Positive signs at Hurco Open House
One of the very few physical, as opposed to virtual, machine tool Open Houses to take place this year was Hurco Europe’s Covid-safe event at its headquarters in High Wycombe, 19th to 23rd October. Nearly 20 companies attended, less than half the number that would be expected in a normal year. However, managing director David Waghorn said the event was nevertheless worthwhile, with four ex-demonstration machining centres sold including a 5-axis model. New machine sales for the month of October were actually a little better than in the same period last year.
In addition to showing machines under power to visitors in person, Hurco staged eight remote machine walk-arounds and control demonstrations via Microsoft Teams. One was for a customer in the North West of England that had booked its attendance but then decided it would be better not to travel during the pandemic. Interestingly, one virtual meeting would have not have been feasible to hold any other way than virtually, as it involved a customer in Milton Keynes, Hurco staff in High Wycombe and Stratford-upon-Avon and three ProCobot automation specialists in two locations in the US.
David Waghorn comments: “All our staff have been back working full-time since 1st June. Obviously it has been a challenging year, but there are some positive signs. We are seeing a lot of reshoring of work from the Far East and Europe, especially of moulds and dies but also of general subcontract work.
“Through the period of government restrictions there has been more engineering resource available, as well as extra space in our new building to refurbish second-hand machines. We have sold 14 so far this year, a mixture of lathes and mills.
“Another area that has been little affected is customer training, as this has continued seamlessly on-line. It has been especially useful for machine operators in the south of Ireland, where travel is particularly difficult at the moment due to their government’s current policies.”
He added that considerable interest was shown during the Open House in the new range of Hurco driven-tool lathes that was being launched. Two machines were sold prior to the event and orders are now being taken. Three models are currently included in the range, two of which, TM8Mi and TM10Mi, are in stock, with the third, largest machine, TM12Mi, due to arrive in early 2021. Further models will be added next year, including a lathe with a Y-axis turret and another with a Y-axis and sub-spindle.
The next Hurco Open House is being pushed forward from its usual pre-Christmas slot to early 2021. Dates will be announced shortly.
Gewefa ‘facing up’ at Hurco Open House
Gewefa UK will be exhibiting in the suppliers village at the forthcoming Hurco Christmas Open House and this year will be highlighting, among other products, its expertise as a supplier of face and taper toolholding products.
The Hurco Open House this year takes place on December 4th and 5th at the Hurco UK headquarters in High Wycombe.
A number of the newly introduced Hurco machining centres being featured at the event will be equipped with face and taper spindles. As a leading toolholding specialist, Gewefa supports users of these machines with a range of toolholders that is one of the most extensive available. It covers BT and DIN formats in SK30, 40 and 50 tapers to offer comprehensive capability for heavy duty and very high-speed machining applications. Toolholders are available as collet chucks, shell mills, face mills, shrink clamp, hydraulic chucks and in extended length and adaptor formats.
With its long-standing relationship with Hurco in the UK, Gewefa is the primary supplier of tooling packages supplied on new Hurco machines as well as equipment such as edge sensors.
In addition, Gewefa also supplies related toolholding products such as EWS static and driven tools, OTT spindle monitoring equipment, Pibomulti angle heads and speeders, Nann collets and Rineck heat shrink clamping machines.
Keith Warner, managing director of Gewefa UK, says: “The Hurco Open House is always well attended and we are delighted to be asked to participate again. “Gewefa personnel will be available to discuss all aspects of toolholding and related products with visitors and many of the operational machines will be running using Gewefa supplied equipment in what promises to be a very worthwhile and busy event.”
Hurco to present machining solutions for simple and complex components at Southern Manufacturing
At Southern Manufacturing 2018, Hurco will present its machining solutions for simple and complex components.
David Waghorn, managing director of High Wycombe-based Hurco Europe states: “A modern-day subcontract engineering business must focus on the immediate order book, but at the same time has to keep an eye on the future. It is essential to be as flexible as possible and to be able to advance seamlessly to the next level of technology.”
His point is that the Hurco machine tool range is designed specifically to meet this demand. The same Max5 control is fitted to the simplest 3-axis machining centre, the high specification 5-axis machines and the firm’s entire lathe range.
Conversational prompts guide the user through the programming process, there are canned cycles for all the usual routines, calc-assist to find intersection points and clear graphical representation of toolpath and component on the 9-inch colour LCD screen.
Hurco customers gain the benefit of getting new operators up to speed quickly. They have no problems in producing one-offs or small volumes and tend to make less programming mistakes. The result, says David Waghorn, is a first-off completed part with a minimum of fuss and effort.
Hurco will be exhibiting two of its most popular and compact, entry-level machines at the show. The VM5i 3-axis machining centre will make its Southern Manufacturing and Electronics debut. The specification provides full machining centre performance, despite the machine being able to fit into a space that is less than 2 metres in height, depth and width. 8,000 rpm and 7.5 kW of power from the spindle plus a 16-station automatic tool changer are provided.
Additionally, the latest, updated XP version of the TM8i lathe will be shown. Already a Hurco best-seller, this new model boasts a more compact footprint and bigger spindle bore plus some innovative control system enhancements.