CNC machine tool manufacturer Hurco Companies Inc. (Indianapolis) dedicated an entire quadrant of its booth space at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), held in Chicago, to automation to demonstrate the technological benefits of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things with the Hurco CNC machines communicating with collaborative robots, multi-axis serial robots, and pallet systems.
“We just had an outstanding show this year as we celebrated our 50th anniversary,” said Greg Volovic, president of Hurco Companies Inc. “For Hurco, our brand positioning as a technology leader seemed to resonate with IMTS visitors as a higher percentage of our orders at the show were for our more technologically advanced machines, such as 5-axis and higher performance VMXi machines. Additionally, all three new models that we introduced at IMTS were sold at the show.”
The automation exhibit was a collaborative effort between Hurco and Erowa Tooling (Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada), Universal Robots (Odense, Denmark), FANUC America (Rochester Hills, MI), Online Resources (Lebanon, IN), and Industrial Controls & Automation (Franklin, IN).
“The increased traffic from the automation booth and our 50th anniversary celebrations helped us attract a higher percentage of people who are new to Hurco,” Volovic said. “The automation quadrant generated so much excitement that people waited in line up to two hours to experience demonstrations that showcased how the Hurco control natively collaborates with robots and peripheral devices to reach an unprecedented level of automation for the high mix/low volume job shop environment.”
At IMTS, Hurco also showcased the second generation of its 3D print head adapter, launched the new generation of control software for its turning centers, introduced the 3D solid model import feature, and was selected as the exclusive computerized machine tool brand to illustrate Industry 4.0 and MT Connect at the Emerging Technology Center pavilion.
“IMTS was the perfect venue to celebrate all of our loyal customers and all of the people who have been a part of Hurco’s success over the last 50 years,” he said. “As the inventor of conversational programming, our commitment to develop sophisticated control technology that’s user-friendly continues to drive innovation at Hurco because we are focused on delivering CNC machines that help job shops be more productive and more profitable.”