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Hurco to showcase automation and simple programming

Posted on 17 Aug 2023 and read 953 times
Hurco to showcase automation and simple programmingHigh Wycombe-based Hurco Europe Ltd’s focus at EMO Hannover 2023 will be on automation and simplification of programming processes (Hall 12, Stand D68). The company will demonstrate how freeform surfaces are easy to program at the machine using the Hurco control system. Tried-and-tested parts-handling systems will also be showcased.

Sebastian Herr, Hurco applications technology manager, said: “Contract manufacturing is all about completing orders quickly and reliably. We help our customers successfully meet these demands by providing machines and software that can deliver the best results."

Hurco will present a ProFeeder, a parts-handling solution that is part of the company’s own ProCobots range, which are simple plug-and-play solutions that are easy to program and use. Although it will be shown working with a TM8Mi lathe, it can be used with different Hurco machines based on operational needs. ProFeeder is easy to integrate into processes, as it is set up via the user-friendly WinMax control software and the ‘Automation Job Manager’ solution developed specifically for ProCobots.

Mr Herr added: “The flexible performance of our control system will be plain to see. With the automation solution, parts are loaded reliably, without the need for any specialist programming knowledge. With the two control system screens, the operator works in a familiar environment as the interfaces are unchanged. There are lots of images, not much text — along with all the other features of the WinMax control system. The conversational programming system is also fast and includes every step that needs to be initiated in automated parts handling.”

The second major topic on the company’s stand at EMO will be further simplification of programming at the machine. Mr Herr said: “We want to help our customers run an efficient operation, shorten turnaround times and maximise resource availability. That is why our control system is constantly learning.”

New this year is the ‘Surfacing’ option. Hurco’s Solid Model Import software makes it possible to import 3-D models formatted as STEP files directly into the control. Surfacing expands the import capability for solid models to include the surface data set. The new functionality enables programming of even complex freeform surfaces on the shop floor. Prior to this development, it was necessary to use a CAM workstation to generate freeform surfaces.

For those not planning to attend EMO, an alternative event will be held on 28 September 2023 at Hurco Europe Ltd, 12 Merlin Centre, Lancaster Road, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe, HP12 3TB. The one-day show is called Demo Deals Day. A total of 13 ex-demo machines will be on show and available for purchase, plus there will be some used machines that are currently being cleaned and refurbished. A free Hurco golf umbrella awaits all those who request a new machine or Solid Model Import demonstration on the day. More details are available at the website here.