In Focus: The Hurco VMX60SRTi XP
In the second of our ‘In Focus’ series of articles, we profile the Hurco VMX60SRTi XP CNC Machining Centre.
This state-of-the-art 5-axis CNC Machine is the latest in modern machining technology.
RP Technologies purchased this expensive piece of equipment at the end of 2022, and with all the CNC machining work we’ve received since, it’s proved to be a very timely investment!
Let’s take a moment to review this machine in more detail, examining some of its unique characteristics and features, and trying to understand the importance of its role here at RP.
The Importance of CNC Machining to RP Technologies
The manufacture of CNC machined parts is one of our key services here at RP Technologies.
Along with toolmaking, injection moulding and rapid prototyping, CNC machining is central to what we do. We have, over the years, steadily developed the CNC department, investing in new machines and adding to our experienced team of CNC Programmers and Operators.
We have 10 CNC machinists and 20 CNC machines, 18 of which are 3-axis and 2 which are 5-axis.
We machine parts for prototype and low volume production runs in most metals and polymers. We start as low as 1 part, and we specialise in highly complex components that require precision engineering.
Our CNC machining projects are all supported by ISIR documentation.
All our CNC machining work is carried out in-house at our purpose-built production facility here in the West Midlands. We do not outsource anything. We like to ensure the highest levels of product quality, using the best CNC operators and machines that money can buy.
The latest addition to our CNC Tool Room is the Hurco VMX60SRTi XP 5 Axis Machining Centre, which we purchased in December 2022.
Let’s look at this new state-of-the-art piece of machinery more closely….
What is the Hurco VMX60SRTi XP?
The Hurco VMX60SRTi XP is a new, state-of-the-art 5-axis CNC Machining Centre. Its enhanced technologies have the capabilities to boost production capacity, increase operational efficiencies, and improve accuracy.
The Hurco VMX60SRTi XP has several new features. It has an enhanced graphics package, which is 1.4 times faster than its predecessors. Its advanced Ultimotion feature reduces cycle time by up to 30%, which will allow us to offer even more competitive lead times.
The design configuration utilises a swivel head and a C-axis rotary torque table that is embedded in the machine table. The increased size of the table provides maximum versatility, with the extra space being ideal for the performance of secondary operations.
The VMX60SRTi XP also boasts the enhanced version 10 software, superb MAX5 control, and improved, energy saving LED cabinet lighting. The Optional Ultimonitor incorporates Ultinet (networking) and ESF (Extended Shop Floor) capability of remote diagnostics.
There is an ergonomically designed control console with two 19” LCD touchscreens, 4GB RAM Memory, 10,000 block lookahead, 128GB Solid State Hard Drive, and a 2.7GHz Dual Core Processor. There is also a 12K Swivel-Head Spindle with X, Y, and Z axis travel.
The swivel head means that less manipulation of the component is required, making the machining process more precise and efficient to perform. The VMX60SRTi XP can also be used as a full capacity 3-axis machine during times when 5-axis parts are not being made.
The VMX60SRTi XP is ideal for low-medium volume work. It also has a larger part capacity than many earlier models. Its expert design and advanced technology help to deliver the highest performance capabilities to any machining application.
Key Benefits of the Hurco VMX60SRTi XP 5 Axis CNC Machining Centre
- The swivel head, or “B” axis as it’s also known, has substantial advantages over the traditional trunnion 5 axis machine in that less manipulation of the component is required
- Heavier or larger part capacity – only the vertical or load bearing is required
- The generous size of the rotary table provides maximum versatility
- The extra table space can be used for secondary operations or 3-axis work
- Wide ranging application – the Hurco VMX60SRTi XP is ideal for any machining project
- Time saving and efficient, allowing cost savings to be passed on to the customer
- Perfect for low volume work or batch production
The Hurco VMX60SRTi XP – Key Statistics
>> 1,676 x 660 mm table, 1,360 kg capacity
>> Travels: 1,524 x 660 x 610 mm
>> Ø 600 mm embedded rotary table, 500 kg capacity
>> 12,000 rpm motorized spindle
>> 36.5 kW peak spindle
>> 40 station automatic tool changer
>> SK 40 spindle taper
>> 32 / 32 / 24 m/min rapid traverse rates
>> Patented UltiMotion HURCO technology, which reduces cycle time by 30%
>> Improved surface finish quality with UltiMotion
What This Means for RP
The introduction of the Hurco VMX60SRTi XP demonstrates RP’s commitment to making continued investments in our overall manufacturing and CNC machining capabilities.
This machine will help us to improve lead times, whilst also giving us the opportunity to produce even more complex and demanding metal and plastic machined components.
It will complement our other 5-axis and 3-axis CNC machining centres, providing added depth, improved capacity, and enhanced capability.
It will be the ideal tool for our prototype and low volume work.