool CNC turning centres will be launched by Hurco at MACH 2022. The models include 8-inch and 10-inch chuck versions with the option of a programmable W-axis to position the tailstock or sub-spindle.

One model, the TMX8MYSi, will be on show for the first time in the UK and will be centre-stage on the company's stand in Hall 20, stand number 510.

The new TMX turning centres offer higher specification and performance than the well-established and popular TMi and TMMi models. The major differences are higher power and speed plus a larger, heavier machine frame and the addition of a Y-axis in addition to the W-axis axis to allow more versatile machining.

The servo-driven turret carries 12 VDI 40 radial tools, rather than axial tools as on the TMMi range. Each station provides a peak output of 6.3 kW and 5,000 rpm. Hurco’s V11.xx software allows the manufacturer's proprietary conversational routines to be used for milling operations, making the package very attractive for small-volume production.

Completing the Hurco turning centre range

Two additional Hurco CNC lathes will be on show, the TM6i XP and the TM8Mi XP with axial driven tools. The suffix denotes the 2020 upgrade of the previous models, including larger spindle bore, roller guideways, a more compact footprint and improved control system that features concurrent programming, estimated runtime, error check and recovery restart, plus enhanced rigid tapping performance.

Machining centres

BX60i double-column, high-speed machining centre

On show for the first time at a MACH show will be the BX60i 3-axis, double-column, portal machining centre that maintains dynamic stability and accuracy despite having large X and Y axis travels. The next model down in size, the BX50i made its debut at MACH 2018.

Ideal for producing large mould tools or aerospace components, the BX60i has a 1,600 x 1,300 x 700 mm working volume, more than twice as large as that of its smaller counterpart. Positional accuracy is maintained via linear scales. Standard features include an 18,000 rpm HSK63A 35kW spindle, 20 bar coolant through the spindle and 36 m/min rapids.

More 3-axis machining centres

In addition to the highly popular VM10i, which combines a compact footprint with the capacity and performance of a big 3-axis machining centre, there will be a VMX30Di with 762 x 508 x 610 mm travels and direct-drive 15,000 rpm spindle, while a large VMX60Ti with high-torque 237 Nm spindle will complete the line-up.

The Max5 control will be evident on all Hurco machines. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the latest software developments, including solid model import that now includes surfaces.

Latest VMX42SRTi 5-axis machining centre

One Hurco 5-axis machining centre on show will be the VMX42SRTi, a best-selling model, the latest version of which has directly-encoded torque motors driving both the B-axis spindle and flush C-axis rotary table. Linear scales and 20 bar coolant through the spindle are now standard features on the SRTi as well as on the 4-axis SWi swivel-head models.

The SRTi range of 5-axis VMCs is popular because these B-axis models can be used as a 3-axis machine that exploits the full working volume. That is in addition to impressive 5-axis machining capabilities, a 600 mm diameter rotary table with 500 kg load capacity and a 40-taper, 12,000 rpm motor spindle with upgrades available to 16,000, 18,000 or 24,000 rpm. Furthermore, the VMX60SRTi has benefitted from a redesign of the machine frame, improving geometric stability and sliding cover efficiency.

In addition to a smaller Hurco VMX42SRTi B-axis machine, the compact VMX30UDi 5-axis trunnion-type, direct-drive, 15,000 rpm model with 200 kg load capacity will be demonstrated. A compact, entry-level, 5-axis VM10Ui and a VMX60Ti 3-axis machine equipped with a Kitagawa TT182 rotary-tilt table will also feature.

There will be a total of five machines with 5-axis capability cutting metal, including a RXP500DSC. Built by Roeders in Germany, the machining centre is of trunnion configuration and is capable of super-high accuracy and of producing a mirror-like surface finish.

Such production centres are frequently deployed for rotary die manufacture, micro-machining, bottle mould manufacture and jig grinding. An applications engineer from Germany will be available on the stand to discuss specific applications. Hurco has represented this manufacturer in the UK and the Republic of Ireland for 18 years.

Automation solutions

The addition of automation to Hurco machines is well established and relatively simple. On the stand at MACH, the two most popular will be shown. There will be a Hurco ProCobot Profeeder assisting the production of parts on a VM20i 3-axis machining centre and an Erowa Robot Compact 80 feeding the new VMX30UDi VMC.

The ProCobot picks and places components, with the app running directly on the control, making plug and play for automation a reality. Conversational engraving using true-type fonts and surface wrapping will be demonstrated. The Erowa cell, on the other hand, transfers the workholding as well as the part. The choice system is dependent upon the application. Both solutions lend themselves well to Hurco’s typical customers, which tend to undertake small to medium batch runs.