Hurco VMC Machining Centre has manifold benefits

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Hurco SE Asia general manager Lee Wai Yip (left) and Custom Plenum Creations’ Ariel Banco. Hurco SE Asia general manager Lee Wai Yip (left) and Custom Plenum Creations’ Ariel Banco. Hurco SE Asia general manager Lee Wai Yip (left) and Custom Plenum Creations’ Ariel Banco.
Some of the automotive parts fabricated by the Hurco VM20i VMC. Some of the automotive parts fabricated by the Hurco VM20i VMC. Some of the automotive parts fabricated by the Hurco VM20i VMC.

A new Hurco CNC Vertical Machining Centre that turns the manual production of high-performance intake manifolds into an automated process has been installed at Custom Plenum Creations in Wollongong, NSW, by Applied Machinery.

Automotive parts fabricator Custom Plenum Creations — owned and operated by Ariel Banco — designs and modifies intake manifolds for all types of engines including cars, quad bikes and jet skis to produce a significant boost in power.

Applied Machinery says the selection of the Hurco machine was based on Banco’s personal research and feedback from other CNC users. The exact machine, a Hurco VM20i 4-axis model, was selected after lengthy discussions with Applied Machinery over an extended period of time.

Banco says the machine's training package and user-friendliness means he’s been able to program it from day one.

"The efficiency that the new Hurco machine brings is literally staggering," Banco says. ‘I simply take the design I have prepared on my computer, program it into the machine, set it in motion and walk away. The machine then carries out the modification while I can get onto other jobs.

"Aside from the huge productivity and efficiency gains," he adds, "another key benefit of the machine is that it allows for far greater accuracy and repeatability. The machine can continue to do the same thing over and over again, which allows me to build up stock levels thereby allowing me to supply customers immediately."

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