Hurco Europe Machining centre range allows heavy loads up to 16 tonnes, offers high accuracy
UK – Hurco has now added a third, larger model, the DCX42i, to its twin-column, bridge-type, vertical-spindle machining centres introduced in 2009.
The 51-tonne machine has a 4.2 m X-axis travel, 2.6 m in Y and 1.1 m in Z, providing a working volume nearly double that of the previous model, the DCX32i, the company says.
According to Hurco, a major advantage of the design over a traditional C-frame is that a much larger Y-axis travel can be achieved without the loss of rigidity. It is also said to offer thermal stability for higher accuracy machining and allows heavier table loads, so large components can be produced to tight tolerances.
One component of up to 16 t can be carried on the table of the DCX42i, Hurco notes and explains that the massive cast-iron structure was designed using finite element analysis. Furthermore, the 60 kW spindle, mounted in a vertical ram of box-construction, provides a maximum speed of 6,000 or 10,000 rpm. It is oil/air-cooled and can deliver up to 570 Nm of torque. The tool magazine features 40 stations for BT50 tool holders and a swing-arm tool changer keeps the carousel clear of swarf to maximise the working envelope.
According to Hurco, all DCX machines are fitted with the Hurco Win-Max twin-screen control. Standard features of the control include simple conversational programming, full industry standard NC capabilities and a 64 GB hard drive. Ultimotion, the high-speed profiling software, reduces cycle times by up to 30%, the company claims.
The flexibility of the control also ensures that any job can be programmed easily and quickly, Hurco adds. Options include web-based networking to allow remote machine surveillance.