What to do for a 2 Year Anniversary?



What do you do for a 2 year anniversary?  You buy more machines.  Magnafuel in Colorado Springs has a very successful run since they bought their first HURCO 2 years ago.  So much so that they wanted to bring more production in-house to streamline their process.

One of these new machines is the HURCO VMX42Di, direct drive 15,000 rpm spindle, recently introduced at IMTS.  The other is the HURCO TMX8MYSi multi-axis turning center.  We are excited to see what kind of parts that they can produce with these most recent additions to their Shop.

Come see you.

HURCO has a 3D scanner set up in their IMTS booth this year.  If you want, you can set down, give it about 2 minutes to scan your head.  The file is then sent to a 5 axis machine and you are immortalized!  They will text you when the sculpture is done.   They are also machining 2.5 Axis Coins with your face on them as well.  This is a pretty cool demo so stop by and check it out.

IMTS Preview Come See us.

Hyundai-Wia will be at IMTS in force this year.  They will be displaying their latest in 5 Axis Technology with both Heidenhain and the New I-trol CNC Controls.   You will be able to see several of the latest turning centers and horizontal machining centers as well.  On the side, they will have the new Genesis G80 Performance Sedan in the booth as well.  Something even the dealers are having a hard time getting a hold of.

Congrats to the FMS TEAM!

Every year HURCO gives its’ dealers awards for best performance over the past 12 months.   The Foothills team received the award for the third best dealer in North America for market share.  Not bad for a state that makes a majority of its’ money not manufacturing.

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If you haven’t noticed we seem to gravitate towards the latest technology in CNC Controls.  For decades, Southwestern Industries have been the leader in Tool Room Technology with thousands of their controls in tool rooms just about everywhere.  The Prototrak Control is known as one of the most versatile to go from print to part in a low volume, high mix environment.  This September they will be releasing the RMX version.  It includes a touch screen, brushless servo motors, DXF FIle Conversion, TRAKing and more that they won’t tell me about.  Stay tuned for news on this upcoming release.

New Machine?


No this isn’t the ever popular HURCO VM10i.  It is the VM10i Plus.  Standard on this machine is a 12,000 RPM spindle, Spindle Chiller Unit, Rigid Tapping, and Ultimotion Software with 10,000 Block Look Ahead.

We just got one of these on our floor last week and we love to show it off.  Please feel free to come by and take a look.

5 for the discerning crowd

Introducing the Hyundai-Wia 5 axis machining center that will impress even the unimpressable…”The Best 5-axis vertical machining center in the world.”
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HYUNDAI-Wia Europe R&D center developed this machine to compete with the best machines in the market and succeeded.  It incorporates a large mono-block design with an X/Y box-in-box gantry.  Although aspects of this design are not new, Hyundai has perfected it at a reasonable price.

Available with spindles from 15,000 to 40,000 rpm, tool changer from 34 to 102 tools, and easily integrated with load/unload automation. To achieve the best surface finishes and tightest tolerances, Direct Drive Motors are utilized in the A & C Axis.  High-precision linear scales are standard on all axes to control thermal growth.  Rotary scales are standard for rotating axis.

It is fast.  2,362 IPM rapids at 1G accel/dec.  This machine is able to achieve these speeds while holding the tightest of tolerance because of the Box-in-Box Design.  With two ball screws in the Y axis, it is able to move the relatively small mass of the Y-axis easily without oversized motors fighting gravity and mass.

It is powerful.  The standard 15K spindle is driven by a 41 HP built-in motor and produces 113 ft/lbs of torque.  Even the optional 24k Spindle has 35 HP and 64ft/lbs of torque.



The Robots aren’t taking over, they’re just helping out.

Ten reasons for metal companies to invest in robot technology in 2018

Wouter van Halteren, the founder of HALTER CNC Automation, asks himself every day how machining companies can efficiently produce small and medium-sized series. HALTER CNC Automation develops standard plug-and-play loading robots, which automatically load CNC machines.

Automation is no longer a theme

“The automation of CNC machines is entering a new phase. The question is no longer whether to automate, but rather how companies are going to apply automation. It is just as it was in the nineteen-eighties when companies had to decide between conventional machines and CNC machines. The turning point meant that only CNC machines were sold. The same things are now going to happen with automation”, explained Wouter van Halteren.

