Milltronics has returned to its job shop roots with the introduction of its VK4-II knee mill with the unique MillSlide Z-axis and 8200-B CNC control. Milltronics also has introduced its new SL-8-II slant bed CNC turning center with the new Windows-based 9000 Series touchscreen control. The new models are especially well-suited to job shops, R&D, and prototype shops with the flexibility of controls that can help avoid bottlenecks possible with CAM programming, according to the company. The VK4-II knee mill facilitates faster training of new operators with the 8200-B CNC conversational programming control. With the 8200 CNC, shops can choose either conversational G-code programming, or download tool paths created with a CAM system for the most efficient way to produce the required part. The SL-8-II slant bed lathe features the 9000 CNC with conversational
programming, onscreen help, intuitive menus, color graphics, and prompted tool settings. The Window-based platform runs parts programmed conversationally or tool paths generated by a CAM system. Mid- program restart feature of the 9000 CNC allows the operator to start anywhere in a program by verifying the graphics and then switching to Run Mode. During the last two years, Milltronics has introduced five new series of machines. They include the VM Series of vertical machining centers, the VM-IL Series of inline performance verticals, and the VR/VM XP Series of #50 taper heavy-duty verticals. All the models, including the new VK4 and SL-8-II, were showcased at Milltronics’ Waconia, MN, facility during its open house. On display were the VM2515 compact footprint VMC, the VM4020 high-value vertical with 4th axis rotary table, the VM3018IL heavier duty inline vertical, and the VM6030XP 50 taper heavy-duty VMC.
Right in step with the trend toward digitalization and Industry 4.0, the company has introduced the Milltronics Shop View (MSV) machine monitoring and communications capability. With the MSV, shop personnel have instant access to a machine’s status, including programs, setup, digital readout, live snap shots of the machine cutting video, spindle load and hours, machine events log, file transfers, and alarms. MSV is conveniently hosted in the cloud by Milltronics servers and eliminates the need of extensive IT infrastructure or shop expertise. All that is required is a PC, tablet, or smart phone that connects to the MSV secure network.
Milltronics USA is part of the Hurco Companies Inc. family of machine tool companies. Milltronics designs and builds machine tools, software, and controls. The company has been in Waconia since 1996 with many employees who have been there for more than 20 years. The Waconia team handles machine design, mechanical and software engineering as well as assembly, service support, training, and applications engineering. “As part of a larger company, the team here in Waconia has been able to leverage many of its parent’s resources and partnerships,” said Louie Pavlakos, Milltronics general manager. “This has allowed us to bring more value and resources to our customers with new and better products faster than ever before.”