Hurco Partners with Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology.

CCAT works to strengthen the manufacturing sector in the United States throughout the global marketplace by collaborating with industry, academia, and government to help businesses innovate and compete more effectively.

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Hurco announced its partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), an organization that provides services and resources to entrepreneurs and businesses. CCAT works to strengthen the manufacturing sector in the United States throughout the global marketplace by collaborating with industry, academia, and government to help businesses innovate and compete more effectively. Brooks Associates, a long-time distributor for Hurco machine tools in the northeast, facilitated the partnership between Hurco and CCAT and continues to be actively involved.

Hurco has provided CCAT with its advanced 5-axis machining center, the VMX42U, to assist CCAT in their mission to help small businesses, such as job shops, find ways to increase efficiency, productivity, and profitability. According to Hurco, CCAT and Hurco have similar missions in that both Hurco and CCAT are dedicated to advancing the state of manufacturing through technology development and process improvement opportunities. The Hurco VMX42U 5-axis machining center is the perfect machine to highlight increased efficiencies that are available through technology investment. Many shop owners don’t think they have work that warrants a 5-axis machine because they immediately think of simultaneous 5-axis work (also called full 5-axis). However, all shops doing 3-axis work can realize more profit margin per part by converting to 5-sided machining on a 5-axis machine.

A seamless transition from 3-axis to 5-sided depends on the right control technology. The integrated Hurco control with conversational 5-sided programming simplifies the process with features like Transform Plane and Tool Center Point Management.

With Transform Plane, the control software only needs you to define part zero one time, and it manages all of the other part zero locations. It basically changes programming on a 5-axis machining center back to 2.5D programming that you would do on a 3-axis machine.

Tool Center Point Management (TCPM) eliminates the need to account for the machining center’s centerlines of rotation. Instead, you simply program from part zero. Tool Center Point Management allows you to position the part anywhere on the table, which means you have a faster setup, a less complex post processor, and you save time not having to repost the program when using NC.

CCAT uses the Hurco VMX42U at its laboratory to highlight benefits of process improvement, and to prove out processes and various types of technologies for area manufacturers. According to Greg Volovic, Hurco Executive Vice President of Technology and Operations, the open software architecture of the Hurco machining center’s control system was a key factor in CCAT’s selection of the Hurco VMX42U. “CCAT’s advanced technology can communicate with the Hurco machining center wirelessly and is able to seamlessly interface due to the open software architecture incorporated into our advanced WinMax control software. An open non-proprietary architecture is advantageous as it allows for compatibility and ease of integration with all types of emerging technologies,” said Volovic. CCAT and Hurco are also collaborating on the development of advanced manufacturing technologies. For a schedule of CCAT events, go to www.ccat.us.