Investigation: “The drawbacks are being overcome in continuously better ways thanks to clever solutions”

HALTER CNC Automation investigated the reasons for investing in robot technology. Wouter van Halteren gives a short explanation of the investigation: “We investigated the reasons metal companies have to invest in CNC automation and saw that the drawbacks are being overcome in continuously better ways thanks to clever standard solutions. Plug-and-play solutions mean that you no longer require a robot specialist that tackles that particular drawback. The uncertainty in supply chains is also no longer an issue. CNC loading robots can be adjusted quickly and easily and can be used for a wide variety of tasks. Loading robots are not linked to a specific product. It is also interesting to mention the changing view on automation. Companies sometimes see loading robots as an accessory for CNC machines, which should not cost the same as the machine itself. We see that an increasing number of companies are doing the sums: which investment must be made and what is the return?”
The investigation carried out by HALTER CNC Automation found metal companies invest in automation for the following reasons:
  • Lack of staff

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find the right staff. The influx of skilled craftsmen is not meeting the needs of machining companies, and this forces companies to look for alternatives.
  • Utilization of machine capacity

It is absolutely necessary to utilize a machine’s capacity to the fullest. Machines are becoming increasingly complex and more expensive and that investment must be recovered. Achieving more spindle hours makes the machine pay for itself more quickly. After all, CNC loading robots can be used outside of normal working hours.
  • The number of different CNC loading robots available

There are more than enough different CNC loading robots available to offer every company a suitable solution. The number of standard concepts has drastically increased. Standard concepts make investing in the automation of CNC machines a lot more interesting cost- wise.
  • No need for robot specialists

The automation of CNC machines has not only become more affordable but, also more user- friendly. It is no longer necessary to employ your own robot specialists. With the latest generation of loading robots, such as the HALTER LoadAssistant, it only takes a couple of minutes to configure the robot for a new series.
  • Plug-and-play and immediately a greater return

An increasing number of automation solutions are plug-and-play. The implementation process is short and the systems are immediately able to get a greater return from the CNC machines, which make the investment in the automation of CNC machines not only cheaper but, also more attractive.
  • Versatile loading robots

Loading robots can be configured quickly and easily and can be used for a wide variety of workpieces. It is no longer necessary to wait for a long-term contract to justify investing in a CNC loading robot. In the past, companies waited for a long-term contract which guaranteed that the investment in CNC automation would be cost-effective. The versatile nature of the current generation of loading robots means that companies have the freedom to invest in the automation of their CNC machines right now.
  • Financial institutions see the advantages of automation

Financial institutions are, by now, used to the concept of CNC automation. As a result, it is much easier for companies to finance the investment. More than that, financial institutions see the advantages of the automation of CNC machines and even encourage such investment. It is a good time to take advantage of these trends and developments.
  • The CNC loading robot is a friend, not a threat

Screen Shot 2018-03-07 at 1.28.10 PMEmployees no longer see the loading robot as a threat. The repetitive and heavy work is taken over by the robot so that the operator can concentrate on the work preparations. Plug-and-play solutions have played a crucial role in this development and the loading robot has become a welcome aid.
  • Willingness to invest in CNC automation

The return from investments is examined critically by machining companies. The investment amount is not the only aspect which is looked at. The profitability and the payback period also play a crucial role in the decision-making process. The automation of CNC machines has a short payback period thanks to the quick implementation, which increases the willingness to invest in CNC automation. The lack of competent staff is another practical aspect which influences the willingness to invest in CNC loading robots and automation.
  • Rather automate than expand

The investment in CNC machines results in greater returns. These days, an increasing number of companies are choosing to invest in automating their existing machines instead of buying new machines.

For more information on robotic load and unload systems to fit any machine tool please contact us


Compact Turning Center

This is the Toyoda-Takisawa NEX-105 high-performance turning center.  Although it takes up very little floor space, it is a very productive little machine.  It comes standard with a 6″ Chuck, 1.7″ Bar Capacity and can turn up to a 6.7″ Diameter Part.  The spindle turns at 6,000 rpm and has 10 HP to cut hard materials with ease.  The base structure is a one-piece casting with Linear Roller Bearing Guideways, and in total weighs almost 6,ooo lbs.  If this kind of machine interests you come by our


place, we have one on the floor for you to see.  By the way, it’s under $50k and comes standard with a 12 Station ATC, Chip Conveyor,  and a Parts Catcher.