“We have provided a Heidenhain control option for many years, but due in part to the complexity and cost, found it to be a slow seller,” says Nigel Atherton, managing director of XYZ Machine Tools. “The arrival of the TNC 620, with its touchscreen user interface and latest machine control technology, means the time is right to offer it as a standard fit on machines within our heavy-duty range.”

The TNC 620 is a successor to the iTNC530 control, which is being phased out by Heidenhain after 18 years of sales. XYZ’s addition of this control as a standard fit will help to future proof its heavy-duty range of machines and deliver the performance that customers, particularly in the aerospace, mould and die, toolmaking, and education sectors demand.

“Thanks to our independence as a machine tool supplier we are free to adapt our range quickly,” says Atherton. “As a result, we can offer the latest in control technology to meet the needs of customers.”

With some machines featuring earlier Heidenhain control systems reaching the end of their lifespans, the arrival of the TNC 620 provides a perfect opportunity to open up new opportunities among existing Heidenhain users.

“We recognise that customers tend to be loyal to a particular CNC due to their expertise and familiarity with it,” says Atherton. “Therefore, extending our use of Heidenhain controls to the HD series of machines – we already offer Heidenhain on our flagship UMC-5X machine – is a logical step. With prices starting at just under £60,000 for the XYZ 660 HD featuring the Heidenhain TNC 620, we are confident that this will be attractive to both new and potential customers.”