For both Gregor Technologies and Madison Machining, Hurco VM1s increase productivity and deliver lean manufacturing.
AS A RESULT OF RESOURCE-INVESTMENT MEETINGS WITH manufacturers throughout the U.S., Hurco found its customers want machines that deliver flawless precision and more-advanced standard features. These include high spindle speeds, user-friendly software, multitasking, and the reliability to achieve lean manufacturing. Two Hurco customers benefiting from this are Gregor Technologies and Madison Machining.
Gregor in Torrington, Conn., purchased its first Hurco VMC 17 years ago to initiate a lean, fastturnaround, customer-focused operation. After installing its 13th Hurco, a VM1, lean manufacturing is standard operating procedure at the shop.
"The Hurco machines are selfcontained production systems, and our machinists control each step in producing parts," says John Gregorich, vice president of Gregor. "We have no expensive overhead for programmers or setup personnel, and the VM1 helps grow our list of customers," he adds.
Madison, a small one-man shop in Pinellas Park, Fla., is also reaping the benefits of lean manufacturing thanks to Hurco's VM series of machines.
The shop previously used knee mills, which handled its prototype work, but it needed a machining center for production jobs. Peter Madison, owner and operator of Madison Machining, chose a VM1 because it offered the best feature set for the price and true shop-floor programming through its Max control.
"I only have two hands," says Madison, "so I needed a machining center that would work on its own while I did other jobs."
According to Madison, the VM1 is the difference between scraping by with manual toolroom equipment and being productive and profitable. For 10% more, the VM1 increases the shop's level of productivity, efficiency, and lean manufacturing.
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