Hurco doubles floor space, trebles machine sales and quadruples turnover
Greg Volovic (right), president of Hurco Companies Inc, unveiling a plaque to mark the opening of the new headquarters of Hurco Europe, whose managing director David Waghorn is pictured left.
US-based machining centre and CNC lathe manufacturer Hurco has moved the subsidiary serving the UK and Irish markets, Hurco Europe Ltd, to different premises on the Cressex Industrial Estate in High Wycombe. Covering an area of 26,000 sq ft, the building is double the size of the previous facility and is located at 12 Merlin Centre, Lancaster Road, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP12 3TB. The telephone number remains the same, 01494 442222, as do all email addresses and the website – www.hurco.co.uk
The official opening of the new headquarters, showroom and technical centre was marked by an open day for customers on 9th October 2019, at which 11 of the latest Hurco models were demonstrated under power, eight machining centres including four 5-axis configurations and three turning centres. The president of Hurco Companies Inc, Greg Volovic, travelled especially from Indianapolis to formally open the building.
David Waghorn, managing director of the High Wycombe operation comments: “16 years in our previous facility saw business grow by an average of 10 percent a year and the number of staff increase from 25 to 55. Unit sales trebled and included shipment of higher value bridge-type and 5-axis machines, with the result that annual turnover rose more than fourfold to over £20 million.
“Considering this level of growth and with an increasing number of Hurco products being introduced, we needed to expand the size of our showroom to accommodate up to 14 machines and substantially increase warehouse space.
“More bays are available for machine preparation and we have upgraded our applications and training areas. Visitors will also notice improved meeting and conference facilities.”
After unveiling a plaque to mark the inauguration of the facility, Greg Volovic declared: “The UK is one of the main pillars of the Hurco group. Not only have sales been strong under the direction of David Waghorn, who has been with the company for 30 years, but feedback from the customer base in Britain and Ireland has helped shape our product development over the years.
“We supply into a broad spectrum of manufacturing sectors, which helps to insulate us from industry downturns. Although there is currently a short-term dip in orders, we are very optimistic about the future and intend to expand our machine portfolio further and enter new markets.”
Dugard appointed UK agent for high-end Kitamura machine tools
Dugard Ltd has been appointed the sole UK & Ireland sales and distribution outlet for the world-renowned Kitamura brand of machine tools. The Kitamura Machinery motto is ‘Limitless Creativity’ and this has been established on a global stage since its inception in 1933 with machine tool technology that is genuinely ‘World Class’.
The arrival of the Kitamura brand into the Dugard family is a huge coup for the Brighton-based machine tool company, especially as it was the Japanese manufacturer that sought out the sales, service and distribution expertise of Dugard to enhance its footprint in the UK market. The Kitamura range is renowned for its quality, precision, productivity and speed that place the machines in a well-recognised premium market position. Dugard has certainly jumped upon the quality of the brand, selling two machines in the first two weeks of the agency agreement, with dozens more enquiries already flooding in.
The range of products is extremely diverse, with the Mycenter HXiG and HXiTGA Series of horizontal machining centres both offering best in class performance. The Mycenter HXiG is available in sizes from the HX250iG (254 by 254 mm travel) to the HX800G with an envelope of 1,550 by 1,300 by 1,400 mm. The larger footprint HXiTGA range commences with the HX400iFTGA that has a 735 x 610 x 610 mm envelope through to the largest HX1250i that has an area of 2 m by 1.3 m by 1.37 m.
Both machines offer unparalleled precision with a positional accuracy of 2 microns and a repeatability precision of 1 micron across the complete axes stroke. This is credit to linear scale feedback, patented twin ballscrew and twin servo motors and the hand scraping of every machine in the portfolio. From a productivity perspective, the twin-pallet configuration and astounding 60m/min rapids combine with tool-to-tool changeover times of 1.2 seconds to provide unfathomable productivity gains.
From the vertical stable, Dugard can now offer the Mycenter 3XG and 3XiG, the 4XiF and 7X and the 2XD Sparkchanger. Like all the machines in the Kitamura portfolio, the VMCs are available with the Arumatik CNC control system that provides processing speeds up to 16 times faster than alternate CNC controls. Dugard customers undertaking 5-axis machining are already switching-on to the extensive XT, Mytrunnion and MedCenter-5AX variants available.
