Advanced Control Simplifies CNC Mill Turn Processes
The power of the Hurco CNC control is even more valuable as you add more axes to the process. Our control makes it easy.
For example, with any of our mill turns you simply enter the feature dimensions of a pocket or drilled hole on just one screen. With the TMXMY or TMXMYS mill turn lathes that are Y-axis capable, you can machine a pocket with straight walls and flat bottoms or perform off-center hole drilling with just a click of a box.
The control’s touch verification graphics that use colour graphics to show the actual tool paths and stock removal as it will run on the machine during the program are even more valuable as you add milling to the process. Since you can see the cuts on the screen before they are executed, you can virtually eliminate material waste and potential machine crashes. When you check the program for errors, you can use Data Block Search to go directly to the data block containing the error and edit the program.
Hurco engineers have made sure the lathe control meets the specific needs of turning. For example, when using bar stock, you can separate your completed part from the bar by using a cutoff block. If you have added the parts catcher to your lathe, you can choose to advance the catcher when the tool passes a configurable X-axis position.
The threading cycle performs multi-pass threading for outside diameter (OD) and inside diameter (ID) threads. The control simplifies threading—you can easily set spring passes, decreasing depths, and multiple starts found in complex threads on one screen.
Learn more about the Hurco control for mill turn machines.
Design Benefits of the Hurco CNC Mill Turn Lathes
All Hurco mill turn machines are built for increased rigidity with an extra wide saddle and large Z-axis rails. Our engineers have applied their expertise to add milling capabilities to these slant-bed lathes. They know how to maximise rigidity due to their mechanical design expertise and rigorous analysis testing processes.
- One-piece bed casting for maximum rigidity.
- The VDI Servo Turret provides quick change tooling and fast indexing, features large, curvic coupling for superior rigidity, and makes all stations live-tool capable.
- The short, live-tool drive train generates less heat, and provides more torque transfer to the tool, higher reliability, and quieter operation.
- Ergonomic design features make each process more efficient.
- Convenient front access to chuck and tailstock pressure controls.
- Front loading coolant tank and chip conveyor design to minimize maintenance.
- The 30-degree true slant bed design promotes larger turning capacity in addition to efficient chip removal.
- Component isolation system minimizes heat dissipation and protects the spindle head to combat spindle growth.
- Chip management features protect internal components
- Telescopic way covers
- Inside door
- Washdown and air guns
- Adjustable brass coolant nozzles
- Premium Components
- Advanced spindle technology with high output spindle motor. Additionally, the spindle motor is strategically designed for easy access, easy maintenance, and to minimise the length of the belt.
- The turret features fast index speeds and rigid design.
Which CNC Mill Turn Machine Is Right for You?
Both the TMM general purpose mill turn lathes and the TMXMY high performance mill turn lathes have the same robust, rigid construction and advanced control technology. The 30-degree slant-bed design supports larger part capacity and rigidity, and promotes easier chip removal.
The TMM mill turn machines use a C-axis for milling operations whereas the TMX mill turn machines also have a Y-axis, which means you can machine pockets with straight walls and flat bottoms or perform off-center hole drilling with just a click of a box.
As for specifications, in general, the TMXMY mill turn machines have more horsepower, faster acceleration/deceleration rates, faster rapids, more tool stations, and a larger spindle bore than the TMM mill turn machines.
Learn more about the TMM mill turn machines.
Learn more about the TMXMY mill turn machines
Finish the Part with One Machine on a CNC Mill Turn
The most challenging business proposition for shops these days is figuring out how to stay competitive producing a high mix of parts in smaller batches. With the advent of Just In Time (JIT), your customers continually want to minimise inventory, which means they rely on you to make the parts as they need them. It’s our job to make lathes that help you stay profitable while exceeding your customers’ expectations—that’s why we’ve added live tooling to both the TM and TMX lathes to create the TMM and TMXMY/MYS mill turn machines.
Often, shops have trouble determining when a CNC mill turn machine is worthwhile compared to purchasing a mill and a lathe separately. In general, if more than 25 percent of the part requires milling, you may want to consider looking at separate machines. However, if your turned parts require light milling, you truly can achieve a “one in done” process. When you add the sub-spindle, you can finish the back side—when you add a part conveyor and bar feeder, you can run the machine unattended for maximum productivity.
We Are the Apple of the Machine Tool Industry
In the consumer electronics market, Apple has become the envy of companies in that space. Price erosion, commoditization, etc., have led many to struggle and others to fold. Apple made a strategic decision to focus on its core competencies: usability, sleek design, research & development…and lots of marketing! They don’t manufacture their products. They leave that to companies that have decided manufacturing is their core competency.
In the machine tool world, we had a similar realization as our company went through a growth spurt. We needed to focus on our core competencies.
- Like Apple, we are a U.S. company that is traded on the stock exchange (HURC).
- Like Apple, we conduct all engineering, product development, and R & D in the USA.
- Like Apple, we collaborate with key partners in our industry from design concept through manufacturing. We don’t simply source components, we partner with organizations that are the best at what they do—like Yaskawa, a leader in motion control, and the highly regarded Bosch Rexroth.
Unlike Apple, we don’t outsource our manufacturing because we’re not talking about gadgets and music players—we’re talking about capital equipment that our customers rely on for their livelihoods. Therefore, we conduct all manufacturing at our wholly owned subsidiaries throughout Asia because we need complete control.
From a strategic standpoint, manufacturing overseas makes sense because 90% of the machine tool market is outside of North America. This strategy benefits our customers because we are able to ship our machine tools with shorter lead times than most competitors.
Our corporate agility promotes financial stability, which means we are able to continue developing control technology and mills, lathes, and mill-turn machines even during the worst of economic conditions. Additionally, our focus on minimizing non-product expenses, makes it feasible for us to equip our turning centers with premium components.
“With the Hurco control, we only need to maintain the program at the machine instead of having a CAM file and a machine program.”
––Alex Okun, Etogen Scientific