Hurco's BX40Ui Five-Axis Machining Center Features Versatile CNC
Hurco’s double-column BX40Ui five-axis machining center is equipped with a trunnion table mounted along the Y axis for performance and flexibility.
Hurco’s double-column BX40Ui five-axis machining center is equipped with a trunnion table mounted along the Y axis for performance and flexibility. The ladder structure and double-column design lend rigidity and support to the head casting. The 18,000-rpm motorized spindle and oversize linear guide rollers are said to make the BX40Ui well-suited to a range of applications. Additionally, the bridge structure is isolated from part weight in order to operate stably and predictably.
The integrated Hurco control powered by WinMax control software and UltiMotion, supporting multiple programming methods: conversational programming for five-sided machining without a CAM system; NC programming for simultaneous five-axis; and Hurco-specific NC/Conversational Merge designed to optimize programming efficiency. The newest control feature, 3D Import, enables the creation of Transform Planes automatically for easier five-sided conversational programming that eliminates data entry requirements.
UltiMotion is a motion control system invented by Hurco that determines the optimal trajectory in which to run the tool, providing consistently programed feed rates and reduced cycle time, according to the company. Among UltiMotion’s benefits are faster cornering velocity than conventional motion and reduced machine jerk. The system features 10,000-block look ahead to adapt as required by the tool path.
Different tools and machining strategies have driven this shop to seek new efficiencies beyond its most demanding work and most capable machining center.
A manufacturer that is distinctive for its attention to in-cycle machining productivity describes its efforts to obtain efficiency improvements outside of the machining cycle. The shop’s primary tool is a simple, daily, graphical recap that illustrates when each machine tool was and was not making parts.
This Atlanta shop succeeded at becoming an aircraft-industry parts supplier. The lessons of its success have a lot to do with commitment and enthusiasm.