For high-precision machining of large components, Dugard can also offer the industry leading line of double column Bridgecenter machining centres. The smallest Bridgecenter-6G provides a work envelope of 1.5 m by 1.1 m by 710 mm, stretching up to the Bridgecenter-12G that offers an envelope of 3 m by 1.6 by 800 mm.
Commenting upon Dugard becoming the UK sales agent for this prestigious brand, product sales manager at Dugard, Colin Thomson says: “The arrival of the Kitamura brand marks an exciting time for Dugard and it genuinely brings a new dawn in the company’s evolution. We now have one of the most prestigious, high-end machine tool brands in the market. Kitamura will outperform the majority of high-end brands in the industry, whether it is precision, productivity, capability or flexibility. The options available from Kitamura range from single, twin and multi-pallet systems with spindle, tool, build and control options that offer countless opportunities.
“By choosing to work in partnership with Dugard, Kitamura now has access to the Dugard service support network that delivers unparalleled levels of expertise and response times. This is already seeing existing Kitamura users in the UK approaching Dugard to find out more. We urge any existing Kitamura users to contact Dugard for more information regarding our services and support.”
A positive experience
Mills CNC showcased its latest DVF 5000 high-performance simultaneous 5-axis machining centre at the show
Mills CNC has reported that its debut at Southern Manufacturing 2019 was extremely positive, with visitors impressed by the Doosan 5-axis machine tool and Doosan Robotics’ collaborative robot showcased at the event. This was the first time in the company’s history that Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, exhibited at the event.
With business over the three days being described as ‘brisk’, Mills has announced that its attendance at Southern Manufacturing 2019 was successful with a significant number of machine tool and cobot leads and enquiries being generated. These are now being actively followed up by the company.
Mills CNC used the event to showcase its latest high-performance simultaneous 5-axis machining centre to show attendees.
The DVF 5000, first launched by Mills at MACH 2018 has, since then, proved highly-successful amongst aerospace and medical component manufacturers, to name but a few. The machine delivers high precision, speed, flexibility and process reliability. It is equipped with a 17 kW/12,000 rpm direct-drive spindle (a 22 kW/18,000 rpm option is available), a generous-sized servo-driven tool changer (up to 120 tools) and the latest control technology from FANUC, Heidenhain or Siemens.
Other standard features include linear guides, a sophisticated thermal compensation system that mitigates against the effects of thermal drift and ultra-fast rapid rates (40 m/min) on the machines’ X-, Y- and Z-axes. The machines’ productivity can be further increased via an optional (8-pallet) automatic workpiece changer.
Tony Dale, Mills CNC’s technical director says: “The DVF 5000 is the latest addition to Doosan’s impressive 5-axis machine tool portfolio. Precision, speed, process reliability and flexibility accurately sum up the credentials of the new machine and explain why the machine was such a draw onto our stand.”
Southern Manufacturing 2019 was also an ideal venue for Mills to showcase a Doosan Robotics’ collaborative robot (cobot) to visitors.
At the end of last year Mills CNC signed an agreement with Doosan Robotics, part of the Doosan Group, to supply its range of advanced collaborative robot systems and solutions to UK and Irish manufacturers.
To help drive and manage its collaborative and industrial robot and automation business, Mills has created a new division, called Mills CNC Automation.
Tony Dale says: “There are four different collaborative robots in the Doosan Robotics’ range and at Southern Manufacturing 2019 we showcased the M0609 model, which has a 6 Kg payload capacity and a 0.9 metre radius reach, performing different pick and place tasks.
“Doosan Robotics’ cobots are versatile, easy to install and use, incredibly safe and competitively-priced. They are designed to perform a wide range of tasks and operations from CNC machine tool tending through to inspection and testing – and from assembly to packaging and palletising.”
The M0609 is the smallest cobot in the Doosan Robotics’ range. Models are available with a 15 kg payload capacity, others with a 1.7 metre radius reach.
All cobots are incredibly safe and feature 6-axis articulated arms with highly-sensitive torque sensors that can detect changes in force and/or minimal impact which causes them to stop.
As well as different capacity arms, all cobots are supplied with a state-of-the-art controller, a sophisticated Teaching Pendant and a number of options that include a dress pack, a water jacket and a mobile base unit.
Tony Dale concludes: “Visitor traffic to the Mills stand was steady over the three days. This was the first time we attended Southern Manufacturing Show and it will not be the last.”